2015
St Luke's Hospice

Many members have had first hand experience of the work that St Luke's Hospice does. Our fundraising and contribution from race profits raised £3454 in 2015.

2016
CSI Basics

Much of the charity's income goes towards providing specialist training and equipment for each responder. Graeme has suggested a specific item of equipment called a Capnograph that the club's fundraising could target. It's a machine to monitor carbon dioxide levels - vital in a patient who is sedated - and the most suitable one for pre-hospital use (it needs to be much more portable, weatherproof and robust than the machines used in hospital), is approximately £2,000.

As in previous years we plan to hold an number of club fundraising events but in also welcome members' donations, proceeds from sponsored activities, etc. In addition, a proportion of the profits from our hosted races will be added to the money raised.

In essence it's a local set up of five or six doctors across Cheshire and Shropshire (two or three more are ready to go live when equipped - but there are two other established doctors backing me up for South Cheshire), who are unpaid and support the local ambulance services. We can be contacted by our automated pagers, or by crew or ambulance control request.
Support varies from a basic nearest responder role (often cardiac arrests) to advanced drugs and skills that go beyond standard paramedic protocols (my last job was reducing a dislocated ankle at an equine centre near Malpas - an emergency as the circulation was then restored and the patient woke up at scene with the painful injury treated) to cover at major incidents (I was at the riots in Manchester after the cup final involving Glasgow Rangers, and am on an on call rota for the region for major accidents and Paris type incidents).
In fact the new responder in Congleton's first incident was the woodmill fire at Bosley. I would previously have been called to incidents in that patch.
As a small scheme, donations make a real difference and can be pretty much ring fenced to match the donors to their local responder. Money is needed for blue lights and sirens for the cars, driver training, personal protective equipment and specific advanced training and drugs - even with their previous experience and training dealing with seriously ill and injured patients it probably costs £10,000/Dr to get started.
Although we are a small local charity, there is a national organisation (BASICS - the British Association for Immediate Care Schemes) that coordinates English and Welsh schemes' training and standards - and standards wise we are also inspected by the Care Quality Commission when they assess ambulance services.
(Scotland obtained independence in the immediate care world about ten years ago, as the more rural setting meant that they obtained government funding - which came into conflict with the lack of government or NHS funding across the rest of the UK).

In 2016, we donated £3,500 to CSI Basics.

2017
This year, the decision has been made to support two local charities that have very close connections to some of our members:

Crewe & Nantwich Cancer Research UK
Crewe & Nantwich Cancer Research UK Committee has celebrated 62 years of fundraising and during this time, with the generous support of the local community, it has raised over £1.4 million. Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to research on the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer and is the largest single funder of cancer research in the UK. The charity supports research in all aspects of the disease through the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK who have contributed to 19 of the top 20 drugs used to treat cancer patients worldwide today. More than 352,000 people are diagnosed in the UK each year and one in two people survive cancer. It's the charity's ambition that by 2034 this should rise to three in four. Cancer Research UK's groundbreaking work, funded entirely by the public, will help ensure that millions more people will survive. We are proud to be one of the two South Cheshire Harriers' charities of the year.

As a Committee we work hard to raise in excess of £45,000 each year. If you would like to know more about Crewe & Nantwich Cancer Research UK Committee then please contact us by the following links: Facebook page Crewe & Nantwich Cancer Research UK Group or email lesley.rowlands@btinternet.com

Shine Bright
The Shine Bright Foundation was launched in November 2013 in memory of Sarah Bennett. Sarah passed away in August 2013 aged 32 after suffering from Triple Negative Breast Cancer. During Sarah's illness, she fundraised for MacMillan and St Luke's Hospice and asked her family and friends to establish a charity to raise money for research into this dreadful disease and also support people in the local area affected by Breast Cancer.
If you would like to more about Shine Bright please contact us by the links below. Facebook : www.facebook.com/ShineBrightFoundationSBF. Email : shine-bright-foundation@mail.com. Website : www.shine-bright-foundation.org.uk.

As in previous years we plan to hold an number of club fundraising events but in also welcome members' donations, proceeds from sponsored activities, etc. In addition, a proportion of the profits from our hosted races will be added to the money raised.

As a result of two members' impressive sponsored efforts, social events and race day cake stalls, and a contribution from the year's race profits, a total of £6000, split evenly across the two charities, was donated.