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Time to choose your Charity of the Year for 2022/23

Take a look at all the charities that have been put forward this year.

Thank you to all the staff who have nominated a charity to become the University’s Charity of the Year. Here you can find out about all of those charities that have been put forward before you make your decision on who gets your vote.

Acorns Children’s Hospice

Worcester, Walsall and Selly Oak

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for babies, children and young people, and support for their families through three hospices, based in Worcester, Birmingham and Walsall, and in the community.

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Behind the Smile

Worcester

Behind the Smile is a charity founded by the parents of a University of Worcester graduate. It offers practical face to face support to people with mental health issues and support to those bereaved by suicide.

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Birmingham Christmas Shelter

Birmingham

Birmingham Christmas Shelter provides local adults who are homeless or otherwise alone at Christmas with a free warm, safe and welcoming place to eat, shower, sleep and enjoy Christmas.

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Bloody Good Period

UK national

Bloody Good Period gives period products to those who can’t afford them, including refugees, those in the asylum system and those living in poverty, and provides menstrual education to those less likely to access it.

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Brain Tumour Research

UK national

Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK focused on finding a cure for all types of brain tumours through campaigning and fundraising. 

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Cancer Research UK

UK national

Cancer Research UK funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner and also provides cancer information to the public.

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Charlie Waller Trust

UK national

The Charlie Waller Trust helps young people to understand their own mental health, to equip them to support themselves and those around them, and to empower them to talk more openly about the subject.

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Crossroads Caring for Carers

Worcestershire

Crossroads Caring for Carers offers practical support for family-based carers and people with care needs. It helps family-based carers to make a life of their own, outside of caring. 

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Daisychain Benevolent Fund

Worcester

Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust works with partners, Teenage Cancer Trust and six local Children’s Hospital Wards across the West Midlands, to fund new medical equipment, refurbishment of wards, community support care, specialist nurses, training and development and much more to help children and young adults in need.

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Friends of Fort Royal Park

Worcester

The Friends of Fort Royal raises funds to benefit the children at Fort Royal Community Primary School. The friends exist to provide closer links between home and school.

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Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust

Worcester

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust funds research into rare and aggressive childhood cancers, educates families and clinicians about the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer and produces information booklets to explain to parents and children about the treatments they are facing.

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Leukaemia UK

UK national

Leukaemia UK brings together the leukaemia community to accelerate progress through life-changing research, bolstering the science by raising greater awareness of the disease to improve survival and championing the voice of leukaemia patients to ensure they have access to the best available therapies and care.  

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Macmillan Cancer Support

UK national

Macmillan Cancer Support raises money to provide vital cancer services, research and campaign for better cancer care. It also supports the cancer workforce.

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Maggs Day Centre

Worcester

Maggs Day Centre was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to helping the homeless people of Worcester with access to hot food, clean clothing and other essential needs.

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Megan Baker House

Ledbury, Herefordshire

Megan Baker House runs sessional services for adults and children with neurological motor disorders using the method of Conductive Education (CE), a holistic educational movement approach.

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MND Association

UK national

The MND Association funds research, improves care and provides support for people with Motor Neurone Disease, their families and carers

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Movember UK

UK national

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.

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Multiple Sclerosis Society

UK national

The Multiple Sclerosis Society funds world-leading research, shares the latest information and campaigns for everyone’s rights.

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Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

UK national

The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation funds and utilises the best scientific minds to spearhead specific research to identify the causes of allergy and how it can be prevented and eradicated. 

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Over the Wall

Hampshire

Over The Wall is a UK based charity for children and young people with health challenges and disabilities, and their families, to discover a world of mischief and magic.

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P.O.R.T (Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust)

UK national

P.O.R.T funds research into Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction and raises public and professional awareness into this serious and sometimes fatal illness.

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Pancreatic Cancer UK

UK national

Pancreatic Cancer UK supports people affected by pancreatic cancer, funds research breakthroughs and campaigns for change.

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Parkinsons UK

UK national

Parkinsons UK supports people affected by Parkinsons, funds research and fights for fair treatment and better services.

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People in Motion

Malvern, Worcestershire

People in Motion sends aid and volunteers to people and places in need. It also has been actively involved in sending aid throughout Europe for distribution to refugees travelling in search of a safer life.

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Refugees at Home

UK national

Refugees at Home connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.

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RNLI

UK national

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is the charity that saves lives at sea through its search and rescue services.

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RSPCA Worcester and Mid Worcestershire

Worcester and Mid Worcestershire

The Worcester and Mid Worcestershire Branch is a separate charity in its own right. Covering Worcester, Malvern, Droitwich, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Rubery, Alcester, Henley-in-Arden, Pershore and surrounding districts, its main aim is to re-home animals within this area.

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SARA – Severn Area Rescue Association

The Severn, Wye and Usk

SARA is a volunteer lifeboat and inland search and rescue charity, with 7 lifeboat and rescue stations along the length of the River Severn.

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St Richard’s Hospice

Worcester

St Richard’s Hospice cares for people with a serious progressive illness who have complex needs which cannot be met by other services.

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The Compassionate Friends

UK national

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.

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The Myriad Centre

Worcester

The Myriad Centre provides high quality, person-centred day respite services to support young people living with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and their families/carers.

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Versus Arthritis

UK national

Versus Arthritis campaigns to challenge the misconceptions around arthritis and to ensure that arthritis is recognised as priority in the UK, from challenging and influencing Government to get the big decisions right, to working with people with arthritis and supporters.

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West Mercia Women’s Aid

Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire

West Mercia Women’s Aid works for a world that is free from domestic abuse and violence against women and girls, where everyone can live without the fear and reality of all forms of violence, abuse and discrimination.

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Worcester Community Trust

Worcester

Worcester Community Trust runs 10 different projects across the City of Worcester and manages 6 community hubs including the Building Block in Warndon, working with those who need support improving health and wellbeing. 

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Worcester Foodbank

Worcester

Worcester Foodbank provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred in crisis. It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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Worcester Snoezelen

Worcester

Snoezelen provides a range of accessible and inclusive services that give people with disabilities and additional needs space to be themselves, learn, develop and discover meaning in their lives, in a warm and caring environment.

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Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Worcestershire

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading local charity working towards a county rich in wildlife. It manages almost 3,000 acres of land for wildlife and people across Worcestershire and works to inspire local communities and young people to care for wildlife where they live. 

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