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Charity Escapes is delighted to be working with a small number of charities who are doing some amazing things. We’ve listed some of our charity partners below with some more details about what they do and how they spend money raised from selling Charity Escapes. If you are a charity and would like to work with us, please click here to find out how we can work with you to help raise money and your profile.

Butterwick Hospice

Butterwick Hospice appeals to everyone to support its aim to offer real help to those who are facing a life limiting illness. They provide the highest quality of care and comfort and staff and volunteers believe passionately in its purpose. None of us are exempt from being touched by serious illness. By adding your support to Butterwick Hospice Care you will help to ensure that Butterwick’s specialist care and compassion is available when it matters most.

To find out more about Butterwick Hospice, please visit: https://www.butterwick.org.uk/


Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People  

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is a national disability charity based in Surrey. We have more than 80 years’ experience of developing innovative services which support people with disabilities to increase their independence and achieve their goals in life.

They work with children and adults with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries. Whether it’s developing life skills to live as independently as possible, rehabilitation to rebuild a life after a brain injury, or learning to drive a specially adapted car, we support each person and help them to fulfil their potential.

If you would like to know more about this charity then please visit https://qef.org.uk/

Age UK Northumberland

Age UK Northumberland is an independent local charity which provides services for older adults throughout Northumberland.  In common with all Age UKs, their central service is free information, advice and advocacy. Other services are designed to meet local needs and currently include: day care and personal care, exercise and falls prevention classes, lunch clubs and day centres.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northumberland/

Children's Respite Trust
The Children’s Respite Trust is a charity that improves the lives of children with profound learning and physical disabilities by helping them to get a short break throughout East Sussex and most of Kent and West Sussex. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.crtcharity.org/

Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Help is offered freely to anyone with any type of cancer. Simply drop-in at any time - you’re always welcome. Help and support is available from any of their 29 superbly designed centres located across the UK.

To find out more about Maggies, please visit www.maggiescentres.org


We Care Worldwide
WECare Worldwide is a UK registered charity set up by veterinary surgeon, Janey Lowes, from the Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in October 2014. Their mission is to provide veterinary care for less fortunate animals around the world, starting in Sri Lanka.

For more information, please visit: http://wecareworldwide.org.uk/
Dementia UK
Dementia UK provides specialised dementia support for families through their Admiral Nurse service. The nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families: giving them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need. Admiral Nurses were named by the family of Joseph Levy CBE BEM, who founded the charity. Joseph had vascular dementia and was known affectionately as “Admiral Joe” because of his love of sailing.

For more information, please visit: https://www.dementiauk.org/
The Not Forgotten Association
The Not Forgotten Association provides recreation, leisure and entertainment to serving personnel and veterans of any age. They support any serving man or woman who is wounded, injured or sick and any veteran with a disability, illness or infirmity; whatever the cause and whenever it arose. Any serving or former member of The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The British Army, The Royal Air Force and The Merchant Navy, both Regular and Reserve Forces, may be eligible for their help.

For more informaion, please visit: https://www.nfassociation.org/
Remembering Rebecca
A registered charity in memory of Rebecca Sands who gained her angel wings, aged 21 months, in August 2010. The charity offers financial assistance to children, from birth to 16 years, with Lissencephaly and other neurological conditions.

If you'd like to read more about Rebecca's story and find out about the incredible work the charity are doing then please visit https://www.rememberingrebecca.co.uk/
Children's Heart Surgery Fund
Based at the Leeds General Infirmary, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund covers the regions of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Around 400 children from these regions need open heart surgery every year. They aim to ensure these children have the best possible care and to help their families in whatever way needed during their stay in hospital. The work is overseen by a board of Trustees – made up of clinical staff, parents and business leaders.

To find out more about Children's Heart Surgery Fund, please visit: https://chsf.org.uk/
JDRF is commited to eradicating type 1 diabetes and its effects for everyone in the UK with type 1, and at risk of developing it. They're proud to be a part of a global network of independent and coordinated organisations working towards a shared vision of a world without type 1 diabetes.

If you'd like to know more about the work JDRF are doing then please visit https://jdrf.org.uk/ 
Wallsend Boys Club
They run a variety of youth sessions throughout the borough of North Tyneside , including youth football, outreach sessions from their mobile provision and center based activities in Battlehill. The objects of The Club are to help and educate members, through leisure activities, to develop their physical and mental capacity in order to help them become useful and responsible members of society.

For more information, please visit: ​http://wallsendboysclub.org.uk/
Rafiki Thabo Foundation
The charity was named ‘Rafiki Thabo’ meaning friendship and happiness in Swahili. It is a small charity operating primarily in the Taita-Taveta region of Kenya, the Teyateyaneng area of Lesotho and the Kabale region of South West Uganda. The Rafiki Thabo Foundation is a partnership charity with a focus on local communities and personal contacts. This level of contact ensures that every penny donated to the Rafiki Thabo Foundation is spent effectively. They know exactly where the money they raise is spent and which projects are directly benefiting. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.rafiki-foundation.org.uk/
Marie Curie
Marie Curie gives care and support to people living with any terminal illness and their families. Whether that's dementia, cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure, Parkinson's disease, or any other illness, they'll be there to help you and everyone affected by your diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life, and support you to keep your independence and dignity for as long as possible.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/
Graham Wylie Foundation

Graham Wylie, the founder of Sage and one of the region’s best known entrepreneurs, has launched a charitable foundation, with a pledge that 100% of all donations will go to charity. The Foundation is one of a rare few charities anywhere in the world to hand 100% of donations to deserving causes. This is because Graham will be meeting all running, staff and administration costs to ensure every single penny raised and donated goes to his aim of helping, inspiring and educating children across the region.

For more information, please visit: https://grahamwyliefoundation.org.uk/

Families First North East
The needs of the children Families First North East support are often complex and multiple. Their team of dedicated staff members not only undertake physical and social activities with the children, they also help with their day to day requirements like feeding, toileting and changing. They provide much needed respite for the family and improve the child’s confidence, self-esteem and social skills.

For more information, please visit: https://www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk/
Sparks raises money to fund pioneering child health research across the UK, helping to find new treatments and cures for children and families who desperately need them. Sparks supports clinicians and scientists who have the skills, innovation and passion to improve children’s lives forever. Since 1991, they have funded more than 285 ground-breaking child health research projects in over 90 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.

For more information, please visit: https://www.sparks.org.uk/
Children and Families Across Borders
Children and Families Across Borders aim to protect vulnerale children who have been seperated from their families across international borders. They believe that  all children should have the opportunity to enjoy their right to a family life wherever possible, and be protected from abuse and exploitation, regardless of where they are from. Their work has been transforming children's lives for over 60 years and has never been more relevant. 

To find out about this important work please visit http://cfab.org.uk/
Prism Youth Project
Prism Youth Project are helping some of the most disengaged young people aged 12-21 in the Bradford District to improve the quality of their lives. They achieve this through the provision of alternative education and accredited youth work initiatives, tailored to individual needs, and by offering guidance and support which empowers young people to move into mainstream educational, employment and training opportunities.

To find out more about their work please visit http://www.prismyouthproject.org/
TVE (Television for the Environment)

TVE works with filmmakers and partners worldwide to make and distribute films that put the environment and sustainability on the global agenda. TVE films are broadcast to viewers around the world, screened to audiences ranging from policymakers to rickshaw drivers, and viewed online worldwide. Their films inspire change, inform and spark debate.

For more information, please visit: http://tve.org/

Helen and Douglas House
The death of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare, but nobody ever thinks it will happen to them. Hearing the unimaginable news that your child is terminally ill, it can feel as though your whole world is falling apart. [...]

Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice, is a home from home for local terminally ill children and their families.  They help local families to cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby or child who will die prematurely. They provide round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment. 

For more informaton, please visit: https://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/
The Grange Centre for Disabled People

The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities provides vital services supporting people with learning disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. 

They believe everyone is different but everyone has potential and their support workers have seen people learn to cook, improve their communication, get a work placement, paid work or even move into independent living in the community.


To find out more about The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities, please visit https://www.grangecentre.org.uk/

Willow Burn Hospice
Every year Willow Burn provides much needed care to hundreds of people. Their vision is to create a community that holds no boundaries in treasuring lives through the provision of specialist supportive, palliative and end of life care. 

To find out more about the amazing work this charity does everyday then please visit https://willow-burn.co.uk/
Fight Bladder Cancer UK

Fight Bladder Cancer started from a very personal battle. Andrew, one of the founders, was diagnosed with a Stage 4, G3 bladder cancer in summer 2009. He had been experiencing symptoms for over 18 months but was misdiagnosed with an enlarged prostate. [...]

Fight Bladder Cancer UK wants everyone affected by bladder cancer – patients, carers, family and friends – to have a place to come to for support, information and advice. They want to raise awareness about the causes of bladder cancer and its treatments so it can be caugh early. 

To find out more about Fight Bladder Cancer UK, please visit http://fightbladdercancer.co.uk/

Changing Lives

Changing Lives provides specialist support services for thousands of vulnerable people and their families, every month. Through their pioneering and innovative work they help people to make positive, lasting changes in their lives.

Although they began as a homeless charity, today they work with people suffering all types of social exclusion by reaching out in to communities across the country. They offer specialist support services for women and families,  dedicated recovery centres, temporary and long-term accommodation opportunities, and employment and volunteering opportunities.

To find out more about Changing Lives, please visit http://www.changing-lives.org.uk/

Calvert Kielder Trust
The Calvert Trust is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding and came in to existence as a charity on 12th March 1976; this is the date that Lake District Calvert Trust was first registered as a charity. The Calvert Trust enables disabled adults and children, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside.

For more information, please visit: http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/
North East Homeless
North East Homeless believe in the prevention or relief of poverty anywhere in the North of England by providing or assisting in the provision of material items such as food or clothing (but not exclusively), and Outreach practical support to vulnerable individuals, to enable them to improve their lifestyles and be self-sufficient, to show empathy and sympathy to such vulnerable people so they feel valued.

To find out more about their work please visit https://northeasthomeless.org.uk/
Dragonfly Trust

Dragonfly Trust makes a very real and positive difference to the lives of young cancer patients with limited time.They passionately believe in the importance of happy memories and work tirelessly to make them happen for young people and their families.

To find out more about Dragonfly Trust, please visit: https://www.dragonflycancertrust.org/

Penny Brohn UK Penny Brohn help people living with cancer to live as well as possible, no matter who you are and whatever your circumstances. Their approach provides a powerful combination of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support that is designed to help anyone affected by cancer, at any stage of the disease.  Through courses, groups and individual sessions you can learn how to eat well and stay active, manage your emotions and relationships, and reconnect with the things in life that you love – all of which are linked to health.

To find out more about their amazing work please visit https://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/
Myeloma UK

Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a blood cancer arising from plasma cells.

Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma. Their ultimate goal is to find a cure. They are dedicated to myeloma patients – making sure they get access to the right treatment at the right time.They continually strive to improve standards of treatment and care through research, education and raising awareness of myeloma.

To find out more about Myeloma UK, please visit https://www.myeloma.org.uk/

Tree Aid
TREE AID was established as a charity in 1987 by a group of foresters in response to the famine in Ethiopia. They wanted to provide a long term solution once the emergency relief efforts ended. They believed that trees could significantly reduce the vulnerability of communities in rural Africa’s drylands to drought and famine. TREE AID works to create thriving, sustainable communities throughout the isolated and remote regions of Africa.

For more information, please visit: https://www.treeaid.org.uk/
Darcey's Dream
Darcey's Dream is a North East based Charity supporting newly bereaved families and siblings. Darcey's Dream was founded by Darcey's mother, two of her godmothers and a close friend who has also gone through the tragedy of losing a child. They provide boxes to any hospitals or families and offer counselling support and distraction therapy in the North East and nationalwide.

For more information, please visit: https://www.darceysdream.com/
UK Youth
UK Youth is a leading national charity, committed to providing access to appriopriate, high quality services in every community so that young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background or circumstanes. 

To find out more about UK Youth, please visit https://www.ukyouth.org/
Tappy Twins UK
Tappy Twins is a C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) which was developed to support young people, when they need it most. They are a forward-thinking, one stop support service that focuses on the mental and emotional health and well-being of children and adults; through 1-2-1, workshops and family support. Whilst they encourage positive and emotional well-being, they hold a firm focus on prevention.

For more information, please visit: https://www.tappytwins.com/
OPEN Youth Trust Norwich
OPEN was established in 2005 to provide opportunities for young people in Norfolk, including those who are most disadvantaged, with the longer term aim of making a positive difference to their lives. OPEN’s aims are to provide diverse and innovative ways to engage young people with focus on four key areas: participation, learning, employability and progression. All four underpin the way in which we engage with young people.

For more information, please visit: https://opennorwich.org.uk/
Northumberland Football Association
The Northumberland FA was initially formed in 1883, and Newcastle East End won the first ever NFA Senior Cup two years later with a 1-0 win over Sleekburn Wanderers. Shankhouse would briefly dominate the competition towards the end of the 19th century, but by 1900, many other clubs were emerging; Ashington and Morpeth Harriers were on the rise, while Whitley Bay, North Shields and Blyth Spartans Athletic were all formed. [...]

Northumberland FA is a not for profit organisation which invests in the development of opportunities for anyone to take part in the game. They are committed to equality and safety in the game to ensure everyone’s experience in the game is judged as excellent.

For more information, please visit: http://www.northumberlandfa.com/
Tiny Lives
Tiny Lives area a charity that supports premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. The fund aims to provide the highest quality of care on an ongoing basis and needs to raise at least £250,000 every year to support a range of facilities, staff, and equipment.

To find out more about the work this charity are doing please visit http://www.tinylives.org.uk/
Just Helping Children

Just4Children provides support for families to help their children with disabilities and sickness. They are passionate about the relief of sickness and preservation of good physical and mental health of children and young people under the age of 25 years resident in the United Kingdom and Ireland in particular, and without limitation, by providing and assisting in the provision of services and grants to enable them to obtain medical treatment, therapies and equipment which would not otherwise be available to them.

For more information, please visit: https://just4children.org/

The Children's Trust
Charity Escapes is proud to partner with The Children's Trust. This international charity works with children and families to provide specialist care for those who have a brain injury.Thousand of families each year are affected by brain injury to children and The Children's Trist provides a wide range of services to support families.

​For more information, visit their website www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk.
Lord Taverners
The Lord's Taverners is the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, founded in 1950 at the Tavern pub at Lord's Cricket Ground. Supporting some of the most marginalised and at risk young people in the UK, the charity works to enhance lives through sport and recreation, giving young people a sporting chance.

For more information, please visit: https://www.lordstaverners.org/
Percy Hedley
Percy Hedley provides a wide range of high quality, specialist and personalised care and education support to disabled people and their families. They meet the needs of disabled people with cerebral palsy, communication impairments, sensory impairments and complex learning, social care and therapeutic needs.

For more information, please visit: http://www.percyhedley.org.uk/
If U Care Share Foundation
Daniel O’Hare was 19 years of age when, without any warning, he took his own life. He had no previous history of mental health problems nor had he shown any outward signs of his intentions. [...]

Daniel’s brothers Matthew and Ben, along with his cousin Sarah (then aged 10, 5 and 13) hoped to do something positive to try and prevent another family suffering a similar experience. They wanted to create a lasting memory to Daniel and started If U Care Share. It has 3 main aims: prevention, intervention and support of those bereaved by suicide.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk/
St Oswald's Hospice
St Oswald's Hospice provides specialist hospice care to North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions. They focus on making the most of time and improving quality of life for everyone in the North East living with an incurable condition, as well as supporting their families. 

To find out more about St Oswald's Hospice, please visit https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/ 
My Sisters Place  

My Sisters Place is an independent specialist domestic abuse service for women, aged 16 years and over. As a feminist organisation, they offer a confidential women only space to discuss your concerns. Their purpose is to deliver accessible, effective, specialist services that are informed and evaluated by service users experiences promoting individual freedom and quality of life.

They also aim to explore new and innovative ways to address domestic violence issues with a range of partners, and share best practice locally and to challenge inequality in access to safety, justice, health and wellbeing and campaign for change to shape future policy and practice. 

To find out more about the work they do please visit https://www.mysistersplace.org.uk/

Street Child
Street Child believe that every child deserves the right to safety and to be empowered through education. Working in some of the poorest areas in the world, they strive to ensure that every child has the chance to go to school and learn. They began their work in Sierra Leone in 2008 working with a small number of street children, nine years later they have helped to transform the lives of more than 100,000 children across Sierra LeoneLiberiaNepal and Nigeria

To find out more about their incredible work please visit https://www.street-child.co.uk/
St Gemma
A Leeds-based charity providing the best possible care for thousands of local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. They offer specialist medical and nursing care along with invaluable support to families and friends. All care is provided for free and open to all.

To find out more about St. Gemma's incredible work please visit https://www.st-gemma.co.uk/ 
YMCA North Tyneside  

YMCA North Tyneside is a charity that has been dedicated to strengthening people in our local community since 1879. YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by, and faithful to, our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

To find out more about YMCA North Tyneside, please visit http://ymcanorthtyneside.org/
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust support young people with cancer who are in need of specialised nursing care. They've built world-class specialist facilities in 28 hospitals across the UK, providing a home away from home for young people while they receive treatment. They also fund specialist nurses and youth support co-ordinators to support the young people in these units. They've been specially trained to understand what it's like to have cancer when you're young, giving support and helping young people to feel less isolated.

If you'd like to find out more please visit https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/
MAD Foundation

The MAD (Make a Difference) Foundation helps people in some of the world’s poorest countries to help themselves, by working with them at a grassroots level to develop much needed community resources.

The MAD Foundation has funded over 300 community Projects, including the building of 128 classrooms, 80 toilet blocks and pit latrines, 12 pre-schools, 1 HIV clinic, 1 green house, 1 kitchen with a bread oven, 100 sinks and wash stations, 1 technical block, 8 permanent family houses and 20 fishing boats destroyed by the 2004 Tsunami, 13 Water tanks for schools, 8 playgrounds, 5 bridges, 5 storm-drains, 2 bakeries, 1 Fish farm and a guinea pig shed. We’ve also planted over 25,000 trees, dug and laid 25 miles of water pipeline, taught 85,000 lessons, coached 63,000 sports sessions, renovated 6 orphanages and a home for street kids.....and they're still counting!

To fond out more about the MAD Foundation please visit http://madleadership.org/

Heel and Toe
Heel and Toe was established to help children with cerebal palsy and any other movement condition, by providing free Conductive Education Therapy, and in 2009 they extended their service to help children with dyspraxia. Their aim is to help children overcome problems with their movement, enabling them to become more active and live indepenent lives.

To find out more about Heel and Toe, please visit http://heelandtoe.org.uk/
CEO Sleepout
CEO Sleepout was oficially set up as a charity in 2013 to fight homelessness and poverty. Thier campaign is funded with money raised by executives who sleep outdoors for one night to raise sponsorship from their business contacts and friends.

The biggest project they have created to date is the not for profit restaurant: The Fork In The Road. A number of the restaurant’s staff will always be those who’ve come through a programme designed to offer precious opportunities to those who need a helping hand.

To find out more about CEO Sleepout, please visit http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/
Team Kenya

Development is complicated; there is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ approach that will create meaningful and long term change. At Team Kenya, they listen to the international community, their local partners and the community members in Ndhiwa to ensure they are delivering projects that are wanted by the people they are supporting and that are supported by global research and initiatives. Their mission is to involve entire communities in gender equality, so that girls in rural Kenya can create their own bright futures.

For more information, please visit: https://www.teamkenya.org.uk/

CHUF supports both children and families of those recieving caridac care in hospitals across the country. They raise vital funds for large and small pieces of equiptment, facilities, aftercare, salaries and research. CHUF's charitable activities go far beyond that however, they also provide holistic care to all children by providing services and facilities that allow heart children to develop their skills and mature as any healthy child normally would.

To find out more about CHUF please visit http://www.chuf.org.uk/
Caudwell Children
Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK. They act as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. Their aim is to change the futures of all disabled children, to increase awareness and understanding of the needs of disabled children across the UK and to enable disabled children to lead an active and independent life reaching their full potential.

For more information, please visit: https://www.caudwellchildren.com/


PKAVS is a dynamic local charity with a Big Heart – from carers young and old, to adults recovering from mental ill-health, minority communities, volunteers, and voluntary groups – they work tirelessly throughout Perth and Kinross to improve wellbeing, connect communities, and help people to realise their potential.

They improve the quality of life of over 5,000 local people every year. Their dedicated staff and volunteers are commited to enhancing the lives of people living in Perth & Kinross, working alongside them to succeed. Through face-to-face support and working in partnership with others, they help individuals to overcome personal barriers and ensure they have every chance to achieve their goals in life.

For more information about PKAVS, please visit: https://www.pkavs.org.uk/

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