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It can be difficult to know who to go to for help so here is a universal form. Just let us know what the need is and we will forward your details to the appropriate charity.
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Middlesex Masons are strong supporters of charity be they national, local or Masonic. It is often the case that smaller local charities do not receive support as they are not know about. In an attempt to make these charities better able to be found, a list can be found here – Middlesex Charities
Non-Masonic Middlesex Charities – A Guide For Support
There are many charities, but they can be surprisingly difficult to find. Good causes, of course, are not only registered charities and this guide provides a list of charities and where it has been confirmed that the status is registered, we have provided the registered charity number.
More information about each registered charity, including details of their finances, can be found on the Charity Commission website: More information about each registered charity, including details of their finances, can be found on the Charity Commission website: www.charitycommission.gov.uk
It would be appropriate to make more enquiries of non-registered charities.
It is never possible to have included every charity, so if you would like to suggest others for inclusion please do so by emailing the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, John Briggs Email – email@example.com
Middlesex Charities – Local – Operating in, or around the Middlesex area
Old age – we are all going to get there in the end, I hope. What is the charity? It’s when someone is suffering and wants help, and these people do. They only have this group to keep their will to live alive. Citadel Lodge, No. 1897 hosts a Christmas dinner every year and the ones who attend put their name down a year in advance to attend the next dinner and comment on how they have had a wonderful time and ask what have they done to deserve it ? They need funding all year around for daily group meetings and days out.
In 2010, Age UK Hillingdon became the new name for Age Concern Hillingdon. They are a local, independent charity committed to improving the lives of older people living in the London Borough of Hillingdon. As a brand partner of the national charity Age UK it shares the same values and mission but operates purely for the benefit of residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon.
They currently help over 16,500 older people in the Borough by providing a wide range of services including Information and Advice, practical help at home, improving health and wellbeing and many social contact groups to prevent loneliness and isolation.
These hospitals are leading the way in cancer care and treatment in North London and are recognised as a centre of excellence for cancer care and in March 2010 a major £1.5m fundraising appeal was launched to purchase a state of the art da Vinci Surgical Robot. The da Vinci Robot is the most technologically advanced surgical robotic system in the world. It uses robotic and computer technology to enhance the surgeon’s vision and movement during keyhole surgery, enabling more advanced minimally invasive surgery to be undertaken. This will increase the number of patients who will benefit from the faster recovery, less blood loss, lower pain levels and reduced hospital stay that keyhole surgery provides.
The da Vinci Robot has already made a significant difference to the lives of patients with a diagnosis of prostate, bladder and kidney cancers. Prostate cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed cancers, affecting one in six men. As you will have noted they already have the robot. It was decided not to deny today’s patients this new technology and to buy it on interest free hire purchase, so all they need to do now is to pay for it.
Barnet & Chase Farms Hospitals Charitable Fund
Enfield, EN2 8JL
Tel: 020 8375 2578
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg. Charity No: 1052057
Brent Carers Centre exists to relieve poverty, sickness and mental suffering amongst people who are caring at home for another person who is elderly, disabled, chronically sick or suffering from substance misuse or an addiction.
We also directly support and provide relief to vulnerable people and those who are elderly, disabled, chronically sick or suffering from substance misuse or an addiction.
We work to ensure that both adult & young carers and vulnerable people live, rather than just exist !
Centre for ADHD & Autism Support aim to support, educate and empower individuals diagnosed with ADHD or who are autistic, their families and the community.
Through raising awareness, we change perceptions and break down barriers.
From working in the field for 25 years, personal experience of staff, and through talking and listening to ADHD/autistic people we have an in-depth understanding of the needs of our clients and how to support them.
We provide information, specialist training, support groups and practical help to residents of NW London, primarily the Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon.
The Disability Foundation (TDF) is a small charity that is in Stanmore and looks after patients who have had a spinal disability. The building they rent is falling down and they hope to move to a newer building if possible. The women who are running the charity have been there from the mid 90’s (one of them is an ex patient) and need help in many ways.
The Disability Foundation
Based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH)
Middlesex, HA7 4LP
Tel: 020 8954 7373
Email – email@example.com
Reg. Charity No: 1076761
Once a year since 1987, 192 seriously ill and disabled children from all over the UK, accompanied by a team of medical carers, board a chartered Boeing 747 at Heathrow and head to Florida to spend 10 magical days of fun and excitement. They could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of doctors, nurses, hysiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day.
It is not just a holiday. The children leave behind their families giving them an opportunity to discover independence, confidence, and a whole new outlook on life. Often for the first time, these children realise that they are not alone, and they are not the odd one out. They see children around them who have also suffered, they gain perspective, and experience things they never thought possible.
Dreamflight children have gone on to amazing achievements. In 2008, 8 of the returning Paralympians from Beijing, many of them medal winners, had been Dreamflight children citing the trip as a turning point for them.
Dreamflight believes that fun and joy are just as important as medical research and equipment – especially for children who perhaps can’t wait long enough for the breakthrough they need or whose illnesses and treatments have brought pain, distress and disruption to their lives.
Geoff’s Place is a Charity that for some years have been supporting a group of people with learning disabilities, many of whom have no family contact. This enables them to have a break away form their sometimes isolated environment, thus allowing to interact with their peers and be part of wider society.
The Charity originally rented holiday accommodation, but as costs rose it became more difficult to cover expenses.
They soon realised that escalating costs would put the cost of a holiday out of reach of the group; this is when they decided to purchase a holiday home at Parkdean on Hayling Island to provide low cost accommodation.
Fund raising and donations from their supporters have provided the deposit and some repayments but they still need to raise funds to complete the purchase.
So a donation from The Hale Lodge is very welcome! The aim is that the caravan will eventually become a self-funding holiday home exclusively for adults with learning disabilities.
The holiday home is available for rent for families, organisations, etc who are involved in supporting adults with learning disabilities.
About Geoff –
The Charity is named after Geoff Samways who loved going on holiday with his special needs friends before he sadly passed away. Geoff’s friends miss him being with them when they go on holiday, so they felt that by naming the holiday home ‘Geoff’s Place’, he would still be part of their holidays.
Fund Raising –
The holiday home is provided by fund raising by Geoff’s Place’s supporters and Geoff’s special needs friends. If you would like to support their fund raising, or make a donation please email
Harlington Hospice supports clients with life limiting illnesses in Hillingdon. Their aim is to enhance the quality of life of those who use the hospice and allow them to reach their unique potential at a time when time is precious. Services include: Day Therapy, Hospice@home, Lympoedema Clinic and Family Support. The focus is on the individual and their loved ones.
Harlington Hospice has to raise £1 million a year from charitable activities. They receive less than 20% Government Funding. The money comes through all sorts of fundraising activities designed to appeal to people of different interests and all ages.
Harrow Carers is an independent voluntary organisation and the lead carers support agency in Harrow. Since 1996, they have developed a network of services and support for carers to reduce the burden and increase the life chances of unpaid carers who provide support for people in the community who are ill, frail, disabled and disadvantaged in many ways.
Harrow Talking Newspaper (HTN) is a registered charity that produces free weekly audio recordings of local Harrow news, derived from the area’s local press, for those who are blind, sight-impaired, or unable to read a newspaper. There is also a bi-monthly magazine, an audio version of the local authority’s own monthly magazine, and occasional information ‘audio leaflets’. HTN is affiliated to the national Talking Newspaper Federation.
Heathrow Special Needs Farm is a small charitable community farm close to Heathrow Airport. They provide an environment in which people with special needs and disabilities of all ages can develop and grow in confidence, by working with farm animals. Activities include horse riding, animal care & welfare and gardening.
It is wholly reliant on charitable support and donations from business concerns, charitable organisations and a number of caring individuals.
HANDS stands for Help a Neighbour in Distress Scheme. They provide voluntary support for those in need in Twickenham and St Margaret’s, especially older people and those who are isolated and housebound. Their aim is to improve quality of life and help maintain cherished independence. The HANDS co-ordinator oversees a dedicated group of office volunteers, who organise the day-to-day work of the charity each weekday morning. They have about 150 clients who are referred to them by social services, GPs or on personal recommendation and some 80 volunteers.
HANDS volunteers respond to about 2,500 requests for practical help a year, including transport to medical appointments or leisure activities, shopping, visiting, sitting to relieve carers, helping with household paperwork, wheelchair walks, light gardening and small jobs around the home. Social activities organized by HANDS include outings, informal get-togethers and a Sunday lunch club.
HACS is local charity based in the London borough of Hillingdon for children and young people on the autism spectrum.
Through provision of high quality Family Support, Training and Recreation Services, the aim of the charity is to minimise disability and maximise ability of individuals on the autism spectrum.
We strive to improve their quality of life through continued efforts to raise awareness of autism, campaigning for appropriate support at local and national level and by promoting inclusion in universal services.
It provides an independent legal advice service managed by local people and employing professionally qualified staff, having not-for-profit contracts with the Legal Aid Agency.
It is able to provide free and representation on matters relating to housing, family, immigration and asylum, welfare benefits and employment. They cannot provide advice on crime, motoring, commercial, conveyancing, or give advice to landlords, or employers.
Homelink is a nurse–led day respite centre supporting carers of any age who give help and care to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who can not manage without their help. This could be because of age, disability, physical and/or mental illness.
This site is for people who have someone that they are caring for in the Whitton, Hounslow Borders, Twickenham, Hampton and Teddington areas.
Homelink provides a happy and vibrant environment where people can enjoy each others’ company supported by trained staff and volunteers. The Centre enables carers to take a well earned day´s respite.
Homelink Day Respite Centre
c/o St. Augustine’s Vicarage
Hospital Bridge Road
Twickenham, TW2 6DE
Tel: 020 8255 1992
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg. Charity No: 1047856
Set up around 2000 by Katrina and Chris Bijowski, the charity provides support for children with severe physical and mental problems as well as support for their families in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The major achievement to date is to provide a purpose built special needs playground in Hillingdon. There are also regular trips to Disneyland Paris for the children and their families which is funded by ongoing fund raising events. Their current project is to build facilities for special needs children at Abbotsfield School.
Sadly, Katrina passed away in late 2011, after a tireless battle against cancer. Her vision lives on through friends and family, who continue to develop her ideas and provide the clubs and other facilities initiated by her.
A Harrow Weald based charity that looks after children and adults who have got, or have had, behavioural problems, Down syndrome, or autism. Their centre is open from 8.30am to 10.00 pm. They allow children to express themselves and mix with others. A happily run charity, they have paid staff, as well as volunteers.
If you would like any further information about Kids Can Achieve and the services they provide please contact them on:-
Kids Can Achieve
Harrow Weald, HA3 6QH
Tel: 0208 420 2300
Email – For General Enquires – email@example.com
For Holiday Schemes, After School Club and Youth Group – firstname.lastname@example.org
For Outreach Service – email@example.com
Reg. Charity No: 10967796
London’s Air Ambulance was founded in 1989 in response to a report by the Royal College of Surgeons, which documented cases of patients dying unnecessarily because of the delay in receiving prompt and appropriate medical care.
The charity was the first in the UK to carry a senior doctor, in addition to a paramedic, at all times on a helicopter, introducing a system that reduces the death rate in severe trauma by 30–40%.
From its base at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London, the helicopter can reach any patient inside the M25 London orbital road, which acts as the service’s catchment area, within 15 minutes.
Missions commonly involve serious road traffic collisions, falls from height, stabbings and shootings, industrial accidents, and incidents on the rail network. The team can provide advanced life-saving medical interventions, including open heart surgery, blood transfusion and anaesthesia, at the scene. The charity operates 24 hours a day, serving the 10 million people who live, work and travel within the M25. Of the approximately 5,000 999 ambulance calls made every day in London, up to seven of the most critical are passed to the air ambulance. Trauma patients can suffer injuries, which must be corrected quickly in order to prevent death, or life-long disability. Their team works alongside the London Ambulance Service to provide rapid, effective treatment as soon as possible after injury. The advanced trauma doctor and paramedic can perform procedures to relieve pain, straighten broken limbs, perform open chest surgery to restart the heart, give blood and deliver emergency anaesthesia, at the roadside, within minutes of injury. Pre-hospital Care defines the delivery of medical care before the patient arrives at hospital. This may be on a street, in an alleyway, under a train or in a field. They bring the hospital to the patient….whereever that may be. They provide the same medical treatments that you would expect from an Emergency Department, operating theatre, or Intensive Care Unit….. they bring the hospital directly to their patients.
If you would like any further information about the London Air Ambulance please contact them on:-
The Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre offers a wide range of support and information services to people affected by cancer.
All services are developed to support patients and their families, helping them cope with all aspects of the disease from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
Whether you are looking for information about treatments and side effects or just need someone to talk to, the LJMC is there to help you.
Please contact them, either by calling in to the Drop-in Centre or giving them a phone call.
All LJMC services are offered free of charge to NHS patients under the care of an oncologist based at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. Private patients having treatment at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre may also be eligible to use our services. Please call the Helpline for details.
The Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre forms part of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
Middlesex HA6 2RN
Tel: 01923 844014 (answerphone out-of-hours)
Fax: 01923 844172
Reg. Charity No: 1053338
Michael Sobell Hospice has been providing specialist palliative care services for over 40 years; enhancing without discrimination, the care of patients with life limiting illness and support for their families and carers.
Michael Sobell Hospice Charity needs to raise over £1.6 million pounds each year to ensure the continued funding of services which include: a 16-bedded In-Patient Unit, Day Centre, Patient & Family Support and a Bereavement team.
Many services at Michael Sobell Hospice would not exist without funding from www.michaelsobellhospice.co.uk
Fundraising and voluntary contributions come from individuals, community groups, companies, schools, charitable trusts and legacies.
Lindsey Fealey – Chief Executive
Michael Sobell Hospice
Mount Vernon Hospital
Northwood, HA6 2RN
Tel: 020 3826 2367
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg. Charity No: 1079638
The Mulberry Centre has been in existence for ten years now and its sole purpose is to provide support for those whose lives have been affected by cancer, whether they are patients, carers or those who have been bereaved. They have no geographical boundaries to their services though most of their catchment is in Middlesex and West London.
In many instances the first and most important things is giving a user undivided attention which many are not able to get elsewhere. The second thing is listening to the person’s needs and the issues that are concerning them. In addition they provide information geared to the person’s concerns, offer counselling on a one to one basis, and also provide support for groups of patients, for carers and for the bereaved. They provide welfare rights advice and assistance for people to obtain their welfare entitlements, and a number of different complimentary and relaxation therapies.
Otherwise known as The Nightingale Community Hospice Trust it was set up in 2002 to provide a much needed layer of support to people living in the Borough of Enfield living with cancer.
Their mission is not only to enhance the quality of life for their clients, whatever the outcome of their illness, but also to improve their chances of survival. They do this by providing practical, physical and emotional support throughout their journey.
Nightingale Cancer Support Centre
The Lancaster Centre
53 Lancaster Road
Enfield, EN2 0BU
Tel: 020 8366 9674
Email – email@example.com
Reg. Charity No: 1094435
The Otakar Kraus Music Trust is a registered charity which provides music therapy for people of all ages from toddlers to the elderly, in the Borough of Richmond and surrounding areas.
Music therapy is a scientifically proven method of reaching people and helping to improve their quality of life, by relieving anxiety and improving communication skills, concentration and creativity.
We support over 250 people annually including children, young people and adults with learning difficulties, autism, cerebral palsy or down’s syndrome; adults with mental health problems, people who have suffered a stroke and elderly people with dementia.
We remove them from isolation and help them to develop relationships, take part in positive activities, and feel a sense of belonging, confidence and pride.
Our Music School enables children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties to learn to sing, play instruments and perform together in public, greatly enhancing their social skills and their self-esteem.
Their aim is to increase respect with which adults with learning difficulties are held by others and themselves, to offer opportunities for isolated adults to participate in the life of their local communities and to increase the awareness and understanding about people with learning difficulties in the community.
One To One
Community Link Centre
Middlesex, TW18 1XB
Tel: 01784 446279
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg. Charity No: 1061508
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ORCHYD is a registered charity, which provides annual residential holidays for children with disabilities. They aim to produce an unforgettable ten days in August for children from around the UK.
It was initially set-up in 1971 when a collection of like-minded people from the Ruislip Christian Council and the charity Scope (formerly the Spastics Society) got together to organise and run a holiday for physically disabled children based in Ruislip, West London.
Although a lot has changed in the last three decades, Scope are no longer involved, DBS checks are imposed and the coach has an iPod dock – the core purpose remains; to provide an amazing ten-day holiday for twenty physically disabled children
ORCHYD have recently launched a new initiative and are starting to run small group Day Trips in addition to the annual holiday.
ORCHYD became a registered charity (No.1072239) in 1998, has a working committee which is led by Corrie Bwye and a board of Trustees headed by Philip Pye-Beraet.
An independent medical charity based at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood, providing a local, yet world class scanning service for the accurate and early diagnosis of cancer and other serious diseases. In the past 27 years, they have undertaken more than 200,000 scans with leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners. In order to remain at the forefront of technology, they need to fund a continuous programme of scanner replacement to give patients the best chance of life.
Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971.
Since then it has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist support to women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence.
On any given day, Refuge supports more than 6,500 women and children.
Refuge’s national network of specialist services include: safe emergency accommodation through refuges in secret locations across the country; community-based outreach services; culturally specific services for women from South Asian, African and Caribbean, Eastern European and Vietnamese backgrounds; a modern slavery service; independent advocacy services for women at the highest risk of serious injury and homicide; a range of single point of access services for women, children and men across entire regions; and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline and www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Refuge also runs award-winning public awareness campaigns, advises Governments and was voted ‘Charity of the Year’ 2016 at The Charity Times Awards.
The Royal Marsden is a world-leading innovation centre, pioneering new treatments that save lives, using research every day to provide the very best in diagnosis, treatment and care for the 50,000 patients seen at the hospital each year.
The Oak Centre for Children and Young People based at The Royal Marsden in Sutton is one of the largest comprehensive children and young people’s cancer centres in Europe.
Over 5,000 day patients and 600 inpatients will receive treatment here every year.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity exists solely to support the work of The Royal Marsden.
Our incredibly generous supporters, such as the Middlesex Masons, help us to consistently strengthen our position as a world leader in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and care.
The Saracens Sport Foundation’s mission is to inspire communities and change lives through the power of sport.
Supported by the Saracens brand, professional players and high quality staff, we are able to provide opportunities for children, young people and older adults to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
Since their establishment in 2000 they have grown significantly, with 12 full time staff and 30 part time coaches now working with them to harness the power of sport and bring about positive change.
Not only has this has allowed them to increase the scope of their projects, but they have been able to respond more innovatively to the needs of their communities. Their four core pillars of work – sports development, health and well-being, inclusion and education and training – help them to engage with over 75,000 unique participants annually.
The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.
The tradition of community – based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC – the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.
They work in partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Their core purpose is to celebrate Britain’s maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.
S Pelican was founded in 1943 and celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2013. The building was originally a Post Office on the then RAF West Ruislip.
Shooting Star Chase is a children’s hospice service supporting local families with a child or teenager not expected to reach their 19th birthday. Currently helping over 500 families they are there for every step of their journey, sharing the good times, and helping them through the tough times with practical, nursing and emotional support.
Families receive the support free of charge, 365 days a year, in their own homes and communities and at their children’s hospice. With no guaranteed Government funding they must raise £23,000 a day to continue their vital service.
Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice
Addlestone, KT15 2UE
Tel: 01932 823100
Email – email@example.com
Reg. Charity No: 1042495
Spelthorne Rentstart is a registered charity.
We advise and assist single people and childless couples aged 18 + who are on a low income or in receipt of benefits and have a local connection to Spelthorne.
Our aim is to assist our clients to access suitable private accommodation with the support of our deposit guarantee and ongoing tenancy support.
To provide specialist palliative care free of charge to people with advanced, progressive illnesses, which addresses their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs thus enhancing their quality of life and supporting their families and carers.
St Luke’s Hospice is an independent charity serving the multi-cultural/ethnic community of Harrow and Northern Brent. Unique in the area, we provide all our services free of charge to all and rely heavily on voluntary contributions from the community to ensure we remain open (we currently receive less than one third of our funding from the Government).
St Mark’s Hospital Foundation is the only charity supporting the work of St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow. Set up to fund what the NHS can’t, the money they raise goes to ensure vital research, education and training goes ahead each year, maintaining St Mark’s Hospital as a world class local bowel disease hospital.
Their current flow cytometer is 12 years old and therefore not only extremely dated but breaks down frequently. A new machine will massively increase their research productivity allowing their team to remain at the forefront of research into Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, polyposis and bowel cancer in additional to numerous other bowel
afflictions. With this help they have moved one step closer to realising their vision of a world free of the pain and suffering caused by bowel disease in all its forms.
St Mark’s Hospital Foundation
St Mark’s Hospital
Harrow, HA1 3UJ
Tel: 020 8235 4092
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg. Charity No: 1140930
Started in 1979 in response to a local resident suggesting that there was a need for a venue where frail, elderly and lonely people could meet, it soon became obvious that something more than a cup of tea and a chat were needed and that some form of day care would be a great help to families who were providing care in the home.
Now offering luncheon club. Coffee shop, food shopping, social activities and outings. The first main service however is to listen.
A multi purpose outdoor centre in an attractive rural setting of 15 acres, bordered by woodland and within easy reach of London. More than 12,000 use the extensive facilities each year and it’s a popular location for Guide groups and other youth organisations including Scouts, Girls Brigade, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions as well as local schools and businesses. The Centre can sleep 33 people in the Holiday House; this includes a training and function room to accommodate 80 visitors. There are 3 large campsites and grounds that can cater for over 1000 people.
Activities include archery, orienteering, pioneering, basketball and football. All facilities provide excellent access for those with physical disabilities and special needs.
The Wish Centre provides support and opportunities for young people who have been victims of abuse, domestic or sexual violence and neglect, and for those who are suicidal or who self harm.
Self harm is a way of coping with extreme circumstances or emotions such as living with sexual abuse or family violence, entering or leaving care, family break up and bereavement. There is a spiral of neglect and disadvantage for many young people.
The Wish Centre provides a safe space that supports and inspires, and our innovative approach is a mix of peer based support, campaigning, youth work, counselling, mentoring, creative and achievement based projects for young people at risk.
The Wish Centre is currently a virtual office with digital hubs in Harrow.
Middlesex Charities – National – Operating nationally but based in Middlesex
Spinal Cord Injury has a devastating effect on the 1,200 people who become paralysed each year.
The individual affected will lose muscle and sensory control and the vast majority become full time wheelchair users for the rest of their lives. Historically, the majority of spinal cord injuries have been sustained by those aged 15 to 40, with men outnumbering women, although increasingly it is affecting more older people too. Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in work-places and leisure time.
The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA), based in Teddington, is the only charity in the UK dealing with all aspects of Down’s syndrome. Their aim is to help people with Down’s syndrome live full and rewarding lives and to give support to family members. There are over 40,000 people with Down’s syndrome in the UK. Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome which occurs at conception and is irreversible. It is simply a chance occurrence that can happen in all races, ages, religions and social classes.
The DSA run many services for people with Down’s syndrome and their families. These include a helpline which gives support and advice to parents, carers and professionals, training courses for midwives and schools, assessments for children with DS to ensure they get the correct education in schools and adults so that they have the correct support after they leave school. The DSA also helps to find suitable work for adults with DS and runs a sports programme to get children and adults playing football and tennis.
They will continue to work tirelessly to ensure fundamental rights are upheld but rely on voluntary funds and need £2 million each year to ensure that they are able to continue with these vital services.
There is a museum and working theatre within the building, as well as some of the only working Victorian scenery still in existence in the UK. You can find out more information from these links Langdon Down Museum and Langdon Down Centre.
The Down’s Syndrome Association
Langdon Down Centre
2a Langdon Park
Middlesex, TW11 9PS
Tel: 0333 1212 300
Email – email@example.com
Reg. Charity No: 1061474
Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity
There are currently 49,000 children in the UK living with a serious or life-limiting illness, many will not reach adulthood. Rays of Sunshine exists to brighten up the lives of these courageous children and their families. We do this by granting their greatest wishes and providing support to the hospitals and hospices that care for them. Our work brings joy and hope, improves self-esteem and provides an opportunity to create precious memories.
We’ve seen a 93% increase in demand since 2011, and we receive no government funding so we rely entirely on donations to continue our services. In 2017, our work touched the lives of 12,000 children and their families.
RAFT (Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust) carries out medical research that helps people rebuild their lives and regain independence and dignity after major trauma.
For more than 25 years, the RAFT research team has focused on areas of research that can provide practical and tangible solutions for children and adults affected by accidents, disease and birth defects.
RAFT is one of the few charities around the world that actually raises money to finance its own research.
It has its own facilities, its own team of specialist researchers and its own projects.
Over the years, RAFT has provided help and hope to people suffering from breast cancer, trauma related wounds, skull injuries, and lost limbs.
Recent accomplishments include: new treatments to encourage the healing of wounds; the creation of anti-scarring agents for burn patients; the invention of laser hair removal; advanced treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture, facial palsy and damaged tendons; neo-natal methods of treating cleft lip and palate disorders.
Middlesex Charities – Local Office of National Charity – National charity with a Middlesex area office
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or a series of strokes.
Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.
The Society works locally to provide:
– Dementia Awareness Raising Sessions in the Community for the benefit of the Community.
– Day Care and Support providing care and support for a person with dementia during the day in a safe and comfortable environment.
– Dementia Café’s provides an opportunity to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia in an informal social environment.
– A Dementia Cafe provides information about dementia and practical tips about coping with dementia.
– Dementia Support – providing information to help people with Dementia and /or Carers understand more about dementia, and practical support to live well with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society – Harrow & Hillingdon Office
Part United Reform Church
Joel Street, Northwood Hills,
Middlesex, HA6 1NL
Tel: 01923 823 999
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg. Charity No: 296645
Carers Trust Thames is the new name for Crossroads Care Bucks, Milton Keynes and Hillingdon. We are an independent charity and part of the Carers Trust network – Britain’s leading provider of information, advice and practical support to carers across the UK.
We support carers and the people they care for by delivering high quality personal care services to people of all ages, and with a range of disabilities and health conditions.
We currently operate in the Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West London areas. Click on your local office above to find the contact details for your nearest Area Office, and take a look at our services to find out how we could support you and your loved ones.
Cool2Care is committed to providing the very best support for families with disabled children and young adults, enhancing their lives both in their homes and out in the community. Their care–workers are young, trained, confident and skilled, acting as friends or buddies to the children they look after.
They understand that employing a care-worker or personal assistant (PA) benefits the whole family – the child gets a friend to interact and play with while the parents get regular breaks and support with their caring roles.
Their Vision – To help more people with MS to live life to their full potential.
Their Values – To achieve this in a caring, supportive and friendly environment which enables members to manage their symptoms according to their own individual needs, and provide the best range of services, therapies, help and advice to as many of them as possible.
The Masonic Fishing Charity (MTSFC) has the aim ‘to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with Special Needs’. This includes disabled and disadvantage children, young people and adults. Fishing events are held up and down the country and participants invited from Special Needs Schools, Adult Day Centres and similar places to attend. Participants are introduced to fishing by an experienced fishing guide and helpers and lunch is provided for them and their carers or teachers. Middlesex events are held in Syon Park and Angling Projects (Cemex Lakes).
Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose. It is the leading voice of learning disability and everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
Local groups can be found from the website by searching Middlesex.
Various local groups
See website for details
Teddies for Loving Care (TLC)
54 Medway Crescent
Leigh on Sea
Essex, SS9 2UY
Reg. Charity No: 1087765