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Close to our hearts

We are hoping to raise 300k, 100K for each of our chosen charities.  They are all close to our hearts from a team and personally perspective.  It would be so much appreciated if you could donate to either or all three.  The challenge is as much about raising awareness on key environmental issues as it is around the charities.  Please see below a short bio of each charity that we hope you can support.  Thank you so much.

Cancer Research UK

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Our vision for a better future

We want to bring about a world where everybody can lead longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer. A world where:

Some types of cancer are effectively eliminated

Many more are prevented from developing in the first place

People who do develop cancer are diagnosed at the earliest possible stage so they can be successfully treated

Treatments are more effective, kinder and more targeted, so people can lead better, more fulfilling lives

Everyone shares in this progress equally, regardless of who they are, where they’re from or what type of cancer they have.

This strategy offers the one thing we all seek: hope. Hope that the more we discover about the causes of cancer, the more this can be used to prevent it. Hope that discoveries will also lead to a better understanding of how cancer affects our bodies, leading to a better quality of life. Hope that more people will be able to live well with the disease where a cure is not yet an option. Most importantly, it gives us hope that these discoveries will lead to more options for more of us.

Final Straw Foundation

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The Final Straw Foundation are a registered charity working with local communities and businesses to highlight the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and to try to minimise the amount of plastic entering our local seas and wider oceans. They started in Emsworth, Hampshire in 2018 as a group of volunteers giving their time to help clean up our local community spaces and, in time, the surrounding areas. They originally focussed on encouraging businesses to cut back on the amount of disposable, pointless plastic that is used. They ran a few beach cleans and started talking to the local communities in the Solent area, and grew from there. Starting out as the Final Straw Emsworth, they needed to grow because they had so much interest in the campaign and so became the Final Straw Solent. We were a non-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) from June 2018 through to September 2020, at which point we gained our charity registration and became the Final Straw Foundation CIO.

They work with many different types of business on sustainability and to help them find ethical and sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic in their activities. With a very busy school outreach programme they have reached thousands of children in the Solent area through assemblies and workshops. In addition, they work with community groups, giving talks and running activities and encouraging people to avoid single-use plastic and how to best dispose of it if they do need to use it. Regular beach and community clean-ups remain a central focus for the charity. It is a great way to get back in touch with nature, with benefits that include the obvious clear-up of litter, meeting like-minded people, and getting some often well-needed headspace and connection with nature.

Diabetes UK

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We are Diabetes UK. Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm.

We’re leading the fight against the UK’s biggest and growing health crisis. And it’s a fight that involves us all – sharing knowledge and taking on diabetes together.

As the UK’s leading diabetes charity, it’s our job to tackle the diabetes crisis. We’re here to prevent Type 2 diabetes, campaign for and support everyone affected by diabetes, and fund research that will one day lead us to a cure.

We are fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes is a serious and often hidden condition, so without access to crucial information and support people experience life-changing and potentially fatal complications.

All our work is made possible thanks to our supporters who offer their time, their donations and fundraising to help us find reach a world where diabetes can do no harm.