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Mayoral Charities

The Chair of Council/Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Elaine Hardwick, has announced that the two Mayor's Charities that she has chosen for 2016/17 are Heartful Dodgers and Transplant Sport UK. All money raised throughout the year will be split equally between the two charities. All money raised during the two major fundraising events that take place in the town (Community Festival and the Fireworks Display) and any other events organised throughout the year are donated to the Mayor's Charity.

Heartful Dodgers

Age UK South Gloucestershire

Supporting Southmead Hospital Charity - Registered Charity No. 1055900

The Heartful Dodgers fundraising group started in 2009 when three of our ex-patients were chatting in the gym. Having completed the Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme at North Bristol NHS Trust - three years previously they felt they wanted to give something back. They approached the Cardiac Rehabilitation team with the idea of walking the Bristol half marathon in September 2009, ever grateful for the opportunity to raise funds the 'Heartful Dodgers' fund raising group were created.

The 'Heartful Dodgers' has grown to include patients, family members and Cardiac Rehab staff. We fundraise for the Cardiac Rehabilitation team through the Southmead Hospital Charity registered charity number - 1055900.

We have regular fundraising projects - past events include: a Cotswold way walking challenge, runners in the Bristol 10k and Half Marathon, Dragon boat racing, a music festival and a skittles evening. We also hold regular walks, garden parties and a Christmas Fayre each year.

With the funds raised to date we have been able to purchase new equipment for all our programmes. We have also been able to fund courses for the staff which has enabled us to set up new Tai Chi programmes for patients that are unable to take part in our traditional cardiovascular exercise programmes.

We are hoping that with further fundraising we can expand our services and ultimately open up additional exercise and Tai Chi programmes to further benefit our patients across the area.

For any further information please contact;
Louise Hill - Cardiac Rehab service manager on 01174140040

Many thanks for your support.

Transplant Sport

Age UK South Gloucestershire

Transplant Sport (TS) are the largest transplant charity promoting active recovery for transplant patients and increasing awareness of the benefits of organ donation and transplantation.

Transplant Sport have been organising events over the last 38 years for transplant recipients and the wider transplant family – this can include donor families and live donors.

All sports from the less energetic events of darts and bowls, to swimming, racquets, track and field, allow participants of every ability to join in with others in the spirit of sport, support and friendship.

All TS events give the opportunity for transplant recipients and their families, to take part in activity, whilst at the same time give an invaluable opportunity to meet others, who have had similar experiences.

Our flagship event is the British Transplant Games where our members come together for 4 days of events – sporting and social. For those who achieve a good enough standard there is the opportunity to compete as part of the British Team at the World Transplant Games. The most important aspect though, is the camaraderie and friendship that develops between all participants through having a “shared experience” of transplantation.

Our sporting events and activities demonstrate that sporting activities are safe, and also that there is quality of life after organ transplantation. The participants celebrate life and the events are also an opportunity to thank donors and donor families.

Most importantly, the marketing and PR that surrounds all of our events, promotes the importance of organ donation, signing on to the NHS Organ Donor Register and discussing your wishes with your families now. 3 people die every day in the UK waiting for a transplant. Donation in the UK continues to rely on the potential donor families giving consent. Only 58% of these families agree to donation and say yes. TS aims to increase the consent rate to 80% by 2020. Please help us to achieve this and play your part in saving more lives!

Act now and register onto the Organ Donor Register www.organdonation.nhs.uk and www.transplantsport.org.uk

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