Local Council Award Scheme Quality

Mayoral Charities

The Chair of Council/Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Andy Ward, has announced that the two Mayor's Charities that he has chosen for 2017/18 are Cardiomyopathy UK and Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service. 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.


Cardiomyopathy UK

Cardiomyopathy UK

Cardiomyopathy UK is the only UK charity which provides support and information to people affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy. The charity works extensively with medical professionals to ensure best practice is met with regards to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiomyopathy. We campaign for affected families to have regular heart checks and genetic testing to find family members at risk and save lives.

Our services include a helpline (0800 018 1024) answered by specialist inherited cardiac support nurses and welfare rights advisors, access to peer support so that people don't feel alone post diagnosis, a range of regularly updated information resources and a website full of useful information. We host six information days a year throughout the UK in different locations enabling people to learn more about their condition from renowned cardiologists and hold yearly national and clinical conferences to raise greater awareness of the condition to both clinicians and the general public. Cardiomyopathy UK delivers a number of support groups throughout the UK and has begun to develop services specifically for children, young people and younger adults.

Website: www.cardiomyopathy.org



Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service

Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service

Freewheelers is an Emergency Voluntary Service that provides a free out of hours medical courier service to hospitals in the South West. The service is available to hospitals and other NHS institutions 365 days a year between 1900 hours and 0700 hours Monday to Friday and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays.If our service did not exist the NHS would have to pay for the use of taxis or commercial couriers. Our lifesaving service is funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship. Not one person that gives their time to Freewheelers is paid. When the hospital makes the call it is the volunteer coordinator that answers the phone at home. The jobs are then given out to the volunteer riders.There is a rider on call in the north, east,and west of our patch with an extra relief rider to help with peak call volumes and the air ambulance runs.We transport blood, pathology and microbiology specimens, patients notes, x-rays, breast milk, medication and other medical supplies. Since August 2015 Freewheelers has been working in partnership with the Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) and the Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA) charity.Units of type 0-negative blood (which can be administered to anyone) are collected daily by a rider from North Bristol Trust Laboratory at Southmead Hospital and delivered to WAA's operation centre in Devizes and GWAA's airbase at Filton. The Air Ambulance teams report that being able to transfuse blood at the scene of an accident has a visible impact on the pre hospital treatment they are able to provide in their critical care roles.Each urgent and non-urgent call the blood bike riders respond to contributes to savings for the NHS. Each emergency call helps to save the life of a patient. Overall of the items we deliver 60% are samples. We are told 70% of medical intervention requires testing in pathology/microbiology. We therefore have significant impact on the prompt treatment of local people/patients.

Website: www.freewheelers.org.uk




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