Two more charities receive A Helping Hand

The handover of the helping hand cheques at the BFP office.    Presentation to SARS.
The handover of the helping hand cheques at the BFP office. Presentation to SARS.
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The final charities to receive A Helping Hand grant from the Bury Free Press and St Edmund’s Wheel are Suffolk Accident Rescue Service and CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent is the UKs leading cancer charity for children and provides clinical, practical and emotional support for children, young people and their families.

Alison Ramsay, fundraising manager of CLIC Sargent, said: “Every day ten families hear the news their child has cancer, this support will be a huge help.”

The £1,000 donated could pay for a family to have a holiday in one of CLIC Sargent’s specialist holiday homes, be put towards nursing provision, or help social workers to provide emotional or social support to families.

On average it costs CLIC Sargent £3,750 to support a family after a child is diagnosed with cancer and each year eight families in Suffolk require their help.

Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) send their volunteer doctors and critical care paramedics to medical emergencies to provide specialist care and assist the ambulance service.

The charity needs to raise £50,000 in the next year to make it sustainable and invest in new equipment and training.

On average SARS attends 250 incidents across Suffolk each year, including road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests and industrial or agricultural incidents.

The £1,000 A Helping Hand grant will go towards the charity’s £50,000 target, and may contribute to the £10,000 cost of training a new member of staff or the specialist equipment the doctors and paramedics must be equipped with.

Over the past four years £19,000 has been handed to charities by the Bury Free Press and St Edmund’s Wheel.

Ian Turner, a trustee of St Edmunds Wheel, said: “You do not realise how many independent charities there are that are doing good in all sectors. We will continue to support local charities through St Edmunds Wheel.”

St Edmund’s Wheel will also be raising funds to support the Bury Free Press’ BEAT IT! appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £55,000 to pay for a cancer scope, for West Suffolk Hospital, which will help detect prostate cancer and save lives.