CHoC’s 2021 Charity of the Year as voted by CHoC staff in 2020 is Mind in Cumbria! Due to the current climate it has been quite difficult to organise and take part in Charity events especially in 2020. As a result of this CHoC has decided to continue to support Mind in 2021.

There is a Mind presence in Carlisle&Eden, Ulverston and Furness. Unfortunately the presence in West had to close due to financial difficulties. As CHoC are a County wide service we are going to split all funds we raise between the 3 Mind Charities and also West Samaritans.

Mind and Samaritans both support people struggling with Mental Health, which is so important now more than ever. The annual fundraising events we have came up with will hopefully help raise funds towards the continuation of both these fantastic Charities.

Please see the below poster to see what we have planned for 2021!

Calendar of events 2021

Events

If you are interested in taking part in this event please contact georgia.graham@choc.nhs.uk

As you are aware we recently asked CHoC staff to vote for the 2020 charity of the year, I am delighted to announce that the winning charity was Mind in Cumbria.

Mind is a mental health charity and was founded in 1946 as the national association for mental health, it celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

Thank you to all staff who voted. If anyone has any ideas or event suggestions or you would like to host an event in your CHoC locality please get in touch with either myself (Georgia.Graham@choc.nhs.uk) or Sarah Taylor-Howe (Sarah.Taylor-Howe@choc.nhs.uk).

We hope that throughout the year we will be able to raise vital funds towards the continuation of this fantastic charity.

As you are aware we recently asked CHoC staff to vote for the 2019 Charity of the Year, I am delighted to announce that the winning charity was the Cumbrian Blood Bikes.

Blood Bikes Cumbria is a Registered Charity which was established by local volunteers as a medical courier service to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies out of hours. In critical situations, blood or other medical items need to be delivered urgently in order to save a patient’s life. Blood Bikes Cumbria, with their distinctive livery and narrow profile, can quickly get through busy traffic to reach their destination. Their service is available every day of the year.

Thank you to all staff who voted, we hope that throughout the year we will be able to raise vital funds towards the continuation of the fantastic Blood Bike service. Please see a calendar of events from the link below that we will be running throughout 2019.

Charity calendar of events 2019 (Click)

For more details or to take part in any of these events please do not hesitate to contact georgia.graham@choc.nhs.uk or sarah.taylor-howe@choc.nhs.uk

As you are aware CHoC have supported many charities over the years on both a local and national scale. We asked staff  to vote for our own Charity of the Year and I am pleased to announce that 2 local charities were jointly voted by staff. These were:

  • Air Ambulance
  • Local Hospices Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice / Eden Valley Hospice /  St Mary’s Hospice / Hospice at Home West Cumbria) (providing support to children and adults with life limiting conditions throughout the county

We will now work on publishing a programme where events throughout the year will fundraise for chosen charities.

Thank you all for voting, if anyone has any suggestions for events or doing anything exciting that would raise money then please get in touch with me!