Charity Partners

Mon 09 Feb 2015
Author: Matt Hudson
The Weston Homes Community Stadium

The Weston Homes Community Stadium

Image by : Richard Blaxall

The charities we are working with in 2015.

Colchester United is committed to working with the local community and supporting local charities through the provision of club collateral for the purposes of fundraising auctions and raffles.

For full details on our Charity Charter, click HERE.

We also nominate four Official Charity Partners to work closely with each year. For 2015, our Charity Partners are:-

Charity Profiles

Essex Carers Support
Essex Carers Support is a charity supporting people providing unpaid informal care and support for loved ones.   

So many of us are carers; supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. Whether round-the-clock or for a few hours a week, in our own home or for someone at the other end of a motorway – caring can have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans. 

You probably don’t think of yourself as a 'carer', rather as a husband, wife, son, daughter, neighbour, friend etc.

Many carers are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, or even struggling with poor health themselves. Many don't know how or where to get help. 

It can be frightening and very lonely. For some it's sudden: someone you love is taken ill or has an accident, your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents can't manage on their own any longer, your partner's health gets gradually worse.

Looking after someone can be tough, but carers are not on their own. Essex Carers Support is here to listen, to give you expert information and advice that's tailored to your situation, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are.

Headway Essex
Headway Essex was formed through the need of brain injury survivors and their families to fill a gap in the provision of statutory services. Brain Injury is difficult to understand and the issues for survivors and their families are complex. 

Brain injury changes the way a person deals with situations; the affects can be as severe as total physical disability or personality change, to issues with concentration, impaired memory and speech. 

Brain injury impacts on peoples’ lives long after the physical wounds have healed and without the support of Headway Essex it is very difficult for survivors to move on and lead a fulfilling life. Without help crisis situations develop; mental health deteriorates, family units break down and individuals can become socially isolated.

Our aim is to support individuals with brain injury and their families and carers to rebuild their life post hospital discharge, providing rehabilitation, coping strategies, emotional and practical support, support groups, crisis support, education and on-going help with health and social issues they face. We do this through the Headway Centre in Colchester and our Community Support Service that operates Essex-wide.

We are an independently registered charity relying on fundraising and donations to provide our service.

Little Havens Hospice
When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their child’s illness, Little Havens Hospice can help. We’re here to make the journey as comfortable as possible, controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for babies, children and teenagers at the end of their lives. Our specialist care is free – for as long as is needed – within the family home and at our hospice.

We're a registered charity – not part of the NHS – and receive limited government funding. Our hospice can only exist because of the support and generosity of the community. Together, we're 'Making every day count.'

To find out more about the care provided by Little Havens Hospice, and how you can support the charity, please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/getinvolved or contact the Fundraising Team on 01702 220305.

Tom Bowdidge Foundation
The Tom Bowdidge Foundation is a charity founded on 28th February 2014 and launched by his parents on what would have been Tom’s 20th birthday. Tom tragically died of cancer in October 2013, at the age of just 19. The Foundation is headquartered in Colchester and its goal is to raise funds to provide physical, emotional and research support to teenagers with cancer:

• RESEARCH – supporting research into teenage cancers with specific reference to sarcoma research. Tom was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive type of sarcoma.
• PHYSICAL – providing support for the day to day to day care of teenage cancer sufferers and their families
• EMOTIONAL – looking after teenagers and their family’s emotional needs; providing people for them to talk to, to help them understand what is happening to them.

Photographs of the four charity partners were taken at the home game against Walsall on Saturday January 17th and will appear on the website next week.

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