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At the heart of every Marathon event we organise are the charities we support.
This year we are proud to be supporting the following charities.
2017 marks Compton Hospice's 35th Anniversary.
For three and a half decades Compton Hospice has been delivering care and support for families living with the effects of incurable illnesses. In that time the hospice is estimated to have supported over 35,000 patients, plus many more family members, across Wolverhampton, the Black Country, South Staffordshire and East Shropshire.
From humble beginnings caring for over 200 patients a year, Compton Hospice has grown and developed to support over 2000 patients every year offering care in both a person’s home and in their dedicated hospice facilities.
One such person who has benefited from the care delivered by Compton Hospice is 70 year old Michael Jenkins. He comments: “I really enjoy my time at Compton Hospice. I visit the Woods Therapy Centre once a week and it really is fantastic. The company is fantastic, everyone mixes and has a laugh and we all get along. I feel really well looked after by the nurses, which comforts me and my family.
“I can honestly say that if I won the lottery tomorrow I would give a huge chunk of it to the hospice because they do such great work and deserve it.”
Grace Lee, PR & Marketing Manager comments: “Compton Hospice would not be able to continue to do the great work it does were it not for the support of the public. We are so incredibly grateful to everyone for their contributions both as volunteers and fundraisers.
“However, with demand for our services growing year on year, we appeal for your help more than ever. Whether it’s taking part in an event, giving a special gift or offering a couple of hours of your time as a volunteer, you'll be helping to improve the lives of people living with an incurable illness.
“If you’d like to find out more about how you can support Compton Hospice in our anniversary year please visit our website www.compton-hospice.org.uk for more information. Thank you for helping us continue to care.”
Birmingham Dogs Home was founded in 1892, and is a charity which can only survive through the generosity and support of the general public and benefactors from the local community. Without this we would be unable to carry on the vital work of rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs.
Our mission is to rescue, reunite and re-home the lost, abused and abandoned dogs from the streets of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.
BDH provided care and support for over 3,200 stray and neglected dogs in 2016. With no Government funding we rely totally on the generous public to help us raise vital funds each year, and without their support we simply wouldn’t survive.
BDH has two rehoming Centres; our new Birmingham Centre at Catherine-de-Barnes, and our Sunnyside Centre in Wolverhampton, which boast state-of-the-art accommodation for the many dogs that arrive on a daily basis.
If you would like to find out more about Birmingham Dogs Home then please visit our website www.birminghamdogshome.org.uk.
Samaritans provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. However, many of our calls are not about suicide, they are from people who feel upset or confused and just want to talk to someone.
Nationally, Samaritans volunteers provide emotional support, 24 hours of every day, 365 days a year. In Wolverhampton a team of over 60 volunteers is currently undertaking this work. We receive around 2,000 contacts per month but this number can increase considerably at various times of the year.
The branch relies on fundraising by volunteers and on donations and it costs about £30,000 a year to keep our services running in Wolverhampton.
Samaritans can be contacted by telephone 01902 426422 (or call free on 116 123) or by email, letter or visit us at our branch at 54 Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton WV6 0RU. Full details are available on our website: www.samaritans.org.uk
If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for Samaritans please call: 03705 627282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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