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Description/contact info.
Expires
CD/PL001
AUTISM WEST MIDLANDS
Autism West Midlands' vision is a world where all people on the autism spectrum have the specialist care and support they need to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. The charity offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities. "There are lots of events and activities to choose from: your company could support one of our projects, for instance, or one of the services we provide. When you sponsor one of our services, your company could make a huge difference to what we can offer people affected by autism. You could sponsor an event, showing your commitment to a charitable cause, and helping us to keep providing vital services to those who have to live with the condition every day. You will be sponsoring Autism West Midlands, helping to actively benefit people living with autism across the West Midlands region and will experience large amounts of exposure as the charity prepares for a media rich rebranding - so there is great potential for high media visibility. Get on board now with a well-respected, utilised and worthwhile charity as a potentially lucrative yet rewarding sponsorship tool". Contact: Holly Waite. Address: 18 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3DU. Tel.: 0121 450 7573. E-mail:
Hollyw@autismwestmidlands.org.uk.
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CD/PL002 BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR CRICKETERS WITH DISABILITIES
The British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities is a charitable organisation run entirely by volunteers and its main job is to run and administer the Disabled County Cricket Championship on behalf of the ECB. There are some sixteen counties currently involved, with plans to take on a further four counties in the next two years. The BACD offers cricket opportunities for people with learning or physical disabilites and is looking for sponsorship for its national competitions. "We currently run two county competitions, one using a normal hardball and one for those less mobile, using a softer ball, called an Incrediball. We also run a national Twenty/20 competition at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough. This is for the fifty-two best physically disabled cricketers in the country. For the county championship competitions, we are looking for sponsorship deals in the region of £2K per competition per season and for the Twenty/20 competition we are looking for deals in the region of £1K". Contact: Richard Hill, Chairman - BACD Tournaments Committee. Address: 25 Nutfield, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1UL. Tel.: 01707 882236. E-mail: welwyncc@gmx.com.
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CD/PL003
COMBINED SERVICES DISABLED SKI TEAM
The Combined Services Disabled Ski Team was set up during 2008 as part of the services' Battle Back programme. Skiers were selected from personnel who took part in the first Adaptive Ski Training Exercise, run in March 2008 ("Ex Snow Warrior"). The team consists of members of all three services who have either been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan or who have suffered traumatic non-battlefield injuries that prevent them from undertaking able-bodied sport. Currently the team consists of Captain Martin Hewitt - Para - shot through the shoulder in Afghanistan; Staff Sergeant Mark Hutchinson - Royal Engineers - who lost the use of his right arm in a motorcycle accident; Sergeant Mick Brennan - Royal Signals - who lost both legs above the knee in a suicide-bomb blast in Iraq; and Trooper Steve Shine - Royal Tank Regiment - who lost one leg to an Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq. All the current members of the team have been through rehabilitation at Headley Court and now lead a largely independent life within the forces. Quite amazingly, Sergeant Brennan and Trooper Shine only learnt to ski in March 2008, but they (and Captain Hewitt) have already been selected for the British Disabled Ski Team Development Squad (BDST). Staff Sergeant Hutchinson is already a member of the BDST and has been racing this year at Europa Cup level. Another ex Snow Warrior completed in March and there will be at least three more skiers joining the squad next season. All the team members have been through horrific injuries, especially those wounded in action. Their progress to recovery, which can never be absolute, has been an enormously painful journey. Rehabilitation at Headley Court is incredibly taxing and those who have lost lower limbs have had to learn to walk again on computer-controlled prosthetic legs. Then they had to learn to ski, a process in which falling over is infinitely more painful and dangerous than for an able-bodied skier. They face extraordinary levels of pain simply learning to ski. In order to race at international level, they have to push themselves an extraordinary amount; some have broken their remaining limbs during training and, in some cases, have aggravated their original wounds. This shows a level of dedication that is hard to match in any walk of life, but their burning desire to prove themselves, to reach for a normal life and, ultimately, to compete in a UK team suit is what drives them inexorably forward. They have given a considerable part of themselves in the service of their country and it would be very fitting if they could compete for that country in a sport to which they are totally committed. "They are extraordinary people and really deserve your support; we would really welcome sponsorship, either to pay for the team's expenses during the next few seasons or by way of sponsorship in kind. We can provide considerable beneficial engagement with your staff in return". Contact: Colonel David Eadie. Address: PJHQ, Sandy Lane, Northwood HA6 3JJ. Tel.: 01923 955307. E-mail: david@eadie.me.uk.
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    CD/PL004    
DRAKE MUSIC
Drake Music is a music and technology organisation. The charity provides disabled musicians of all ages with progression pathways into music and the cultural sector in general. The organisation works primarily with people who have severe physical impairments, using assistive technology to explore, create and perform music. However, increasingly it is collaborating with a much wider range of musicians, including people with cognitive and sensory impairments. Drake Music has an excellent track record in the creative use and application of assistive music technology and provides a diverse range of music and cross-art initiatives. Its focus is firmly on nurturing musical and creative ability, exploring, using and testing technology and new media in imaginative ways. This allows them to extend access to music and to connect disabled and non-disabled musicians and other creatives locally, nationally and internationally. Contact: Carien Meijer, Chief Executive. Address: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Tel.: 020 7739 5444. Fax: 020 7729 8942. E-mail: info@drakemusicproject.org.
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CD/PL005
EQUAL ADVENTURE
Adventure should be as natural and inclusive and as available as breathing clean air - but it's not. Individuals with a physical disability are often ignored within the adventure medium, mainly because specialist equipment is required to facilitate such involvement. Equal Adventure overcomes this barrier by designing and manufacturing a wide range of specialist outdoor adventure equipment which allows people of all ages with a physical disability to participate on an equal footing with able-bodied people. "Please contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities". Contact: Frank Grant. Address: 143 Upperby Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4JP. Tel.: 07718 988226. E-mail:
fjg236@aol.com
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Ongoing
CD/PL006
GEOFF HOLT ATLANTIC CHALLENGE
The opportunity exists to sponsor record breaking disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt to become the first disabled yachtsman to sail the Atlantic Ocean single-handed. Geoff Holt has already acquired the specialist yacht, the only 60 foot wheelchair-accessible yacht in the world. Sponsorship funds are needed just to cover administrative costs. In return the yacht has two sixty foot white hulls and several thousand square metres of sail, just crying out for a sponsor's logo. Already a proven commodity, in 2007 Geoff Holt became the first disabled yachtsman to sail single handed around Great Britain. Paralysed from the chest down, he sailed his 15 foot trimaran dinghy 1,500 miles to fifty-one destinations in a Challenge that took 109 days to complete. On his return, he wrote a best-selling autobiography, Walking on Water. Now he is attempting the "big one" and with a guaranteed 30 minute documentary and a launch planned with HRH Princess Anne and Dame Ellen MacArthur, DBE, this project offers the title sponsor a unique and highly "PR friendly" marketing opportunity for a modest cost. Contact: Geoff Holt. Address: Ty Melyn, St Anne's Lane, Shedfield SO32 2HR. Tel.: 01329 835151. E-mail: geoff@geoffholt.com.
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Ongoing
CD/PL007 MAJOR PHIL PACKER
Major Phil Packer sustained a spinal cord injury in Iraq in February 2008 and since then continues to inspire millions. His focus is supporting Young People who face Adversity. He has made this his business. As he began to cope with the situation he found himself in, to regain self-confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and feel to empowered to make choices in life, Phil decided to embark upon numerous physical challenges to raise funds for charity, raise positive awareness and enthuse others. His decisions pulled him through the dark times and he started to overcome the adversity faced with physical limitations and this improved his mental well-being. His three main challenges in 2009 were completed within six months. He rowed the English Channel with Al Humphreys on 14th February, just after a year of being injured and he walked the London Marathon over fourteen days on crutches, with support from his great friend, Martyn Bird. Phil captivated the nation throughout his two-week ordeal. He then flew out to the USA and hauled himself up El Capitan with a support team of some of the country’s best climbers, including Andy Kirkpatrick; he completed over 4,250 pull-ups and slept on the side of the mountain for three days before reaching the summit. Phil raised in excess of £1.3 million for charity in 2009. His efforts inspired millions and gained national recognition, including the Athlete of the Year Badge from the Scout Association, Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The Armed Forces also recognised his efforts prior to his retirement in March 2010 and he was awarded the MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2010, Phil stepped up to the mark again and in addition to supporting the wounded, he turned his attention and main focus to supporting Young People who face Adversity. To continue his physical challenges and to inspire young people, he climbed the 3 Peaks in 72 hours for Sport Relief with BBC presenter, Kate Silverton. He was supported again by Al Humphreys, Andy Kirkpatrick and Martyn Bird and was joined on Mount Snowdon by Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Clive Woodward. This became the feature for the BBC Inside Sport documentary A Major Mountain to Climb that followed his journey. He then completed his biggest challenge: the opportunity to bring charities together and raise awareness of numerous disabilities, deprivation and medical conditions. On the 25th/26th April 2010, Phil smashed his fourteen day London Marathon time and completed the Virgin London Marathon in 26 hours for 26 charities, walking each mile with a Young Person from each of the charities. The greater awareness of the various charities' work and the inspiration Phil gave to the Young People and the public was immense and immeasurable. Note: up to date news and information about sponsorship opportunities is available on request. Contact: Major Phil Packer. Address: 4a Vincent House, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2NB. Tel.: 07841 045210. E-mail: phil@helpforheroes.org.uk.
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CD/PL008 MICHELLE CRUNKHORN
Michelle Crunkhorn is a grade 4 Paralympic Dressage Rider. Michelle has a congenital disability: her left arm finishes just below the elbow. Apart from the left arm she is an able-bodied person. Michelle is looking for help and support to make her dream come true. Michelle had a dream to compete at the London 2012 Paralympics and lost it. "Diamond, the horse that she bought for London 2012, suffered a severe case of laminitis in January 2010. Laminitis is a very complicated hoof problem which we believe was caused by a shock to his feet by snow. A very long battle to try to get him sound to be brought back in to work failed and sadly he was put to sleep in July 2012. This was a very difficult time for Michelle. The 2012 Paralympic Dressage team was announced and she had to sit at home watching it. Michelle is now looking to achieve the dream of representing Great Britain at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France and the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Michelle was talent-spotted for her riding abilities after the Sydney Paralympics in 2001. She won a Bronze medal in the 2003 World Championships, was part of the Athens 2004 Paralympics and the 2005 European Championships and in 2007 she won team Gold at the World Championships. Michelle had high hopes for Beijing but the horse that she had been riding was retired after the world championships, which left her with no horse. Michelle bought Diamond, thinking forward to London 2012. In 2010 it all went very badly wrong for her; as a family we did everything possible to try to get Diamond sound. Luckily Michelle was given a horse (Sam) to ride which kept her riding and kept her hopes alive. This year we bought Sam for Michelle and she has started competing him. After not competing for over two years Michelle has started to look to the future again. With sponsorship she can make her dreams come true. Please contact us and look at Michelle's website to see all of her career results both in Para Dressage and British Dressage. Any sponsorship would be greatly appreciated - it will help with training, travel and competing at shows. Opportunities will also be available for sponsors to have their name on the necessary clothing, merchandise and the horsebox. Sponsors can also attend shows and come to training days or visit the home stables. Please contact Michelle". Contact: Michelle Crunkhorn. Address: 112 Cotgrave Lane, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 4FY. Tel.: 0115 9374152. E-mail:
michelle@michellecrunkhorn.co.uk.
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Ongoing
CD/PL009
SPECIAL OLYMPICS GREAT BRITAIN
Special Olympics Great Britain, the country's largest disability sports charity - providing year-round sport for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities - is seeking a new lead sponsor. National Grid, who have been the charity's Premier Partner since 2007, are re-aligning their sponsorship strategy with Special Olympics GB to become a second tier sponsor. National Grid's programme has exceeded all expectations. More than 600 of the company's employees have volunteered their time to support the charity. Plus, 78% of volunteers feel that the Special Olympics GB volunteer programme makes National Grid a better place to work and 100% feel inclined to support future Special Olympics events, based on a National Grid internal survey. Special Olympics GB has just enjoyed unprecedented media coverage for a sports disability charity through its team that recently attended this summer's European Games. BBC and ITV national and regional television provided continuous coverage, along with Radio 2 and Radio 4 features, regional features on athletes and huge amount of social media and online exposure. Special Olympics GB is gearing up for another high-profile year with a team of over 100 athletes heading to Los Angeles next year for the World Games - hosted by Games Honorary Chair President Barack Obama and the First Lady. "There are currently 150 Special Olympics clubs across Great Britain, run by more than 4,000 volunteers who support the 8,000 athletes benefitting from our ongoing sports training and competition programme. Most corners of the UK have been involved in one way or another with sporting legacy activity following 2012, but none of this legacy activity has directly targeted the largest population of disabled people in the country - children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics has a plan. A big plan. To grow the number of athletes we can support from 8,000 to 15,000 by 2017. Each Special Olympics partnership package is individually structured to best meet a company's objectives and that of Special Olympics GB. Partnership packages include key activation areas -     Rights of association      Hospitality      Access to events, medal ceremonies and a range of sports      Sampling and promotional opportunities      Competitions and associated programmes      Branding and PR opportunities      Local community engagement      Employee volunteering and customer involvement      National fundraising events and activation". CEO Karen Wallin says: "The aim of Special Olympics Great Britain is to transform the lives of people with intellectual (learning) disabilities through sport. We are the only organisation in the UK to offer a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing opportunities for them to develop their physical skills and confidence, adapt to a healthier lifestyle and become inclusive members of their community. We aim to integrate health, wellbeing, education and social inclusion into all of our programmes and strands of work". To request further information and discuss what potential options there might be for your company to get involved, just get in touch. Contact: Karen Wallin, CEO. Address: 1st Floor, 6-8 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3NT. Tel.: 0207 375 7612. E-mail:
karen.wallin@sogb.org.uk
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https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB  
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain
 
Ongoing
CD/PL010
SPORTING HEARTS
Sporting Hearts: Helping, Educating and Rehabilitating Through Sports. Sporting Hearts are working in highly disadvantaged areas of Nottinghamshire with youngsters aged 5 to 25 who are in danger of becoming socially or educationally excluded. This could be because of anti-social behaviour, lack of self-esteem, lack of basic and social skills or because of bullying or disability. "We offer access to sporting activities which will include teamwork and raising of self-esteem and self-confidence. We encourage our successes to become ambassadors within their peer groups to encourage even more youngsters to eschew crime, drugs and alcohol for sport and community work. We have an extensive network of providers who can offer a variety of sporting opportunities and progression pathways to success. These include further training, coaching and officiating courses and vocational training for employability. Nottinghamshire has a high youth crime rate and a gang culture, often fuelled by alcohol and/or drugs. We are determined to offer opportunities for the youth of today to become the heart of the community tomorrow. We passionately believe that sport is a conduit for this vision. We currently provide a variety of projects from boxing to dance and football. We are working with several schools in the area to help deliver our vision to youngsters who have been identified as becoming socially or educationally excluded and those who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). If you feel you would like to help in any way please contact us at projects@sportinghearts.co.uk". Contact: Joan Smalley, Funding Director. Address: New Brook House, 385 Alfreton Road, Nottingham NG7 5LR. Tel.: 01158224793. E-mail: joan.smalley@sportinghearts.co.uk
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Ongoing
CD/PL011
UNITED RESPONSE
United Response: an award-winning, innovative charity which helps 1,500 people live the lives they want; funding helps them find jobs for people with learning disabilities or mental health needs, and access their communities; their specialist fundraising and communications team is flexible enough to work closely with the sponsor's organisation and ensure the sponsor receives the full CSR benefit of supporting the charity. United Response is a national charity providing skilled care and support to over 1,500 adults with learning disabilities or mental health needs in over 200 different locations across England and Wales. Around 15% of the people it supports have a mental health need, although an estimated 25-40% of people with learning disabilities in the UK experience mental health problems, with social isolation and loneliness as a major contributing factor. The organisation works with some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in society - more than half cannot talk and may have little or no ability to communicate, and in addition, may be deaf, blind and need a wheelchair to get around. Depending on their level of disability, some people need one or two people to care for them 24 hours a day, which is why the charity employs over 2,000 carers. United Response recognises that everyone has different interests, giving them the support they need to explore and fulfil their potential. What matters to United Response are the day to day ordinary lives of people, and people not having a voice. They believe that everybody should have the chance to live the fullest possible life, whatever their level of disability. They work closely with each individual to provide the support they need to do what they want to do in life, and aim to create choices and opportunities to enable people to take control of their own lives; to choose the type of support they want; and to fulfil their potential and achieve a better quality of life in the community. United Response provides everything from 24 hour care and support to helping someone living in his or her own flat, gaining qualifications or work experience, to using the internet or supporting someone to find employment. As well as supporting people, United Response is involved in several groups working for change. They lobby to break down barriers and challenge attitudes. Sponsorship support could provide equipment or access to experiences and opportunities that make independence a reality - even a small contribution can literally transform someone's life. Corporate partnerships can make a huge difference to their work, by allowing them to put more opportunities in reach of the people with learning disabilities or mental health needs. United Response aims to significantly improve the quality of life for the people they support - this is their mission as a charity. "To make this happen we must raise funds, and that is why we need your company's help".
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Ongoing
CD/PL012
THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED SAILING ASSOCIATION OF GB
"PLease contact us for information about latest sponsorship opportunities. Contact: Colin Fowler, Commodore. Address: c/o 55a Five Oaks, Caddington, Luon LJ1 4JD. Tel.: 07901573570. E-mail:
commodore@visa-gb.org.uk.
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CD/PL013
WELLCHILD
The WellChild Awards is a prestigious and star-studded occasion held to raise awareness of children's health in the UK. The awards recognise and encourage all those dealing with childhood health issues on a daily basis, especially those dedicated doctors, medical researchers, nurses and teachers who care for sick children every day. Perhaps most important of all, they recognise those children who have coped against the odds with a serious illness or disability and who are an inspiration to us all. Each award is presented by a celebrity. In the past, these have included Prince Harry, Rod Stewart, Duncan Bannatyne, Westlife and the Strictly Come Dancing team. Previous events have been extremely high-profile, attended by over 500 people. It received the following press coverage      Television - ITV News, BBC (South, East and Liverpool), Community Channel    Newspapers - The Sun, Daily Mirror, Metro, The Times    Magazines - Hello!, Best, Reveal, Real People, First News    Websites - channel4.com, mirror.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, people.com, itn.co.uk. A full press pack is available and video highlights can be viewed on the website. A number of sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact: Karl Gwilliam, Fundraising Manager. Address: WellChild, 16 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA. Tel.: 01242 548766. E-mail: karlgwilliam@wellchild.org.uk
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     CD/PL014    
WHEELCHAIR DANCE SPORT ASSOCIATION
The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association offers diverse and mixed inclusive dancing for all. "Members can become an instructor or just be part of a group where they can learn to dance. This is an inclusive environment where members meet able-bodied and disabled partners and can choose to compete as an individual. We are looking for sponsors who can help us with funding to continue our valuable services throughout the UK. We offer bursaries to people to train as an instructor. We work closely with local councils to provide an active sport to those in wheelchairs and with a more severe disability. NO ONE is turned away. Please help support us with our ongoing costs". Contact: Mrs Gill Day. Address: Lemarie Centre for Charities, 524 St Albans Road, Watford WD24 7RX. Tel.: 03001113045. E-mail:
gill@wdsauk.co.uk.

 
https://www.facebook.com/WDSAUK  
https://twitter.com/WDSAUK

 

 

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Description/contact info.
Expires
CD/001 BEMDA (BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY DIABETES ASSOCIATION)
BEMDA (Black and Ethnic Minority Diabetes Association) aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people living with diabetes, because this chronic, long-term and progressive disease is now epidemic, with serious implications for individuals and society. Most deaths and diabetes-related complications occur in the economically-productive age group. Being diagnosed with diabetes is very traumatic; taking insulin increases the burden. BEMDA's principal activities are      interactive workshops (the organisation's main area of work) for awareness of diabetes, inculcating the need for mutual support among young people to reduce the prevalent diabetes-related stigma and bullying     random sampling and selection of participating schools and clubs to verify perceptions of diabetes     raising awareness of the potential dangers of manipulating prescribed insulin doses to remain slim and socially acceptable, whilst raising awareness that other options to achieve a desirable slim figure are available without jeopardising health     setting up a young people's vibrant, interactive website and learning materials to update their knowledge of diabetes, especially the prevention of complications     sessions with teachers to ensure that an enabling, clean and discreet environment is available for pupils to take injections and test blood glucose levels frequently     raising knowledge of diabetes among residents, especially young people, meaning taking steps to prevent unnecessary loss of limbs, early or sudden death and empowering people to take responsibility for their condition through effective self-management. Contact: Mrs. Aderonke Jomo-Coco. Address: Voluntary Action Westminster, 37 Chapel Street, London NW1 5DP. Tel.: 02077235357. E-mail:
Info@bemda.org.
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Project for which funding is being sought

The project will be dedicated to relieving distress and the burden of daily living with diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes)

Aims and Objectives of the Organisation

     To promote and protect the physical and mental health of people with diabetes, especially those from black and ethnic minority (BME) communities, through the provision of support, education, practical advice and through undertaking research in the subject of diabetes with the dissemination of any useful results.
     To provide, or assist in the provision of, facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.

 

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CD/002 BRITISH BLIND SAILING RACING ASSOCIATION
Blind Sailing is a charity set up to enable all visually impaired sailors to get out on the water. The charity tries to cater for all - from the young to the old, from the beginner to the experienced racer. It also provides advice to those who have recently lost their sight or to clubs with visually impaired sailors looking to join. The charity also supports the British Blind Sailing Team, helping to fund their attendance at events and to hold their own events. To date the team has had great success, becoming World Champions twice. However, they need the help of sponsors to be able to send the three teams of different sight categories, two sighted and two visually impaired on each team, to competitions. Currently the team are funding their own training and also work hard to raise the money for the events in which they compete. Through hard training they have developed strong communication and show tremendous commitment to their sailing. The team would be delighted to take part in photo opportunities with sponsors and will happily wear a uniform bearing the sponsor's logo. They will promote the sponsor's company as best they can whilst (for example) competing in the World Championships. Hopefully this brief information has given potential sponsors an insight into what the team hopes to achieve. More information is available via the contact shown or from the charity's website. "If you can see some way how your company may assist us with the funding we need to be able to send a competitive team to the next World Championships this would be greatly appreciated". Contact: Lucy Hodges. Address: 92 Lesney Gardens, Rochford, Essex SS4 1TZ. Tel.: 07736 306046. E-mail: stephen.griffiths@coutts.com
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CD/003 BRITISH BLIND SPORT
British Blind Sport needs sponsorship to fund grass roots, national and international sporting activities for the blind and partially sighted in the UK. Sponsors can choose from a selection of options which includes everything from children's activities to national sports events for adults and older people. Sponsors can support potential Paralympians or whole teams attending overseas events for the blind. Potentially, over 2 million visually-impaired people in the UK may be reached via the charity's website. Other opportunities include sponsoring the organisation's Sports Development Officer as well as getting involved in direct mail campaigns to doctors' surgeries, health clubs and sports clubs (football, cricket, golf). Contact: Mrs. Georgina Hare, Head of Fundraising. Address: 4/6 Victoria Terrace, Leamington Spa, CV31 3AB. Tel.: 01926-424247. Fax: 01926-427775. E-mail: georgina@britishblindsport.org.uk
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CD/004 BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
The aim of the British Heart Foundation is to play a leading role in the fight against cardiovascular disease, so that it is no longer a major cause of disability and premature death. Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death in the UK. One in four men and one in six women die from it every year. Heart disease affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds and has a terrible impact on the lives of many individuals and their families. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has made a real difference to the nation’s heart health, through forty years as a pioneer in medical research, patient care and education. "Help us fight the UK’s biggest killer!" is their plea to sponsors. The BHF's Corporate Fundraising Department pro-actively forms partnerships with brands and products that support and enhance its work and message. Sponsorship of its major events and national campaigns is an opportunity to enhance the sponsor's brand and corporate image, by working with Britain’s leading heart charity. The organisation's pledge is that with sponsors' support they can continue to make a real difference. Contact: Claire Pearson, Sponsorship Executive. Address: 14 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 4DH. Tel.: 0207 725 0663. Fax: 0207 486 3815. E-mail: pearsonc@bhf.org.uk
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Current opportunities

Campaigns – Heart Week and Valentine’s Week
Prestigious national and regional events – London to Brighton Bike Ride, Junior Golf, Walkabout
Educational materials – resources and information for healthcare professionals, children, etc.
Publications and videos on the work and issues of the BHF

 

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CD/005 THE DISABILITIES TRUST
The Disabilities Trust is a leading national charity providing quality support services and facilities for children and adults with profound physical impairments, acquired brain injury, autism and learning disabilities. The Trust runs services all over the country designed to respond to the needs of people with the most complex and challenging forms of disability, helping them to lead more fulfilling, independent lives. Registered charity no.: 800797. Contact: Fundraising Team. Address: 32 Market Place, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9NP. Tel.: 01444 237 286 E-mail: fundraising@thedtgroup.org.
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CD/006 DISABILITY SPORT EVENTS
Disability Sport Events (DSE) is the events arm of the umbrella body, English Federation of Disability Sport. The charity organises twelve national championships in a variety of sports, as well as the Flora London Wheelchair Marathon. These events provide pathways for international success. The organisation is now seeking corporate and trust partners for a number of its high standard events and projects. "You too can help us to increase participation and medal winners in the most rewarding ways". More information about sponsorship opportunities is available on request. Contact: Sarah Marl, Marketing & Communications Manager. Address: DSE, Belle Vue Centre, Pink Bank Lane, Manchester M12 5GL. Tel.: 0161 953 2438. Fax: 0161 953 2420. E-mail: sarah@dse.org.uk
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CD/007 LEONARD CHESHIRE FOUNDATION
One of the few pan-disability charities. A number of cause-related sponsorship projects (eg VisABLE) are available. Contact Abi Dawson, Corporate Fundraiser. Address: 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4QD. Tel.: 0207-802-8200. Fax: 0207-802-8250. E-mail: a.dawson@london.leonard-cheshire.org.uk.
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CD/008 THE POPPY APPEAL
The plight of some of our ex-Service men and women may not always be at the forefront of our minds. But for many of them, the fight for survival continues. For them, their battles nowadays may be with disability, infirmity, poverty, homelessness or despair. Whatever their struggle, the Royal British Legion is there for them. A staggering 13 million people are eligible for help from the Legion. The Royal British Legion responds to a record 300,000 pleas for support. A simple way for any company to play its part is simply by making poppies available throughout its organisation during Remembrancetide. Alternatively, it can create its own unique way to support the Poppy Appeal, with activities tailored to the company's precise needs. The symbol of the Poppy, and all it represents, makes the Legion an attractive charity partner for cause-related marketing initiatives. There are also many opportunities available in the area of event sponsorship (recent/current examples include Bike to Brussels, Christmas Carol, Celebration Cycle to Switzerland, Festival of Remembrance, Legion Golf Days, Little Remembrance Cross, Field of Remembrance, Pedal to Paris, Poppy Chase, Poppy Race Days, Poppy Walk). A host of marketing and sponsorship-related activities are available, including corporate hospitality, product partnership, affinity marketing and networking opportunities. Details are available on the charity's website. Contact: Sara Sargentson, Community Fundraiser. Address: PO Box 6359, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ZU. Tel.: 01335 346342. Fax: 01335 346352. E-mail: sargentson@aol.com.
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CD/009 REBOUNDERS
Rebounders is a registered charity that provides trampoline therapy to children and adults with any type of special needs or disability. It is based in Cardiff and serves the South Wales area. It has over seventy members currently attending each week, varying in age from two to 64 (the majority are children). Members range from those with minor language or coordination problems to those with little or no speech, understanding or mobility. The charity is staffed mainly by volunteers, and all the coaches are fully qualified to work with special needs clients. Sponsorship is sought to help Rebounders establish its own disability trampolining venue in Cardiff to provide a safe and relaxed environment for these children to meet and play, rather than being restricted to hiring a court in a leisure centre, with all the many distractions around. Sponsorship will also help them meet the demands of an ever-growing waiting list. Contact: Heather Sargent. Address: 26 Cheriton Drive, Thornhill, Cardiff CF14 9DF. Tel.: 029 2075 9196. E-mail: heather@rebounders-tramp.co.uk.
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CD/010 ROB BURTON SOCCER SCHOOL
Rob Burton Soccer School is a soccer school for disabled children and young people. A sponsor would have pride of place on the school's website which attracts a large number of hits each month, as well as shirt sponsorship and name checks when the team is featured on local radio and newspaper media. Newspaper articles would be reproduced on the club website. "The domain name www.disabilityfootball.com has proved to be a massive hit all over the world!", says Rob Burton. "With such an amazing domain name the money from sponsorship would go to promoting my disabled soccer school and expanding it into wheelchair sports and other specialist areas". Contact: Rob Burton. Tel.: 07974 121 701. E-mail: rburton1978@yahoo.co.uk
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CD/011 RUSHMOOR MALLARDS DISABILITY SPORTS CLUB
The Rushmoor Mallards was formed in 1974 as a Sunday swimming club for disabled people and their families, based at Farnborough Leisure Centre. When the centre extended its facilities in 1976, the club did likewise and introduced an extensive range of dry sports on Friday Club Evenings. Since those tentative beginnings, the club has developed into one of the top disability sports clubs in the country. Rushmoor Mallards takes great pride in the fact that the club has developed National, European, World and Paralympic Champions. These successes are recognised by the fact that three of its members have been honoured with the award of MBEs by the Queen. The club covers a wide range of sports (from athletics and swimming to badminton and wheelchair basketball), each with its own Sports Leader and coaching. Opportunities exist to participate in all sports recreationally, and in many sports competitively, at all levels. Some competitions are run internally for club members only; others are inter-club competitions, run by the club itself or other neighbouring clubs. As members become more experienced they are given the opportunity to participate in higher level competition at Regional, National and International levels. Much of the equipment used in disability sport is highly specialised (eg basketball wheelchairs) and is therefore expensive. Likewise, competitions are often spread across the whole country, meaning high travel costs. "We would really like to hear from anyone who would be interested in being involved in a club which has an extremely positive impact on the lives of many people with disabilities, giving them a sporting chance that they might not have had otherwise. Contact: Victoria Pallot. Address: 1 Stickle Down, Deepcut, Surrey GU16 6GB. Tel.: 07554 920701. E-mail: vicky@blackhawks.co.uk
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CD/012 TEES VALLEY TARGET SPORTS
Tees Valley Target Sports (formerly Guisborough Gun Club) is based in the Middlesbrough area and exists to cater for its members interests' in clay pigeon, full and small bore rifle and black powder shooting. This very popular and forward-looking club is currently developing an indoor target sports facility for small bore shooting, archery, air pistol and air rifle on Teesside. The new facility will enable the club to significantly expand the scope of its operations, both for existing members and for the training of young people and the disabled from the local community. The club is seeking sponsorship for the conversion of the premises and for the purchase of equipment. More details are available on request. Contact: David Pengilley, Secretary. E-mail: info@teesvalleytargetsports.co.uk.
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  CD/013   WEST MIDLANDS DISABILITY ARTS FORUM
West Midlands Disability Arts Forum offers opportunities for sponsorship of its magazine and videos. The organisation produces a magazine called d'art (disability art) tri-annual. The magazine reaches a wide audience of disabled artists, galleries and museums in the West Midlands, as well as local authority art officers and arts boards. The magazine is available by email from info@wmdaf.org for a free copy in the first instance. WMDAF suggest that the magazine, which is available in print, tape, disc, email and braille, is an excellent vehicle for reaching a disabled audience. Contact: Zoe Partington, Director. Address: 009, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA. Tel.: 01299-271-906. E-mail: rowena@cwcom.net.
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CD/014 WESTERN ISLES DISABILITY SPORT
In return for sponsorship funding, the sponsor's logo will appear on the organisation's letterheads, in media reports etc.. Contact: Gordon Thomas, Chairman.Address: 83 Parkend, Sandwick, Isle of Lewis HS2 0AR. Tel.: 01851 701105. E-mail: gordon.thomas2@btinternet.com
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CD/015 THE WHEELERZ
The Wheelerz is a locally-run wheelchair basketball team. It is open to all, whether disabled or able-bodied, from twelve to fifty, male or female. "We help people to have fun and at the same time get fit. We do not have a sponsor and are in danger of having to give up, as we are so short of funds. The subscriptions, which are paid monthly, do not cover the cost of the hall hire. So come on, help the little clubs bring a smile to those who need it the most!" Contact: John Smart. Address: 18 Singleton Walk, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN40 2RG. Tel.: 07716 772714. E-mail:
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