We encourage all charities to get involved with the Reading Half Marathon. Whether you are a local or national charity, being part of this event will give your charity fantastic exposure whilst encouraging our runners to raise thousands of pounds for your great cause.


Our objective is to transform the amount raised through these events for our charity partners. There are five levels of charity partnerships available, designed to suit all charities, big or small. If you are interested in being an official charity partner please email:
events@sweatshop.co.uk


We are proud to work with and support our confirmed national and local event charity partners who are listed below.

Platinum Charities

Gold Charities

Macmillan Cancer Support Alzheimer's Society Bibs Sue Ryder Sue Ryder

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Silver Charities

Bronze Charities

ShelterBox Stroke Association CLIC Sargent Reading Samaritans Younger People with Dementia

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Local Partners

Creating Better Futures First Days Helen & Douglas House Thames Valley Air Ambulance
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Platimum Charities

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should face cancer alone

Every day 10 people in Berkshire hear the devastating news they have cancer, and five die from the illness. By 2030, the number of people living with and beyond cancer in Berkshire will fill Reading FC's Madejski Stadium more than two times.

When you join Team Macmillan, you get a FREE technical running top, our fab fundraising pack and we'll give you the biggest cheers, the best support and the greatest reason to run!

Click here to find out more: www.macmillan.org.uk

Gold Charities

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society

Every three minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with dementia and there's currently no cure.

Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, it's predicted that one million people will have the condition. Now more than ever, we must all come together and unite against dementia.

By joining team Alzheimer's Society you are helping to provide life changing support for people with dementia and funding research into a cure to put an end to dementia for good. Join our team today to get the loudest cheers on race day!

Click here to find out more: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Bibs

Bibs

Babies in Buscot Support

Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) help to give sick and premature newborns at the Royal Berkshire Hospital the best possible start in life. We do this by providing support to families, medical equipment, and improving neonatal facilities. Our local charity is run by parents that have had a baby on Buscot Ward, which is why we care so deeply. 10% of babies in Berkshire require special care at birth. Every penny raised helps save tiny lives, and support families when they need it most.

In 2017 our team of over 60 runners raised over £38k for incubators, ventilators and cardiac monitors.

Join 'Team BIBS' today by messaging our Facebook page or emailing info@bibs.org.uk In return you will receive a FREE running vest plus the most incredible, truly personalised support and encouragement throughout your training, on race day and beyond.

Click here to find out more: www.bibs.org.uk

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder provides incredible hospice and neurological care

Sue Ryder provides incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. We do whatever we can to be a safety net for our patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.

Not only do we treat more conditions than any other UK charity in our hospices, neurological care centres and out in the community; we also campaign to improve the lives of people living with them.

Click here to find out more: www.sueryder.org

The Royal Berks Charity

The Royal Berks Charity

Please help make a difference – with your support we can change the lives of thousands of people and enhance patient care throughout the Trust.

700,000 people are cared for every year by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and its associated Health Centres. Any support that you can offer will be used to benefit that community – your community!

The aim of the Royal Berks Charity is to raise, and use, charitable funds to provide the extras that make a difference to anyone who comes into contact with the hospital – patients, their families and friends, staff, and all other visitors to the hospital. Whatever is needed, thanks to the generous donors and supporters, we work to make it happen.

We are very grateful, and full of admiration, to all those people who put on their trainers and take to the roads and tracks, pushing themselves to the limit, to help raise funds for RBC.

Did you know that you can run for any ward or department? Just let us know who you wish to support and we will ensure your sponsorship is directed there.

Email: charity@royalberkshire.nhs.uk        

Click here to find out more: www.royalberkscharity.co.uk

Silver Chairites

ShelterBox

ShelterBox

Disaster relief

Become part of Team ShelterBox by running in the Reading Half Marathon and raise funds for emergency shelter.

Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. We're working to change this. By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, we're transforming despair into hope. We are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter. Are you?

We deliver the essentials people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.

Each disaster is different, and so is every community. We don't believe that one size fits all, so we make considered assessments to provide the exact support that gives people the hope and the power to transform their own lives.

The aid we supply comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits. Our sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. Our ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away.

That's not all. We know that a home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarpaulin and tent pegs. Our kits and boxes contain the items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children.

You can help us to support families across the globe by taking part in the Reading Half Marathon to raise funds for ShelterBox.

Registering for a ShelterBox place costs just £45.60 (inc VAT) and we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £175 for ShelterBox.

Click here to find out more: www.shelterbox.org

Stroke association

Stroke association

We are the Stroke Association and we believe in life after stroke.

We are the UK's leading stroke charity. Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK; that is one every 3 minutes 27 seconds. Unfortunately stroke is the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK with 1 in 8 strokes being fatal within the first 30 days. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK. We are the Stroke Association and we believe in life after stroke. We rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. With your support, together we can conquer stroke.

Join Team Stroke today & join the fight to conquer stroke.
Call 02380 720430 or email southcentralfundraising@stroke.org.uk

Click here to find out more: www.stroke.org.uk

Bronze Chairites

CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent

Young Lives vs Cancer

Cancer doesn't discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent's specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.

Join Team CLIC Sargent and you will receive a snazzy vest to wear on race day to let everyone know the amazing thing you are doing, bundles of training support and target smashing fundraising tips. We will also be there on race day to give you the loudest of cheers.

Join the fight today and stop cancer destroying young lives.
Contact us today on 0845 602 4770 or e-mail us at sports@clicsargent.org.uk

Click here to find out more: www.clicsargent.org.uk

Reading Samaritans

Reading Samaritans

Help us to be there to listen at any time, day or night.

Reading Samaritan's vision is that fewer people will die by suicide. We work to achieve our vision by making it our mission that we will reduce the incidence of suicidal feelings and suicidal behaviour by providing direct, non-judgemental and confidential contact and support at all times for those in distress and despair.

Click here to find out more: www.readingsamaritans.org.uk

Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire) CIO

Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire) CIO

Thinking Differently About Dementia

Nationally there are over 42,000 people living with young onset dementia (YOD). Approximately 572 of these live in Berkshire. YOD affects adults between the ages of 30-64.

Traditional services are designed to meet the needs and expected therapeutic out-comes of older adults. Subsequently, access to activities appropriate for younger adults with dementia is limited. People with YOD often experience a more rapid decline in cognition and quality of life at a time when they would expect to be in employment and have an active social life. In many cases, carers have to give up work to support their partner. The ability to provide respite is pivotal to keeping carers in work. For the person with dementia, lack of appropriate activities can result in increased social isolation, apathy, a decline in health and increased risk of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

We provide age-appropriate, meaningful workshops and 1:1 support to those diagnosed with YOD, thereby enabling carers to gain valuable respite. We also provide education courses, access to an Admiral Nurse for carers and a Carer Support Group.

Through your fundraising efforts, we will be able to continue to make a difference to the lives of those living with YOD.

Click here to find out more: www.ypwd.info

Local Partners

Creating Better Futures

Creating Better Futures

Become part of a family; empower a child, their guardian & their siblings

We're a Christian-led charity helping children, many orphaned as a result of AIDS, and their guardians in the Domboshowa and Mutare regions of Zimbabwe.

Our mission is supporting the education of children in Africa.

Two generations of the Matondo family, Beverley Matondo (Founder, CBF Zimbabwe) and her daughter, Dorothy Dix (Founder & CEO, CBF UK) benefited hugely when Dorothy's education was paid for by a Rotarian sponsor. Our aim is to ensure other children have access to education and the opportunity to improve their own futures.

Click here to find out more: www.creatingbetterfutures.org.uk

First Days

First Days

Giving every child the same start in life

First Days Children's Charity believes that every child deserves the same start in life. With up to 25% of children classed as living in poverty, even in affluent areas such as Berkshire, parents can often find it difficult to provide everything that their young children need. First Days takes donated toys, clothes and equipment for children from newborn to 7 years of age and redistributes them to families, who are referred to us by health visitors and other childcare professionals. From pushchairs, cots and stairgates to books, toys and school uniform, First Days provides real, practical support to families with young children who are struggling to make ends meet. The money raised by our fantastic fundraisers helps us provide our service and purchase items we cannot give out second hand, such as mattresses, car seats or nappies.

Click here to find out more: www.firstdays.net. Email: challenge@firstdays.net

Helen & Douglas House

Helen & Douglas House

Hospice care for children and young adults

Helen & Douglas House cares for terminally ill children, young adults and their families through exceptional hospice care. The hospice provides medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together. The families that visit Helen & Douglas House are like most parents; they love their children unconditionally and would do anything to make sure they are comfortable, safe and happy. However, unlike most parents, they have to come to terms with the fact that their child will almost certainly die before them and will face emotional and physical challenges every single day of their short life. To continue to support families across Berks, Bucks, Glos, Northants, Oxon, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and parts of London, each year over £5 million needs to be raised. Almost all of the £5 million has to be fundraised through donations and people taking on challenges, like the Reading Half Marathon.

Challenge yourself and support others. Run the Reading Half for Helen & Douglas House!

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Bringing the A&E to the roadside

When you or your loved one's life is at risk our air ambulance, with its highly skilled crew, will deliver its unique life- saving service to you wherever and whenever you need it. We are a local charity covering the Thames Valley and rely entirely on donations from the communities we serve. Get fit, get active and raise money for your local air ambulance by taking part in this year's Reading Half Marathon.

Click here to find out more: www.tvairambulance.org.uk
Contact fundraising@tvairambulance.org.uk for more information.



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