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Since donating £1000 from the proceeds of the 2009 South Cheshire 20 race to Clic Sargent the Club has selected a charity each year to support through members' sponsored events, raffles and part of the proceeds derived from our organised races.
To date we have made community and charitable donations totaling approximately

2015
St Luke's Hospice Many members have had first hand experience of the work that St Luke's Hospice does. Our fundraising and contribution from race profits raised £3454 in 2015.

2014
For 2014, the club committee has now considered all the charity nominations received from members and we have decided that this year we will support two charities: the Cheshire branch of the Stroke Association and Mid-Cheshire MIND, the local branch of the mental health charity. As in previous years it was difficult choice and while we did not want to set a precedent for following years, the committee decided that the cases made for these two charities was equally strong and that the right decision, on this occasion, was to support both.
Stroke Association Mid-Cheshire Mind
A total of £2500 was raised by members from sponsorship, raffles and various social events, and the Club contributed some of the profits from the races we stage. This was split evenly across the two charities.

2013
SADS UK
SADS UK is a national charity that aims to provide information, fund research and provide medical equipment to prevent premature sudden cardiac arrest. SADS is a condition which commonly affects people aged between 12-35 and claims the lives of 12 young people a week!

The sudden collapse of Fabrice Muamba showed how important early defibrillation is in improving the chance of survival. The DoH target is that a 999 call should be attended to in 8 minutes. The Resuscitation Council (UK) suggests that a defibrillator should be available wherever treatment is more than 5 minutes away.

SADS UK is currently campaigning for defibrillators to be made mandatory in schools as it is estimated that 270 cardiac arrests occur in schools. The cost of a defibrillator is £1200 which includes support and training.

Having met the local SADS UK representatives, we are assured that any money raised will be used to fund defibrillator’s in our own community.
£3000 was raised by members from sponsorship and raffles and the Club contributed some of the profits from the races we stage, funding two defibrillators.
You can find out more information at http://www.sadsuk.org/

2012
The Cheshire Academy is a centre dedicated to providing sporting opportunities for children with disabilities. It was opened in November 1993 and has developed and expanded its role since then. It now teaches 9 different sports including Indoor Athletics, Boccia, Bocce, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Team gym, Wheelchair Rhythmic Gymnastics, Wheelchair Sports Acrobatics, Badminton, Football and New Age Kurling.

The Academy also runs 2 specialist youth clubs for children and young adults with disabilities and has integrated pre-school gymnastics classes for children aged 18 months and over as well as specialist pre school classes where children with disabilities can receive 1 to 1 support.

The Cheshire Academy has an active Young Athlete Programme which aims to encourage children aged 2 to 7 years old start learning about and participating in sport. The Cheshire Academy has had remarkable success over the years. It gained its first disability World Champion in 1995 at the IX World Special Olympic Games in Connecticut USA and has competed in every single World Special Olympic games since. Its most recent success was at the XIII World Special Olympic games in Athens during July 2011, the Academy returned with 12 gold 8 silver and 5 Bronze medals.

In 2007, the Academy was awarded the ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service’ in recognition of its work with children with disabilities within the local community. The Academy currently has over 200 children and young adults with disabilities who attend its classes and caters for children with over 15 different types of disabilities. However most important of all is the work the Academy does with families who have children with disabilities. Often such families are under great stress and the Academy plays an important roll in advising those families and giving practical help in developing behaviour programmes and as acting as advocates to fight for their rights in terms of education and social provision. The Cheshire Academy receives no central funding but is a charity.
£1500 was raised by members from sponsorship and raffles and the Club contributed some of the profits from the races we stage.
You can find out more about their work at http://www.disabilitysport.com/

2011
Age UK Cheshire
£2300 was raised by members from sponsorship and raffles and the Club contributed some of the profits from the races we stage.
You can read an introduction to the charity in the Spring 2011 newsletter
Click here to read the thank you message received

2010
Up & Under Foundation
£1600 was donated to support the work of the Up & Under Foundation, which you can read more about in the March 2010 newsletter (PDF)

The following article was printed in the Crewe Chronicle