After a fantastic response to our charity of the year 2016 nomination process, we are delighted to narrow down the final shortlist to three charities. Here’s what you need to know about each of them.
Northampton Hope Centre
The Northampton Hope Centre works to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton by giving people a hand up, not a hand out. They recognise that if you continually provide hand-outs there is no incentive to become self-sufficient and their work is focused on helping others to help themselves, providing support and services that will enable individuals to take back control of their own lives. In 2014 the charity celebrated its 40th anniversary. Back in 1974 Michael Mulligan decided to help the local street homeless by providing free food from the back door of the Bishop’s House in Marriott Street, Northampton. The Soup Kitchen, as it was known then, was born!
Thomas’s Fund is a charity founded in 2007 that provides music therapy in Northamptonshire for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses or a disability which, for medical reason, means they are too ill to attend school for extended periods. these children desperately need our support, and Thomas’s Fund needs to raise money to pay for a music therapist to work across Northamptonshire. This charity was set up in memory of Thomas Smith. Thomas died at the age of 10 from a life-limiting neuro-degenerative condition in 2004. He lived a short life, unable to attend school all year round, but thanks to his family, his life was packed with fun – a big part of which came through music.
Chelsea was diagnosed with a childhood cancer, classed as rare, Neuroblastoma in 2007 at the age of 2. She fought her battle with courage and spirit for nearly 2 years. For over a year her parents tried raising funds to take Chelsea to America for life-saving treatment. Sadly time ran out as the disease took hold of Chelsea in 2009. Chelsea lost her brave fight on 9 August 2009, but before she passed away, her parents promised her they would help other poorly children just like her. Chelsea’s Angels has been set up to raise funds for families whose children have been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and other cancers classed as rare. Their mission is to ease the financial and emotional pressures of living with a child suffering from these rare cancers.
The team at Grange Mortgages are looking forward to a great 2016 with the nominated charity. Daniel at Grange Mortgages said: “In 2015 we supported Alfe’s Cause and it gave us a great sense of pride to give something back. In 2016 we are looking to continue support in the community with whoever is nominated. Good luck to all the charities in the nomination process.”
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