This year we currently support; The MS Society Birmingham, Birmingham Trees For Life, Cancer Research Birmingham, and Fisher House. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity stipulates that the money raised in Birmingham stays in Birmingham and helps to support our beautiful City.
Birmingham Trees for Lifeis a project devoted to promoting awareness and understanding throughout the City of the value and importance of trees, to raise money to enable more trees to be planted, and to encourage the involvement of everyone, especially young people, in planting trees. Since BTFL was formed, over 40,000 trees have been planted across Birmingham’s public parks and open spaces. ‘Birmingham Trees for Life’ (BTFL) is a partnership between The Birmingham Civic Society and Birmingham City Council, formed in July 2006 to spread the message that trees do matter, to ensure that more trees are planted and that those we have are valued and looked after. By working in partnership, the two organisations have access to both the land and resources to plant and maintain trees and woodland in Birmingham’s parks and open spaces*. The City Council contributes a sum of money annually to the project, which pays for some of the new trees, and BTFL, under the umbrella of the Civic Society, a registered charity, works to secure funding from other sources, including sponsorship from companies and individuals. The Birmingham Civic Society is a registered charity which is actively involved in helping to ensure high standards in the development of the city, especially in public spaces, and also activities which encourage pride and involvement in the city, and its heritage and future. Jane Harding from BTFL said “The Lord Mayor has been helping BTFL by planting trees for a number of years, and we are so pleased to be chosen as one of The Lord Mayor’s Charities. This will be a great help in raising awareness of the importance of trees and raising money for our cause.”
Cancer Research Birmingham
Birmingham’s cancer research is helping bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. The impact of the charity’s work here in Birmingham is being felt across the globe. Cancer Research UK is carrying out life- saving research across the country every day. Birmingham is the home of our world leading Children’s Cancer Trials Unit and our cutting-edge TRACERx programme, which is tackling lung disease head on. Our Children’s Cancer Trials Team puts Birmingham at the forefront of childhood cancer research. These trials make innovative new treatments available to children with cancer, giving them the chance to benefit from the latest discoveries. The team coordinates ground-breaking clinical trials in 21 centres across the UK and Ireland, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Cancer Help UK, our award winning patient information site, was developed here in Birmingham and helps millions of people affected by cancer and their families get the information they need. Louise, Senior Local Fundraiser said “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as one of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s charities this year. This will allow Cancer Research UK continue its vital work and will help create more birthdays for people diagnosed with cancer. Thank you so much for your support.”
Fisher House, the ‘home away from home’ for the Military Patients and their families at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is host to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine which exclusively cares for all UK military patients who fall ill or are injured in conflict. The hospital is also the largest solid organ transplantation centre in Europe, and its leading Liver Unit recently completed its 4000th transplant operation. Furthermore, the hospital is also a regional centre for excellence in the treatment of major trauma, cancer and burns injuries. In 2013, with support from Help for Heroes and the Fisher House Foundation, QEHB Charity proudly opened Fisher House, a ‘home away from home’ for the military patients and their families. The 18 bedroom facility is located just a short walk from the military ward and provides free accommodation for families and friends of ill or injured military personnel and also to military patients returning for further treatment. An average of 700 people stay at Fisher House per year, with an average of 100 of these people being mums and dads. Fundraising Officer, Sian Averill said “We are delighted to be chosen as one of The Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s charities as this will enable us to continue to provide this much needed accommodation facility for the military patients and their families. The support from The Lord Mayor really will make a huge difference.”
MS Society Birmingham
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurodegenerative condition for which there is currently no cure. In MS, the body’s immune system attacks myelin, the protective cover around the nerve fibres. Damage, which can occur anywhere in the central nervous system, interferes with messages travelling from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. As a result, people with MS experience a profound range of symptoms, from problems with balance and debilitating fatigue, through to full disability, loss of site, acute pain, cognitive impairment and brain atrophy. Symptoms usually appear in a person’s 20s or 30s without warning, and diagnosis can be complex, prolonged and deeply dispressing. The MS Society provides help and support to those people affected and their families and carers. Help is provided through local branches such as the one in Birmingham. Andy Jarrett, Area Fundraiser for the MS Society said “We are so grateful to the Lord Mayor for choosing to support the MS Society. This support will be amazing and will make such a difference in helping us to raise awareness of the condition and the support available, and raising vital funds for the charity.