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Charity of the Year

Each year the Partners and staff at Burgess Hodgson have the opportunity to nominate a charity to benefit from our annual fundraising efforts.

This year at Burgess Hodgson, the staff felt compelled to support those who are struggling with homelessness and mental health issues. Instead of fundraising for just one charity in 2018, we’ve selected three Canterbury based organisations. These are:

Catching Lives
An independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn.

The Canterbury and District Samaritans
A self-funding branch of Samaritans. Samaritan’s vision is that fewer people die by suicide. They work to achieve this vision by making it their mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicidal feelings and behaviour.

The Canterbury Umbrella Centre
A Charity Community Centre that is open to everybody and particularly provides support to people with mental health problems. Umbrella is located in a purpose-built centre designed as a place where people can come and feel welcomed and supported.

We have an active charity committee in place who volunteer their time to help organise social activities and events, to help raise money for the charity.

Previous charities have included:

  • Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby – a wheelchair rugby club with a mixed team squad of both male and female players with higher levels of impairment.
  • SNAAP – Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project – providing an extensive range of services to children with every kind of disability.
  • Dave Lee’s Happy Holidays – raising funds to provide holidays and outings for the disabled, sick and underprivileged children of Kent and their immediate families.
  • The Kent Air Ambulance – a healthcare provider working with the Ambulance Service
  • Pilgrims Hospices – providing specialist hospice care for patients and families across East Kent.
  • Demelza – Hospice Care for Children
  • The East Kent Breast Cancer Mammography appeal – raising money for specialist hospital equipment to help detect breast cancer sooner
  • St Nicholas School – a community day school providing education to children who have profound severe & complex learning difficulties.
  • The Martha Trust – providing inclusive, lifelong care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities.