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26 October 2018



26 October 2018

It’s time to vote!

The Club needs you to vote for which charity should become our second charity partner and host a bucket collection on Saturday 24th November (Bradford City v Oxford United).

Every penny raised at the bucket collection will go to the charity, to help them fund the amazing work they do.

To help you with your decision, we've described each charity along with how they will put the money raised to use.

So take a look and cast your vote at the bottom of the page!



Charity number: 1126267


Twitter: @IkleyGN

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Established in the 1970s, the local charity operates a range of free social and practical schemes to older, disabled and vulnerable people who require their assistance in Ilkey, Addingham and Burnley-In-Wharfdale.

They promote independent living and help to alleviate loneliness, improve individual quality of life and maintain or increase social interaction.

Their belief in the power of community action helps them make a difference in people’s daily lives.

Thirteen hands-on trustees run the charity with a team of three part-time scheme coordinators and seventy volunteers who are all happy to help their community.

They offer a range of activities from assisting people with their weekly shop to Christmas parties, encouraging clients to find new activities, visits to the Yorkshire Dales and their newly introduced ‘Gentleman Only’ Canal Boat Trip – giving residents the opportunity to get out of their homes and interact with others.

Ilkey and District Good Neighbours help 300 clients, but they are experiencing an unprecedented number of referrals which has led to a waiting list demonstrating there is a growing need.

Costs to run their services, offices, insurance and training are increasing annually.

Anita Dunford, Ilkley and District Good Neighbours Trustee, said: We are a local charity operating a range of social and practical schemes, continually striving to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in the district.” 

“Most of our funding is from corporate and personal donations, grants, legacies and collections so all avenues in which we can raise funds is welcomed and appreciated.”

"We have thirteen trustees and over seventy volunteers who give up their valuable free time to support over 300 of our older residents. We strongly believe in the power of community action to make a difference in people’s daily lives.”

“Some clients have reduced mobility, are frail and have hearing or sight problems. Moreover, we are seeing an increase of people with Dementia who, with support from organisations such as ours can continue living in their own homes.”

"Any monies raised will enable us to provide social and practical support to our older and vulnerable clients.”



Charity number: 517919


Twitter: @MartinHouseCH

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Martin House provides family-led care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions across West, North and East Yorkshire in their hospice and the community.

The hospice is a place where children, young people and families go to stay to find support, rest and practical help in a friendly atmosphere full of fun and laughter where children and their families can enjoy the best quality of life.

But their care doesn’t stop there. Their community team support families in hospitals and their own homes by getting involved in advanced care planning to ensure that families are able to spend quality time together and make informed, supported decisions about their child’s care.

The care service also offers bereavement support to siblings, parents, grandparents and families of children who have died from life-limiting illness through one to one sessions or as part of a group.

There are over 3,000 children and young people living with life-limiting conditions in West, North and East Yorkshire and the charity are struggling to reach all of the families who need their support.

Of the 575 children, young people and families we are currently supporting across the whole region, one third live in the Bradford District, however, only a small portion of their income comes from the Bradford District.

Chris Verney, Martin House Hospice Care’s Community Fundraiser (Bradford), said “ A third of our families live in the Bradford District, but only a small proportion of our funding comes from there. This would give us the opportunity to make more people in the Bradford area aware of the service we offer, and help to reach more families who need our specialist care.”

“The money would enable families to spend precious time together, making memories and enjoying time as a family. 'We can be mum and dad again', as one parent puts it.”

“And it means we can continue to train and support clinical staff across the region, and conduct research projects to ensure children and young people receive the best palliative care.”

"With running costs of £8 million in 2018-19, and only 11% of income coming from statutory sources, every penny raised makes a real and tangible difference to families with children with life-shortening conditions in Bradford, and across the region.”

“Some examples of how the money raised can support children and young people in Bradford:

  • £100 can enable a community nurse to visit a family and offer practical and emotional support in their own home, where it is needed most.
  • £2,000 pays for a week of meals for families staying at Martin House – often the only chance they have to sit down to eat together.
  • £3,000 pays for a specialist bed, so children and young people can have a comfortable night’s sleep when they stay at the hospice.”



Charity number: 1146035


Twitter: @Ruddisretreat

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Ruddi’s Retreat are a charity that give families, who have children suffering from cancer chance or other life threatening illnesses, the opportunity to go on respite breaks.

They have two caravans that are situated in Primrose Valley, just near to Filey, over on the East coast. The caravans are used by the charity to offer free holidays to these suffering families, that they otherwise may not have a chance to experience.

The charity was formed over 6 years ago by Ali Waterworth, who’s son Ruddi was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at just 6 months old. After been given a day to live, Ruddi survived and was given a free respite break in a caravan. This sparked the creation of Ruddi’s Retreat and 3 years later – the charity was formed.

Ruddi’s Retreat have been operating for 6 years and hope to continue to do so for years to come. Like all charities, fund raising and awareness is vitally important to the continuation of the charity and the memorable experiences it provides.

They are currently fund raising to purchase a third caravan. This particular caravan will be base somewhere on the west coast to make the charity more accessible and nation-wide.

They have given holidays to many families based in Bradford as well as families from other parts of the UK, so nation wide awareness is very important to Ruddi’s Retreat.

Craig George, from Ruddi’s Retreat, said: Voting for us would help families with children suffering from cancer and other life limiting illnesses and those families with young children who have recently lost a parent through illness or accident to escape from the daily struggles with their problems, just a few days away can make a huge difference to the families who have used our services.”

“The money we raise on the day will help to fund free breaks to one of our 3 caravans, it costs us around £200 per family per break, so any help we can get towards helping families with sick children to make memories and get away from the daily grind of hospital appointments, nurses visits and other regular tasks associated with illnesses of that nature.”

“We are only a small charity and always trying to promote ourselves and raise money for these vital breaks for families and we feel this opportunity at Bradford City would be perfect to help with both of these.”



Charity number: 1113326


Twitter: @cbituk

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The Child Brain trust provides families a vital lifeline to their children which simply cannot be matched by the NHS. The charity focuses on children that have acquired a brain injury after an accident, illness, stroke, brain tumour or poisoning. A brain injury can be devastating, especially for a child.

Until recently, The Child Brain Injury Trust only had one family support co-ordinator looking after the families in the North East & Yorkshire and Humber, but due to the demand being so high, they employed a second family co-ordinator, Carmel.

Carmel provides non-clinical information and support within hospitals, homes and schools and until the child reaches adulthood. The support that is provided by the Child Brain Injury Trust is completely unique to the specific child and their family. It includes patient information, emotional support, access to specialists services, referring patients and helping the affected families to apply for life-changing benefits.

Carmel has worked very closely with the Dyer family, who are all massive fans of Bradford City, to support their daughter, Jess. 

Jess sadly suffered a cardiac arrest last September whilst at one of the Bradford games. The Dyer family pushed the Child Brain Injury Trust to become a charity partner because of all the great work they have done and support they have given their family.

Money raised as a partner would go towards expanding the support that is available to families such as the Dyer’s and towards the quality of the facilities available.

A representative from The Child Brain Injury Trust said: “Becoming a Bradford City charity partner would Raise the profile of the work we do across the region.  Currently support 100+ families. Increase public awareness of ABI as part of our prevention and support programmes”

“We already have a strong connection with the Club as Jess Dyer was at Bradford Football Club at the time of her cardiac arrest. We have supported her and her family throughout the acute phase of her rehabilitation and continue to.”

“If we were selected, the money raised would help us deliver prevention and awareness session through the city schools, train professionals supporting children with ABI and most importantly reach out to even more families affected by this hidden disability.”



Charity number: 1084305


Twitter: @YorkshireAirAmb & @YAATeamWest

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The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity which carries out life saving service across West Yorkshire. The charity currently operates two helicopters, one based in Notsell Priory, and the other at RAF Topcliffe. 90% of Yorkshires population live within 20 minutes flying time of one of the airbases, which puts them right on the front line when it comes to emergency services.

The helicopters carry two highly skilled paramedics, as well as a doctor. Operating out of many different hospitals, including the Leeds General Infirmary and Sheffield Northern General. Each day, an average of 4 missions are attended by the Air Ambulance Crew, which works out to be over 1500 per year, 18 hours a day.

Due to the Air Ambulance’s availability, it is expensive to run and maintain. It costs £12,000 every single day to run the service, which accumulates to nearly 4 and a half million pounds a year.

Vickie Bowden, West Yorkshire Community Fundraiser, said: "Becoming a Bradford City Charity Partner will give the service a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for such a necessity within our community and everyday lives." 

If every adult in Yorkshire gave us £1 a year, we would have the funds needed to keep us flying for another year”.


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    Voting closes at 12:00pm on Friday 2nd November.

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