This year’s nominated charities
Each year the Lions usually nominate 3 causes to be the main beneficiaries of the Fun Run. For 2017 they are:
- Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice
- Prostate Cancer UK
- Motor Neurone Disease Association
We also retain up to 30% of the proceeds for other local and Lions causes. If you know of such a worthy cause, please get in touch.
Got your own favourite cause?
We encourage all runners to raise money for our nominated charities, however, if you prefer you may raise sponsorship for charities other than those we have nominated
It is important you:
- Use the Knowle Fun Run sponsorship form, suitably amended
- Pay your sponsorship into the Fun Run bank account
- Send us your paying in slip and sponsorship form together with contact details for the charity
- And we will do the rest – claim Gift Aid on your behalf and forward the total raised giving your details to the charity
You may be assured that every pound will be forwarded to the charity you nominate, with nothing retained for local causes
We welcome participants raising funds for your charity. Charity fundraisers please feel free to promote our events to your supporters. Please let us know if you do, so we can work together to maximise your take
To become one of our nominated charities you must apply to be considered, short-listed and interviewed
Charities nominated for 2016-2017
Each year through our Lions Festive Walk, Easter Egg raffle and Knowle Fun Run we fundraise, usually for 3 nominated charities, whilst retaining 30% of all funds raised for a host of smaller local and Lions causes to which we donate during the year. Last year’s charities each received close to £10,000
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice cares for patients and families from across Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell who are living with a terminal illness. Each year we treat over 1200 patients many of whom live and work in your community. In 2017 it will cost over £8million to deliver our palliative care services.
As well as an inpatient unit, day hospice facility, family centre, family care and support services and bereavement counselling the Hospice also delivers care out in the community through the ‘Hospice at Home’ service. This service offers a complete package for patients when they are nearing the end of life and wish to be cared for at home. The service enables patients to be discharged from hospital with a safe package of care and helps patients and families avoid crisis situations and unwanted hospital admissions.
Through our community teams the Hospice has cared for over 100 patients in Solihull in the last 2 years. It costs £1,956 for a patient to receive Hospice at Home end of life care. The money raised in partnership with Knowle & Dorridge Lions will help us to provide more of our specialist care services in your community.
Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK and approximately 300,000 men are currently living with the disease. As the only UK charity dedicated to fighting prostate cancer, we have been working hard to improve treatments and diagnosis, provide support to men and their families, and to push for greater awareness both among the public and decision makers.
While we are focusing a lot of our energies on taming the disease over the coming decade, we are expanding our award-winning health information, which helps men and their families deal with and answer questions about the disease and living with and after the disease.
The number of men with the disease continues to rise at an alarming rate and we cannot transform the future of men’s health without the support from the likes of Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club . The funds raised through the Knowle Fun Run and Festive Walk will help make a real difference to men affected by prostate cancer in the Solihull area, both today and in the future.
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer.
Motor Neurone Disease Association
The Birmingham and Solihull Fundraising Group are volunteers working to improve the life of those affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND). At any one time, within our area, it is estimated that 65 people will be living with MND. The Group is a very active fundraising body and we plan a busy calendar of events throughout the year.
Time and resources are limited for people living with MND. A support grant may be requested to fund a piece of equipment for their needs that may not be supplied by statutory services, or if there is an unacceptable delay in provision of the service. For example, the group can provide funding for a stair lift rental, help towards the cost of a bathroom adaptation and communication aids.
The Group provide afternoon teas quarterly in and around Birmingham and Solihull to enable people to socialise. If necessary, the Group also fund transport to enable people to attend.
The Group help to train, provide and fund volunteer Association Visitors whose role is to make contact with and support people living with MND, their families and other carers, working with them to enable those affected by MND to live with dignity and comfort within their own homes.