Rotary/Ironman UK Charity Causes 2013

The five principal causes jointly supported by Rotary and Ironman UK in connection with the 2013 events are:

1. Children's Hospices

"Helping Children with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition"

In the South West of England alone there are over 800 children & their families who could be helped. Children's Hospice South West was started to help them. There are now three children's hospices serving the South West. In addition there are numerous other children's hospices across the country supporting children and their families, offering respite, relaxation, friendship, a sense of community and beyond, that can share the 24-hour care of a very sick child and support the family in bereavement.

In the North West, Derian House provides similar care, looking to provide for children who are terminally ill the optimum support to cope with their illness, along with the best possible medical care on top of maximum support for their families.

If you would prefer to raise money for your local Children's Hospice, please discuss this with us.

2. Life Education Centres

"Helping Children Make Healthy Choices" - assisted by Rotary throughout the UK

Educating children about the effects and risks associated with the use of drugs alcohol and tobacco; contributing to life-skills and health education programmes, utilising models of best practice by working in partnership with schools and others in the community.

Life Education Centres is the largest charity of its kind building partnerships with primary schools and the community as a whole to support and promote best practice in health education.

Highly trained Educators work in specially designed mobile classrooms providing a stimulating learning environment, working with children from the age of 4 - 11 upwards in the belief that effective drug prevention education cannot be left until children reach adolescence.

Rotary and Ironman UK want to make a meaningful contribution to the continuing cost of providing this enlightened approach to teaching young children about healthy living.

3. Cancer Charities

All of us know of someone who has been afflicted by cancer in some form or other and needed treatment or care. To help the charities and causes of research and care we wish to support a great range of fantastic organisations. Our list includes:

  • CLIC Sargent (Cancer & Leukaemia in Children)
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Leukaemia Research Fund
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care

Help us to help them.

4. Air Ambulance

On average an emergency air ambulance takes off every 10 minutes in the UK, flying 365 days a year in daylight hours. Put another way, during every hour of every day 7 air ambulances are attending accidents and medical trauma. Air Ambulance is a voluntary emergency service and needs to fund spending of around £875,000 each week.

Help us to help them you never know when they may need to help you.

5. Help For Heroes

"Practical, direct support for our current wounded"

Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. They ask their supporters to 'do their bit' to show these extraordinary young men and women that they are cared for. Over a million people have responded to date and millions of pounds have been raised to buy much needed services that will aid their recovery, but more is needed. So far, they have allocated almost all of the money they have raised in order to fund direct projects and support other service charities.

They are passionate about what they do and as far as they are concerned the sooner we can all see results, the better!

"Long-term injuries need long-term solutions. Going forward, Help for Heroes aims to supplement the available facilities and care so that those in rehabilitation get the very best facilities and treatment in order to recover from their injuries and rebuild their careers." Help For Heroes Chairman, Hadyn Parry

Other Charities

Exceptionally, we also have a handful of bonded entry places for athletes strongly committed to raising funds for an individual charity.

If you take an entry place in this category, your fund raising will be divided between your preferred charity and the causes supported jointly by Rotary and Ironman UK in the proportion as agreed between Rotary and yourself; up to 50% may be passed without deduction to your nominated cause.

Please note that all the sponsorship monies that you raise have to be channelled via Rotary; in turn, the funds will be passed to the nominated charity in full and credited to your fund raising efforts.

We have a number of approved charities, but we are happy to consider other charities - please contact us with details.