The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

As many of you know every year (based on the accounting year which is April to March) we make a donation to a selected charity based on a percentage of all walk fees for the whole year, plus 100% of the walk fees for the Christmas and New Year special walk events.

The process for selecting the charity is quite complex partly due to the timing of the AGM, but effectively at the AGM the membership ratifies the proposed charity for the following year - for example the AGM that took place in May 2019 ratified the charity for the financial year from April 2020 to March 2021. At the AGM the committee also announce the proposed amount of the donation to the charity for the year just completed prior to presenting a cheque to the charity.

The choice of charity has always been challenging. The amount donated is usually of the order of £500 but can be higher or lower depending on walk turnout during the year. We try to select a charity that has local connections and that is small enough such that the above amount would make a real difference to them.

We currently have a rota of four charities, all of which have been past beneficiaries of our donations. Charities can be added to this list by nomimation to the committee for consideration. Brief details of the current four charities are listed below, along with when they last received our donation:

Headway

Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life to those affected by brain injury by providing vital support and information services. The charity also lobbies for better support and resources to be made available to people affected by brain injury and works to raise awareness of brain injury and the devastating effects it can have. A network of Headway groups and branches across the UK and Channel Islands provides a wide range of services including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care to survivors and families in their own communities.

More details of Headway can be found at www.headway.org.uk

The local branch of Headway was our nominated charity for the year 2017 to 2018

Thomas' Fund

Thomas’s Fund is a charity founded in 2007 that provides music therapy in Northamptonshire for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses or a disability which, for medical reason, means they are too ill to attend school for extended periods.

This charity was set up in memory of Thomas Smith by his parents. Thomas died at the age of 10 from a life-limiting neuro-degenerative condition in 2004. He lived a short life, unable to attend school all year round, but thanks to his family, his life was packed with fun - a big part of which came through music.

More details of Thomas' Fund can be found at www.thomassfund.org.uk

Thomas' Fund was our nominated charity for the year 2018 to 2019

The Andi Bull Cancer Trust

Andi Bull was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in September 2006, He fought long and hard for the next four years and sadly lost his battle in November 2010. Andi himself formed the trust in June 2010 when he was told that there was no more effective treatment available to him.

The aim of the trust is to help divert young people's minds from cancer treatment and provide a link between the isolation of hospital and the outside world. The trust works closely with local hospitals in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire to identify the needs of young people between the ages of 13 and 25 and has provided facilities such as board games, electronic equipment, magazine subscriptions and similar individual awards.

More details of the Andi Bull Cancer Trust can be found at www.andibull.org.uk

The Andi Bull Cancer Trust is our nominated charity for the year 2019 to 2020,

Cransley Hospice

Cransley Hospice provides care for patients with a life-limiting illness who need the specialist help of hospice care. This care takes in all aspects of the person i.e. physical and mental heath, spiritual and social care (holistic care) and is available in the hospice building (inpatient unit) and at home. All services are provided at no cost to the patients or their families.

The inpatient ward at Cransley Hospice has 9 beds and is supported by a team of Nurses, Doctors and other Health Care Professionals who are experts in palliative care – caring for someone who is no longer able to have a treatment to cure them.

More details of Cransley Hospice can be found at www.cransleyhospice.org.uk

Cransley Hospice is our current nominated charity for the year 2020 to 2021.