Charities

The following charities will benefit from collections taken during the Living Advent Calendar 2019.

This year if you attend in person you don’t need to have cash on you to donate. There will be a card donation machine at all events.

Please click on their names to go to their website to find out more about what they do.

You can also donate to the Living Advent Calendar via More Arts, so even if you are not able to attend in person you can still donate online to offer support. Click the icon below. Many of the below charities also have online giving options on their websites.

The Town Mayor’s Charity 2019/20:
Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre (288473)
The Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre formerly the Animal Rescue Group, Wokingham, was founded over 50 years ago. For a large part of that time animals rescued by the Charity were kept at the home of Mrs Brimblecombe, who was awarded the MBE in 2001 for services to Animal Rescue. Some incredibly generous legacies enabled the charity to seek a permanent, independent site for a properly equipped Rescue Centre where our animals could receive the best of care, and in May 2003 we relocated to Hurst, where our animals are accommodated in specially adapted and purpose-built accommodation on a 14 acre site.

Supporting: Dressing the Christmas Tree on Wednesday 4th

Sue Ryder (1052076)
Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. For over 65 years our doctors, nurses and carers have given people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.
Our Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice is in the grounds of Wokingham Community Hospital and is the base for our community and day therapy team in Wokingham and the surrounding area.
Supporting: 1st and 2nd December events

Pancreatic Cancer Action (1137689)
Every day 26 people die from pancreatic cancer. Our vision is a day when everyone is diagnosed early and survives pancreatic cancer.
That’s why our mission is to improve the survival rates of pancreatic cancer by ensuring more people are diagnosed early and in time for surgery – currently the only potential cure – and improve the quality of life of patients.
Supporting: 3rd and 14th December events

Dingley’s Promise (1137609)
Dingley’s mission is to deliver life changing support to under 5’s with additional needs & disabilities and their families, by: providing specialist learning through play, family support & training, and advice to mainstream settings.
Supporting: 5th and 6th December events

Link Visiting Scheme (1139248))
The Link Visiting Scheme is a befriending charity in Wokingham Borough. It’s mainly for older people who need extra friendship and support. We match volunteers with those who would love to see a friendly face on a regular basis, perhaps once a week for an hour or so.
We work in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council and local charities and organisations, with the aim to reconnect people with their community. 
Supporting: 7th and 8th December events

Thames Hospice (1108298)
“Thames Hospice is the local charity providing expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. A vital part of our work is also supporting their loved ones.”
Supporting: 9th and 11th December events

First Days (1157855)
At First Days we believe all children deserve the same start in life. We provide everyday essentials to families who are living in poverty across Berkshire (and further afield) by distributing clothes, toiletries, school uniforms, equipment, furniture, toys and books.
Supporting: 10th and 16th December events

Macular Society (1001198)
Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, with 300 people diagnosed every day. It steals your sight, your confidence, and your ability to do the things you love. There is only one way to Beat Macular Disease for good. We must fund much more research now, until we find a cure, or find treatments that stop it in its tracks.
Our network of over 400 macular support groups stretches across the UK. Each one offers practical and emotional support for people with macular disease, from those living with it today.
Supporting: 12th and 13th December events

Pilgrim Hearts Trust (1085766)
Pilgrim Hearts runs a drop in for the homeless and also co-ordinated the Bracknell Night shelter. Working creatively with those on the edge.
We run a BRACKNELL drop in and organises the Bracknell night shelter 5 year. And we have a new night shelter starting 1/1/2020 until 29/2/2020 as a pilot project see pilgrimhearts.org.uk
Supporting: The Live Nativity on Sunday 15th December

Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue (1046861)
Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue works in partnership with Thames Valley Police to locate and rescue high risk vulnerable missing persons such as children and those living with dementia.
Our members are all volunteers and are highly trained in Search & Rescue techniques. We are the oldest Lowland Search & Rescue team in the UK.
The team is available 24/7 to respond to incidents.
Supporting: 17th and 18th December events

Ollie Young Foundation (1148511)
A UK registered charity which funds targeted paediatric brain tumour research and support.It was launched in memory of the brave little boy who lost his fight against an incurable brain tumour one day before his sixth birthday and only twelve weeks after first displaying symptoms.
Supporting: 19th and 20th December events

Daisy’s Dream (1177145)
Established in 1996, Daisy’s Dream is a professional support service which responds to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement. We work predominantly in Berkshire and the surrounding areas, with a pilot project running in East Cheshire. Originally set up to meet the needs of children who had been bereaved, over recent years we have expanded our service to encompass families where there has been a serious illness diagnosis.
Supporting: 21st and 22nd December events

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (293358)
Hi, we’re Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. If you’ve come to this page you probably want to know a little bit more about what we do – and we’re really excited to tell you.
We train clever dogs to help deaf people
Hearing dogs help deaf people reconnect with life
Our dogs have even saved lives
We’ve helped thousands of deaf people so far, and we aim to help many more
We put a lot of time and thought into matching a hearing dog with a deaf person
Supporting: 23rd and 24th December events

If you would like to be considered in future years as a Charity please get in touch via our contact form