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 Tuesday 1st January (Bradford City v Accrington Stanley).
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!
AGE UK BRADFORD & DISTRICT
Charity number: 1025961
Age UK Bradford & District have been working in the local community for over 25 years.
They are an independent local charity serving people aged 50+ in the Bradford Metropolitan District including the towns of Bingley, Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley as well as the surrounding estates, villages and extensive rural areas.
Age UK Bradford & District consist of 148 member groups and over 4,600 associate members.
The charity relies on the community’s support to continue their work. They are supported by the public’s donations, income from their charity shops and some charitable grants.
Not only do the charity rely on donations, but their volunteers too. They have over 40 staff members and heavily rely on the work of their 400 volunteers whose vital contribution assists them in achieving their objectives, which are: Information and Advice, Wellbeing and Engagement and Integrated Care.
Statistics show that there are over 9,000 lonely older people in Bradford
Chris Alexander, Director of Income at Age UK Bradford & District, said: “As a local, independent charity it is extremely important that we raise awareness of the role that we play in Bradford District and a partnership with Bradford City would help us to communicate with a much wider audience through the club’s fan base and their families and friends.
“It would also help massively in relation to fundraising to help us meet the challenges of providing services for older people across the district.”
“Our ambition is to build on the opportunities provided by the diverse communities that comprise Bradford District to meet the priorities and challenges identified by people in these communities.
“We cannot achieve this alone, or indeed with our valued partners in the voluntary and community sector or the public sector.”
“The money raised will help us deliver in six key areas, for our clients to: feel healthier, feel less alone, feel like themselves again, be more financially secure, be more connected and be more independent.”
BONE CANCER RESEARCH TRUST
Charity number: 1159590
Bone Cancer Research Trust are a small national charity dedicated to fighting a brutal disease – primary bone cancer.
The charity’s purpose is to save lives and improve outcomes for people affected by the disease. The is currently no cure for primary bone cancer, and survival rates haven’t improved for 30 years.
The Bone Cancer Research Trust raise vital awareness of the disease, so that people can be diagnosed sooner. The charity fund pioneering research into new ways to diagnose and treat the disease. And for patients already diagnosed, they provide reliable information and a supportive community so that no-one feels alone or isolated.
Despite being a small charity, they invest more into primary bone cancer research than any other large charity.
They receive no government funding and rely purely on donations to fund their life-saving work, making the public’s support evermore vital.
Kirsty Evans, Community Fundraiser Officer at Bone Cancer Research Trust, said: With your help, we can invest more money into research and raise vital awareness of the disease, so that more people can be diagnosed and treated sooner.
“Primary bone cancer doesn’t form part of core medical training for junior doctors, and with symptoms easily mistaken for other conditions, many people are diagnosed too late when the cancer has already advanced.”
“Every 10 minutes another child, teenager or adult is diagnosed with primary bone cancer, so we will put your contributions to immediate use in our fight against this brutal disease.”
“In Bradford, we have recently awarded £100,000 to a ground-breaking research project, aiming to dramatically reduce the severe side effects of the chemotherapy drug Methotrexate and increase the efficiency of the drug when treating the disease.”
“This pioneering project is one example of how we use our donations to drive for positive change and help make all the difference to the lives of those affected by primary bone cancer.”
“Your support is essential, every pound you raise will help us move a step closer to finding a cure for primary bone cancer.”
HUMAN RELIEF FOUNDATION (HRF)
Charity number: 1126281
The Human Relief Foundation was founded in Bradford in 1991 and have since grown to become a leading international humanitarian organisation with projects taking place around the world.
By working with their UN partners and private supporters, they have implemented vital humanitarian projects in countries including Iraq, Jordan, Somalia, Ghana, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan.
Their mission is to achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life of all people, regardless of their gender, race, religion, class or political affiliation, by mobilising resources, building partnerships and developing local capacities.
Although the majority of their work takes place overseas, they have made sure to support those who live in their founded city and are struggling. They do this primarily through Winter Appeals assisted by their bank of 40 local volunteers. They have worked with several charities such as Barnardos, In Touch Foundation and fundraised for a children’s waiting room at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Muqaddas Khan, Fundraising Manager for HRF, said: “Human Relief Foundation is an international charity, but we began in Bradford in 1991, and our roots will always in Bradford.”
“The people of Bradford have been fantastically generous over the last 27 years and it means a lot to us to be involved with other organisations, such as Bradford City, that represent the people of this amazing place.”
“Anyone who is generous to drop their change into our collection buckets during the match on New Years Day will be able to follow us on Facebook and watch live as we distribute food, water and aid to people who are suffering the most. Supporting Human Relief Foundation is just another reason to be proud of our City and the people who live here.”
The money raised would fund their newest appeal with the homeless charity, Simon on The Street, to help the homeless of Bradford.
Muqaddas Khan added: “If you choose to partner with us, you will be supporting a local charity and a local cause. You would be directly supporting the local homeless population of Bradford and would be working with one of Bradford’s internationally recognised charities.”
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Charity number: 261017
Founded in 1911, Douglas Macmillan founded the cancer charity with just £10. Many people believe that Macmillan are a national charity, but they do work very locally in Bradford.
The charity are cancer experts, an independence voice for change and the name everyone thinks of first when cancer support issues are raised. The charity has helped people suffering of cancer for over 100 years and understands that those who are diagnosed with the disease, want to be treat as a person, not a patient.
The charity take the time to understand the client and what matters to them, so they can help him/her get the support they need to take care of their health, protect their personal relationships and deal with money and work worries so they can provide the support, tools and inspiration you need to find your best way through.
The team consists of supporters, volunteers, staff, campaigners, health and social care professionals and fundraisers.
99% of their income is through generous donations or events such as bucket collections.
In Bradford alone, the team has managed to help 350 families with Macmillan grants totalling £119,500.
Adele Hopkins, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “If we were selected and chosen to be charity partner for that day, we would be thrilled.”
“Raising money to support local people affected by cancer, but also raising awareness of the great work that Macmillan does. If one person contacts our support line for help or advice after seeing us there on the day, that is would be great. A staggering 1 in 2 people will be given the news they have cancer in their lifetime.”
“For us to continue supporting those affected by cancer. Collections like this are vital. Being told you have cancer can affect so much more than your health – it can affect your family, your job and even your ability to pay the bills.”
“We want to help everyone affected by cancer find their best through, from the moment of diagnosis, so they are able to live life as fully as they can.”
“A Macmillan Nurse costs £1034 per week and the Macmillan Support Line costs £4644 per day, in this time the support line could reach 239 people, over the phone or on the internet. The money raised could help to fund these.”
MARIE CURIE BRADFORD HOSPICE
Charity number: 207994
Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford provides expert care and support in a friendly welcoming environment for those with any terminal illness, and their families.
The hospice is a welcoming, friendly and supportive place for everyone including the patients family members, friends and even pets!
With their flexible visiting hours, people can visit their loved ones at any time to create special memories in their comfortable lounges, beautiful gardens and visitors can sleep over to be by their loved one’s side if they wish.
Marie Curie do anything to make their patients happy. One lady in the hospice who was coming to the end of her life was asked if there was anything that she wanted to do before she died. She said she would like to visit the seaside, but because she was too unwell to make the trip, the hospice’s nurses brought the seaside to her. The in-house chef served fish and chips in cones, the nurses brought sand, buckets and spades and turned her patio area outside her room into a beach – and they even had a donkey from the donkey sanctuary!
All of their services are free of charge, however, the hospice costs £3.6million a year to run, and they wouldn’t be able to do this without the charity’s local support.
Voting closes 12:00pm Tuesday 4th December 2018.