Monday, 4 October 2010
Every summer, young people from the London based UCKG HelpCentres take part in the Doitforcharity.com 5km London run in Greenwich Park, and this year, 24 of them were sponsored to raise money for a selection of leading charities. The 24 have now collected the donations they were promised and the money has been handed over.
The recipients were the Blind Institute Association which received £727.46; the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, £580.00; Marie Curie £953.91; Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), £641.90; Oxfam £820.49, and the Blood Pressure Association £712.50.
UCKG’s organisers Marco Andrade and Pavola Cabral, report that the runners had a great time and are “already thinking about training for this and longer sponsored runs next year”.
Four UCKG runners collected exclusively for each charity, and clearly they all generously exceeded the £100 minimum that most charities ask of each participant in the Doitforcharity London 5km. The money will contribute to good work here in the UK and abroad.
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity has recently opened two new Cancer Support Centres in Hertfordshire and Essex; and supports research into breast cancer in collaboration with leading worldwide institutes. It also provides access to clinical trials of new drugs.
RCOG has allocated its donation to the SMILE Appeal run by its international office. This works to reduce maternal mortality and improve women’s health. The contribution to the Marie Curie charity will help in providing the best available care for around 600 local people who attend Hampstead Hospice each year.
UCKG has ongoing relationships with several of the charities that were supported. For instance the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity was one of the partners that helped to present a Women’s Cancer Awareness day at the UCKG’s flagship HelpCentre for the UK, in Finsbury Park in March this year. A clothes collection for Oxfam produced over 11 tonnes of saleable garments destined for Oxfam shops around the UK.
Note to editors:
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are 36 UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
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