Category: Charity

Bedfordshire carers to receive online support

According to Carers UK, the number of carers grew exponentially during the pandemic, reaching more than 13 million. The helping hand from the Freemasons is supporting them with essential items, life skills, counselling, crisis support, activities and breaks.

Approximately 20,000 unpaid carers in Bedfordshire are receiving access to crucial support online, funded by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) the governing body of the Freemasons, freeing up staff to help those who are most in need.

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Bedfordshire homebuilder pays homage to soldiers with Tommy Club figures

Barratt and David Wilson Homes is supporting the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) by installing full size Tommy Club figures at its developments in Bedfordshire for the 76th Victory in Europe Day (8 May 2021).

Barratt Developments was invited to become the Tommy Club’s first corporate patron through its relationship with the RBLI. The housebuilder donated £100,000 as an acceptance gift and has purchased Tommy Club figures from the RBLI to help them raise money.

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RSPCA braced for flood of orphaned, sick and injured baby birds this spring

The RSPCA is gearing itself up for a hectic bird breeding season, as new figures reveal that the charity received almost 9,000 calls about orphaned, sick and injured baby birds last year.

The majority of calls from concerned members of the public came in during the peak months of May, June and July. At its busiest in June 2020, the charity was taking five calls an hour from animal lovers reporting young wild birds in trouble.

3,330 of the calls last year related to orphaned birds and another 3,252 were about sick and injured birds.

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Could your pet be Sue Ryder’s next Ambassadog?

Celebrities Kaye Adams, Carley Stenson, Richard Arnold and Emily Dean have teamed up with Sue Ryder to find the UK’s paw-fect therapy dogs

The four-legged recruits will provide support to patients living with a terminal diagnosis, neurological condition or acquired brain injury

The competition is open to all dogs that fit the Pets as Therapy temperament assessment

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NHS Trust completes a Captain Tom 100 Challenge

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as its Charity, is joining Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family in encouraging the nation to celebrate his life with an event that everyone can get involved in to celebrate his generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions, and his sense of fun.

The NHS Foundation Trust is inviting everyone to help raise funds for the its charity and take part in the Captain Tom 100 from Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s amazing fundraising achievements over what would have been his 101st birthday weekend.

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‘Miracle’ Bedfordshire cat survives with severe injuries for 16 days after being hit by bus

A cat who was hit by a bus and survived for 16 days is now receiving the life-saving care she needs thanks to the RSPCA.

Trudie suffered serious and extensive head injuries when she was hit by a bus in Luton, Bedfordshire, on 14 March. Passersby tried to help her but, frightened, she ran off.

Volunteer Katie Duncan and animal care assistant Amy Hearne – who both work at RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre, now caring for Trudie – led the search for the little tortoiseshell cat.

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Specialist telephones to crack down on scammers

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has teamed up with Age UK by funding the purchase of specialist telephones which prevent scam callers from connecting to potentially vulnerable individuals and in turn, preventing fraudsters from deceiving older people out of money via telephone scams.

The specialist devices have an inbuilt scam calling blocker, preventing known incoming scam numbers from being able to connect to the client’s home telephone number.

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Air ambulance Trek 24 challenge coming to Bedfordshire

This summer East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be hosting its first large-scale fundraising challenge since August 2019 in the form of Trek 24; an organised 24 kilometre or 24 mile walk.

Two Trek 24 events were planned to take place in 2020 but both were unable to go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Optimistically looking ahead to this summer, EAAA is excited to now be organising three Trek 24 events and bringing Trek 24 to Bedfordshire for the very first time, starting and finishing at Hexton Manor.

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