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EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE
The East Anglian Air Ambulance is a life-saving organisation which receives no government funding and so
is entirely dependent on fundraising and donations, providing a 365 day a year emergency service across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  
Contact 08450 669 999 or visit www.eaaa.org.uk for further details.
HEARING DOGS FOR THE DEAF
Hearing dogs change lives. They alert their deaf owners to sounds we take for granted, providing greater independence, confidence and security. They receive no government funding, and rely totally on the generosity of individuals and organisations to continue transforming the lives of deaf people.
For more information go to: http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk
INFORMATION

AGE CONCERN SUFFOLK
An independent, local charity offering: Help & information desks; Advice Service;Day Car Centres;
Befriending Services;Home Help;Lunch, Leisure Clubs and Local Link support services
For further information phone 01473 257039 or email office@ageconcernsuffolk.org.uk
WEST SUFFOLK HEADWAY
Support and rehabilitation network for people with acquired brain injury
Effects of brain injury are often devastating and can include physical disability, memory loss, speech problems and rapid mood changes.    Activities include Woodwork, Pottery; Art & Craft; I.T.
and  use of the Internet; Music & Movement; Drama; Adult Education; Cognitive Games.
 
Further information can be found at http://www.wsheadway.com or by telephoning 01284 702535

GATEHOUSE - CARING IN WEST SUFFOLK
Gatehouse helps those in material and emotional need, raises awareness of the causes of social injustice and provides practical help for disadvantaged families and individuals in the area .
Projects include:
Gatehouse Day Centres - for for isolated and/or housebound people , also those suffering from Long Term Neurological illness - a day of friendship, activities and a home- cooked meal.
Mildenhall Day Centre - for isolated and/or housebound people. Transport and lunch is provided.
Furniture Recycling Project - donated furniture is collected, checked and then offered to those in need.
For more details telephone 01284 754967 or go to www.gatehouse.org.uk
ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE - Caring for the terminally ill in West Suffolk
We support the Hospice through the annual Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds, which takes place
every June, - opening our garden and selling plants and refreshments.  
So far we have personally raised over £21,352 for this event.
We also ran a special Art Exhibition and Sale in 2010 for the Hospice [see Art Exhibition page]
Riding for the Disabled
Disabled children and adults  can experience the joy of riding which helps both physical and mental confidence.  Lessons take place with experienced tutors and volunteer helpers.
RIDING FOR THE DISABLED
Disabled children and adults  can experience the joy of riding which helps both physical and mental confidence.  Lessons take place with experienced tutors and volunteer helpers.   
THE PROSTATE CANCER CHARITY
We have raised £2000 for the Prostate Cancer Charity, which is the leading charity working with people affected by prostate cancer through research, support, information and campaigning.  
To find out more go to www.prostate-cancer.org.uk or call 020 8222 7622
SUFFOLK YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE
 Suffolk Young People’s Theatre, founded by the late Ray Dyer, is unique. It is a  three week Summer School where young people aged between 14 and 21 years of age are challenged to develop a piece of theatre, worthy of public performance, in just ten days. Suffolk Young People’s Theatre has helped many young teenagers to realise their dreams in the theatre, but more than that, it has taught them to work together as a team to achieve a common goal.   Go to www.suffolkypt.co.uk or call 01824 701934 for further details
Milkmaid Thursday Folk Club
for People of All Disabilities, their Friends and Carers
This is run every 3rd Thursday in the month at
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Go to http://www.milkmaidmusic.co.uk/thursdayclub for forthcoming dates
Bury St Edmunds Women’s Refuge
offers accommodation, friendship and support to women of any age and their children
who are victims of domestic violence
Contact: Annie Munson Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m-5 p.m.
answerphone at other times
Parking/Transport: Limited onsite parking available, accessible by public transport
Access: Wheelchair accessible entrance and facilities
Telephone: 01284 753 085       24 hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247      
Email: bsewacentre@btconnect.com

Catch 22 16+ in Suffolk

Provides a comprehensive leaving and after-care service to young people aged 16-25 years in Suffolk.

Helping them to steer clear of crime or substance misuse, do the best they can in school or college and develop skills for work, live independently on leaving care or custody, gain new skills and confidence, and play a full part in their community

Contact: T: 01284 758488 or Email: hayley.sykes@catch-22.org.uk

Write to: Catch 22, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU

Workwise
During the summer and autumn 2013 we worked to raise  £2,500 for Workwise.
Based in Bury St Edmunds, Workwise is part of the Papworth Trust and aims to successfully develop and train people with mental health problems in a genuine business environment, helping them to regain confidence, motivation and self-esteem in the workplace and thus contribute to their quality of life. As well as their workplace centre Workwise also have a shop called Cavern4 in Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds, where high quality craftwork, jewellery and art works made by those attending the centre and various other local artists are sold, with profits going to support Workwise.
Please go to www.workwise.org.uk for  information and contact details
“UPBEAT”
“Upbeat”  is a local support group set up by ex-cardiac patients with the aim of providing exercise, social and health educational activities for those who have had heart attacks or other heart related problems and their partner or carer.  In December 2014 we presented them with a cheque for £2500
[Contact: http://www.upbeatheartsupport.org.uk.]
West Suffolk Vineyard Church - Storehouse Ministry. Providing practical support and advice to all those in need as part of their Compassion Ministry.  Clients are referred to them for help by various agencies including Social Services, Citizens Advice Bureau, other churches etc.
Contact: www.wsvc.org.uk
CAUSES WE HAVE HELPED SO FAR
We live in Church Walks in the heart of Bury St Edmunds but are not affiliated with any particular church or charity. We enjoy growing and handling plants, finding it therapeutic and satisfying to be able to give all the proceeds to charity. We started in 1999 and prefer to donate to Suffolk charities or local branches of National charities where hopefully our donation can make a big difference.   

Our plant stall is open seven days a week, dawn to dusk, outside our home at 26 Church Walks (in between Bridewell Lane and College Street, close to the town centre). We have a good selection of donated and our own plants as well as local honey, vegetables and fruit in season, produced by ourselves, local growers and allotment holders.  

We receive great support from residents and friends with donations of plants, produce and help at our special events (Special Events).  Special events have included: the Bury St Edmunds Charity Night , the Bury Christmas Fayre and the ‘Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds’ for St Nicholas Hospice Care.  

In addition we were involved with others in organising two four-day charity Art Shows raising money again for St Nicholas Hospice Care and also East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

If you would like to suggest a local cause we can help, please get in touch so we can add it to our list for the future.