The Mayor of Dudley, Cllr Andrea Goddard, has chosen to support four charities during her Mayoral year.
Councillor Andrea Goddard, Mayor of Dudley, said:
"It’s a great honour to be the Mayor of Dudley and a unique opportunity to be an ambassador for this borough.
"I will grab the opportunity with both hands to not only raise the profile of four very worthwhile charities but also the much-needed funding they require to allow them to continue their incredible work. I hope people will help me raise as much as we can over the next 12 months."
Dudley Community First Responders are a self-funded charity who respond to 999
emergency calls throughout the Dudley Borough.
All our Community First Responders are volunteers, trained to a nationally recognised medical standard to attend life threatening conditions including cardiac arrests, stroke, diabetic and traumatic emergencies.
Charity number: 1203910
The Prostate Cancer Charity was founded in 1996 by Professor Jonathan Waxman to address the 'Outrageous and arbitrary surgical treatment of men'.
They were the first national organisation for prostate cancer in the UK. Its aim was to improve the care and welfare of those affected by prostate cancer, increase investment in research, and raise public and political awareness of a long-neglected disease.
It started small: five members of staff and with the helpline housed in a small room in Hammersmith hospital. It ran one day a week.
They merged with Prostate Action in 2012 and completely rebranded to form Prostate Cancer UK. In the last 20 years, with investment of over £37 million into ground breaking research, they continue to provide award-winning support for men.
It has grown in size, strength and influence but the ambition is the same: to put men at the heart of everything they do.
For more information visit https://prostatecanceruk.org/
Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 02653887.
Mary Stevens Hospice (MSH) has been providing high quality care for people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses since 1991.
Every day, it strives to achieve the vision of providing a safe, compassionate environment, with highly-skilled staff with time to listen, advise and create personalised holistic programmes of care.
Carers provide emotional and practical support, helping to reduce symptoms of illness and the side effects of treatment. Professional staff are on hand to spend time with patients, addressing their individual nursing, medical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
The team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and volunteers offers a full range of clinical services.
The staff at the Hospice want to continue growing it and supporting people who need them.
For more information https://www.marystevenshospice.co.uk/
Mary Stevens Hospice is a registered charity, number 517656
Up and Downs is a friendly support group, supporting children with Downs Syndrome and their families based in the West Midlands. They hold monthly meetings for children with Downs Syndrome of all ages and their families including siblings and meet regularly throughout the year.
Ups and Downs organize social events, which are extremely popular. Previous events have included trips to London Zoo, the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston, Horse riding, summer and Christmas parties and trips to local soft play areas.
Contact with other parents and guardians in the same position, is invaluable, and parents are encouraged to share their experiences and advice on all manner of issues such as feeding, sleeping, behavioural issues, speech and language delay, developmental worries and the EHCP process.
Up and Downs also provides subsidised learning activities, such as Makaton courses and events in order to aid progression of children with Downs Syndrome in all aspects of life, whilst providing much needed support for families and guardians alike.
Charity number 1159107