During Joan’s year as President we have been pleased to welcome representatives from our chosen charities to speak about their organisations.
In June 2017 Steve Dunstan, Northern Area Manager, and his colleague gave us a really interesting presentation on the North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes.
The charity provides a voluntary out-of-hours transport service to the local NHS hospitals, carrying urgent and emergency items – blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, theatre equipment – anything which can be carried by motorcycle. For more information on this vital work please see http://nwbb-lancs.org.
In September 2018 Sharon Jackson, founder of the Neuro Drop-in Centre Lancaster entertained us with a lively and thought-provoking account of how she realised the need in the Lancaster and Morecambe area for a friendly and welcoming place for those affected by neurological conditions to find support and companionship. The award-winning centre also has a popular café and a shop which sells preloved goodies and more information can be found at http://neurodropin.org.uk.
In February 2018 we welcomed Jenny Macking and colleagues from the Lancaster and Morecambe Children’s Holiday of a Lifetime Society which sends children who have potentially life threatening illnesses on a “holiday of a lifetime”, often to Disneyland, Florida. This small local charity has been helping local children and their families for the past 45 years to have happy, memorable experiences.
We are also supporting Cancercare North Lancashire and South Cumbria, a unique independent charity dedicated to helping families affected by cancer and other potentially life limiting conditions and is a much appreciated charity in this area cancercare.org.
Finally, we are supporting an international charity – the Izulu Orphan Projects in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This is a non-profit organisation which educates, feeds and supports 1700 rural South African orphans as well as the children of HIV positive widows. The website for this charity can be found at http://izuluorphanprojects.co.za.