Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
St Barnabas House
I am a patron of St Barnabas House, an independent charitable hospice based in Titnore Lane, Worthing. It was first opened in 1973 by a local GP, Dr Francis Gusterson.
The skilled team undertakes some excellent work in offering palliative care for patients with advanced cancer and other advanced life-limiting diseases, making sure they receive the best care possible. St Barnabas rely on the help of generous donors for the majority of their funding, so if you would like to assist them or find out more about their work, visit www.stbarnabas-hospice.org.uk
League of Friends- Southlands Hospital
I am a trustee of the League of Friends of Southlands Hospital which has been helping to improve services and facilities for patients for more than 50 years. The Friends are all volunteers who raise money to provide equipment to the hospital which they would otherwise be unable to afford. These can range from expensive surgical or imaging equipment to things that improve the hospital environment.
Without the help of the Friends, Southlands hospital would not be able to operate and help people in the way do now. If you are interested in becoming a friend, then please visit http://www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/get-involved/friends/southlands/
League of Friends-Worthing Hospital
I am Vice President of the League of Friends Worthing Hospital. Much like the Friends of Southlands Hospital, their role is to raise funds to help the hospital. Their major aim is to raise £1 million towards the purchase of a 2nd CT Scanner for Worthing Hospital. http://www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/get-involved/friends/worthing/join/
I am Vice President of Worthing and Arun MIND support people with mental health problems towards recovery and a good quality life. They are affiliated to national MIND but operated and financed independently. They have been serving Worthing for 40 years and have branched out to help people in Shoreham, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. http://www.worthingmind.org/index.asp
Chestnut Tree House
Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county.
Completed in 2003, the hospice provides 10 children's bedrooms plus 8 family rooms, a wet and dry play area, computer and music rooms, a multi sensory room and hydrotherapy pool. The house is situated in Dover Lane just outside of Arundel within an area of outstanding natural beauty. www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk
The Downs Link Challenge started in 2006 as a social event run by the Parents' Association of Shoreham College. At that time it was decided to use the event to raise funds for the Chestnut Tree House. Since then, the event has flourished and is one of the main fundraisers for Chestnut Tree House.
The event takes place along the Downs Link path between Bramber Castle and Christ's Hospital. Riders can choose to do a distance between 5 and 30 miles with walkers doing 5 miles (or more if you wish).
In 2011 over 300 took part and this has pushed the total raised for Chestnut Tree to over £30,000. Find out what you need to do to take part next year. www.downslinkchallenge.co.uk
Headway in west Sussex
Headway in West Sussex was established in 1998. It is organised by people who have experience of caring for people who have suffered brain injuries. Headway in West Sussex is a branch of the National Charity and its objectives and aims are to support the sufferers of brain injury, their families and carers. http://www.headway-in-west-sussex.org.uk/html/home.html
Buddy's- Worthing Mencap's cafe and information centre
Buddy's in Worthing is an excellent cafe and information centre for people with learning disabilities, in particular by the provision of help and support for them and for their families, dependents and carers.
They also provide or assist in the provision of facilities for the recreation or other leisure time occupation for people who have need thereof by reason of learning disability, with the object of improving their lives.
Worthing Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society do a terrific job of supporting and protecting the rights of people with dementia, as well as ensuring their voice is heard.
Acorn undertake some excellent work in offering free care and support to anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy loss across a vast part of West Sussex. They are situated in Warwick Street in Worthing.
The Luke Cory Trust
In February 2008, Luke Cory was a happy 4 year old boy who had just started school. He was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia) and subsequently underwent numerous rounds of chemotherapy, only for it to return on 2 more occasions. Despite a bone marrow transplant, radiotherapy and all the advances in medicine, Luke tragically died in December 2009.
In December 2009, Luke Cory passed away after suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
His parents and friends have set up this Trust to give other families with children facing life threatening illnesses a chance of making valuable memories by funding a holiday home at Bunn Leisure in Selsey.