BACCES is pleased to announce it has selected three charities/organisations to benefit from the proceeds of its upcoming show, Cinderella, which will be performed at The Beck Theatre in December.
The Society selected a cross section of beneficiaries from a long list of applicants representing the wider community, the local community and an overseas project close to BACCES' heart. The beneficiaries are:
Parkinson’s UK (Formerly known as the Parkinson’s Disease Society)
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. The condition develops when nerve cells that are responsible for producing a chemical known as dopamine die. Dopamine allows messages to be sent to the parts of the brain that coordinate movement. With the loss of dopamine-producing nerve cells, these parts of the brain are unable to work normally, causing symptoms of Parkinson's to appear.
In the UK, around 145,000 people are already living with Parkinson’s. With population growth and ageing, it is estimated that this will increase by a fifth, to around 172,000 people in the UK, by 2030. Parkinson’s UK is the largest charitable funder of Parkinson’s research in Europe. They fund the right
research into the most promising treatments, in addition to providing help and information for those living with Parkinson’s, their families and loved ones. Resources provided by Parkinson’s UK include national support with online information, a helpline with access to local advisers, and local face to
face support including social groups and fitness classes, and Parkinson’s cafés where those affected can meet up with others in similar circumstances.
HALO Children’s Foundation
Based in Uxbridge, HALO supports children and their families with bereavement, aiming to provide advice, information and hope to those dealing with the death of a loved one. They provide relief from the effects of bereavement to children up to 18 years old who have suffered the loss of someone close to them; this could include a parent, grandparent, sibling or even a close friend who is now missing from their life.
The charity knows that it can never make up for the loss of a love one but it hopes to be able to help children smile again and hold on to memories they have. The HALO play café is a place to encourage families out of the home to access the support they need when someone sadly dies. An open soft play facility and café for anyone to use where all proceeds go towards HALO’s work has been set up in The Chimes shopping centre, Uxbridge. With the centre’s full support, the space is used to support the community, so they do not grieve alone.
In addition, the play café offers a training room to educate school teachers and professionals on grief and loss and run workshopsto support children, as well as a wellbeing room with a bereavement book library. With a child play therapist and support workers, as well as opportunities for children to create memory boxes and go on trips funded by the charity, your donations will go towards supporting bereaved children and families in the local area.
Halo's play cafe Website
London Retired Police Dogs Trust
London Retired Police Dogs Trust (LRPD) was set up in 2019 to support the retired police dogs of London with their welfare needs. Once retired, the responsibility of the dog falls to their handler who has an unbreakable bond with the animal. Some retired police dogs are re-homed to an adopted family who again, take on the responsibility of the dog.
Retiring police dogs do not receive a pension to support them through their ageing years, which means people who take on retired police dogs receive no financial support in a time in a dog’s life where, after a lengthy time on ‘the beat’, vets bills are inevitable and expensive. Due to the nature of the work that our courageous dogs perform it is extremely difficult to insure them which means care and treatment costs can soon mount up.
A retired police dog is deemed by us to be; any dog that has been licensed to Home Office Standards to be a police fog, working in London. Consideration is give to applications for any dog who is, or has been, a police dog deemed as above and is medically retired at any age, or has been retired for any other reasons over the age of years.
London’s Retired Police Dog fund is not connected in any way to The Metropolitan Police Service, or any other Police force in the United Kingdom. As an independent organisation, London Retired Police Dogs Trust has its own constitution and Trustees who are accountable for its operation.
Patron: Dame Judi Dench.
Ambassadors: Rob Bell & Sarah Champion
Trustees: Emma Dignam; Phil Wells & Kristian Leighton.