The Staffordshire Cycling Festival is proud to make a positive contribution to Stafford and Staffordshire and this year we are continuing this tradition by supporting two charitable causes: Hope for Justice and Stafford Borough Council Mayor’s Charity Appeal. For every entry into the 35m and 70m sportives at the Staffordshire Cycling Festival we will be donating a pound to each of these charities. If you would like to find out more about these causes please read on and follow the links below.
We would like to encourage all our participants to consider raising money for one of our charities or one of their own choosing as part of their day in Staffordshire. A great way to do this is to use the justgiving.com website where it is quick and easy to set up a page that you can share with your family, friends and colleagues.
Hope for Justice is an anti-human trafficking organisation working to uncover and abolish the hidden crime of modern-day slavery. As a non-governmental organisation (NGO) it gathers intelligence and assists in the process of removing victims from exploitation within the UK. As they say themselves:
Human trafficking is not someone else’s problem, it’s happening in our communities, in our neighbourhoods, in our country. Hope for Justice was created to be the practical solution to human trafficking.”
More information can be found at www.hopeforjustice.org.uk.
This year, Stafford Borough Council Mayor’s Charity Appeal is in support of Stafford and District Bereavement and Loss Support Service, Homestart Stafford and Staffordshire Women’s Aid .
Stafford and District Bereavement and Loss Support Service is a Stafford based charity which offers support to people who are grieving upon the loss of a loved one or are themselves experiencing a terminal illness. It is run by specially trained volunteers.
Home-Start Stafford provide practical and emotional support services to families with young children who are facing challenges such as physical or mental disabilities, post natal depression and isolation. Tailored support is provided by local volunteers in the homes of families. Over the last 12 months there has been a 65% increase in demand for the services.
Staffordshire Women’s Aid is one of the UK’s earliest refuge projects offering help and support to somen and children living in fear of domestic violence. This includes a refuge for up to eight families forced to flee their homes, “After School” clubs for children and Help line. The helpline alone recives over 1000 calls per year.