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Charity of the Year

Charity of the Year

Help us choose which charitable cause BCW will support in 2024
Help us choose which charitable cause BCW will support in 2024

In 2023 Birmingham Cocktail Weekend raised over £1,200 for University Hospitals Birmingham Charity – the cause you helped us to choose through our annual public vote.

Now we’re asking for your support in choosing our Charity of the Year for 2024. We’ve chosen five local charities, all doing fantastic work in the city and region, now it’s over to you to place your votes and make the final decision!

In 2023 Birmingham Cocktail Weekend raised over £1,200 for University Hospitals Birmingham Charity – the cause you helped us to choose through our annual public vote.

Now we’re asking for your support in choosing our Charity of the Year for 2024. We’ve chosen five local charities, all doing fantastic work in the city and region, now it’s over to you to place your votes and make the final decision!

NSPCC Birmingham

 

At the NSPCC Birmingham office on the Hagley Road, there are two call centres provided by NSPCC fundraising. The NSPCC Helpline Birmingham base is one of three NSPCC Adult Helpline bases providing adults with advice, guidance and support, and can take action on their behalf if they have concerns about a child who is either being abused or is at risk of abuse. 

The second call centre is Childline Birmingham. This is a free, 24-hour helpline with the addition of online services, for children and young people. It is one of only 12 Childline bases in the country. Staff and volunteers ensure all children and young people who have a concern are heard and listened to. Childline receives a contact from a child every 45 seconds. 

They also have an NSPCC Schools service which works with every primary school in the country, including those across Birmingham, to ensure children know what abuse is, that it is never their fault and who to go to if something is happening to them. 

NSPCC is nearly 90% funded by voluntary donation so fundraised money keeps these vital services going.

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Birmingham Hospice

 

At Birmingham Hospice it’s their mission to enable more people from all communities to access the care of their choice at the end of their lives. For more than 150 years the charity has been delivering care to people who need it across Birmingham. They offer a wide range of services to patients to ensure that they receive the care of their choice when they need it. The first is through their Inpatient Unit. These are rooms at one of the charity’s two hospice sites where a patient can access ‘round the clock’ care, and receive intensive symptom management. Last year, 571 patients were cared for by the expert doctors and nurses at the Inpatient Units. 

Birmingham Hospice also provides Hospice at Home Care. This is delivered to people who are at the end stage of their illness and dearly wish to die at home. The charity’s staff work alongside GPs and District Nurses to make sure patients are as comfortable as they can be. They also provide Living Well Centers where the principal aim is to help people ‘live well’ with their illness. They offer a variety of programmes where people learn how to cope with symptoms; take part in therapeutic activities; and set realistic goals. In the last 12 months 1,312 people have benefitted from this service. The mental health and wellbeing of patients and their families is at the centre of everything that the charity does. There is a team of Counsellors, Spiritual Carers, Therapists, Wellbeing Volunteers and Bereavement Volunteers whose focus is on supporting patients and their loved ones, emotionally and spiritually, in whatever way works best for them.

Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust


Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trust works to conserve biodiversity, improve the environment and raise awareness and understanding of wildlife issues. They have over 7,000 members and have projects, nature reserves and environment centres across the area.

By 2030 they want to see 30% of our landscape managed for the benefit of wildlife, 1 in 4 people taking action for nature and 500 hectares of land to be improved for nature through natural solutions to tackle the ecological and climate crises. 

Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust have been working to protect, restore and create natural spaces across Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton since 1980 and they want everyone to have an equal opportunity to access nature in their daily lives.

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LoveBrum

LoveBrum


LoveBrum is a charity that engages with local people and businesses to build an even better Birmingham. They shine a light on hidden projects and charities doing good in the city.

LoveBrum supporters vote on live projects and everyone has a say in which projects are supported, meaning all funds raised help to boost the local charitable economy and the best part is, every penny raised from individual memberships and fundraising goes straight to the causes.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity


Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) operates three helicopters and three critical care cars across six Midlands counties, including the West Midlands. One of their cars operates specifically in the central region (Birmingham & The Black Country) ensuring that those communities can rely upon our pre-hospital emergency service. 

Each year it costs £13-14 million to maintain the fleet and the provision of a lifesaving service. The charity does not receive funding from the Government or National Lottery for its daily missions so relies entirely on the support and generosity of local people and businesses. The charity responds to some of the most traumatic incidents including cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions and sports injuries. The aircraft reaches remote locations to attend to patients unreachable by land ambulance. At each incident, MAAC  rapidly brings hospital-level equipment, advanced medicines and an enhanced skillset of their doctors and critical care paramedics directly to the patient at the incident scenes. Every second counts in an emergency and on average, our crew arrive on scene within ten minutes, whether by air ambulance or in one of their  critical care cars.

Over the past year, MAAC crews have respond to more that 4,500 call-outs from across the region, with many hundreds taking place in the Birmingham area.

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Birmingham Cocktail Weekend is a long weekend dedicated to celebrating the best of the city’s bar scene. Now in it’s 10th year, #BCW is Birmingham’s largest and best loved cocktail festival.

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend is a trading name of Living For The Weekend Ltd.
Company No: 10982589