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Basingstoke Half Marathon Charities

St Michael’s Hospice is the headline local charity for the Basingstoke Half Marathon.

Based in Basingstoke, St. Michael’s Hospice cares for patients throughout North Hampshire who are affected by life-limiting illness.  This care is provided both within the Hospice and out in the community in patients homes through their Hospice at Home service.

All the Hospice services are geared to helping people live life to the fullest and ensure that their quality of life is the best that it can be.

It costs £3.3 million a year to run the Hospice with just 20% coming from the Primary Care Trust, the other £2.7million has to be raised by fundraising and retail activities. St. Michael’s is a registered charity (number 1002856), and all its services are provided completely free of charge. If you would like to run the Basingstoke Half Marathon in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice you can set up an on-line sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/smhnh. You can also email fundraising@stmichaelshospice.org.uk for a sponsorship form or call the Fundraising team on 01256 848 848 for more information.
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Other Charities

There are many other local charities that would be very grateful for the support of any runners looking for a good local cause:

Naomi House & Jacksplace

Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide expert hospice care to more than 340 life-limited and life threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and Isle of Wight. This support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you would like to run on our behalf or enter a team to support Naomi House & Jacksplace, please email hello@naomihouse.org.uk or call our events team on 01962 760060.

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Basingstoke Counselling Service

A member of the National Counselling Network) is a local charity which has been serving the local community since 1985. We offer one-to-one counselling, couples counselling and Employee Assistance Programmes, providing a professional and affordable service helping local people with a wide range of problems through periods of distress or difficulty. As a small local charity we would really appreciate you choosing us to run for and would greatly receive any donations you are able to raise through sponsorship money. You can contact us at info@basingstokecounselling.org.uk.
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The Pink Place

The Pink Place (and The Blue Space for men) provides FREE wellbeing services, support, counselling and Mindfulness to adults affected by cancer, from initial diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. Operating with the support of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support Services, The Pink Place offers a range of services including complementary therapies, nutrition advice, hair services and advice (before, during and after chemotherapy), beauty services and advice (nail and skin care) and very importantly counselling support and Mindfulness classes. 

When Covid19 hit in March 2020, our aim was to quickly adapt our services to combat the impact on the mental health, anxiety and isolation of those facing additional challenges due to a cancer diagnosis. We are very proud to have achieved this and with the use of technology, we adapted to provide up to 9 weekly support sessions which included ‘virtual’ emotional support, mindfulness and counselling combined with friendship coffee and chat, exercise classes specifically designed for cancer patients, craft sessions, and a range of Guest Speaker talks; all our sessions included plenty of positivity and laughter. Our telephone support line and email support has also been open throughout and continues to be extremely busy.

The following are examples of some of the amazing feedback:

Lesley – “I just wanted to say that the Pink Place has been a lifesaver to me during this awful time. The regular virtual coffee mornings have been such a big part of my life through all of this, giving me something else to focus on rather than my cancer.  Being able to talk to others in the same situation & hear how they are coping & just to have a laugh with them has helped me so much.  Knowing that you are there for us, even on the bad days is just wonderful.  I can’t thank you enough for all that you do”

Rob – “I am indebted to you. You give me a reason to get out of bed each morning and face the day ahead. I don’t know what would have happened to me during this time, particularly when dark thoughts creep in.

Our charity relies on a calendar of Fundraising Events to help fund our charity and the cancellation of all of those events throughout 2020 and into 2021 due to Covid, has left a huge hole in our finances. If you would like to support us by running on behalf of The Pink Place, we would love to hear from you.  Email us at info@thepinkplace.org.uk or call us on 07899 970841.   We will be there on the day to cheer everyone on their way!

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The Basingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre

Basingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre treats patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery – to help them to return to normal as quickly as possible and then to reduce to a minimum the chance of future heart problems.

They use a combination of supervised exercise, education, stress management and relaxation and we currently treat about 500 new patients each year. If you would like to run us please email tony@cardiac-rehab.co.uk

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The Ark Cancer Centre Charity

COME on board and join the Ark100 half-marathon team – that’s the message from Ark Cancer Centre Charity. The charity is raising £5million towards a unique cancer treatment centre that will provide the care and support that local cancer patients, their families and loved ones need and deserve.

To find out how you can register and raise funds, email mark.jones@arkcancercharity.org.uk or call 01256 360419. Thank you for your support.

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Pelican Cancer Foundation

Pelican Cancer Foundation is a local charity based at Basingstoke Hospital, committed to driving innovation in precision surgery for bowel cancer (colorectal), bladder cancer, prostate cancer and liver cancer treatment through research and training. They work with the cancer specialists who treat you: nurses, radiologists, oncologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists and pathologists – advancing new treatment pathways. Two studies supported by the charity won eminent international recognition at the BMJ Awards held in May for their outstanding work to improve patient care for bowel cancer patients in the UK. 

Every year thousands of people live longer with a better quality of life thanks to the work of Pelican and better surgery.

We would be delighted if you would like to run for us highlighting the valuable work that is undertaken by Pelican Cancer Foundation. For more information call Abby on 01256 314746, email events@pelicancancer.org or sign up on our website.

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Victoria’s Promise

Victoria’s Promise has partnered with the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital to support and empower young women through cancer and beyond. We aim to alleviate any concerns these women may encounter during treatment, by providing vital support in areas such as; oncology massages, chemotherapy beauticians, yoga and physical training, house cleaning and counselling.

If you would like to run for Victoria’s Promise, please contact William on will@victorias-promise.org. All we ask is that you pledge to raise £250 and we will be there to cheer you on on the day!

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