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Pilgrim Bandits Charity was established by a small group of Special Forces veterans in 2007 with the sole aim of using their unique training and experience to help and inspire wounded soldiers to live life to the full.
The mantra ‘Always a Little Further’ is core to the charity’s attitude, whether working with amputee men and women from the services directly or by utilising their experiences to inspire and encourage young people and children. Pilgrim Bandits don’t do sympathy, but offer the rewards of belonging to a team, encouragement, belief and the power of humour over pain.
Pilgrim Bandits’ primary aim is to help those in need directly, with no compromise. Soon, those who needed help become those that give it. By pushing injured men and women into physically and mentally demanding situations that they would not have dreamed possible; kayaking extraordinary distances, climbing mountains, jumping from aircraft, running races, trekking across inhospitable terrain, self-confidence is restored and self-belief instilled – Always a Little Further. Pilgrim Bandits pushes those that have already endured so much to go beyond endurance – to embrace life again and in so doing inspire others.
Some view Pilgrim Bandits as a forces charity but it is a Charitable Force, bringing support, help and adventure to injured personnel from both the Armed and Emergency services.
Since 2003 Brightona’s Motorbike Festivals and events have had thousands of visitors flocking to the shores of Brighton. All these events raise funds for The Sussex Heart Charity and vital medical equipment to improve the lives of hundreds of people.
Brightona has a large public following and are always looking for new ways to raise funds. We have a dedicated and passionate team that work hard throughout the year to make Brightona happen. Plus, lots of support for our sponsors, volunteers, bands, local businesses, media outlets and the general public. All offering to help with their, time, ideas, venues, experience and knowledge to help support Brightona, which in turn passes that help onto others in need.
Brightona Charity Riders hold many events throughout the year. The biggest of these is the Brightona Bike Show held on Madeira Drive in Brighton, East Sussex every October. You can always expect, a fun packed time with some amazing motorcycles, hot rods, live music, stalls and not forgetting the wall of death!! When it comes to the bikes there are many competitions including Best Bike in Show, Best Custom Bike, to name a few, plus Best Hot Rod. All profits raised are donated to purchase vital medical equipment for hospitals and individuals.
A cardiac department was set up in Brighton by Douglas Chamberlain in 1970, and he was joined by Richard Vincent in 1979. Many kind patients gave money for the department’s use and the ‘Cardiac Department Discretionary Fund’was set up.
The Charity supported local research and community resuscitation training was started in 1978. It became known as Heart Guard and was only the second of its type in Europe (after Norway). By 1984 over 20,000 citizens had been trained in Brighton and many lives had been saved: successes that would have been very unlikely without bystander intervention. Heart Guard continues to this day.
In 1987 the Charity was incorporated as a charitable company and called Brighton Heart Support Trust. The Charity funded Automated Defibrillators on two railway stations and we believe that this was the first public access defibrillation programme anywhere in the world. Many more have followed. The Charity increasingly financed projects outside the immediate vicinity of Brighton including community training and for this reason the Charity changed its name once more in 2006 and is now known as Sussex Heart Charity, guided by our Executive Officer and a committed group of Trustees.
Founded by Rob Paxman (former 22 SAS) in 2008 Talking2Minds’ ethos was ‘Veterans helping Veterans’.
That ethos remains to this day although, as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other severe stress-related conditions such as Stress, Fear and Anxiety and Anger Issues affect all sectors of society, it has now become ‘Like helping Like’.
Talking2Minds is a small charity. Since its foundation in 2008 and despite severe financial restraints, it has helped over 700 hundred people put the pieces of their lives back together.
The Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton is a specialist unit for the care of premature and sick newborn babies. It provides special care, high dependency care and intensive care. It also provides a service for babies requiring surgery.
The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Haywards Heath is a unit for the care of premature and sick newborn babies requiring short term high dependency care or special care. Both units have all the necessary facilities and staffing to deliver high quality and up-to-date care to newborn babies and supportive care to babies and parents during the stages of recovery.
They are continually involved in local and national research projects. As a result of many parents consenting to their babies’ taking part in such research they have been able to constantly improve their care.
Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.
Our Bereavement Support Helpline offers support to anyone affected by the death of a baby via email, telephone and on social media. Support booklets and bereavement support packs are available on request. Bereavement Care Training for professionals and students runs throughout the year. Projects run with NHS England, the Department of Health and NHS Education Scotland. Specialist Befriender training held and support given. Dedicated staff to support new Groups.
High level lobbying and influencing all four UK governments to reduce baby deaths. New resources such as the standardised tool to support hospital reviews of care when a baby dies; and public health messages about stillbirth risks. Dedicated fund to pay for vital new research to understand why babies die and how to prevent more deaths. Campaigning nationally for fewer baby deaths. Media work – making stillbirth and neonatal death headline news. Maintaining Sands’ digital presence through the website and social media.
Fundraising and Events supporting individuals through their fundraising journey. Working with companies, trusts and high value donors to raise vital funds.
Promoting and funding research that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives is one of our three core aims. We support a range of projects and promote collaboration amongst researchers to agree priorities and ensure that the limited funds we have are put to best use.