CLIC Sargent

As the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer children diagnosed with cancer all round care and support. That’s because they are there every step of the way.

During treatment CLIC Sargent provides specialist nurses, play specialists and Homes from Home. In hospital and at home they offer specialist social care and support in the community services for young people, holidays, grants and a support helpline. After treatment the care continues helping survivors and supporting those bereaved. These are among the many services the charity provides to children with cancer and their families at a very difficult time.

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Pumping Marvellous

Heart Failure is a progressive condition and has currently no cure.  Approximately 75% of heart failure diagnoses are caused by persistent unchecked hypertension or cardiac MI’s (heart attacks).  Recently people are managing to survive with better intervention techniques but are coming out the other side with heart failure.  Prognosis of heart failure patients is less favourable than most common cancers.  Therefore mortality is significant.  Hospital readmission levels are high.  It has been calculated that heart failure admissions equate to over 2% of the total admissions in A&E.

The Foundation’s value in these pathways is to promote HOPE to sufferers, promoting self-care and self-education through peer to peer coaching and support.  We HOPE to have an impact on reducing this ever-increasing burden on the health economy by getting patients and their families actively managing their condition.

Our services and products improve the ability of heart failure patients to self-care, recognising the early symptoms and self-interventions and steps that can be taken to alleviate common symptoms.  An investment in the Pumping Marvellous Foundation is a small investment in comparison to ignoring the problem of heart failure.

You can find out more about Pumping Marvellous here –

Royal British Legion

I have been a member of the Royal British Legion for many years.  The Legion exists to help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families.

Support from The Royal British Legion starts after seven days of service and continues through life, long after service is over.  The Legion is the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.

Royal British Legion Crest




Every year the Royal British Legion leads the nation in commemorating and honouring those who have served and sacrificed.

We remember those who lost their lives on active service in all conflicts; from the beginning of the First World War right up to the present day, as well as all those who have served and their families.

Every year in November, The legion distributes paper poppies to raise vital funds to help today’s Armed Forces community.

Whether you’re a volunteer, member or proud Poppy Appeal collector – or however you choose to show your support – The Legion couldn’t do it without you.

You can find out more about the The Royal British Legion here –

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

For nearly 200 years the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, or RNLI as it is better known, has been saving lives at sea.  The Institution was founded in 1884 following an appeal by Sir William Hillary for a dedicated service to protect those at sea.

Today, this mission continues.  The RNLI continues to protect all those working at sea whilst extending its service to include those enjoying the water for recreational purposes.  Additionally they have begun to protect a number on inland waterways including the River Thames.

The RNLI has developed a range of specialised and technologically advanced lifeboats to support this mission.  In addition to providing an extensive beach lifeguard service they are also driving a number of other campaigns and initiatives to reduce drowning deaths around the world.

I believe one of the most amazing things about this service is that it is almost exclusively provided by volunteers and funded by voluntary donations.  Supporters can join a number of membership schemes including the fantastic Storm Force scheme for children which I remember fondly from my own childhood.

You can find out more about the RNLI here –


I have a lot to thank the Scouts for in shaping my life.  As an eight year old, I joined 1st Wymondham Nelson Cub pack in March 1987.  Quickly settling in under the inspiration Akela John Connolly and his team, I started to excel.  For me, this was a new experience having not been particularly successful at school until this point continuing to struggle with the dominance of literacy in the primary curriculum.

After two and a half years it was time to progress to the Scouts and I joined the Pioneer Troop on Friday evenings led by “S’mon”, as he was known following the loss of a letter from his lunchbox.  I enjoyed the support of two patrol leaders, “Fluff” (I still don’t know his full name) and Michael Phillips (the son of a local farming family).

In time I progressed to 2nd Wymondham Scout Troop to take over a patrol of my own.  This was a time where I started assisting with both Beavers (where I was known as “Duck”) and Cubs (“Baloo”).  I continued assisting with both groups regularly until I left the area to attend university.

I also spent some time as a member, patrol leader and ultimately senior patrol leader at 1st Norwich (Captain Bower’s Own) Sea Scouts.  With its own motto “It can be done”, the troop is one of the oldest in the world and was the first troop of Sea Scouts to be formed (1908).

1st Norwich Sea Scouts Motto

Having aged out of the Scout Troop, I joined with friends from school to found a Venture Scout unit at 1st Hethersett Scout Group where I remained until attending university in 1997.

During my involvement with the Scouts I had the privilege of representing UK scouting twice abroad.  The first in 1994 was Poland to work with Polish Scouts.  The second, the highlight of my scouting career, was selection to attend the 18th World Scout Jamboree in Dronten community, Flevoland, Netherlands.  I proudly took my place representing Norwich West District in the Norfolk & Suffolk Troop.

Future is now - 18th World Scout Jamboree

You can find out more about the Scouts here –

Star Throwers

Founded by Dr Henry Mannings in December 2008, Star Throwers provides support to cancer patients, their carers and families.  The service plugs vital gaps in other provision supporting people with all forms of cancer.

At a personal level, Star Throwers, Dr Mannings and his team were a great support to my mother throughout her journey with cancer.  She and the family were always appreciative of the comfort they provided and will be forever grateful.

You can find out more about Star Throwers here –