We have had another wonderful year of fundraising with events such as our Summer Ball, coffee mornings, and a spinathon. Thanks to the generosity of our members, the staff team and the Club, we are delighted to have raised just over £8,500 for two local charities: Bedford Open Door and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends.

It’s now time to vote for the two charities that we will support for the next twelve months. In July we asked members for nominations for the local charities that they think we should support; we’ve collated the nominations and they can be found in the list below. We’ve included a short description and a weblink should you wish to find out more. Each member can now vote for the two charities they would like us to support. Each adult member (aged 18 and over) gets two votes (they can’t be used for the same charity).

To vote, please email [email protected]ers.com with your two preferred charities. Voting closes on the 22nd August.

Bedfordshire SANDS works to support anyone affected by the death of a baby; improve the care bereaved parents receive; and create a world where fewer babies die – https://bedfordshire.sands.org.uk/

CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways for families in Bedfordshire. Supporting young children and young people is at the heart of everything they do, with services also looking to support the family as a whole wherever possible – http://chums.uk.com/

Companions Real Bread CIC is a growing community gathered around a commercial Real Bread bakery, supporting ex-offenders to resettle effectively into our local communities and not reoffend – https://companionsrealbread.uk/

Country Days was conceived and set up to support and nurture marginalized, disadvantaged 7 – 11-year-olds in the Bedfordshire area. The aim is to combine learning with fun, whilst building soft skills such as confidence, teamwork and social interaction – https://www.countrydays.net/

Elizabeth Curtis Riding Centre the centre is a purpose-built riding centre on the outskirts of Bedford, which caters solely for disabled riders giving them the opportunity to ride both inside and outside – http://www.elisabethcurtiscentre.co.uk/

FACES Bedford supports local children and families faced with difficult issues such as mental and physical health, domestic abuse, poverty, child sexual exploitation and behavioural issues – https://www.facesbedford.org/

Friends for Life Bedford recruits, trains and co-ordinates a team of personal befrienders to visit socially isolated residents in care homes. Their aim is to reduce the social isolation of those in Bedfordshire’s care homes – http://friendsforlifebedford.org.uk/

Justus Bedford Homeless Charity has worked in Bedford since 2014 to establish a new way of working with homeless people to help them move into their own accommodation. To achieve this they make good use of homelessness laws to ensure that their clients access the assistance they are eligible for from their local authority and other statutory services – http://www.justus.org.uk/

Motor Neurone Disease Association – the Bedfordshire group is run entirely up volunteers and aims to provide the best possible support to local people with MND, their families and carers – https://www.mndassociation.org/support-and-information/local-support/branches/north-bedfordshire-group/

MS Therapy Centre (Barker’s Lane, Bedford) provides therapies, services and support needed to enable people living with Multiple Sclerosis to self-manage their condition – https://mscentrebedsandnorthants.com/

The Mind Map Charity is a Bedford based charity working in schools with a focus on the prevention/early intervention of children and young people’s mental ill health. They offer workshops to pupils around emotional wellbeing and resilience and equip teachers with tools to promote emotional literacy and wellness – https://mindmapcharity.co.uk/about/about

Tibbs Dementia Foundation is dedicated to providing a range of quality, accessible, creative and relevant support services, activities and opportunities for people living with all stages of dementia (or significant cognitive impairment) and their family careers and supporters within the Bedford area – http://www.tibbsdementia.co.uk/

UpRising provides routes to leadership and employment for 16-25-year olds who have talent, but lack opportunity. Their mission is to break the cycle of unrepresentative power in the UK, by developing new, community-minded and socially conscious leaders; so that our future decision-makers truly represent our diverse communities. – https://www.uprising.org.uk/bedfordshire-and-luton

Wooden Spoon is a charity that changes children’s lives through the power of rugby. Each year they fund around 70 projects, from community programmes and specialist playgrounds to medical treatment centres and sensory rooms – https://woodenspoon.org.uk/region/bedfordshire/

YMCA Bedfordshire is a Christian charity seeking to serve the community through its extensive supported accommodation and resettlement work, recreational, education, faith, schools and outreach work and personal development training – http://www.ymcabedfordshire.org.uk/