Royal_London_Benevolent Fund_logo-white-horizontalThe Benevolent Fund is part of the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval, or to readjust to the world beyond the game. The Fund also supports players and their dependants who might be in need of a helping hand with medical advice, a much-needed operation or those who require specialist advice, care or assistance.

Benevolent issues are those that pull at everyone’s heart strings and can sometimes be the difference between life and death. This emphasises the important work that the PCA does in generating funds.

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We match incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. We educate young people about the lifesaving difference they can make by joining our register.

We conduct ground breaking research to improve the success rates of transplants and improve the lives of all people with blood cancer. And we are there with support, advice and information for people with blood cancer and their families.

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Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes short breaks at our two hospices (Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford), Hospice at Home, day care, symptom management, end-of-life care, bereavement care and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family.

It costs £9.5 million a year just to maintain our current level of care. Around 10% of that income comes from government funding, so we rely on our supporters’ generosity to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care. See more at:

C-R-Y logo - Tim Murtagh websiteEvery week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young (i.e. aged 35 and under) people die from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Since the charity was founded, almost 20 years ago in May 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been committed to reducing the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) as well as offering vital support to those who have been tragically affected.

  • CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD.
  • CRY has developed a pioneering cardiac screening programme and promotes greater access to this service for all young people aged between 14 and 35, across the UK.
  • CRY funds ground-breaking medical research led by its team of Research Fellows.
  • CRY regularly publish and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public.
  • CRY funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.

2014 was a busy year for CRY. The screenings at the CRY clinic at St George’s Hospital and our Sports Screening programme continued to grow and we screened over 17,000 young people in 2014. As well as screening, CRY’s myheart network which offers support to 14-35 year olds who have been diagnosed with cardiac conditions has expanded, with meetings at different locations in the UK and we have a newsletter and booklet for this group of supporters.

CRY’s Bereavement Support Days continue to take place across the UK for families who have been bereaved by Sudden Death Syndrome, and we have now introduced separate support days specifically for mums, dads, siblings and partners. 2014 saw the publication of the third  in the series of aspects of grief booklets; the Partner’s Grief Booklet, previous ones being  the Siblings’ and Fathers’ Grief Booklets.” A further booklet, “A Mother’s Grief” will be published in the Spring. See more at: