Our Charity Clients
These are the charities who we are proud to work alongside. Ultimate Challenges creates tailored events specific to the needs of each one. These are organisations large and small from all over the UK. Some you may know very well, others may be smaller, but each one represents a worthy cause.
ABF, The Soldiers' Charity
We are The Soldiers’ Charity. We’re here to support the men and women who put everything on the line to defend us, and our country.
We’re here for them with lifetime support whether they are serving soldiers or veterans.
We offer our hand to them as individuals and, when they need help, for their families. We stand by them in conflict and in peacetime, throughout their lives.
The immediate help we offer is a lifeline. But we look to the future too, keeping ahead of the game, finding the best ways to give medical, technical and financial support to give the best possible outlook for the men and women who sacrifice so much for us.
Action Medical Research
Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, child health research is poorly funded. Our research is not limited to one condition and we have the flexibility to identify the best medical research most likely to deliver real benefits to babies and children. By taking part in a challenge event you can help us to find ways to reduce premature birth, support children facing a lifetime of challenges caused by disabilities, and develop cutting-edge therapies for rare and incurable diseases.
Action on Hearing Loss
- People to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action
- More support for people with hearing loss
- No one to be isolated through their hearing loss
- People to protect themselves against hearing loss and tinnitus
- To cure hearing loss and tinnitus
Why support us?
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them. Currently, there are 700,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025.
The Society works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and fights for a better world for people will all types of dementia. Through our network of branches, we touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week providing practical services, support and advice.
Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day, we use our register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.
Beating Bowel Cancer
Beating Bowel Cancer is a national charity working to raise awareness of symptoms, promote early diagnosis and encourage open access to treatment choice for those affected by bowel cancer. Through our work we aim to help save lives from this common cancer, the UK’s second biggest killer cancer.
Brain and Spine Foundation
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care is just a phone call or mouse-click away for anyone affected by breast cancer. Our free helpline and information-packed website offer a friendly ear and expert advice to those dealing with the turmoil of this life-threatening illness. Across the
Cash for Kids - Magic 105.4
We support local children under the age of 18 who are financially, socially, emotionally or physically disadvantaged. We try to encourage healthy lifestyle options by promoting the physical, mental and general wellbeing of children and adoloescents within the Magic 105.4 area.
Child Bereavement Charity
The Child Bereavement Charity is the UK’s leading charity that supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved. Every year the charity trains around 5000 professionals across health care, social care, education, the emergency services and the voluntary sector. It also provides a support and information service, award-winning resources, an interactive website with online forums, and Buckinghamshire-based family bereavement support.
Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
One billion people – a sixth of the world’s total population – live in slums, and this figure will rise to 1.4 billion by 2020 if urgent action is not taken to address urban poverty.
In the summer of 2012 work will begin on South Lanarkshire’s first in-patient palliative care hospice, on a 1.83 acre site adjacent to Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride. The purpose-built hospice will cost £3 million to build and even more to equip, and it will cost £1.5 million a year to run. The new hospice will consist of a 10-bed in-patient palliative care unit and a day hospice.
Kilbryde Hospice currently runs a day hospice in East Kilbride which offers comprehensive advice and support to patients with life limiting illnesses – conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease. The day hospice offers an extensive range of free support services – both clinical and emotional support – not only to the patients themselves, but also to their family and friends. The therapies, services and activities provided by Kilbryde Hospice significantly relieve stress, ease tension and reduce anxiety in patients and their families at some of the most difficult times in their lives. There’s a counseling service offered to support patients and their families. Of course there are quiet rooms for appropriate occasions – but there’s also a wonderful energy and a great camaraderie at the day hospice, and our team of trained volunteers are always on hand with a warm welcome and a cup of tea. And for some, that's all that's needed.
LOROS, the Leicetershire and Rutland Hospice
In order to continue to provide our services free of charge to over 2,500 patients and their families each year, we currently have to raise a minimum of £4 million in voluntary income annually. Your continued support in helping us to achieve our target is so very much appreciated, and we are proud that 90% of the money donated to LOROS goes directly towards patient care. For the past 25 years LOROS has relied on the support of local organisations and individuals in order to provide our many services; with your help, we can continue to make a difference to our terminally ill patients and their families.
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Discover your own adventure!
If you want to push yourself to your physical limits, achieve a personal goal, see some of the most amazing sights the world has to offer and do all this for a good cause, then why not take on an Overseas Challenge for Marie Curie Cancer Care?
While some of our events are tough, they're fantastically rewarding and exhilarating and are suitable for everyone with a bit of grit, determination and a sense of humour. You will share your experiences with like-minded adventurers, so you will make friends as well as raising funds. This year, you could go to one of those places that you've always just talked about visiting 'one day'!
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. We work to create a better life for the 1 in 4 people who experience mental or emotional distress each year. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning vigorously to promote and protect good mental health for all. Mind is an independent organisation and we rely on fundraising and donations to continue our work – your help and support will make a real difference.
Mind in Harrow
Most of us know someone who has experienced poor mental health - which actually affects one in four of us at some time in our life. Mind in Harrow helps over 1000 Harrow residents every single year who suffer from such problems, including depression, panic attacks and suicidal feelings.
National Brain Appeal
The National Brain Appeal is the charity dedicated to raising much needed funds for The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square London.
The National is one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS), brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Prion disease, head injury.
Donations are vital to our work and help The National Hospital remain at the forefront of research and development in neurology and neurosurgery. Without support from people like you, none of the major developments to help patients at The National Hospital over recent years would have been possible.
NDCS is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people in the UK. NDCS believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.
Providing parents and professionals with unrivalled information and support on all aspects of childhood deafness, NDCS services include a free membership service, a wide range of events, helpline support and a network of family officers.
NDCS relies on voluntary income to continue its work and could not continue without the support received from individuals who often put a huge amount of time and effort into fundraising.
One to One Children's Fund
One to One Children's Fund is a small Charity based in Hampstead, making a big impact in the world. We relieve the suffering of children who are innocent victims of poverty, disease and conflict. We remedy and prevent the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and trauma on children, working hand in hand with communities to develop and implement projects which can be scaled and replicated. By delivering sustainable projects and empowering local people, One to One Children’s Fund succeeds in rebuilding lives.
Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness.
37,000 men will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer in 2010; from sons to grandfathers, men face the risk of prostate, penile or testicular cancer. Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients.
Oxfordshire Mind provides a variety of services for people who are experiencing mental and emotional health problems such as anxiety, bereavement, depression, loneliness, post-natal depression, recovery from breakdowns, stress and schizophrenia.
Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. Because we’re here no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
We bring people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families together via our network of local groups, out website and free confidential helpline. Specialist nurses, our supporters and staff provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson’s.
As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. We also campaign to change attitudes and demand better services.
Our work is totally dependant on donations. Help us to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Pelican Cancer Foundation
Pelican Cancer Foundation is all about saving and improving cancer patients’ lives. We are dedicated to curing bowel, liver, bladder and prostate cancers by advancing cancer detection and treatment.
Surgery cures more patients than any other cancer intervention. Our work to advance precision surgery for bowel cancer saves thousands of lives each year in the UK alone.
Pelican achieves this by sharing life-saving and life-enhancing knowledge and skills with surgeons and cancer teams. We develop and run training courses on the latest procedures and best practice.
Pelican also leads vital clinical research aimed at extending and improving patients’ lives today.
Pelican Cancer Foundation is based in a state-of-the-art training facility in The Ark, Basingstoke, adjacent to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Foundation Trust Hospital.
SA-YES was founded in 2008 to provide much needed support for marginalised children and young people in South Africa. Our first project is a programme for youth leaving residential care in Cape Town.
Our goal is to provide the youth with guidance that will enable them to develop their skills, further their education and source suitable housing, in order for them to participate in society as independent, mature, responsible adults.
Scope is a charity that supports disabled people and their families.
Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. We need your support to make this happen.
What we do:
- Campaigns – we work with disabled people on the issues that are most important to them and aim to raise awareness, change attitudes and influence government policy.
- Help and information – we support disabled people and their families through practical information and support, particularly at the time of diagnosis and a child’s early years.
- Services – we offer a range of services for disabled children and adults, which are primarily focused on those whose complex support needs are not met elsewhere.
Together we can create a better society. Join us on an event and help make it happen.
Every day, thousands of young children across Africa, have their lives shattered by the death of a parent through HIV/Aids. Their turmoil begins before death, it starts while nursing their sick mother or father and enduring the insufferable agony of not being able to do anything to make it stop. Then being left completely alone, vulnerable and without hope.
Prince Harry set up Sentebale, in memory of his mother Princess Diana, to help the most vulnerable children in Southern Africa. Since we began, just four years ago, Sentebale (which means ‘forget me not’) has changed the lives of thousands of children through care, health and education – giving children hope and the opportunity to begin to enjoy their childhood.
Sparks is a unique children’s charity funding cutting edge medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure for conditions and illnesses affecting children, babies and expectant mothers.
Childhood cancer, childhood arthritis, meningitis, club foot, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and the risks associated with premature birth are just a few of the areas where Sparks funded doctors and scientists are leading the race to save lives.
St John's Hospice
St John's Hospice provides end of life care for people suffering with cancer and HIV/AIDS. Each year we provide care and support to patients from the Greater London area. Through our In-Patient Unit, Day Centre and Hospice at Home Service we help over 600 patients and their families.
The hospice is free of charge to all our patients. We are reliant on voluntary donations to maintain the free service.
St Luke's Hospice
We commenced as a community project and are still sustained today by the community we serve. Without the generosity of businesses, clubs, organisations and individuals we could not continue to provide a quality and much needed care service.
St Mungo’s is one of the UK’s largest charities helping homeless people, working in London and the South. The people we help have often led traumatic lives, many with complex needs,a cause and a consequence of their homelessness.
We run services day and night to help homeless people change their lives and escape homelessness for good. We house over 1,600 homeless people in our accommodation every night and we provide support with physical and mental health needs, drug and alcohol issues and help getting them back into education, training and employment.
The Air Ambulance Service
The Air Ambulance Service is a dynamic, forward thinking organisation which is constantly striving for excellence and breaking new boundaries within the third sector. Launched in December 2011, TAAS became the umbrella organisation for The Children’s Air Ambulance; a national transfer service for seriously ill children and babies, and two Helicopter Emergency Medical Services; Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
Our organisation receives no Government or National Lottery funding; we provide an outstanding service entirely through the generous fundraising. We are driven by first class professionals and supported by an army of fantastic volunteers. We do not see the lack of Government funding as a financial burden but instead enjoy the freedom it gives us to be completely patient focussed.
The Children's Trust
The Children’s Trust is a national charity caring for children from across the UK providing care, education, therapy and rehabilitation to children with multipledisabilities, complex health needs and acquired brain injury. We help many children nationally who have acquired brain injury from a tragic accident or sudden illness and through specialist care and rehabilitation, the children are able to regain everyday skills to help them lead a fulfilling life as possible. By taking part in a challenge your support would allow us to reach more children who would benefit from the many unique services The Trust provides.
The Esther Benjamins Trust
The Esther Benjamins Trust rescues and rehabilitates Nepali children who have been abandoned, trafficked or abused.
Child trafficking victims, street children, dependents of prisoners and deaf young people are often forgotten by Nepali society – we make sure they are remembered.
We provide residential refuge where necessary and access to education and meaningful vocational training.
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the UK's leading charity for people affected by Autism. Over half a million people in the UK have autism. Together with their families they make up over two million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day.
Despite this, autism is still relatively unknown and misunderstood. Which means that many of these two million people get nothing like the level of help, support and understanding they need. Together, we are going to change this.
What better way to challenge yourself both mentally and physically than by doing a National Autistic Society trek? It's a great way to meet new people and explore amazing places you'd never even dreamt you'd go to. What's more, the feeling of achieving the ultimate lifetime challenge is something you'll talk about for years to come. By supporting the NAS, you'll also be helping us continue our work, ensuring that people with autism fulfill their potential.
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust is a charity which provides practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people in the UK, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. We work with thousands of 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. Our wide range of programmes are designed to encourage and empower young people to turn their lives around.
The Victoria Foundation
The Victoria Foundation exists to provide life enhancing medical assistance.
The charity’s objectives are very broad, but firmly medical, with the overall aim of improving lives where there is an opportunity to do so - either through medical provision or by ensuring that those young people destined to become the future generations of doctors are not thwarted by financial restrictions.
The Whittington Hospital Charitable Fund
The Whittington Hospital Charitable Fund is dedicated to raising money for patients, services and staff at Whittington Health and raises, manages and distributes funds to offer a better patient experience and to improve Whittington Health's environment for service users, patients and staff.
Whittington Health aims to provide the very best care for patients and service users from our 400,000-strong local community. With your help, we can support acute and community services by raising money to purchase vital equipment, improve patient and family areas and training for staff.
Velindre Cancer Centre
Velindre Cancer Centre is the largest non-surgical cancer Hospital in Wales providing Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and other specialised anti-cancer treatments for over half the people diagnosed with cancer in Wales. More people survive cancer than ever before thanks to early detection and better treatments.
It is estimated that by 2015 there will be a 30% increase in the most common forms of cancer in Wales. We are determind to raise the money necessary to enable us to meet these new challenges.
Walking with the Wounded
Walking With The Wounded identifies and supports organizations that look beyond immediate medical care and short-term rehabilitation to the challenges of reintegration and retraining for civilian life. Our wounded have a very different future to the one they had planned. Join us in empowering those who have given so much on our behalf.
This is the future that Walking With The Wounded is addressing. The funds raised finance new qualifications, courses and further education for those who are seriously injured. It enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and return to the work place.
WaterAid works to transform lives in 27 of the world’s poorest countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America. We work with individuals and their families in their communities and use a mix of low-cost technologies to deliver lasting water, sanitation and hygiene solutions.
Safe, clean water is essential for life, but one in ten of the world’s population doesn’t have access to it. This, combined with poor sanitation, results in over two million people dying from water-related diseases every year. The lack of clean water close to people’s homes also affects their time, livelihoods and quality of life. Water is just the beginning; providing clean water and sanitation enables people to take the first essential steps out of poverty.