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CHARITY INFORMATION

Over  £5,000 has been awarded to a number of charities over the years from the Football Aid games at the Hawthorns.

4 charities benefited from the Football Aid game at the Hawthorns in 2006; the Project Rhino Charitable Trust towards providing a sports facility in a rural community in Kenya, ‘Ideal for All’, which raises money to help disabled people, their carers and their families in the Sandwell area, the St Giles Hospice who provide high quality medical and nursing care for local people with cancer and other serious illnesses, and the Mayors of Sandwell’s Charity Appeal which collects funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind and the national Osteoporosis Society.

In addition, the following charities and voluntary organisations have all received funding:

•    The Albrighton Trust – It is dedicated to providing sports, arts, education and recreational facilities for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages and their carers. They used their grant award to help provide recreational activities.

•    Action Heart – is one of the United Kingdom's leading Cardiac Rehabilitation programmes. They received £500 towards the purchase of an arm ergometer to help patients with mobility problems participate in cardiac rehabilitation.

•    Sandwell Women’s Aid – They were delighted to accept a donation towards the cost of an outing to play ten pin bowling for women and children living in the Women’s Aid refuge.

•    The Foundation for Conductive Education –is a national charity established to develop and advance the science and skill of Conductive Education (CE). CE teaches children and adults with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke and head injury how to overcome their movement problems to lead more independent, dignified and fulfilled lives.  Their grant from Field of Dreams helped build a playground for disabled children and their siblings at the National Institute for Conductive Education in Moseley.

•     Acorns Children’s Hospice - cares for life-limited children and their families from across the West Midlands region. They received funding to purchase equipment and items for alternative therapies at the Children’s Hospice in Walsall.

•    The Courtyard Centre - provides information on all aspects of cancer in the form of books, leaflets, videos & audiotapes. The Field of Dreams grant provided free complimentary therapy sessions to cancer patients. The sessions were designed to enable self help, raise awareness of the benefits of relaxation and having time out in order to create an increased sense of well being to the patients at a traumatic time in their lives.  The Courtyard Centre recently sent Field of Dreams the feedback they had received from one patient, "Earlier this year I, like so many others was diagnosed with cancer.  Understandably I felt quite devastated as to what to expect from the proposed treatment.  As I was leaving the hospital I noticed a Cancer Information and Support Service called ‘The Courtyard Centre’.  I wandered in not really believing that anyone could help me.  How wrong I was.  Immediately I was greeted by a volunteer worker whose compassion and empathy I will never forget.  From this moment I realised that I certainly wasn't alone and this support centre gave me access to a wealth of information concerning different types of cancer and treatments....  This small resource centre has proved invaluable throughout my treatment and I feel indebted to the people who give their valuable time.  So if you or a member of your family is diagnosed with cancer I can assure you that help is not far away."

•    The Alzheimer’s Society – they were delighted to receive a grant of £725 towards their crisis fund.