The Chairman's Charity for 2017 is Wooden Spoon
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby, funding life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.
Since our founding in 1983, we have distributed in excess of £24 million to more than 650 projects, helping over 1 million disabled and disadvantaged children.
Our rugby heritage has given us our core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun, and working closely with the wider rugby community our values drive the ethos and spirit in everything we do.
We have over 400 committed volunteers who are raising funds in local communities up and down the country. We are extremely proud to say that the money they raise locally funds projects in their local areas.We fund a range of projects, which are not just rugby focused, supporting approximately 70 projects a year including respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and community-based programmes.
Rugby has always defined Wooden Spoon. Our roots lie in rugby, and our future is shaped by it. The sport provides us with a purpose in making a positive difference changing children’s lives through the power of rugby.
But this still isn’t enough. With numbers of UK disadvantaged children anticipated to reach an all time high, we need the public’s help more than ever.
For further information and about this important charity Wooden Spoon, please visit:
The Chairman's Charity for 2016 is The Benevolent
The Benevolent; The Drinks Industry Charity
The Benevolent was founded in 1886 with the mission of helping colleagues from the drinks industry facing serious medical or financial hardship. Today The Benevolent continues to be the heart of the UK drinks industry; providing high impact solutions - both in preventative and caring capacities - that improve the quality of life for vulnerable members of the trade. In partnership with the drinks industry, the charity works to combat issues such as financial hardship, loneliness, serious illness and disability in our community, as well as providing practical, emotional and financial support to members of the trade when they need it most.
For further information and about this important charity The Benevolent, please visit: http://www.thebenevolent.org.uk
We are delighted to have raised £6,055 for The Benevolent. The Champagne Academy Board would like to thank the generosity of Academicians and Guests throughout 2016 helping us make a difference to this great charity. Our thanks!
The Chairman's Charity for 2015 Alzheimers Research UK:
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, a number forecast to rise rapidly as the population ages. By 2025, the number is expected to rise to over one million. Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner. Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure.
Since we funded our first research project in 1998, our researchers have been making huge advances in understanding the diseases that cause dementia. Our scientists were among the first to use state-of-the-art stem cell techniques to study Alzheimer’s disease in the laboratory. These discoveries inspired the launch of our Stem Cell Research Centre, which will now build on this progress to screen potential new dementia drugs.
We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research. We aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia.
For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.