Our #Share177 Chosen Charities

Our #Share177 charity campaign launched late last year with the aim to increase our fundraising target to £177,000 by the end of 2026 to celebrate our 15th birthday.

As part of this initiative, each member of the Search Seven team was encouraged to chose a charity close to their hearts that they would like to support over the next few years.

Find out why each #Share177 charity has been chosen below.

 

Search Seven Team Charities for Share177 Campaign

Baby Basics UK

Emma Parker

Baby Basics UK, founded in 2009, assists new mothers who lack essential resources for their newborns.

Inspired by the daily experiences of Sheffield’s Lead Midwife for displaced people groups, the charity emerged in response to stories of women facing humiliation due to financial constraints, with children going without basic necessities like shoes, and vulnerable women enduring exploitation.

Collaborating with Kings Centre Church, Baby Basics UK started as a clothing bank and has since expanded to provide baby equipment and toiletries following requests from midwives and health visitors.

The charity’s ethos centres on valuing every mother and child, which is reflected in the care and love invested in packaging each gift. Emphasizing community involvement, all donations are sourced locally and meticulously sorted by volunteers.

Baby Basics UK has since become a vital resource in Sheffield and beyond, with a growing network of projects nationwide; all of which support families in need.

Cancer Research UK

Jess Thompson

Cancer Research UK was formed a little over 20 years ago in 2002. However, their history goes back much further to 1902 with the founding of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

Their pioneering work, which involves researching how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, has benefitted millions of lives over the past 120+ years. They’re the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research, investing over £400 million each year across prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

They do this because cancer is a global issue. The burden worldwide is on the rise, with 19.3 million new cases diagnosed in 2020 globally and 29.5 million new cases projected for 2040. They believe that by collaborating with global partners, they will bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Friends of St Ruan and St Grade

Annie Wood

The Friends of St Ruan and St Grade are working hard to raise money toward carrying out essential maintenance on local churches which are in desperate need of repair.

Annie says: “Attending these churches whilst I was growing up means they hold special memories for me. Some of these include shuffling into the church every Friday morning to sing hymns with my friends and sneaking the sweets from my orange during the annual Christingle service.

It’s sad to see such an important part of our culture in jeopardy. We need to make sure that future generations can continue to come together, get married where their parents got married, and visit their loved ones buried there. I’m so grateful that working at Search Seven allows me to support this cause.

In addition to our team fundraising, each year, every team member undertakes an individual challenge to fundraise for just their charity. For my challenge, I set out to complete 200,000 steps throughout January.

It was quite a task for someone like me who spends most days at a desk 9-5. Despite the rain and early darkness, I surpassed my goal, walking roughly 110 miles. Together with Gift Aid, I have raised £574.

Group B Strep Support

Becky Henderson

Group B Strep Support works to eradicate Group B Strep infection in babies. They educate the public, doctors, and midwives about Group B Strep, and provide information and support to affected families.

Most Group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented, and early treatment saves lives. Sadly, too many families only learn about Group B Strep after their baby is seriously ill.

Carrying Group B Strep has no symptoms, and testing is the only way to find out if you are carrying the bacteria. Find out more about why Becky has chosen Group B Strep Support here.

Happy Endings Rescue

Harley Andrews

Happy Endings Rescue, nestled in a serene rural landscape near Faversham in Kent, provides sanctuary for animals facing abandonment, neglect, owner surrender, or abuse.

Their journey began on a 40-acre grazing plot in Sevenoaks in 2007. Founders Terry Kemp and Chris Johns – avid animal lovers – realised the pressing need for comprehensive rescue efforts nationwide.

In 2011, they relocated to a 10-acre site near Faversham. With a dedicated team, they’ve cultivated an exceptional animal sanctuary, which is cherished by all who visit. Their facilities continuously expand to accommodate the increasing number of animals in their care; many of whom come from troubled pasts.

Miscarriage Association

Amy Lynch

The Miscarriage Association was founded in 1982 by a group of people who had experienced miscarriage. Since then, the charity has been offering support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy. They are there to listen, care, and understand.

From raising awareness and promoting good practice in medical care, their goal is to ensure that everyone affected by pregnancy loss gets the support and information that’s right for them.

The Miscarriage Association acknowledges the distress associated with pregnancy loss and strives to make a positive difference to those it affects. They believe that pregnancy loss matters and give a voice to people experiencing miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or molar pregnancy, and use their influence to make sure they are heard; consistently working to increase public awareness and understanding of the potential impact of pregnancy loss by challenging perceptions and assumptions, and reducing the sense of taboo.

Refuge

Maddi Sheppard

Refuge is the UK’s largest domestic abuse organisation that supports women and children, and aims to empower women to live without violence and fear. On any given day, their services support thousands of women and children through a range of abusive situations, such as physical, emotional, and financial.

Opening in 1971, Refuge has led the campaign against domestic abuse and opened the world’s first safe house in Chiswick, West London. At the time, domestic abuse was seen as a ‘private matter’ and Refuge was the organization that declared it was wrong for a partner to behave this way.

Since then, they’ve grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic and gender-based violence services.

Rockinghorse Children’s Charity

Flagship Charity

Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity that has been supporting children in Sussex for over 50 years.

They raise money to provide life-saving medical equipment and additional services to help improve the lives of sick children. Gavin chose to make Rockinghorse Search Seven’s flagship charity in 2012 after the amazing doctors and nurses at the Royal Sussex in Brighton performed miracles for his godson, Ted.

Southwick Christian Community Church

Amy Moore

Southwick Christian Community Church is a local church, located in the seaside town of Southwick.

The SCCC community is committed to sharing their faith locally, in the UK, and overseas across different continents. Currently, their areas of support include Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Zimbabwe, and Nagaland.

Southwick Christian Community Church has fallen on hard times recently, with essential maintenance work required on the building to help preserve the place of worship.

The historic building was established in 1903, with the walls built of solid masonry without a damp proof course to prevent ground water rising. One of the walls has become saturated and musty as a result. The children of the church meet in this room, so SCCC are in desperate need to help rectify this situation.

My Nanna, Patricia Box, was a long-standing member, and my Pops, Brian Box, is Trustee and Secretary. I not only want to give back to the church for all their years of care and support, but I’m also doing this for my Pops, who is strong in faith, and passionate about keeping the church and its memory alive.– Amy 

Switchboard Brighton & Hove

Yordan Dimitrov

Switchboard Brighton & Hove is dedicated to supporting and connecting LGBTQ+ individuals.

Established in 1975 as a helpline, it has significantly expanded its services to offer more comprehensive support, including specialised assistance to people. Switchboard’s mission is to foster an environment where LGBTQ+ people can freely express themselves and access the support they need.

By working with care, passion, and respect, Switchboard strives to build a more inclusive and supportive world for the LGBTQ+ community within Brighton & Hove and beyond.

The Lucy Rayner Foundation

Jade Miller

The Lucy Rayner Foundation is a family-run charity working to facilitate change in the way mental health is perceived by society. Their mission is to raise awareness for the signs and symptoms of depression and the mental health challenges faced by young people, whilst offering help to those in need of support.

With over 48 counsellors around Surrey, they provide support without the long waiting lists, acting as a bridge between young people and NHS services, which are struggling to keep up with the demand.

Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention are both incredibly important to me.

Having personally been affected by these issues, I know how important it is that we try and support those going through mental health challenges and also how vital support is for family and friends when faced with a loved one taking their own life. The Lucy Raynor Foundation is doing incredible, extremely important work in the mental health space and I’m proud to help support the great work they do.– Jade

The Sussex Beacon

Gavin Willis

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist care and support for people living with HIV.

Their services promote independence and improve health and well-being from their centre in Brighton where they have a 10-bed inpatient unit, therapy rooms, and larger rooms for group work. Their aim is to provide high-quality inpatient and outpatient care and support in a friendly and homely environment.

“The amazing care they gave to my uncle Alan was truly remarkable and I am very proud to continue supporting them in all that they do and stand for.” – Gav

WaterAid

Scarlett Mpamugo

WaterAid dedicates itself to providing clean water and improving sanitation and hygiene access in the world’s poorest regions. Their mission is to work towards universal access to these essentials by 2030.

They achieve this through sustainable projects, policy advocacy, and WASH awareness campaigns.

WaterAid believes that ‘clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene are basic human rights for everyone, everywhere.’ Their initiatives have touched millions, greatly enhancing health, education, and economic prospects in underserved areas globally. Find out more about our #Share177 charity campaign here.

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