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Miles of Smiles

How it all began: In 1991 a Chester Chronicle employee who had been involved with various fundraising events for many different charities decided to set up a charity that would enable children with a terminal illness, sickness of disability to have the 'Holiday of a Lifetime' to either Lapland or Disneyland Paris, which had just opened that year. Tecwyn Williams along with his wife Linda came up with the name and Miles of Smiles was born! Five years later Tecwyn then moved on to other charitable causes but the rest of the committee and fundraisers continued along over the years, along with Gary Horton who is the only surviving committee member, and over the 21 years well over a million pounds has been raised.


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Vision Support

Vision Support is a regional charity recognised as the leading provider of local support and services to people of all ages living with a vision impairment in Cheshire and North Wales. Established in 1876, our mission is to promote the continuing independence of individuals living with sight loss and to raise awareness of the needs of people with a visual impairment living within our local communities. We have more than 150 staff and volunteers working to achieve this aim, and deliver a range of services and opportunities.


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Capricorn Animal Rescue

Capricorn Animal Rescue are a registered charity based near Mold in North Wales. From their site you can find out information about Capricorn and the animals that they care for. You can make a donation online, or find out how to contact Capricorn if you want to help out in some manner. Capricorn's website currently receives around 3000 unique visits each month. That's almost 55000 page views! Thanks to its visitors, Capricorn have been able to rehome many animals, a lot of which were spotted on the website first. Please visit their site now for more info.


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RSPCA Chester & Wirral

We work closely with RSPCA Inspectors to provide direct animal welfare services in these areas. This includes veterinary care and safe homes for unwanted animals and those that the RSPCA Inspectors have rescued from harm.
We are an independent charity and we are self-funding, raising money locally and relying on fundraising activities and public support to allow us to continue rescuing and giving animals in our community a second chance.
 
Opening times 11.30-3pm every day except Thursday (closed all day)
Please visit web site for more information.

 

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Chester Aid to the Homeless

Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) was founded by a team of volunteers in 1972 to provide help and support to Chester’s homeless community.  The charity has developed over four decades to become a leading homeless charity in the city of Chester providing a wide range of services.

 

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Babygrow Appeal

Launched in December 2012, this major appeal has a target of £3million to build a new Neonatal Unit more than double the size of the one we currently have. This will enable us to provide patients and their families with a more spacious environment and a greater degree of privacy.

Our charity exists to provide thing over and above core NHS provision and we therefore want to provide the very best facilities we can for families at what can often be a very distressing time for them. The new unit will have its own separate entrance and will include a counselling room and play room for siblings, along with larger nurseries and areas for families to have some quiet time.

 

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Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Dedicated care and support when you need it most.

Caring for more than 1,500 people from Chester, Deeside and Cheshire every year The Hospice of the Good Shepherd helps to improve the quality of life for those living with any incurable illness and gives support to families, friends and carers. To provide free care, we need to raise more than £6,800 every day.

 

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Chester Street Pastors

The church in action on the streets of Chester and Ellesmere Port.
Street Pastors are local Christian volunteers who walk the streets on busy weekend nights to care, listen and offer practical help to those they meet, where they are.

That can mean all sorts of things:
  • helping an intoxicated clubber into a taxi
  • listening as a homeless person pours their heart out
  • praying for peace as a scuffle breaks out on a corner
  • giving a pair of flipflops to a girl whose shoes have failed her
  • getting rid of dangerous broken glass
  • … and much more.

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Clare House Childrens Hospice

Located on the Wirral, We look after families from across Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, West Lancashire and the Isle of Man and provide a home-from-home environment for our children and young people, helping enrich their lives so they can live them to the full.

Our ten-bedded hospice provides respite and end-of-life care for children and young adults with life limiting medical conditions. We’re also there for their entire family, providing support and counselling for as long as is needed.

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Adoption Matters NORTHWEST

Adoption Matters Northwest is a specialist voluntary adoption agency with a long history of finding permanent, loving families for children who are no longer able to live with their birth families. We work with the widest range of potential adopters from across the north west and beyond who have space in their homes and hearts for children of all ages, backgrounds and heritage including sibling groups and children with disabilities.

We make a long term commitment to our families and aim to provide the best possible support throughout, from your initial enquiry, through the assessment process, finding your children to post placement. We deliver a wide range of ongoing services, training and support, as well as social events and opportunities to meet others going through the same process.

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If you would like your charity to be featured here, please contact Emma Roberts on 01352 707756 or email Emma.Roberts@nwn.co.uk