The Charities supported by the Barton Gardens Festival in 2017 are
Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes
Is an Emergency Volunteer Service providing motor cycle
transportation of blood products, for free to NHS hospitals across
Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. For example: It is the early
hours of the morning and a hospital urgently requires blood. Currently
hospitals within Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire have little
choice but to call a local taxi company to collect and deliver the
blood. The hospital would then be charged retail rates for this
“service”, which can cost between £200-300 per trip! The volunteer
motorcyclists deliver the blood for free.
£2,000 donated to the Staffordshire and Shropshire Blood bikes after the 2017 event.
Midlands Air Ambulance
The Midlands Air Ambulance has three air ambulances serving the west
midland counties including Staffordshire. It needs £7 million pounds a
year to operate its vital service to the communities of the midland
counties. The Midlands Air Ambulance service has averaged 2,000 call
outs per year since 1991. The cost of one mission is £2,500. A child is
airlifted every 4 days. Road accidents represent 35% of all incidents
and the service airlifts up to 3 horse riders a week.
£2,000 donated to the Midlands air ambulance after the 2017 event.
Burton Queens Hospital Palliative Care Overnight Bag
Relatives who have to make an unexpected stay overnight at Burton's
Queen's Hospital will now be given a bag of essentials to help them
through the experience of spending the last few hours with a loved one.
Overnight bags are filled with toiletries and handed to those who are at
the bedside of a family members just hours from death. Relatives who
stay unexpectedly with their loved ones at a deeply distressing time,
are very appreciative of the personal touch that these packs provide.
Included in the bag are shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, a comb,
shampoo, shaving equipment and deodorant. The Hospice provides high-quality medical and nursing care for local
people living with cancer and other serious illnesses, as well as
offering support for their families and helpers. The dedicated team of
professionals provides individually tailored care either at the hospice
or in 80% of the cases in the patient’s own home across the region.
£750 donated to the palliative care ward in Burton Hospital after the 2017 event.
The Maasai Warriors’ School
We will be contributing to another school in Kenya this year.
If you educate a boy you create a talent for the village, educate a girl and you educate everyone. Daniel – Oloip Masaai Warrior leader.
The Oloip Masaai Dance Troop comes from a remote village in the Ngong
region of Kenya, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. They raise money
for the education of local children. The money raised from two tours to
the UK has built a school with two classrooms for the smaller children
of the village. Further fundraising has provided more classrooms and
pays part of the teachers’ salaries, teacher training and school
dinners. A year’s school dinners for all the children costs £180. The
children cannot go to school if they don’t get a midday meal. Future
fund raising is needed to subsidise the school fees that the children
still have to pay. They would also like to establish links and
facilitate exchange programs with schools and communities in the UK.
Last year they came to Barton Gardens Festival.
£500 donated to the Masaai Warriors School in Kenya after the 2017 event.
The Parish Church of St James
For 485 years, the church has stood in the heart of the village. It
is open to everyone, every day, for people of all ages to rest, reflect
and pray. It too will be supported.
£1,500 donated to St James Church after the 2017 event.