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The Causes Supported in 2016:

>>> Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland – Dumfries & Galloway Community Services <<<

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart or stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information, and support in the community. For people affected by stroke illness in Dumfries & Galloway CHSS provide Communication Support Services supporting people who have had a stroke, particularly those left with communication difficulties, to reintegrate in to the community. CHSS have local groups established across the region, and also offer a range of one-to-one services tailored to individual and family needs.

There is a locally based CHSS Stroke Support Nurse and Award winning UK Helpline of the Year (2015) is a free nurse-led telephone Advice offering confidential advice, support and information to people affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions and their families, carers and health professionals, Call 0808 801 0899 Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 4:00pm, email adviceline@chss.org.uk or text: Nurse to 66777.

CHSS also have 16 affiliated chest and heart support groups throughout Dumfries & Galloway and relies upon much valued volunteers to deliver the service. CHSS has achieved the prestigious ‘Investing in Volunteers’ accreditation which recognises the highest standards of support and training to volunteers. Volunteers assist in home visiting, social outings (outreach), volunteer driving and assisting with support groups for those who have had a stroke.

Local Community Stroke Services Co-ordinator, Morag Halliday explains why the donations received from the Run4Health event are most welcomed and beneficial:

“CHSS are so appreciative of and value the efforts of people who raise funds for our local services by participating in the Run4health event. Previous years’ donations from the event have been used across Dumfries & Galloway to support local people living with the effects of chest, heart and stroke illness. Our CHSS Communication Support Services assist in the rehabilitation and rebuilding confidence for people following a stroke. This can be within a group setting, or one-to-one in and around the home or local community. We have a much valued team of trained volunteers who assist with provision of our services, and we are always seeking new volunteers to support us in our local work.

Our service users and volunteers have participated in the Run4health event previously, and many are looking forward to participating this year too, it is seen as a real fun day out and some make it a family occasion, including the dog!”

For more information on local CHSS Services please contact Morag on email morag.halliday@chss.org.uk Stroke is the greatest single cause of severe disability in Scotland which means that almost everyone knows someone affected by this illness. In Dumfries & Galloway alone more than 3,500 people are affected by stroke.

>>> Capability Scotland Dumfries & Galloway Integrated Service <<<

The Dumfries & Galloway Integrated Service of Capability Scotland is a support service for people with a physical disability age 16-65 years that live in our region. Our service provides free advice and support to help people find out about leisure, employment, socialising, volunteering, training and education opportunities. This involves support workers working with individuals to achieve their own personal goals.

Capability Scotland support people with different physical disabilities to build up their emotional resilience, to encourage them to become more independent, to provide information and to signpost them to other services in the community.

Dumfries and Galloway Service Manager, Carron Alison is hoping for several service users and members of the charity to take part in this year’s Run4Health. Carron says:

“We are looking to raise the profile of our services across Dumfries & Galloway area as well as looking to find ways to raise funds. Capability Scotland is a commissioned service within our region and while we are jointly funded locally by Social Services and NHS, it only covers the basic outlay to our service. We need to raise funds for opportunities for our service users accessible transport, access to activities and events. We also intend to offer training for the individual such as first aid in the home, IT. Skills, safer moving within the home and in the community, as well as offering social opportunities that most of us take for granted but for many of the people we support, is a daily struggle and challenge to do.”

For more information please look at website www.capability -scotland.org.uk

>>> MS Society Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Branch <<<

MS is a condition which attacks the central nervous system. The MS Society Scotland support the 11,000 people living with MS in Scotland through practical services and raising funds for research. This key research by the Society looks into the cause and eventually , it is hoped, a cure will be found for MS.

The funds raised for the MS Society through this year's Run4Health will go towards the amazing services provided by the Dumfries and District Branch of the MS Society Scotland. Katie Bruce, the Area Fundraiser West of Scotland for MS Society Scotland hopes:

“Funds raised will go to our incredible counselling service which caters to the emotional needs of those living with MS and also to direct Grants that we give out to people affected to help make life a little easier. This provides funds for things like mobility scooters and other aids to assist in everyday life. Thank you so much for your support through Run4Health 2016"

Find more information on MS Society Scotland on Facebook, Twitter and www.mssociety.org/scotland

>>> Salvation Army, Dumfries <<<

The Salvation Army are a Christian Church and Charity here for you in your community. The Salvation Army provides a range of services to support families, young people and children through to older people, homeless, people in poverty and drug and domestic abuse. Support is provided through their local churches (corps) and community centres. Many of these facilities are registered and regularly inspected by Ofsted or the relevant local authority. The events and services on offer are based entirely on the needs of the local community. Whatever the need, the Salvation Army are there for everyone.

This year’s Run4Health intends to raise money for the 'Expressions' group which is a creative art and craft group for people to discover and develop a holistic (body, mind and Spirit) approach to personal and community health.

For more information contact Major Terri Holdroyd at the Dumfries branch through their website www.salvationarmy.org.uk/dumfries

The Causes Supported in 2015:

>>> Marie Curie – Dumfries and Galloway Group <<<

Every day of your life matters – from the first to the last! When you are living with a terminal illness, you feel that more than ever.

The right care and support at the right time really matters. Whether it is terminal cancer or any other terminal illness, we want people to get the most from the time they have left. Marie Curie Nurses work night and day in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands on nursing care and emotional support. We also now support people throughout their illness, by giving practical information and support from trained volunteers, so that we are there when someone just needs to talk . We are expanding our volunteer Helper Scheme, so that it available throughout the UK. It is about to launch in Dumfries and Galloway in the coming months. Over the last 60 years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of people and their families, but with an ageing population, more and more people are living with a terminal illness. Seven out of ten carers say people with terminal illness don’t get the care and support they need. We don’t think that is good enough and more needs to be done. We need to do more, for more people who need us than ever before and we need your help to make that possible. To volunteer to Fundraise for Marie Curie, to donate or to volunteer in our new Helper Service, which is about to start in Dumfries and Galloway, contact Maureen or George on 01573 224440. Or to access our information and support helpline for those living with terminal illness call 0800 090 2309.

>>> Chest Heart Stroke Scotland – Dumfries Support Group <<<

Stroke is the greatest single cause of severe disability in Scotland which means that almost everyone knows someone affected by this illness. In Dumfries & Galloway alone more than 3,500 people are affected by stroke.

CHSS provides a range of local services throughout the country for people with chest, heart or stroke illness and their families. In Dumfries and Galloway these include five Communication Support Services groups as well as outreach services, a CHSS Stroke Support Nurse and an Advice Line where confidential information for patients and carers is available for the price of a local call (Tel: 0845 077 6000). There are also twelve affiliated chest and heart support groups throughout Dumfries & Galloway. Our website – www.chss.org.uk – contains useful links and information, as well as downloadable publications and videos.

Local organiser Sandra Galligan explains: “Funds raised from previous run4health donations in Dumfries in Galloway have a real impact on our ability to support local people living with the effects of chest, heart and stroke illness. The CHSS Communication Support Services can help with rehabilitation and rebuilding confidence after stroke. We have five Stroke Communication support groups which meet in Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Dalbeattie and Stranraer, and we also have outreach services where volunteers work one-to-one with people who have had a stroke by supporting them to achieve their individual goals either around the home or out in the community. ” We also have 15 Chest & Heart groups in Annan, Dumfries, Langholm, Kirkcudbright, Moffat, Newton Stewart, Sanquhar/Kelloholm and Stranraer “Many of those who attend our services have participated in the run4health over the past two years, whether mobile or not have gained confidence, self-esteem and great personal achievements, some coming from afar as Stranraer”

>>> Apex Scotland - Dumfries <<<

Apex Scotland is a specialist, support, non-profit organisation and registered charity, which has been supporting people for over 27 years. Our work is about reducing re-offending, promoting desistance, employability, tackling deprivation and making communities safer. In all that we do, we make best use of our resources to bring lasting value to individuals, and particularly vulnerable people to provide them with the necessary skills to change their behavior and lead more fulfilling lives.

In Dumfries we have six services designed to meet the diverse needs of our service users. Combined with dedicated specialist staff these services offer professional interventions, volunteering on various local community projects, employability skills, peer mentoring, the opportunity to access accredited training and 1:1 support. The support that the staff provides improves the service user’s health & wellbeing, confidence, self–esteem and their lives in general. Our newest service is our Trussell Trust Dumfriesshire food bank which will provide vital food packages and individual support, advice and signposting to other agencies if required.

>>> Georgetown Primary School Queensberry Unit – Magic Carpet Appeal <<<

Magic Carpet appeal for specialist interactive "magic carpet" to be provided for specialist unit within Georgetown Primary School.

>>> Mens Shed, Dumfries – Disabled Access Appeal <<<

Dumfries Men's Shed at Dumfries Town Band Community Hall. Our appeal is to improve disabled access facilities at our venue.

Time on your hands? You can drop by for a chat anytime, use our space to work on your own project or join one of ours. We will be taking ideas from the members about what they would like to do, so if you have always wanted to do something but not had the space or like minded people to do it with, come along.

Activities suggested so far include: fly-tying painting gardening ukulele fishing woodwork drawing dominoes draughts crafts model aeroplanes
For more information, contact Dyfrig on 01387 244410 or dyfrighywel@nhs.net

The Causes Supported in 2014:

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
Stroke is the greatest single cause of severe disability in Scotland and in Dumfries and Galloway alone affects more than 3500 people. Money raised will go direct to Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre
The Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre provides information, advice and support to anyone caring for a relative or friend that has an illness, disability or substance misuse problem. The money raised will be put towards a number of activities that will give Carers a break from their caring role; this could be groups activities, a day away or a break away overnight.

Kaleidoscope Resource Centre - Support in Mind (Scotland)
Support in Mind (Scotland) works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness including family members, supporters and carers. The local service at Kaleidoscope Resource Centre in Dumfries provides for adults aged 16 to 65 who experience mental illness. Money received will be put towards providing meaningful activities, outings and holidays for people who are often isolated as a result of their illness.

SHAX - Dumfries
SHAX is an independent charity based at the Crichton, Dumfries providing furniture and household goods directly as practical help for local people affected by homelessness and in emergency need.

Monies also raised will be provided to Rotary Devorgilla Charitable Trust.

The Causes Supported in 2012:

The Event will be run for the fifth year by Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary Club, with support and sponsorship from the Council, NHS D& G and a variety of private sector businesses. This year, the Run4Health will event will be supporting:

The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland

Ovarian Cancer patients attending DGRI Oncology Unit

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

Devorgilla Rotary are keen to encourage all ages and health & fitness abilities to come along and take part in a really fun event for the area. Last year, participant’s ages ranged from 3 months to 83 – whether pushed in a buggy or wheelchair, walking, jogging or running, everyone can take it at their own pace!

The Causes Supported in 2011:

British Heart Foundation Scotland - Mending Broken Hearts Appeal (Registered Charity No. SC039426)

DGRI Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

Rotary Devorgilla Charitable Trust

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a programme of advice, support and exercise for anyone who has had a hospital admission with a heart attack or heart surgery.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is divided into 4 stages:

Stage 1 - in-patient stay in Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary or Galloway Community Hospital.
Stage 2 - immediately following discharge where patients may receive a home visit.
Stage 3 - a programme of advice, exercise and relaxation run by the Cardiac Rehabilitation staff at Cluden Cardiac Unit and local Community Hospitals or Health Centres.
Stage 4 - Cardiac support groups - a network of support groups exist throughout the region, consisting of graduates of Cardiac Rehab.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit regularly fundraises to replace the exercise equipment. Currently the exercise bikes at Annan Hospital and Castle Douglas Hospital need replacing. Funding raised by the Run4health shall be used to purchase new bikes for these areas of Dumfries and Galloway.

The money going to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland will go to help local services by providing transport for members in rural location to access the local community groups and also to meet individual goals within the community settings to allow them to increase their independence, wellbeing and self esteem. It will also help to allow volunteers to provide one to one support for individuals who are less able.

Causes Supported 2008 – 2010 (2011 and 2012 to be added)

Male Race 2008
D&G Royal Infirmary, Urology Ward
Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Womens Run4Health 2009    
The Alexandria Unit Care Fund
D&G Continence Service
South West Rape Crisis Centre
National Osteoporosis Society
Alzheimers Scotland
Mens Run4Health 2009
Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cluden Unit
The Base Youth Group (NW Dumfries)
Dumfries Diabetes Support Group
Jaipur Limb Project
Womens Run4Health 2010    
D & G Marie Curie Cancer Care
Dumfries SANDS (Still birth and Neonatal Death Charity)
Netherlea Respite Centre
Dumfries & Galloway Arthritis Care
Fit ‘n’Fun
Mens Run4Health 2010    
D & G ME Support Group
Wake Up! Shake Up! – Active Kids Programme
The Care Trust
The Camphill Trust