Who We Support

Margaret Carey Foundation

The Margaret Carey Foundation (MCF) is a small registered charity which delivers bike maintenance workshops in prisons and the community across the North of England and Nottingham. The charity rescues scrapped bicycles and wheelchairs and sets up workshops where prisoners clean, adjust and repair them to a high standard. Once refurbished, a proportion of the bikes and all wheelchairs are distributed, through partner organisations, to communities in need in the UK and developing countries with a proportion being sold to raise funds for the charity.

Happy Days

Happy Days works with local communities right across the UK to provide vital respite breaks for individuals, families and groups who support children with additional needs.

3H Helping Hands for Holidays

3H Fund helps disabled people and carers to have a much needed break. For many disabled people a holiday is not a luxury but a lifeline to help them cope with the stress and isolation of their everyday lives.

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet delivers outreach and community activities aimed at bringing ballet into the lives of people in Sunderland who would otherwise be unlikely to engage with our art-form. In 2016-17 these will include ballet workshops in both mainstream and special schools and with older adults, backstage tours, interactive open days, the opportunity to watch our dancers in their daily warm-up class, and reduced-price ticket offers for Birmingham Royal Ballet performances.


Challengers is dedicated to providing exciting play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people, supporting them to have fun, make friends and challenge their impairments. Vitally, we also enable their parents, carers and siblings to have a short break from their caring responsibilities. Hays Travel Foundation supported our Activity Overnighters Project, enabling disabled young people aged 13-17 to access fun and exciting outdoor activities such as rock climbing, archery and canoeing! We are sincerely grateful to everyone at Hays Travel Foundation for their support!

National Theatre Connections

Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK.

Neuromuscular Centre

The Neuromuscular Centre is the Centre of Excellence for people with muscular dystrophy and is the only tangible resource for people with muscular dystropy in the UK. NMC delivers a range of specialist services and support including; vocational training, employment opportunities, ongoing physiotherapy, support and counselling and regular breaks for carers.

Armonico Consort

Critically acclaimed choir and instrumental ensemble Armonico Consort entertains audiences across the country with its high quality concerts, outstanding recordings and innovative projects. Central to Armonico Consort is its education programme AC Academy, which reaches 15,000 children a year. The charity develops and supports choirs and choir leaders across the UK through its in-school Choir Creation Scheme and after school AC Academy Choirs in partnership with music hubs nationwide and in collaboration with venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

CCHF All About Kids

Active since 1884 CCHF All About Kids (formerly The Children’s Country Holidays Fund) have enabled over two million children to escape situations of deprivation and challenge, providing them with residential activity breaks in a safe and happy environment. Aged from 7 to 11 years, the children they support come from some of the poorest and most seriously deprived areas in the UK.

Sunderland City of Culture

Sunderland 2021 is Sunderland's bid to be the next UK City of Culture. The bid will bring together people from across Sunderland to support the positive changes that culture can have on the city, creating a better future for all.