The British Beard and Moustache Championships

The British Beard and Moustache Championships
September 15th 2012
Brighton Dome - Corn Exchange

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Our Chosen Charities
Martlets Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support

Click here to visit the Martlets Hospice Web site

The hospice plays a vital role in helping people to live life as fully as they can, right up until the end. Through expert clinical care provided by highly skilled and experienced Doctors and Nurses, we ensure that wherever possible peace, respect and dignity is retained – it is a very simple and very human ethos.

We care for people across our local community, yet we are not part of the NHS. We receive 29% of our funding from the NHS, but this leaves us with a shortfall to raise, every year, over £3 million. The help and financial support from individuals and community groups is essential for us to continue providing these vital hospice services.

We ask people to think about how they might support us financially now, so that we will be here in the future when they need us most. There many ways to support us - from experiencing one of our events, to setting up a monthly standing order, not to mention the huge range of voluntary opportunities within the organisation.

Martlets Care, launched in 2007, is a commercial care company set up to provide income for the Hospice. So as well as the Fundraising and Trading from our shops, we are doing all we can to raise the funds required to keep our services going.

Click here to visit the Macmillan Cancer Support Web site

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan.

As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. This means they need more than medical help, they also need practical, emotional and financial support.

We are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It's not only patients who live with cancer, we also help carers, families and communities. We guide people through the system, supporting them every step of the way. We fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres. But we give so much more than medical help.

People need practical support at home, so we provide anything from some precious time off for a carer, to a lift to hospital. People need emotional support, so we listen, advise and share information though our cancer support specialists, website and trained professionals. People need financial help to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring, so we give benefits advice, and grants for anything from heating bills to travel costs. Together we listen, we learn, we act to help people live with cancer.