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2014 has been a busy and productive year for the Clarksons’ Philanthropy Committee. Continuing its decision to support organisations whose work focuses on children, health and the maritime world the Committee decided to assist the following extremely worthwhile charities.
Macmillan nurses play an important part of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. The country-wide team supports and care for cancer victims and the people closest to them by providing anything from some precious time off for a carer, to a lift to hospital. There are now over 3942 Macmillan nursing posts across the UK, both in hospitals and throughout the community. Clarksons Platou's donation will help to finance this vital cancer support team.
The world's largest independent cancer research charity conducts research into prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Since its formation in 2002 Cancer Research has worked to save lives by preventing, controlling and curing cancer. The charity estimates that through vital research survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. Clarksons Platou's donation will help researchers who have been instrumental to progress in the fight against cancer.
Kids Company is a UK based children's charity that aims to provide a safe and secure environment for children, young people and vulnerable families - especially those who are experiencing (or at risk of) neglect, abuse or trauma. Clarksons Platou's donation will help support the staff needed to care for 33 children attending Club Time for an entire term. Club Time is an after school initiative supporting up to 600 children per week aged 4-11 and provides an evening meal, activities and support to vulnerable children.
The children's charity formed in 2003 to help children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses between the ages of 3-18 across the UK. Clarksons' support will enable the organisation to continue to grant these childrens' wishes (however impossible these may seem), granting hospital ward wishes and organising events and outings for large groups of seriously ill children. These aim to turn a wish into a happy memory, giving the child and their family an unforgettable experience and a break from the daily routine of medication and hospital appointments.
Founded in 1992, MLOCS' objectives are to support the training of UK-based mariners, to recognise and promote improvements and standards of expertise on merchant vessels and to provide a pool of UK seafarers who might look to the City of London for careers when coming ashore. Clarksons' sponsorship for one year has allowed Cadet Ben Hyndman to start his study at nautical training college with a view to qualifying after three years as a deck or engine room officer. Ben began his studies in September 2014 and has reported that he has had an enjoyable start and is looking forward to his first spell at sea in early 2015.
Face Value is an initiative raising funds for pioneering research to improve the vital life-saving surgery undertaken on children born with Craniosynostosis. This condition affects about one in 2,000 children and can seriously affect the growth and development of the brain, as well as the shape of a child's head. Children born with the condition often face years of intrusive surgery to counteract the effects. Face Value is part of Great Ormond Street's "Bringing Research to Life" programme.