Charity involvement in The 35th Hastings Half Marathon

Workforce for an Active Nation: RunningSpace

Active Sussex are working with Rother District Council to invest Sport England funding into building the workforce needed to engage inactive people. What coaches and clubs are needed to make this happen? In focus: The organisation RunningSpace – running to beat suicide, delivers Walk2Run groups across Sussex. They also deliver 'safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone’ training. Walk2Run groups helps support people with long term health conditions including mental health conditions. We take a look at some of the participants journey’s from inactive to active. Do you have the right coaches in place to support people with long term conditions, or disability, including mental health?

For workforce resources and support head to

RSPCA Bluebell Ridge

RSPCA Bluebell Ridge

Can you help local rescue cats in need?

RSPCA Bluebell Ridge rescues and rehomes over 200 abused, abandoned and unwanted cats in Hastings and Rother each year and we desperately need your help to continue with our vital work.

Bluebell Ridge is owned and operated by the RSPCA Sussex East and Hastings Branch, which is a separate charity within the national body and is entirely self-funded. Each year we have to raise over £150,000 to keep our centre open and we heavily rely on the generosity of local supporters and businesses to do this.

It doesn't matter how much you raise for Bluebell Ridge, every pound will go towards keeping our work going to rehabilitate and care for the cats at our centre, as well as showing them, possibly for the first time in their lives, some genuine human kindness.

From tiny, frail kittens to older cats with special requirements, we provide a lifeline for all cats and we hope you can help us.

E who will assist you with your fundraising. A massive thank you in advance for all your support!

For more information, please contact Bluebell Ridge on 01424 752121 or email :

Or visit our website:


Love A Plover

Love A Plover

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is one of the largest and most important wildlife sites in England, set in an exceptional coastal and wetland landscape and home to 4,500 varieties of plants and animals, including more than 300 considered nationally rare or endangered.

Sussex Wildlife Trust, who manage the Reserve in partnership with the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and other partners, have identified the need for a purpose-built visitor centre to replace Lime Kiln Cottage which is cold and damp. Plans and a public fundraising campaign are well advanced for the new Discovery Centre, but we need your help to raise the remaining one-third of the funds required.

Golden Plovers have a distinctive appearance and through careful habitat management now form large wintering flocks close to the Discovery Centre. A prominent wildlife artist, Bob Greenhalf, has designed a flock of wood cut, flying Golden Plovers, which will permanently decorate the entrance foyer of the new building.

All donors who contribute £500 or more will have their name inscribed onto the display.
So please help us, donate £500...

Enter Hastings Half Marathon and raise funds for us please...

Education Futures Trust


Education Futures Trust

Looking for a challenge? Run the Hastings Half Marathon 2019 & raise vital funds for EFT!

Education Futures Trust (EFT) are a Hastings based charity dedicated to providing innovative support and learning tailored to the needs of children and families in the local area.

EFT do not receive any funding other than those we raise ourselves and therefore all fundraising activity is crucial for us to be able to continue to provide support for some of the most vulnerable children and adults in Hastings.

In particular we need to find funding to run our courses. especially for children and adults who are suffering from significant mental health issues. We have been overwhelmed with referrals, but now need your assistance in raising funds.

If you would like to run the Hastings Half Marathon for EFT please contact Charlotte on 01424 722241 / who will assist you with your fundraising. A massive thank you in advance for all your support!

Registered Charity Number: 1146171

St Michael's Hospice

St Michael's Hospice

If you've felt inspired by past Half Marathon runners then why not do something amazing in 2019 and take on Hastings Half Marathon yourself. By joining our team you can help make a huge difference to the lives of people in our local community affected by life-limiting illnesses.

St Michael’s Hospice provides high quality, responsive palliative care and bereavement support across Hastings and Rother, and works collaboratively with others to improve end of life care.

The cost of running the Hospice and providing the full range of services to our patients is over £6 million a year. With 35% of this being provided by the NHS we need to raise the balance, circa £4.3 millions, over £12,000 per day, from voluntary services.

All our runners will receive a running vest or t-shirt, personalised sponsorship forms, fundraising support and postrace hospitality. John Jempson and Son Ltd. Haulage of Rye have kindly sponsored the Runners Refreshments.

For more information please contact Felicity on 01424 456396 or email Email:
Or visit our website:

Martha TrustMartha Trust

Martha Trust is a local charity that support young people and adults with profound disabilities and provide a home for life, along with respite facilities and support for families. They have a home called Mary House on The Ridge in Hastings and 2 homes in Kent.

At Martha we pride ourselves on transforming the lives of the people we support. Adults with profound disabilities are amongst the most vulnerable in society, and need be nurtured and supported in a safe, loving environment, something we are very proud of offering at Martha.

Although the nursing care we provide is funded by local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups through their duty of care, we rely on the support of individuals and local organisations to keep Martha Trust operating and maintained and to enable the extras that make the difference between giving supportive, holistic care and just minding someone - the very worst cases of which too regularly make the news. At Martha 87p in every pound of our income goes to the care of the people we support. We need to raise £235,000 this year. We would be incredibly grateful if you would consider fundraising for Martha when doing the Hastings half marathon. Please contact Kerry Rubins at

Or visit our website:


FSN [Fellowship of St Nicholas]FSN NEEDS YOU!

Can you help support local children and families in Hastings?

Are you considering running in the Hastings Half Marathon in March 2019 then why not raise funds for a worthwhile local charity supporting children, young people and families living in the Hastings and surrounding areas?

FSN [Fellowship of St Nicholas] is looking for willing volunteers to run in the Hastings Half Marathon 2019.

The charity offers support to disadvantaged local children and young people aged 5 – 18 years, who may be affected poverty, pre-bereavement, bereavement and loss and poor mental health, often affecting their ability to fully engage in day-to-day events and activities.

Funds are required for FSN to continue to provide a range of free activities and peer group sessions for local children and their families where difficult and challenging times are affecting their health and wellbeing.

If you have signed up to the Hastings Half Marathon or perhaps are pondering on taking part in the marathon, please contact Jane Luff for further information on how you can support FSN, your local children and families charity in 2019.

Telephone: 01424423683 ext 28

Charity number 208446

Sara Lee Trust

Sara Lee Trust

The Sara Lee Trust aims to improve the lives and well-being of people affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in the Hastings and Rother area through the provision, free of charge, of psychological and counselling support, creative and complementary therapies, and therapeutic group activities.

The Trust supports over 600 people locally each year and also offer support for their families and carers. We are also the dedicated provider of end of life counselling and complementary therapy services to patients of St Michael’s Hospice (St Leonards-on-Sea) and the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital.

Apart from a small, but important, grant from Hastings & Rother NHS (CCG), we are totally reliant on donations and fundraising activity and have to raise over £200,000 each year to fund our essential services.

If you would like to support us and help raise vital funds by running the half marathon, we would be delighted to hear from you. We will provide support with online fundraising, create personalised sponsorship forms and provide a Sara Lee Trust t-shirt or vest. Please contact Nikki on or 01424 457969.


Imagine Nation

Imagine Nation

Love running? Want to get fit?
Imagine Nation needs you! Imagine Nation is a local book gifting charity looking for runners to take part in the 2019 Hastings Half Marathon. Help us raise money to fund books for pre-school children living in Hastings and St Leonard's.

Aged 16+? Raise over £160 for Imagine Nation and get your marathon registration fee back! Your sponsorship will fund 80 books posted to local children.

Aged 9-16? Raise £60 in the mini run and receive a £10 book token. Your sponsorship will fund 30 books posted to local children.

Give local children a positive start in life.

It's simple. Books in the home = educational success.

If you would like to get involved you can contact Imagine Nation either via the Facebook face ( imagine Nation East Sussex),
email or follow these links to out websites.,


Pestalozzi International Village Trust

Pestalozzi International Village Trust

Pestalozzi is a UK-based charity with more than 50 years' experience of offering life-changing opportunities to young people from disadvantaged communities around the world. Their vision is to inspire young people to make a difference in the world and their mission is to produce globally conscious young leaders.

Pestalozzi awards scholarships to exceptional 16-19 year olds who are academically gifted but have limited educational prospects in their home countries. These young people have all demonstrated their enthusiasm for helping to make a difference in their communities.

Pestalozzi students live for two years in our multi-cultural, multi-faith community in East Sussex, UK, where they welcome difference and embrace diversity. They complete their secondary-level education and undertake a broad range of extra-curricular activities, gaining an holistic education focused on the Pestalozzi principles of Head, Heart and Hands.

Pestalozzi scholarships give these young people an opportunity they would not otherwise receive - the chance to develop their potential, pursue their ambitions and go on to make a real and lasting difference in the world.

Name: Pemba Dorji

The last time I participated in my school’s Half Marathon, I finished it in about 2 hours and 20 minutes but suffered some severe muscle pains afterwards. It was without any prior practice.This time I trained along with my Pestalozzi friends every Sunday for a good four months before the grand finale came. The event lied right ahead. We cheered up each other as we all joined thousands other on the road. The kick-off signal went and the marathon began.

Pemba Dorji I maintained a steady speed as I went on. I was really encouraged and up-lifted to see many people cheering and helping the runners all along the route. It was a very supportive environment which I didn’t get in my previous marathon.

Pemba Dorji Almost 11miles done and I discerned the cool breeze of the sea and the sight of the sea-front ahead. I wasn’t very tired but I started to have some pain in my muscles as I descended down to the seaside. For a while I feared I might have to give up but my heart was too elated to step down from the final two miles of what is going to become a remarkable achievement in my dairy. I compromised my pace a bit for my muscle but kept on pushing myself forward along the- as many other have told me earlier- "the never-ending seafront.” Finally, the sight of the finishing line drew me closer and closer to my goal, and to our goal.

The road ahead bored along its side so many welcoming hands and resounding felicitation. All the tense in my legs subsided and ebullience elevated high above me. A smile forced its way on my face and I gave a full rejuvenated dash in the final few yards. Just then I realized that I have just run pass the sweetest road I have ever came across in my life.

Shortly after, my other friends also crossed the finishing line and the atmosphere was filled with the achievement of our team spirit and support. We made it at last!. Looking at the time, I am very glad to have beaten my previous record by nearly an hour.

Pestalozzi has been involved in the Hastings Half Marathon for many years and here is a story from Pemba Dorji who ran for us last year.

Dom's Food Mission

Dom's Food Mission


Dom's FOOD mission helps feed less fortunate people and stops food waste in our community!
From the homeless to families we make sure food is available to those who really need it! 18 months ago this amazing journey began and To date we feed roughly 1k people a month!

If you would like to join our journey and raise some vital funds for us by running in the half marathon 2019 we would be honoured to have you involved!. Please contact me on


Dom's Food MissionDom's Food Mission


Macmillan Cancer Support


Macmillan Cancer Support


To date, the 2018 event saw us raise a little over £2,400 for local people affected by cancer.


Chestnut Tree House


Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for Sussex. We care for over 300 children with life-shortening illnesses and their families, providing care at the hospice, out in the community, end of life care, bereavement support and counselling. Families are never charged for the care they receive. It costs well over £3.5 million each year to provide all our care services both at the hospice and out in the community with less than 7% of our funding coming from central government. For the rest we rely on the generosity of the people of Sussex.

As a member of our Chestnut Tree House Running Team you can expect to receive an exclusive Chestnut Tree House running vest and a fundraising pack. You’ll also receive invitations for charity places in some amazing runs in the South East of England.

Don’t forget to let us know that you’ve registered so that we can send you a Runner pack so you can start your fundraising straight away. Email us at

Please also note on your registration form that you will be running for Chestnut Tree House.


Action Tutoring

We are an education charity supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment, with a view to helping them progress to further education, employment or training. We provide high-quality volunteer tutors to work with primary and secondary school pupils, increasing their subject knowledge, confidence and study skills. More information on our website:

Charity for KIDS

Charity for KIDS

Making a difference

Charity for Kids was established in 2011 to provide help for disabled, sick and terminally ill children – and their families – across Hastings & Rother. We help children and their families with specialised equipment that is either not available via the health services or comes with a very high costs, which is not always possible.


A-T Society

The One Hundred Hulk Challenge

A-T Society

The One Hundred Hulk Challenge
We are a local family, living in the Old Town where we have been shown incredible support by the local community. We have a daughter Wren who is 2, as well as our beautiful son Winston who was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia at the age of 2 when we began to notice he was having problems with his balance. A-T is a genetic, neurological disease which is degenerative. It is life limiting and currently has no cure. Children with A-T have a life expectancy of around 25, however they also have a greatly increased risk of cancer. Winston is will be 5 on Saturday and is attending school with the help of a fantastic 1:1. We have continued to fundraise for Winston since diagnosis, and last year, we had a team of 9 Hulks (Win's favourite superhero) ran to raise money for The A-T Society, who have supported us throughout coming to terms with the disease. The Hulks raised over £4,000 and it was suggested that next year we reach a bit higher and try to gather 100 Hulks for the run!

We currently have over 100 people who have committed to do this and sent us their email addresses. We have begun organising small monthly runs for those who want to participate in group training, and we have a Hulk 'committee' now who are working with us to help organise the various aspects of the event.

We would greatly appreciate your support in any way you can offer it. Winston is such a fun-loving, caring and outgoing person. He brings us so much joy and we are fully committed to making this a success.

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Our Sponsors...

Hastings Lions Club

Hastings Lions Club - Registered Charity NO. 293745 - all monies raised go to help those less fortunate - over £5 Million raised so far... Assisted by Hastings Athletic Club and Hastings Runners