This year, TDC is honoured to have been chosen by Brighton & Hove Buses as one of the official Santa Bus charities. Since November, the Santa Bus has been travelling to different neighbourhoods in the city bringing festive joy and fundraising for Martletts Hospice and 10 other local charities:
- The MND Association provides care, support and equipment to people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and their families and carers. MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. There is no treatment and no cure.
- Say Aphasia is a charity which provides supportive drop in groups for people with aphasia. These groups help to improve the welfare of people with this condition.
- Amaze is a charity, and a community which helps families with disabled children and young people to tackle some of the problems they face.
- YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) is a charity that provides services for vulnerable young people across Sussex and Surrey.
- Chestnut Tree House cares for around 300 children and young people with life-shortening conditions across Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex, and South East Hampshire; as well as around 200 bereaved families.
- Take Shelter is a dedicated volunteer community group who runs the only school air raid shelter open to the public in the UK located under the playground at Downs Junior School in Brighton.
- Moulsecoomb Forest Garden is a small charity working primarily with young people struggling in the classroom and adults with learning disabilities offering everyone an outdoor education on their community allotments.
- East Sussex Credit Union Foundation is a charity that aims to improve financial resilience and well-being for individuals and the local community. This includes promoting financial education and encouraging family and individual financial planning.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, enable families to maintain a degree of normal life while their child in undergoing medical treatment in partnered specialist children’s hospitals across the UK.
- And last but not least – at TDC (Trust for Developing Communities) we deliver community-led solutions to tackling inequality. Our work involves community development, youth work, research and training. We believe that strong communities are the key to health and happiness and that community-led solutions produce longer lasting and more meaningful change.
This Friday it’s our turn to hop aboard and we are thrilled to be accompanying Santa to Woodingdean. You can see Santa’s GPS tracker and download a route map here.
Please come out and say hi if you’re in the area and if you’re unable to get there in person, please donate to the fund (which will be split between us and the other 9 charities listed above) online here: