Charities helped - Since 1987, The October Club has been transforming good causes.  With your support,
long may we continue…

All our past charities are still going strong and have benefited enormously from the projects we funded. If you would like your charity to benefit from our annual events, please fill out an application form.  








2019 - Spinal Injuries Association

“At Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), we believe that all spinal cord injured (SCI) people have a right to live a fulfilled life, with the same opportunities as everyone else.

Shockingly, this is not the case. Two out of every three newly-injured people (around 1,700 people every year) are not admitted to a specialist spinal injuries centre. Instead, they are treated and cared for, sometimes for extended periods of time, in non-specialist settings. Many of the healthcare professionals in these non-specialist settings lack the knowledge and skills to meet the most fundamental life-challenging needs of people with spinal cord injuries. Consequently, a crisis is emerging, risking people’s lives.

In response, SIA pioneered a SCI Nurse Specialist project. Our expert SCI Nurse Specialists work alongside healthcare professionals in non-specialist settings to ensure that the basic needs of spinal cord injured people are met, for example, their bowel, bladder and skin care management. They respond to daily requests for help from SCI people across the country as well as enhance SCI expertise amongst healthcare professionals through the delivery of a wide range of training courses.

Through our partnership with The October Club we will transform care for spinal cord injured people by rapidly upscaling this successful project and, at the same time, building the evidence base that will drive lasting changes to policy and practice. As a result, people across the country who are paralysed by spinal cord injury will at last be able to rely on the essential care and support they need to rebuild their lives and achieve their full potential.”

 Nik Hartley OBE, Chief Executive, Spinal Injuries Association






2018 WellChild

“WellChild is determined to make it possible for children and young people with serious illness, complex conditions or exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever and whenever possible.

The charity has invested in the creation of a network of WellChild Nurses over the past 10 years to enable many, many thousands of families to leave hospital and be supported at home – many of whom would have been in hospital for months and, often, years without that support.

An essential part of getting children and young people home from hospital is ensuring that parents are confident and competent in providing the often very complex nursing and medical care their child needs.

Training for these parents in the UK is currently at crisis point, especially when it comes to making sure they are ready to cope with emergency, life-saving situations that are all too common with some of these children.

The October Club funding will enable us to transform training around the UK  for these parents, helping us to create what we know will be a fast-growing network of Better At Home Training Units across the country, where families will be fully trained by experienced Nurses on all aspects of the essential, complicated, stressful, and life-saving care they give their children.”

 Colin Dyer, CEO, WellChild





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