The Charities

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes research charity responsible for funding and coordinating ground breaking clinical studies around the world. In Scotland, which has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in the world, JDRF-funded research projects are being undertaken in Edinburgh and Dundee. More than 29,000 people in Scotland live with the condition and numbers are increasing at a rate of about four per cent each year, particularly in children under five. This autoimmune disease is not a condition linked to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise – only research will find the cure. JDRF is working to capitalise further on Scotland’s expertise in biotech and life science sectors in order to find that cure.

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Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places of great support to cancer patients and their families. Professional staff are on hand to help both patients and carers who are facing the tough questions, exhausting treatments and difficult emotions that cancer can bring. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and now has 21 centres across the UK. Last year, Maggie's welcomed over 200,000 visitors and it expects that number to increase substantially over the next three years. The service Maggie’s provides is funded entirely by voluntary donations. 

 

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Seamab care for and educate vulnerable children aged between five and thirteen who have complex needs. They provide a unique service in Scotland and are nationally recognised for their specialist work with children. Seamab believe that children can heal, grow and learn, even when they have experienced severe trauma and loss. Their role is to provide the support and opportunities that make this possible. Each child at Seamab is supported by a group of adults who work together to plan how best to meet the child’s needs and support them to fulfil their potential. They help the children begin to believe in themselves and develop trust in others again. 

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The Polar Academy identifies 14-17 year old secondary school pupils, constrained by a lack of self-esteem, and gives them the chance to redefine their physical and mental limits. Participants are put through a rigorous ten-month training programme before being immersed in the wilds of Greenland, navigating through some of the world’s remotest terrain for ten days. On their return to Scotland, each pupil shares their experiences with their peer groups and other schools in their region. The Shoot will support The Polar Academy with funding for an ongoing development programme for post-expedition schools, ensuring a legacy for the pupils for years to come.
 
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HorseBack UK aims to inspire recovery, regain self-esteem and promote positive change. Set up in 2009, the charity has engaged with more than 500 serving or former military personnel suffering from both physical and mental life changing injuries. Using horsemanship and outdoor activities, it delivers personal development programmes that encourage participants to build lasting resilience, acquire new coping strategies and develop life skills. Following the success of the military programme, HorseBack has expanded its remit to serve the wider community and this includes secondary schools with disengaged teenagers. The Shoot is proud to support HorseBack in its work with young people.