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MAGPAS supporters are vital to keeping our air ambulance flying and getting enhanced care to people in serious medical emergencies. You help us to raise over £5 million each year to keep our service available 24/7. That’s why we want to be transparent and accountable to you - our fundraisers, volunteers and donors. 

It costs £2,584 a day to operate our helicopter and we respond, on average, to four emergencies each day. Every penny you raise really does make a difference.

Our fundraising team can support you to make your event, idea or challenge a success. We can provide you with fundraising materials such as collection buckets, leaflets, banners and merchandise plus tips for promoting your fundraiser. 


Mind BLMK works across our communities to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Working closely with a range of partners, we offer a number of activities from our wellbeing centres and local venues to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, and our aim is to make sure that no-one has to face a mental health problem alone.

We would really appreciate your support by taking part in either the twilight 10k or Bedford Half Marathon in 2019. By raising funds for Mind BLMK, you are making a real difference to your local community.  



When you run for Sue Ryder as part of their Team Incredible, with every step taken and every pound raised you’re helping Sue Ryder Nurses, doctors and care team be there when it matters for local families.

Sue Ryder St John's Hospice in Moggerhanger supports people through the most difficult time of their lives giving expert and compassionate palliative care to help people live the best life they possibly can. They do this through its inpatient unit, day therapy, palliative care hub offering 24 hour palliative care support, specialist lymphoedema service, carers group, befriending service and family support team. All these services are given free of charge, but it costs £10,000 a day to keep running.

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Bedford Daycare Hospice provides holistic care for adults suffering with a life-limiting illness who are registered with a Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire GP.

 Cancer and non-cancer patients alike are cared for in a calm, homely atmosphere from the point of diagnosis, through investigations and treatment to remission or palliative care. The “whole person” is cared for; mind, body and spirit. Away from the clinical environment the patient can just be themselves in a safe place where the focus is on living.


The OLLIE Foundation a charity devoted to preventing youth suicide. Set up by three parents who lost their sons to suicide, they vowed to do something to stop it happening to others. The funds you help us raise enable us to train members of local communities in suicide prevention and intervention. As well as delivering training OLLIE helps signpost people to the wide range of support that is available, works to reduce the stigmas surrounding suicide and educates people about suicide and mental health.

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Schoolreaders was founded in Bedfordshire five years ago with the aim of improving literacy in children. A quarter of children are leaving primary school in this country unable to read to the expected standard. Many children are falling behind with their reading as they lack the opportunity to read with an adult at home. These children are less likely to succeed at secondary school and this can have a huge impact on their ability to succeed in life.

Schoolreaders finds volunteers from the local community to provide weekly one-to-one reading support to children in primary schools across the country and is the only national charity to provide this service to schools for free. Last year the organisation delivered over a quarter of a million reading sessions to primary school children and in Bedfordshire alone, Schoolreaders volunteers currently listen to more than 900 children read each week.

Everyone benefits from the scheme: the children, the schools and the volunteers, who get enormous pleasure and fulfilment from helping children with their reading.

Schoolreaders is entirely funded through charitable trusts, fundraising events and private donors.

Please help Schoolreaders continue to reach more children who need help with their reading; a fundamental skill required to access education and increase life opportunities.


Access Bedford’s aim is to work with the D/deaf and hard of hearing community to make Bedford more accessible. Access Bedford is set up to promote social inclusion among members of the D/deaf and hard of hearing community living in Bedford and the surrounding area and we do this by:

Raising public awareness of the issues affecting D/deaf people

Campaigning for the promotion of British Sign Language to be on an equal footing to spoken and written English

Providing recreational facilities and opportunities for D/deaf people

There are no paid staff in Access Bedford - everything is done by fantastic and committed volunteers and the support of the local Deaf community.


MacIntyre provide learning, support and care for more than 1,500 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability and / or autism.

Find out more on our website below, and join #TeamMacIntyre at the Bedford Half Marathon Weekend.