1) The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (Receives 80% of money raised) :
The Royal Air Force has a proud tradition of looking after its own. The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity and is an extension of that tradition. Since our foundation in 1919, we have been there, through thick and thin, supporting the RAF family. We are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
We have three main goals, or charitable objects. These are the reasons that we exist as a charity.
- The first is to maintain and preserve the RAF Memorial in London on behalf of the nation.
- The second is to provide assistance to the RAF family, when they are in need.
- The third is to support the morale and wellbeing of the serving RAF.
We are also responsible for the new Bomber Command Memorial in central London.
We provide a spectrum of care, supporting everyone from children growing up on RAF stations, to those serving today to keep our skies safe, to the veterans who fought for our freedom.
It could be supporting a Second World War veteran in later life, supporting the widow and children of an RAF reservist killed in action, or providing practical help to a young RAF Regiment Gunner injured in Afghanistan.
We also run a range of innovative projects and services including:
- Airplay - a project supporting children and young people growing up on RAF stations
- Relationship Counselling - for RAF couples
- Respite Breaks - welcome breaks from the frontline
- Princess Marina House - a relaxing, seaside home-from-home for the RAF family
- And much more.
We spend over £22 million each year supporting over 68,000 people, and we rely on you to make it all happen.
2) Motorcycle Outreach (Receives 20% of money raised) :
Our vision is to ensure that no human being living in remote communities of developing countries shall be denied access to basic healthcare services simply because of where they live. Often people are at a higher risk due to their remoteness from a health care specialist or medical centre and the lack of adequate transport resources. Our vision is that healthcare support in all developing countries can be mobilised in a reliable, flexible and economic way in order to make a significant impact on the health, quality of life and prosperity of remote communities.
- Established in 2005, Motorcycle Outreach is a UK-based, charitable non-profit organisation that works to introduce effective healthcare delivery in remote areas of developing countries
- Working with local government and health organisations, we specialise in funding projects to provide motorcycles with full maintenance service to mobile health workers. We recruit local people to run the service to ensure sustainability
- The charity is managed by a small team of volunteers. There are no paid staff, commissions or fixed overheads
- Other than our minor administration costs, 100% of the money we raise goes towards our work in the field
- We also directly fund our activities to ensure the cash goes to where its needed ie we do not pay government agencies or other intermediaries
The founder of Motorcycle Outreach was adventure motorcyclist and humanitarian, Simon Millward. He helped establish a partner organisation, Health for All (HfA), in East Flores, Indonesia in 2001 and funded a fleet of motorcycles from his round the world “Millenium Ride” for charity. Tragically, Simon died in a road accident in Africa in 2005. The UK charity was established in the same year in his honour and continues to support the project. To this day, HfA maintains the motorcycle fleet for local midwives and health workers serving a catchment area of over fifty thousand people living in over fifty villages in this remote region. In 2010, the project won a prestigious award for its innovative approach and contribution to the improvement in health care in the region as part of Indonesia’s Millennium Development Goal targets.
The link to 'Precious Cargo'.....
Motorcycle Outreach now plans to expand its low cost, transport-management solution to other parts of the world in response to a call from the United Nations for all governments, NGOs and charities to accelerate the delivery of Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5. Based on the strength of our existing close working relationship with midwives in the field, and the importance of the profession in the delivery of the MDG’s 4 & 5, as recognised by the World Health Organisation, it makes sense for Motorcycle Outreach and midwives to work together in partnership to improve maternal and infant care in the developing world. We hope to build on this new relationship for many years to come and make a “real difference” to people’s lives in this critical area.
There are major challenges in the developing world when it comes to getting access to quality healthcare, particularly for mothers and small infants. Every day, 800 women die of childbirth-related complications, many of which are avoidable, and those in rural areas are most at risk (WHO 2013).
During childbirth, timing can be critical and for rural areas the geography of the landscape can mean that there are significant challenges for professionals to get to those in need. Motorcycle Outreach aims to get healthcare workers travelling to remote areas so local people can have access to life-saving care.
In order to make this dream a reality, and to meet the Millenium Development Goal of a reduction in overall worldwide maternal death rates by three quarters, Motorcycle Outreach is partnering with midwives, student midwives, and other healthcare workers around the world to help raise funds for a ground-breaking project.
It is our belief that such large numbers of women should not have to die giving life to their ‘precious cargo’ and we invite you to help!