Charities 2017 - 2018


Songbirds love to bring music to the community and while they do this any monies raised are donated to Charity. Each year all members of Songbirds Choir are invited to nominate a Charity for the choir to support; votes are counted at our AGM to determine our three Charities to support over the coming year.

This year the members voted for:

Myeloma logoRDA logoThe brain tumour charity logo                                                           

Myeloma logo




Registered as a charity in 1997, Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK focused on myeloma, a rare and incurable cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. They are helping myeloma patients live longer and with a better quality of life.

How? By accelerating the discovery and development and access to new treatments, while helping patients and their families cope with everything a diagnosis of myeloma brings.

They do this by:

Myeloma UK receives no government funding and relies on voluntary donations and fundraising activities; their administration and running costs are kept to an absolute minimum

The local support centre for Crawley is : Macmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate, Brighton BN2 5BD

The Group meets every month and offers an opportunity to get together and share experiences as well as having guest speakers to give talks on various aspects of living with and treating blood cancers.

RDA logo

East Park RDA Group is a member group of Riding for the Disabled, and has charitable status in its own right

For more than 40 years, Riding for the Disabled has been delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities.  Founded as a National Organisation in 1969 RDA now has over 500 Member Groups across the UK – together these Groups help 28,000 people take part in riding, carriage driving and vaulting activities.

It is based at Little Brook Equestrian Centre in Newchapel, Surrey.  During term time they run eight riding sessions per week for disabled children from local schools.  With six riders per session, they are able to give 48 young people a weekly opportunity to ride

What does RDA do?

Although RDA was set up to work mainly with people with physical disabilities, RDA Groups now work across the spectrum of disabilities, age range, social status and urban and rural environments.  The focus of their work is to ensure that each individual has the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and the opportunity to achieve their personal goal (whether that be learning a very simple skill or winning a major competition).

What are the benefits?

RDA gives individuals the opportunity to:

· Reach therapeutic goals: improve muscle tone and posture, develop fine and gross motor movement
· Achieve their personal ambitions: sit on a horse for the first time, learn new skills, win a Paralympic medal
· Combat social isolation: build relationships, enjoy events and competition, develop self-confidence
· Develop life skills: improve communication, take responsibility, be a team player
· Experience the outdoors: ride in the countryside, access rural Britain
· Connect with animals: bringing positivity and optimism, adding a new element to life


The brain tumour charity logo

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.

They are committed to having the biggest possible impact for everyone affected by a brain tumour, to defending the most amazing part of the human body, so that the diagnosis of a brain tumour is no longer a death sentence.

They fight brain tumours on all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve quality of life.

•They fund pioneering research to find new treatments, improve understanding, increase survival rates and bring us closer to a cure.

•They raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours, to reduce diagnosis times and make a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.

•They provide support and information for anyone affected to improve quality of life.                  

What is the strategy?

The strategy has two over-riding goals, to:

To achieve these goals they will focus on six key priorities over the next five years:

Sussex Brain Tumour Support Group

Sussex Brain Tumour Support Group is open to anyone affected by a brain tumour. The group meets from 7pm-9pm on the second Tuesday of each month at The Redwood Centre, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath