Drake Circus support four chosen charities per year. This year we are supporting Samaritans, Shelter, BASICS Devon and Plymouth Lifeboat Station.
Samaritans of Plymouth, East Cornwall and South West Devon was founded over 40 years ago. Today, as well as supporting people in need, volunteers for Plymouth Samaritans play an important part in the local community – delivering talks at schools, clubs and other venues throughout the area about the work they do.
Shelter believes everyone should have a home. More than one million people a year access Shelter for advice and support.
The Shelter Devon and Cornwall Hub is designed to advise, guide and support people with all types of housing needs. Direct services are delivered from the two main bases – Plymouth (Devon) and Truro (Cornwall). In Plymouth, Shelter co-locate with Improving Lives Plymouth, a consortium of advice agencies. The team of Advice Assistants, Advisers and solicitors work together with clients to ensure that no one has to face bad housing and homelessness alone.
BASICS Devon (British Association of Immediate Care) is a registered charity providing a network of emergency volunteer doctors who provide immediate access to specialist medical care at the scene of an accident of illness. These committed volunteers make themselves available around the clock throughout the year. Giving up their spare time, they respond to incidents at the request of the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWASFT). They respond in their own cars, to get to an incident anywhere they can, be it at the roadside, in a field, on a farm or a home emergency. They receive no government funding and rely solely on donations.
Plymouth Lifeboat Station is part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which is funded entirely by donations.
Plymouth is home to two lifeboats, the larger All Weather Lifeboat, named Sybil Mullen Glover and the smaller but faster Inshore Lifeboat, named Millenium Forester. Based in Millbay Marina, both lifeboats provide cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the Port of Plymouth, including the rivers Tamar, Lyhner, Tavy, Plym, Yealm and Erme; and the surrounding coastline into both Bigbury and Whitsand Bays.
Drake Circus are looking forward to a successful year of fundraising for these chosen charities.