The Hare and Hounds House House Harriers is pleased to make donations to local charities and/or causes in which H5 members have a personal interest. As well as periodic donations made from Club funds, we also raise money post-run by selling portions of the most scrummy cakes imaginable, all made by our very own team of Cake Bakers, lead by "Master Baker" (don't say it too quickly) Frau KR.
Our illustrious Cake Bakers bring their edible wares to runs, where they are eagerly scoffed by hashers in exchange for a donation of some coin of the realm. When the money dropped in the Cake Charity Pot (shown left) exceeds £100, a donation of £100 is made to one of our supported charities, selected in rotation. Once a total of £200 has been donated to a charity, we review whether we should continue to support it, or to select a new charity.
The causes we support currently, each nominated by H5 members, are:
- Ichthyosis Support Group – ichthyosis is a fairly rare genetic skin condition
- Sight Savers – helping blind people to see, prevent others from going blind unnecessarily, and support people to live independently if their sight loss can't be undone
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution – saving lives at sea
We made a donation to the Neonatal Unit at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, enabling them to purchase 12 sets of headphones that allow parents of babies in the Unit's care to remain in the Unit and have medical consultations in private without having to ask other parents/adults to leave the Unit temporarily
Bangers organised a 3-staged walk between Wendover and Dunstable with distances suitable for walkers of different stamina: 5, 10 and 15 miles. Walkers raised a grand total of £435 for the Sue Ryder St John's Hospice at Moggerhanger
Charities we have supported previously:
- Healing Hands Network – volunteer therapists who help people suffering from the mental, physical and emotional after-effects of war and disaster
- Cancer Research UK – the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research
- Keech Hospice – provides emotional and practical support for adults and children diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.
Santa regularly leaves a sackful of children's toys at our Xmas Posh Nosh event, which go to the Women's Refuge in Stevenage
Langford Football Club, the venue at which we hold our Annual General Meeting, offers us the option of donating our (thankfully unused) damage deposit to support football for children at the club, which we have been happy to do.
A number of individual hashers have raised funds for causes close to their hearts by taking part in personal challenges:
- Nik-Nak by completing the Milton Keynes Marathon in support of Keech Hospice Care and in memory of her daughter Carly who sadly lost her battle with cancer
- Boris by walking the London Moon Walk Marathon in support of Walk the Walk, a breast cancer charity
- Underlay by cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association
- Submissive, Fat Controller, Count Roadkill and Lady P by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in support of DEBRA, who help children born with a rare skin disease