H5 supports local charities and/or causes in which H5 members have a personal interest. As well as periodic donations made from Hash 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 Bakers" (don't say it too quickly) Lady P and Catch IT.
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 M (our Cake Charity Pot, shown left) exceeds £100, a donation of £100 is made to one of our supported charities, selected by the Master Bakers and Mismanagement in rotation.
The causes we have supported over the years include:
- Carers in Bedfordshire – supporting unpaid carers, of all ages, across Bedfordshire
- Comic Relief – supporting incredible projects and organisations that are making a difference for people
- Healing Hands Network – volunteer therapists who help people suffering from the mental, physical and emotional after-effects of war and disaster
- Ichthyosis Support Group – ichthyosis is a fairly rare genetic skin condition
- Keech Hospice Care, Luton – providing emotional and practical support for adults and children diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.
- Midshires Search & Rescue – locating missing persons in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
- National Brain Appeal – transforming the lives of people living with neurological and neuromuscular conditions
- Our donation to the Neonatal Unit at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, enabled 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
- North Herts Riding for the Disabled Association – enriching lives through horses
- Pancreatic Cancer UK – supporting people affected by pancreatic cancer
- Prostate Cancer UK – funding and accelerating some of the biggest breakthroughs in prostate cancer care
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution – saving lives at sea
- Sight Savers – helping blind people to see, prevent others from going blind unnecessarily, and supporting people to live independently if their sight loss can't be undone
- Sue Ryder St John's Hospice at Moggerhanger making sure that everyone approaching the end-of-life or living with grief can access the support they need.
- And Santa regularly leaves a sackful of children's toys at our Xmas Posh Nosh event and this finds its way to a local Women's Refuge
And we have supported many more organisations