Charity Appeals

Stafford Harrier Charity Donations 2023

We made a presentation to House of Bread to help with their excellent work.

Stafford Harrier Charity Donations 2022

In 2022 we made donations to  Stafford Stroke, A Child of Mine, Samaritans and Shine Cancer.


Stafford Harrier Charity Donations 2021

In 2001 we made donations to Samaritans, Katherine House and Staffs Women’s Aid.

Stafford Harrier Charity Donations 2020

Every year the committee nominates a number of local Charities, members confirm them at AGM, and at Christmas, the club distributes our contributions.

Normally our races contribute a large proportion of the funds and this year money has been raised through our virtual Staffs Knot, raffles and lottery bingo.

£300 each to Staffordshire Women’s Aid, The Samaritans and Katharine House.

Katharine House Emergency Appeal

Katharine House Hospice is facing an uncertain future due to the financial impact of COVID19. The pandemic has had a major impact on our ability to generate funds as we had to cancel all of our fundraising events and we were forced to close our 22 shops.

As lockdown restrictions eased and our charity shops opened, there was some hope that this would enable us to weather the loss of income due to COVID19. Unfortunately, now it is clear that the losses in fundraising and retail income are higher than expected and our future is now at risk.

We want to be here when you need us. We want to be able to continue to provide our vital care to patients living with a terminal illness and support their families through extremely difficult times. Please help us to raise £1,000,000 by January to help minimise the impact on our care services.

We need your help. We need people like you to come together and do whatever you can to support us. Every penny helps, please do your best.

Together we can continue to care.



The Samaritans Christmas Appeal

Before Coronavirus hit, our 20,000 volunteers were answering a call for help every seven seconds. This could be someone you know, family or friends in urgent need but unable to talk to anyone in the middle of the night. It is more important than ever for Samaritans to be there 24/7, 365 days a year for those who need us.

We need you now more than ever

Our teams are working hard to ensure that we can still be here 24/7, 365 days a year for those who are in crisis.

Your donation to Samaritans Emergency Appeal will help us reach those who are struggling to cope. It will help us to work on projects such as recruiting former volunteers, virtual training and new ways to be there.



Staffordshire Women’s Aid

Since 1976 Staffordshire Women’s Aid has supported thousands of women and children experiencing or fleeing domestic and sexual violence in Staffordshire.

We provide a range of services in the communities of Staffordshire, including our Survive Sexual Assault and Abuse Service, Women’ Community Services, and Group Work. We also participate in local, national and international research on violence against women, and deliver training and awareness-raising. While we have grown and changed with the times, we remain a grass-roots local charity, embedded in our local communities. We place the experiences and views of the women and children we exist to support at the heart of our work.

And we will continue to provide support, to campaign and to speak out for change until women and children are safe.

In 2021 we are proud to be celebrating our 45th Birthday.

It is thanks to the incredibly generous support of local communities, businesses, churches, clubs and charitable trusts that we have been able to

provide our much-needed service for 45 years.


Stafford Harrier Charity Donations 2019

At our 2019 AGM you voted to support the following charities:-

OASIS, Staffordshire Women’s Aid, Mind.

The committee added Eadie’s Wishes during the year.


28th January 2020

“To all at Stafford Harrriers

Thank you so much for your generous donation of £500 to OASIS.

This money will enable me to provide pamper mornings for our amazing mum’s who juggle life to care for their disabled child and also to provide an activity during the February Half Term for the disabled children and their siblings.

Lynn Walker – Founder of Oasis”


Staffordshire Women’s Aid

23rd January 2020

“I would like to express huge appreciation and gratitude to you and everyone involved at Stafford Harriers for the generous cheque donation of £500 that you recently dropped off at our offices. This donation will make a real difference to the work our charity does with women and children fleeing domestic violence, and living in refuge. As a local charity, we rely on the support of our local community to continue our work, and Stafford Harriers have shown real care in this respect. We do tell the women and children about the kinds of groups that support them in this way, and it really does mean a great deal to them to know that the community we live in cares about them and their situation.
I am so sorry I wasn’t able to come along to your meeting, but please do pass on my personal thanks to everyone, and from everyone here at Staffordshire Women’s Aid.”

Message from Ms Dickie James MBE

Chief Executive
Staffordshire Women’s Aid

North Staffordshire Mind

22nd January 2020

“A big thanks to Stafford Harriers for your very kind donation of £500. This will help us to continue our work in the area, helping people experiencing poor mental health on the road to recovery” says Kedren Elliot who is a Counsellor with Mind based in Hanley

Peter Williams our Mental Health Champion is photographed handing a cheque to Kedren

Peter says “it reminds us as runners we make a significant ‘steps’ in supporting good mental health “


Eadie’s wishes

20th December 2019

Att the Harriers Christmas Party Simon presented the Challenge charity cheque (value £250) to Stella Denniss. This donation is towards one of her twin girls Eadie, the charity is called Eadie’s Wishes. Unfortunately, Eadie can’t walk or talk yet (and is aged 3.5), so the money is towards therapy for her abroad in Slovakia to help her gain more mobility and independence.

Stafford Harrier Charity Donations 2018


Staffordshire Women’s Aid graciously accepting our club donation.

Graham Williams and his wife Sue presenting a cheque to Will Morris from the charity House of Bread.
The charity provides food and support to homeless people in Stafford. A very worthy charity to receive a donation from the Harriers especially at Christmas when the charity is very busy.

Julie Nokes and Sarah Whyte have presented the charity OASIS with a cheque for £500 at their Christmas party. OASIS supports families that have disabled children so a very worthy cause to receive this donation from the Harriers.
Pictured with Julie and Sarah are Lynn Walker from the charity and Alex who benefits from all the great work the charity do.

Stafford Harrier charity donations 2017

The Harriers are well known for their Charity donations throughout the year. We always have a dedicated run that we use as the Stafford Harriers Charity Run.

Over the years we run the Staffordshire Way the Four Counties Canal Ring and in recent years we have used the Black Country Half Marathon as our main fundraiser.

This year the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon takes place on in July starting at the British Waterways Canal Dock, Wolverhampton (immediately behind the railway station) and finishes at Brindley Place Birmingham. The race is chip-timed and takes place on a time-trial basis with groups of runners sent of at various times according to their ability.

Charities select this year are Greenhall Nursery, Katherine House and Oak Tree Project.

Stafford Harrier charity donations 2016

As a result of the club’s fundraising activities during 2016, specifically Shugborough Relays and Staffs Knot events, a total of £1,500 was donated to the club’s 3 chosen local charities for the year:-.

House of Bread

A charity which provides a home-cooked meal for the vulnerable and homeless people in the Stafford area.

Oaktree Farm Rural Project

A charity that provides training and supported occupation for adults with learning disabilities.

Greenhall Nursery

Is a Special Nursery School for children aged 2-5 years with physical disabilities, complex medical needs and associated difficulties.


£500 was donated to each of these at separate presentations in November/December 2016 by members of Stafford Harriers Committee.

Darren and George presenting the cheque at Greenhall Nursery.

Harriers for Headway


We would like to announce that FRIDAY 27th MARCH 2015 will be the first official fundraising event in the “Harrier for Headway” fundraising calendar. An event to raise money for Esther Batho’s Charity.

Tickets are currently on sale for the “Shop 2 Drop” fashion event, which is to be held at the home of Stafford Harriers, Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club, Riverway, Stafford. This is to be a fabulous night of fashion where items from M&S, Monsoon, H&M, River Island and Warehouse (to name but a few) will be on sale at up to 70% of the RRP.
This is billed to be a fantastic LADIES ONLY night, so why not spread the word to your female friends and relatives. Come along, have a glass ( or two) and spend, spend, spend.
Tickets cost £3.50 and all proceeds will be going to the Headway charity who are supporting Esther with her ongoing recovery, which as you will agree is a FANTASTIC cause.

See you there!!!

To hear the ladies interview on Stafford FM click on the link below. Could take a little time to load but well worth the wait. It doesn’t seem to work on all phones or pads but is ok on computers.

Esther Batho – Harriers for Headway

As you are all probably aware by now, our dear friend and fellow Harrier, Esther Batho is currently undergoing intense rehabilitation following a recent, major operation to try and remove a brain tumor.

Esther who is an inspiration to us all is overcoming each and every challenge faced with grit and determination and is showing us every day how strong in body and mind she really is.

Following a recent visit to see Esther at The Haywood’s she asked myself, Shelley Burns, Anne Coghlan, Lindsey Foster and Rachel Davis if we could raise some money for the charity that have provided help and support to both her and Steve over the last few months: HEADWAY NORTH STAFFS.

With a request like that, how could we refuse, and hence HARRIERS FOR HEADWAY has been born. Our pledge to Esther is to raise as much money as we can for this great charity that is getting our friend and yours, back on her feet and into her running trainers once again. From little acorns grow big trees and so our aim and vision is to make 2015 Esther’s charity year.

We appreciate that money is tight and that “sponsored runs” can be tedious and let’s face it we are Harriers and running is what we do!……So over the next 12 months we will be organising and facilitating a number of fundraising events from football matches to fashion shows to name but a few, with all funds raised going to HEADWAY. The aim is to be able to present Esther and Steve with the final amount raised at the annual Harriers Christmas party 2015.

At this stage, we would gratefully ask that you keep an eye out for the upcoming events and get involved!!!!! They will amount to lots of fun times ahead but all will be revealed in due course……

In view of our ongoing plans if anyone wants to do any one-off events for HEADWAY, or have any idea’s, please can they contact either myself or one of the other Headway committee members (as mentioned above) in order that all funds raised can be added to the HEADWAY account.

All HEADWAY charity events will be advertised on the front page of the website and have a link to the charity page.

Shelly Burns


Hi to all Harriers,

Just a brief note to thank you for your generous donation of £100 for the charities associated with the Flying Fox Marathon. We’ve already handed over a cheque for £750 to Katharine House – hopefully, you’ll see some pictures in the local press. Your older members will know that we have good reason to thank the hospice for supporting Vernon in his final days.

We’re handing over a cheque (£1000) to Gingerbread on Friday 29th August and then £250 to Dougie Mac at a later date.

It’s hoped that the Marathon will be a bi-annual event. Runners World reviews were very encouraging but it’s a hell of an event to organise and stage.

Thanks again.

Bernie Priekulis

Race Director (Stone Master Marathoners)

The Harriers latest charity donation.

As most of you are aware that the club has a long tradition of supporting local charities. The latest was a donation of £500 to Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham.

The House looks after families of children being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital – one of the top four specialist children’s hospitals in the UK. The Hospital sees over 240,000 patients each year from Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. The Hospital is a nationally designated specialist centre for epilepsy surgery and a trauma centre for the West Midlands, a national transplant centre, and a centre of excellence for complex heart conditions, the treatment of burns, cancer, liver and kidney disease. They also have a neonatal department and a paediatric intensive care unit.






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