You can run for any charity of your choice, however, below are some of the local charities that support the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon.

Bowel Cancer West

Bowel Cancer West (BCW)

Bowel Cancer West (BCW) is a Plymouth based charity aiming to make survival rates of people with bowel cancer in the South West the highest in the UK. Currently, one in three people know someone with bowel cancer.

It’s national ‘Bowel Cancer Awareness Month’ in April (the month before the half marathon) which will help highlight the importance of our cause and should benefit your fundraising efforts. We are looking to make a big impact by giving the disease the attention it needs. Currently, it’s a big problem facing the west country and we must do more to shout about it. We are looking to make a big impact by giving the disease the attention it needs. Currently, it’s a big problem facing the west country and we must do more to shout about in.

The funds you raise through running the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon during this month will be put directly back into the local community to help fight this disease. We take a three pronged approach:

  • We raise AWARENESS on the symptoms of bowel cancer in local communities. Incidents of the disease are high and awareness levels of the symptoms are alarmingly low. If caught early, survival rates can increase to more than 90%.
  • We fund additional bowel cancer TRAINING for doctors and nurses across the south west
  • We fund west country driven (but internationally recognised) RESEARCH projects surrounding the disease and support for patients where there is a gap in national research.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact:

To find out more about your charity and understand the symptoms of Bowel Cancer, we’d love you to visit our website and Facebook page:

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Thank you for your support.

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is celebrating its 30th year of saving lives in Cornwall in 2018. Flying an average of 3 missions every single day, the aircrew have attended to over 26,000 patients since 1987 and saved countless lives. The helicopter only takes an average of 12 minutes to arrive on scene and can even be on the Isles of Scilly in less than 30 minutes. Patients are then treated on scene or taken to the hospital that best suits their needs – be that in Cornwall, Plymouth or even as far afield as Swansea. There are many ways to support Cornwall Air Ambulance and running Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon is a great one! Join our team today.

Contact phone number: 01637 889926

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St Lukes Hospice

St Lukes Hospice

At St Luke’s we provide specialist end of life care for over 3,000 people each year across Plymouth, West Devon and South East Cornwall.

We have a community nursing team that travels throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; a hospital team that ensures patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert advice, or our warm and welcoming specialist unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief. Alongside the specialist medical and nursing care, patients are also offered practical, financial, emotional and spiritual support.

With only part-funding from the government, we rely heavily on the support of our local community to raise the £4 million a year to help the people in desperate need of our services.

Choosing to run for St Luke’s in Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon is your chance to make a real difference to people’s lives. Once you have registered, please contact us direct to find out how we can support you through your training, fundraising and on the day. or 01752 492626.



Heartswell is a local heart charity, based in Plymouth, supporting heart patients, their partners and carers across the Westcountry. Located near Derriford Hospital, the charity raises funds to enable them to provide lifesaving equipment such as defibrillators to local communities. As well as providing this vital piece of equipment Heartswell also fund:

  • Life saving cardiac equipment for hospitals in Devon and Cornwall.
  • A specialist counselling service and support group in Plymouth for patients and their families.
  • Specialist Arrhythmia nurses at Derriford Hospital.

Taking part in Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon will help the charity to continue supporting hearts patients and their families in the Devon and Cornwall.

If you would like to take part for Heartswell please contact 01752 315929 or email

Bereavement Counselling Service

Bereavement Counselling Service

Every day we see terrible news stories of sudden, tragic death such as suicides, accidents or the loss of a child. But what about the people who are left behind? The mums, dads, brothers and sisters, the families whose lives are shattered in an instant; or the people who suffer with grief that is complex and difficult to unscramble?

The Bereavement Counselling Service is based in Plymouth and offers specialist bereavement counselling. This counselling is provided by fully qualified volunteers, but the charity needs money to sustain the support they provide to people in desperate need. By raising money for this charity, you are helping people to rebuild their lives after tragedy.

Contact telephone number: 01752 349769

Contact email:

Jeremiah’s Journe

Jeremiah’s Journey

Jeremiah’s Journey is a local Children’s charity, that provides therapeutic support and advice to children, young people and families in Plymouth and the immediate surrounding areas, who have experienced the death of someone close to them or have a terminally ill parent or carer. Over the last year we have supported over 350 children, young people and families in Plymouth. We use therapeutic, creative activities through individual work and through our group programmes to enable children and young people to express their feelings of grief, explore ways of coping and build upon their memories of their special person.

Our Stepping Stones project provides individual and group support to children and young people who have a terminally ill parent or carer gives them an opportunity to escape the uncertainty and stressful situations at home, whilst providing a space where children can express themselves creatively and be with others who truly understand what they are facing.

Our mission is that no child should feel alone in their grief, and these groups really do provide them with a great support network and friendship at a time when they often can feel quite alone. As a completely self-funded charity, the funds you raise through running the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon are absolutely vital in helping us to carry out our service. Sadly our charity is always one that will be needed. We want to ensure that we can continue to provide the best service that we can to support children and families on a very difficult journey and give them the tools that they need to cope not just for now but for the future.

If you would like to run as part of #TeamJeremiah this year please contact us on the details below. We will send you a fundraising pack with training tips, fundraising advice, sponsorship forms etc, as well as a Jeremiah’s Journey running vest. Our race coordinator, Jeremiah and our cheer teams will be there on the day to help cheer you on around the course.

Contact Phone Number:- 01752 424348

Contact Email:-

Jeremiah’s Journey website:-

Chestnut Appeal

Chestnut Appeal

Did you know Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men? That over 44,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year - that's more than 120 men every day and that 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime? Staggering statistics aren't they, especially when current studies show that less than 30% of men know where the prostate is, let alone what it does. That is why we put awareness at the heart of everything we do.

All funds raised go towards supporting nurses and buying the very best equipment and treatments for men across Devon & Cornwall. Our latest campaign is to bring a new way of scanning to the area to make diagnosis of prostate cancer quicker and easier. This state of the art technology is called Ultrasound-MRi Fusion and we need YOUR help in raising the money to buy it. These machines currently cost £105,000 each and we want to provide them for all the major hospitals in the region.

Please support us by running the Britain’s Ocean city Half Marathon and in return we will send you a FREE running vest and a fundraising pack full of hints and tips on how to make your half marathon experience the best while helping this much needed charity at the same time.

For more information about the charity check out our website or join us on Facebook

Farms for City Children

Farms for City Children

Farms for City Children is an education charity, set up by the children’s author Michael Morpurgo, and his wife Clare, back in 1976. We give children from cities all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a seven days on a real farm, in the heart of the countryside. A week-long stay at one of our farms can transform a child’s life – their horizons broaden, they learn to work in a team, and their confidence and self-esteem grow.

More than ten different schools from Plymouth stay at our Devon farm, Nethercott House, each year, giving over 350 children the opportunity to see where their food comes from, become more independent and more responsive in the classroom and at home. Over 80,000 children have spent a week at one of our farms over the last 40 years, and we continue to welcome over 3,000 from around the country every year.

By taking part in the Half Marathon on behalf of Farms for City Children, you can help more children from Plymouth have a completely new experience and see life from a very different perspective. You can follow our work on our Facebook page (, Twitter feed ( or on Instagram (

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CHICKS is a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children from all over the UK. We believe every child has the right to make positive childhood memories. A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax. More than anything, it gives them the chance to just be children.

Fundraise for us here:

The Plymouth Drake Foundation

The Plymouth Drake Foundation

The Plymouth Drake Foundation is a local charity that provides grants to Plymouth’s voluntary and community sector.

We fund charities, community groups and social enterprises in the Plymouth area. The type of groups funded include community centres, disability groups, ex service personnel, mental health support and young people. Since the Plymouth Drake Foundation was formed in 2008 we have funded over 250 local groups who in turn have helped thousands of people in Plymouth.

In partnership with the Zone we support the Youth Hardship Fund which helps young people in times of extreme crisis. In four years we have helped over 1000 young people with an average grant of £19.00. Small amounts of money can make a huge difference and our goal for 2018 is to continue supporting the people of Plymouth So please run for Plymouth Drake Foundation and support YOUR local community.

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Children's Hospice South West

Children’s Hospice South West provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care we offer is wide ranging; respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care. We operate three hospices; Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in mid Cornwall.

As a charity we are currently providing care for around 400 families alongside a growing number of bereaved families. Our hospices are loving and caring places for every member of the family; a sanctuary for mums and dads, brothers and sisters. There is no mistaking the serious work we do but we provide places where everyone can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and find expert help and support in facing an uncertain future. Our aim is to make the most of every moment a sick child has with us and their family and as a result our hospices are often filled with the sounds of joy and laughter.

Visit our website about the work we do

Join team CHSW!

If you would like to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West please complete the form on our website" We will send you a fundraising pack, CHSW running vest and training guide and make you a part of our quarterly running club newsletter.

Charity places still available.


Plymouth Guild

Plymouth Guild

Plymouth Guild is a local charity with a big impact as we support over 17,000 people each year. Set up in 1907 on a voluntary basis to assist, comfort and guide any person who may be in distress by reason of poverty, ill health, loneliness or other cause, we have developed our services over the years to support people in Plymouth with information, advice and practical support. We need to raise over £100,000 per year to sustain our services and to reach out to those we are currently not able to provide fully for, in particular, people with a sensory impairment and young carers.


Plymouth District Mind

Plymouth & District Mind

Plymouth & District Mind support over 3,000 people in Plymouth each year to recover from their mental health problems. We believe that no one should suffer alone and our team travel all over the city to help people regain control of their lives. We rely on the generosity of the public to enable us to carry out our life-changing work. 1 in of us will suffer with poor mental health in any given year so it is vital that we can see people as soon as they ask for our help. All fundraising money will go towards funding an extra member of our specialist Recovery College team.


Plymouthsports Charity

Plymouth sports charity

Plymouth Sports Charity delivers multiple projects which have one common goal. We INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and SUPPORT people to tackle the barriers of becoming isolated from their communities. Join the fight against loneliness.

Shark Trust

Shark Trust

Proud to be based at the Millfields in Britain’s Ocean City, the Shark Trust is a small but globally influential charity that works to safeguard the future of sharks and rays.

Vital to a healthy ocean, almost a quarter of the 1000 or so species of shark and ray face a significant extinction threat due primarily to overfishing. We can’t allow ourselves to lose animals that have evolved over 400 million years in the space of a single human generation.

The Shark Trust, celebrating 20 years at the forefront of shark conservation, works from local to global level to create positive change so that shark populations can be sustainably managed, ensuring that future generations can enjoy the benefits of these vital, valuable and vulnerable animals. The solutions are in our hands; we just need to make the change happen…urgently.

Please help by supporting our cause, it’s not always the easiest thing to raise money for but a little money can go a long way.

More information about the Shark Trust:

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South West Equine Protection

South West Equine Protection ( SWEP )

SWEP is a registered charity that rescues and rehabilitates wild moorland ponies from both Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. We rescue ponies in desperate need; from mares having difficulty foaling to those involved in road traffic collisions.

When a pony comes into our care it will never be sold or released back to the moor; instead we work with them at our rehabilitation yard giving them everything they need to be able to be rehomed on our loan scheme.

SWEP was formed due to the demand for a locally based society to follow up concerns about equine welfare, whether moorland, privately owned or abandoned. Enquiries and requests for help are received from members of the public and from other organisations. The committed and compassionate team of staff has helped so many horses and ponies and only with the public’s help, can they continue to do so.

South West Equine Protection’s work involves not only the rescue and re-homing of horses and ponies whose plight is so desperate, or who have been the victims of road traffic accidents, but also promoting welfare issues by offering education, advice and information.

SWEP is also campaigning to raise the profile of some of the underlying issues that contribute to them. Especially the growing number of livestock deaths on moorland roads, although much of the moor is now covered with a 40 mph speed limit motorists still insist on breaking the law. Many animals are involved in hit and runs and are left to suffer unnecessarily.

We rely solely on donations to support the ponies in our care.

Plymouth age UK

Plymouth age UK

Supporting older people in Plymouth

Age UK Plymouth is a local independent Charity which exists to care for and work with older people and their carers to improve their quality of life and to help them to remain independent for as long as possible.

Health and well being is important to us all and as we age it is vital to keep as healthy as we can to enable us to enjoy our journey through Later Life. We provide a range of services, support and activities for anyone over the age of 50 including those who may be vulnerable, lonely or isolated. This year we are proud to celebrate 75 years of helping the older people of Plymouth.

As a Charity which receives no central funding we rely heavily on donations and the generosity of the public to enable us to continue to provide our much needed services.

All money raised locally is spent locally.

By participating in Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon and choosing Age UK Plymouth to benefit from your fundraising you can really help us make a difference to the lives of older people across the city.

If you would like to take part for Age UK Plymouth please contact Lynne Hodgson on 01752 256020 or email:

Registered Charity No: 281820

Friends and Families

Friends and Families

Friends & Families of Special Children Ltd is a Plymouth based registered Charity providing information, support and services to families who have children with disabilities and additional needs.

The group started in 2003 as a result of there being no social and leisure opportunities for children with profound disabilities, information for families was totally disjointed and getting any kind of support and information was a post code lottery. Accessing any kind of respite is extremely difficult and most families get little help if any at all. The group was managed and driven by parents as we felt that this was the only way that we would ensure that all of our services were needs led and tailored to meet the differing disabilities of the children. Friends and Families of Special Children Ltd now actively incorporate all children with disabilities or special/additional needs. We still maintain the philosophy that our service users must drive the organisation but we have now expanded our membership of Trustees to include professionals in the fields of Law, Finance and Business in order to operate at a very high professional and quality service.

The group started in 2003 as a result of there being no social and leisure opportunities for children with profound disabilities, information for families was totally disjointed and getting any kind of support and information was a post code lottery. Accessing any kind of respite is extremely difficult and most families get little help if any at all. The group was managed and driven by parents as we felt that this was the only way that we would ensure that all of our services were needs led and tailored to meet the differing disabilities of the children. Friends and Families of Special Children Ltd now actively incorporate all children with disabilities or special/additional needs. We still maintain the philosophy that our service users must drive the organisation but we have now expanded our membership of Trustees to include professionals in the fields of Law, Finance and Business in order to operate at a very high professional and quality service.

For more information, please call 01752 204 369 or email

Woodlands School

Friends of Woodlands

Woodlands Special School offers education to up to 85 children with complex physical and sensory needs between the ages of 2 and 19 years. Many pupils have additional medical needs and other difficulties that may affect their learning.

'Friends of Woodlands' is a registered charity, whose aim is to raise funds to enable the school to purchase items which it would otherwise not be able to afford through normal funding. Such items range from sensory equipment to arts and music equipment, in fact, anything which enhances the lives and learning skills of the pupils.

Friends have recently supported the fundraising needed to build a fantastic accessible playground, complete with boccia court and a pirate ship!

Friends are currently raising money for a new minibus which will allow our pupils to take their learning to new places - some of which they may never have access to otherwise.

If you would like to join our team of super heroes then please email for a pack. All runners will receive a free Super Hero Themed running shirt.

Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey Sanctuary

Since 1969, The Donkey Sanctuary has given over 18,800 donkeys and mules sanctuary for life in the UK and Europe and there are currently 6,800 animals in the charity's care, including 1,700 in our Rehoming Scheme.

Further afield, over a million donkeys are within reach of international projects where teams work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of sick and injured donkeys through mobile clinics, community engagement and education partnerships with donkey owning communities. The Donkey Sanctuary supports projects in 35 countries worldwide. Donkeys and mules are stoical and hardworking creatures and these traits are often taken advantage of. The Donkey Sanctuary reaches out to those in greatest need through provision of permenant refuge and veterinary services to alleviate their suffering.

The Donkey Sanctuary also provides donkey assisted interactions for children and adults with additional needs and visits to care homes in the local community from centres in Belfast, Birmingham, Ivybridge, Leeds, Manchester and Sidmouth.

The charity gives over 50,000 donkey assisted interactions a year. Through these projects in the UK and overseas the lives of children and adults with additional needs are imeasurably improved by the close contact with these rescued donkeys. The donkeys also benefit from the stimulation and contact.

The charity also runs a Rehoming Scheme to find loving homes for rescued donkeys that would benefit from the kind of one-to-one attention private homes can provide. Donkeys are carefully matched with prospective homes to ensure a happy future from both donkeys and Donkey Guardians.

During the last 45 years, The Donkey Sanctuary has made a profound difference to the lives of donkeys and people all over the world. This is down to the drive and belief of it's wonderful Founder, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE, the staff and volunteers, and of course their fantastic supporters and partners worldwide.

By 2018 The Donkey Sanctuary wants to give a helping hand to 2,000,000 donkeys in 40 countries. The mission, to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships

Livewell Southwest

Livewell Southwest

Our vision at Livewell Southwest is to help the local population to be physically and mentally well, to get better when they are ill and to remain as independent as they can to the end of their lives. In essence, our vision is to support people to be safe, well, and at home. Livewell Southwest provides a broad range of community health and adult social care services for approximately 330,000 people across Plymouth, and community health services in South Hams and West Devon. We also provide some specialist services across this patch and into other areas of Devon and Cornwall. Livewell Southwest is at the forefront of integrating health and social care. This new way of working helps us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place, at the right time.

By running for Livewell Southwest you will be promoting wellbeing for all - no sponsorship needed – just enjoy the run!

Animals in Distress

Dame Hannah Rogers Trust

Dame Hannah Rogers Trust has been transforming the lives of children and young people for 250 years. One of the UK's oldest charities, Hannahs is dedicated to empowering children, young people and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, providing them with life-changing opportunities and advocating their needs. We are committed to challenging societal beliefs and cultural acceptances with the aim of making disability incidental. Our mission is simple: to empower, advocate and enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Working across two sites in Devon – at Ivybridge, about 10 miles from Plymouth and at Seale-Hayne on the outskirts of Newton Abbot – Hannahs educates, cares and supports children and adults with complex physical disabilities, providing them with real choice and opportunities. Dedicated and highly trained staff and therapists help our students and visitors at both sites to grow and learn with confidence and freedom. At Hannahs we provide the best education, care and opportunities on offer, in a homely and caring environment – helping to turn potential into real achievement.

Contact phone number: 01626 325800

Contact email

Trevi House

Trevi House

Trevi House is a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation centre that works exclusively with mothers and their children. It remains the only service of its kind in the UK. With a 76% success rate, Trevi House takes referrals from across the entire UK and takes up to 10 women and their children at any given time. Each mother follows a strict rehabilitation plan which includes daily counselling sessions, group meetings, medical examinations and check-ups from social services. Facilities include residential rooms, family apartments, a therapy lodge, creche and an Ofsted accredited nursery for children to be looked after during therapy times.

Our vision is that children with mums who have a drug or alcohol addiction can be given the chance to remain in their care.

This is both in the short term whilst mum undertakes her recovery from addiction, and in the long term as they begin a life together free from addiction and abuse.

Every 16 minutes a child is taken into care in the UK, with only 1 in 10 being reunited with their mum.

With your help in taking part in the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon and raising much needed sponsorship, we can give mums the support to become drug or alcohol free for good, and the support and empowerment to start a new and happy life with their child.

To find out more and for a copy of our free fundraising pack, please visit:

Registered charity no. 1075433

Basics Devon


BASICS Devon 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 or illness.

These committed volunteer doctors 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 a roadside incident or home emergency.

BASICS Devon volunteer responders help save lives across rural Devon and can be at your side in minutes. In 2016 they attended 412 incidents, 30% of the patients they attended to were during the hours of darkness!

Some of our team are also educators, teaching vital life-saving skills to other emergency carers locally and around the UK

All are fully committed to providing the best possible emergency medical support, working together with ambulance colleagues and other emergency services to save local lives – when seconds count.

BASICS Devon Doctors can provide an additional tier of medical care which supports and supplements the excellent service provided by our local ambulance crews.

We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations. With call outs increasing by over 30% BASICS Devon needs your support.

If you are interested in supporting BASICS Devon and would like to join our team we would love to hear from you, please email

To find out more please visit our website at or take a look at our facebook or Twitter page @BASICSdevon

Thank you for your support and we wish you the best of luck

Primrose Foundation

The Primrose Foundation

The Primrose Foundation is Plymouth’s only dedicated breast care charity, the original Primrose Appeal was established locally to help fund the now known service called the ‘one stop clinics’ for women (and men) who are referred for symptomatic & suspected Breast cancer symptoms who required an appointment that allows them to be seen in one clinic under one roof. Thanks to some amazing fundraising, The Primrose Centre first opened in 2001.

Moving on some 17 years later the foundation is stronger than ever with the continued support of local people which allows us to continue to fund equipment & resources beyond the NHS budget which we believe allows the Primrose unit to deliver an exceptional service to their patients.

The Primrose Centre is a dedicated Breast facility situated on Level 7 at Derriford Hospital, I am sure many of you have come through our doors over the years whether that’s due to attending an appointment for yourself, or accompanying a relative or friend, what ever the reason for visiting the unit I am sure you will agree that all the staff are welcoming, kind and caring. The waiting room has a relaxed and pleasant feel to it and everyone from the receptionists to the Radiologists are committed to providing expertise, help and support at what is truly an anxious and difficult time. This service would not be what is it today without the truly amazing support from local people and local businesses who fundraise and donate to us.

To find out more and for a copy of our free fundraising pack, please visit:


University of Plymouth Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence

University of Plymouth Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence

The University of Plymouth is conducting world-leading research into brain tumours. This devastating condition continues to kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet receive less than 1% of government’s national spend on research.

Investigating potential treatments and a cure is crucial but research is expensive, costing an estimated £1million a year to run our laboratories. We need your support to accelerate our world-leading research.

If you would like to run Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon for world-leading brain tumour research, please visit our JustGiving page: