Wye Float has kindly chosen 4 charities which they will be raising money for during this year's event. The charities we have chosen are: Bone Cancer Research Trust, Affinity Trust (Hereford), Queen Elizabeth Birmingham Hospital, and Hereford Youth Canoe Club. Please take some time to read through what these charities focus upon.


The Bone Cancer Research Trust is a charity in Ireland and the UK, dedicated to funding research into primary bone cancers, in particular osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma.

The vision of the charity is ‘a world where lives are no longer limited by primary bone cancer.’ The charity aspires to be the authoritative voice on primary bone cancer in the UK and Ireland.

The charity’s aim is to improve outcomes for people with primary bone cancers through research, awareness, information and support.

The Bone Cancer Research Trust was initially a parents’ group started up in September 2004. Five families who had lost teenage children to osteosarcoma and who all wanted to see more research carried out into this rare cancer to hopefully improve the outcome for future sufferers were brought together.

The parents' group increased with the addition of families, including one from Ireland, whose children had battled against another primary bone cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma. Expanding the group helped to unite skills and enthusiasm as well as funds already raised. The families pooled money totalling £176,000, to start the charity and fund the first pieces of research.

The Bone Cancer Research Trust became a registered charity in March 2006 and by September 2006, the first two successful applications for research grants had been accepted.

The charity normally puts out two research calls per year; to date the charity has funded 24 projects totalling £800,000 resulting in numerous publications.

Please take some time to read Sharon's story: http://www.bcrt.org.uk/support/patient-stories/sha...


Affinity Trust is a national charity providing person-centred, innovative support for people with learning disabilities in the UK. We have a history of working with people who have a range of support needs including those who have high, complex or specialist support needs as well as people who have previously been highlighted as having ‘challenging’ reputations. We focus on the individual and their particular needs and work with them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Here at Affinity Trust, we are dedicated to supporting people with learning disabilities to live the lives they want to. Whether helping someone to live in their own home, providing opportunities to make new friends, experience new things or gain work that is rewarding and enjoyable, Affinity Trust aims to ensure that those we support have the opportunity to live life to its fullest. Our mission and values are at the core of our service.

Many of the people we support have come from institutional settings and we have worked with them to transform their level of independence and often, as a result, their quality of life. Supported living is our main area of support, and we are committed to offering this model for people with learning disabilities in preference to typical residential care homes.

Affinity Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is registered under the Companies Act 1985. Our company number is 06893564. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales – charity number 1139891 – and in Scotland – charity number SC043881. Our registered office is 1 St. Andrew’s Court, Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3WT.



The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Charity exists to support the patients of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The QEHB Charity provides extra equipment and facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the old Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals, and funds research, all of which are over and above core NHS services. None of your donation is used to replace core NHS funding.

The charity also supports the UK’s military patients who are treated at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.