The Mayor's charities and events
The Mayor actively supports a number of worthy charities which operate Brighton & Hove, servicing the local community and greatly improving the lives of residents in the city. The Mayor's and fundraising events support the following charities:
The Argus Appeal is the charity of The Argus, Sussex’s only daily newspaper. The appeal works in the heart of our community and enables us to see first hand who is in need and to be able to make a difference quickly. Our supporters trust the integrity of our work, the honesty with which we tell our stories and the decisions we make when allocating funds. Support is given for a variety of benefits and causes, in particular disadvantaged children, the elderly, the vulnerable, people with disabilities and any other person, group or charity considered by the trustees to be appropriate for a fund allocation which will make a difference. Every penny raised goes to those in real need in our community.
The Martlets Hospice whose work touches almost every household in the city. It helps 1,000 people to live life as fully as they can, right up until the end. Expert clinical care is provided by highly skilled and experienced doctors and nurses through the inpatient unit and the hospice at home service. Wherever possible, the peace, respect and dignity of patients are retained. The hospice receives only 29 per cent of its funding from the NHS and has to raise £9,000 a day through charitable means to keep its doors open.
BHT is a local charity providing specialist support to the most excluded people within our community. Our services provide comprehensive and tailored support to people who need help with housing, mental health and addiction issues, legal advice and employment skills. Our projects include: First Base - a day centre focused on moving people away from rough sleeping and homelessness into healthy, independent living; BHT Wellbeing – a service providing counselling, peer support, training and housing support; and BHT Advice – a centre providing free legal advice on housing and community care. As a charity, we are dependent on the support of local people and organisations to help us provide our much needed services. We are extremely proud to be chosen as one of the Mayor’s Charities this year.