High Sheriff's Supported Charities for this year

Warning Zone, Frog Island, Leicester delivers valuable life-skills to Year 6 pupils. In 2015/2016, over 9,000 pupils visited, and in 2017/3018 over 10,000 are expected. Warning Zone was first launched on 17th October 2006, bringing together information and expertise from across the public and private sectors. It combines vital messages on personal and online safety in a single stimulating and memorable experience which helps to prepare youngsters for increased independence and their transition into early adolescence. The core programme aims to foster an understanding of risk, consequence of actions, peer pressure and personal responsibility. This is not wrapping children in cotton wool, rather presenting the plain and honest facts in a memorable and understandable way in order to encourage responsible behaviour and sound decision making while living full and active lives.

The involvement of young people in anti-social behaviour and offending continues to cause concern in our communities. At 10, children have already reached the age of criminal responsibility and can be arrested and get a criminal record. Wherever children live, whatever their backgrounds, Year 6 is a key time to prepare them for increased independence, a wider peer group and the natural “boundary testing” that adolescence brings. Teachers and other professionals state that the issues dealt with at Warning Zone are important for every 10/11-year-old; issues that are hard for parents to discuss with their children and difficult for teachers to tackle effectively in the confines of the classroom.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance fly two regional air ambulances, across the counties of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland. These two helicopters provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles covering many of the East Midlands major road networks. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average 6 missions a day.

Dove Cottage Day Hospice is situated in Ridlington, near Oakham in Rutland.  It is the second branch of the Hospice, and they provide supportive palliative day care services for those living with cancer and other progressive conditions.  They are able to offer 20-day care places each week and have a high carer to guest ratio.  All of the services are provided free of charge, including a wonderful home-cooked 3 course lunch, with any special dietary needs catered for.  The premises are homely and peaceful, set in the beautiful Rutland countryside.  At present they are open 2 days per week, Tuesday & Thursday.