Charities - The Dorset Plane Pull
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Below you will find our current 2018 beneficiary charities, we expect this list to grow so keep your eyes out for updates.

If you are interested in forming a team, or already have a team to pull then all you need to do is choose a charity from our list and get in touch with the representative directly using the email link provided. The charity representative will then be able to assist you in getting your team together.

Teams are only permitted to raise money for one of the charities approved by the Dorset Plane Pull. Therefore, our event is exclusive to our accredited charities.

To become a beneficiary charity of the event, representatives directly from the charity concerned should contact us to discuss our protocol further and to check availability. This can be done using the email

Charcot-Marie-Tooth UK


Charcot-Marie-Tooth UK is the only charity in the Uk dedicated to supporting people affected by Charcot- Marie-Tooth Disease, a rare neuromuscular disease affecting primarily the arms and legs, and causing severe mobility issues, accompanied by chronic pain and fatigue.

We provide a free helpline and the funds raised will support this vital function, providing personal advice and information to people with the condition. Our Information and Support Advisers handle all the calls and emails from people requiring our support.


Contact:  Karen Butcher  –

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation


Dorset Cancer Care Foundation was established to offer financial assistance to Dorset residents and their families who are affected by Cancer DCCF provide grants to cover the cost of a range of necessities from clothing, prosthetics, appliances, domestic assistance and transport costs to help with accommodation expenses – often a major worry when someone is undergoing treatment and unable to continue earning. DCCF hope by alleviating these worries the recipients can concentrate on their recovery.

We do not seek to replace exciting systems but to complement them and being small and local we are able to react quickly to requests for assistance. Although the priority is individual care, DCCF periodically supports other organisations, assisting with the cost of vital equipment. Income is raised by holding events throughout the year, organised by DCCF’s enthusiastic group of volunteers. DCCF are truly fortunate to also enjoy benevolent sponsorship from several local companies.

In 2018 DCCF commemorates their 5th Anniversary and are optimistic that this will be the springboard for greater things in the future – to be able to increase both income and awareness and recruit more volunteers. 


Contact:  Jude Castell –



Each October, Dreamflight takes a plane-full of amazing children for a holiday of a lifetime. The Charity hires a 747 aircraft and takes 192 children from across the UK, with a serious illness or disability, to Florida.  Parents are not allowed, but instead a huge volunteer team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other helpers look after the children for 10 days.  Dreamflight is not just a holiday; it does something that medicine can’t. The children get the opportunity to discover independence, confidence, and a whole new outlook on life. Often for the first time, they realise that they are not the odd one out. They see children around them who have also suffered; they gain perspective, and experience things that they never thought possible.

Each child’s place costs approximately £3,500. Without the help of fundraisers and supporters, the trip could not go ahead, as Dreamflight get no Government funding. For more information please visit the website or contact the Dreamflight office: or 01494 722733.


Contact: Lisa Bishop –

Ed Kent Trust


The Ed Kent Trust supports young people, under 18 years old, to improve their skills in sport or music, particularly in cricket or drumming. Ed loved both of these and through the trust we aim to help those who have the ability, but need the financial support to step up to the next level, be it in sport, from club to district, district to county or indeed beyond, or in music from one grade to the next. We will award grants that could help towards the cost of extra kit, equipment, coaching fees, examination fees or transport costs if any of these are increased as a result of improved performance and subsequent selection for the next step up in a young person’s ‘career’. We will also support cases where family income has decreased for some reason and current activity is threatened by this.  

Ed was born in February 2002, in Dorset, the younger of our two children, having an older sister, Becky. Although sudden and devastating, his death from a severe asthma attack was  peaceful. He slipped away in the ambulance on the way to hospital aged 13, in November 2015. Ed had a huge enthusiasm for life. He was friendly, always smiling and showed compassion for others beyond his years. During his short life, he clearly made a huge impact on many people.  It is partly because of his amazingly positive outlook on life, that has led us to want to build this legacy in his memory


Contact:  Andy Kent –



We offer support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children facing multiple difficulties and finding family life overwhelming. Our home-visiting service provides free and confidential outreach support to families in their own home, delivered by trained and supervised volunteers who are carefully ‘matched’ to the families they help. Volunteers visit weekly and give practical and emotional support and friendship. Through our support, we equip families to develop life skills in order to realise their full potential and make the best of their opportunities.

Support is tailored to the families’ needs and takes place 1-1 within the home. Our primary aim is to keep families together, prevent crisis or possible family breakdown and prevent the need for statutory intervention. Underpinning our work is the nurture and protection of children.

Families are referred to us by health or social care professionals (or can self-refer) and are experiencing a range of difficulties including social and / or economic deprivation, drug / alcohol related problems, domestic violence, poverty, mental and / or physical illness of parent and / or child(ren), multiple births, poor parenting skills, child behaviour management; household management.

Volunteers support the families through their difficulties and mentor the parents.


Contact: Gloria Russell –

Isabel Baker Foundation


The Isabel Baker Foundation was set up in memory of Isabel Baker who was diagnosed with Leukaemia at 3 weeks old but sadly lost her life 8 days after her first birthday, aged 1 year old in 2015. Our aim is to financially support bereaved parents of children with cancer in the months after the death of their child, whether this is for funeral costs, head stone costs or to allow them a few months off work to grieve for their child. We also financially support parents of children with cancer during treatment, by providing vouchers to buy food in the hospital and we donate what we can to Bloodies for research into infantile acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, in memory of Isabel. Furthermore, we work very hard to raise awareness of childhood cancer, predominately by supporting “Glow Gold” in September, and distributing early signs and symptoms cards. Just like with adult cancers, early diagnosis can save lies. For more information please visit our website.


Contact: Vicky Turner –



The JTYAF supports young people from a number of youth organisations, mostly in Dorset., providing them with scholarships and bursaries which give them access to opportunities to promote personal development and achievement.

Recipients of awards are selected for their commitment to their chosen activity and also for their demonstration of the foundations key values. Courage, Determination, Unselfishness and Cheerfulness in adversity.

Set up in 2008 following the death of LT John ‘JT’ Thornton RM in Afghanistan the JTYAF ensures that his legacy continues. We are a small local charity with no paid staff, no premises and very low overheads, we aim to maximise the amount that we can award to young people.


Contact: Pete Thornton –

Motor Neurone Disease


To improve care + support for local people living with Motor Neurone Disease, their carers and families.

To campaign + raise awareness of the needs of people with MND and their carers and families.

To fund + promote research into treatments and understanding to bring us closer to a cure.


Contact: Michele Hardy –

Novaturient International


Novaturient International is a U.K based, Voluntary Aid and Project Support organisation, focusing on Education, Conservation, Healthcare and Community Development Projects, Worldwide.

As well as building, managing and maintaining our own voluntary aid projects, Novaturient International also works with a number of partner charities and organisations to offer both voluntary support and the procurement of goods and services to some of the worlds mosts disadvantaged communities.

Novaturient International operates a network of professional volunteers, including Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Doctors, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals, Support Workers, Conservationists, Agriculturalists and various other professionals who travel to our projects as temporary volunteer staff to provide support, practical assistance, professional advice, advocacy and training to both our project partners and the wider communities in which we work.

We also provide all the necessary resources and equipment they require to carry out their work effectively and provide positive and sustainable relief to those communities.

Novaturient International’s School Scholarship Program offers school placements and where needed, secure and sanitary accommodation to children suffering from extreme disadvantage, we also provide all the educational books, tools, materials, and other resources the children need to make the most out of their education.

All funds raised will be used to support our charitable projects and educational programs.


Contact: Kev Boyle – or



Parkinsons is a neuro-degenerative condition which currently affects 145,000 people across the UK. Parkinson’s UK drives better care, treatments and quality of life for all those living with, and affected by, Parkinsons. Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.

Money raised from the Dorset Plane Pull will help us continue to support those who are living with Parkinson’s, along with their family and friends, as well as enabling us to carry out vital research. Together, we can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinsons.


Contact: Ruth Brady –

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