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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

Amelia’s Rainbow


The aims of the charity are to enhance the health and wellbeing of children in Dorset and to prevent and relieve poverty of sick and disabled children. The charity does this by providing non-means tested grants to children with serious, chronic, life-limiting and terminal illnesses.

The grants focus on paying for activities that enrich the life of the child and their family such as holidays, day trips, and attendance at clubs such as sports clubs, toys and games and to enable them to build precious memories.
We also offer, free of charge, the use of a beach hut at Southbourne, and a Holiday Home at Hoburne Naish, New Milton, which was purchased 2 years ago and has proved very popular, giving families a much-needed break away from home. Both are also available to recently bereaved families.

Our charity is unique in that we assist children suffering from any childhood illness including mental health conditions. In this way we can help many more children and capture those children who are not covered by any other disease specific charity.


Contact:  Natalie Newman  –

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 –

Jon Egging Trust


The Jon Egging Trust supports young people who find themselves in difficult circumstances. We help them to overcome adversity and achieve their full potential. We deliver accredited learning programmes to develop young people’s life and work skills by providing access to inspirational role models and life-changing opportunities linked to aviation, engineering and science.
The Jon Egging Trust raises aspirations, confidence and self esteem, helping young people to re-engage with education and make informed choices about their futures. The Jon Egging Trust currently runs two youth programmes: Blue Skies and Inspirational Outreach.
Dorset and its surrounding areas is really important to the Jon Egging Trust because of the wealth of support received since Jon’s death in 2011 at the Bournemouth Air Festival. The Jon Egging Trust has been established in Dorset since 2013, running Blue Skies programmes to local schools, operating over three levels – Teamwork, Leadership, and Work Experience, with 10-15 students on each level.
In addition, we are now reaching out to 1,000 more students every year across Dorset through our lnspirational Outreach programme. With your help, the monies raised from this event will enable our team to continue delivering our programmes and having an impact on more local young people.


Contact: Ruth Wright –

Julia’s House


Julia’s House is a lifeline for families facing a desperate reality – that their child may not live into adulthood. Our nurses and carers help families make the most of the time they have together, providing practical and emotional support through frequent, short breaks for mums and dads and social opportunities for the whole family. Julia’s House can’t change the outcome for these families, but we can make a real difference to the quality of their lives.
No parent expects to live longer than their child, but for many of the families Julia’s House supports that is the reality. When a family finds out their child has a life-shortening or life-threatening condition their whole world falls apart. Julia’s House exists for these children and their families.
We are caring for children in your neighbourhood thanks to your support. Julia’s House is 94% community-funded. With just 6% of our funds coming from the government, we rely on fundraising, donations and gifts in Wills to provide this vital free service for families.  Support from teams entering the Dorset Plane Pull 2018 will help us provide the support local families need.


Contact: Caroline Atreed –

Macmillan Caring Locally



Contact: Barry Wilson –

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 –

Poole Hospital Charity


Poole Hospital Charity supports all the wards and departments across Poole Hospital. Your donations and support help us to make a big difference to patient care at Poole Hospital by allowing us to improve the hospital environment and invest in state-of-the-art equipment.

The charity has funded equipment ranging from tiny cots to major refurbishment projects. Through fundraising activities and events, charitable donations, legacies and voluntary support, the charity compliments and enhances services and facilities, so that the very best can be provided for all.


Contact: Sara Fripp –

The Steve Barnard Foundation


The Steve Barnard Foundation was set-up in memory of the affectionately Stevie B following his tragic death in a car accident at Chichester in November 2005 whilst he was studying at university to become a PE teacher.
The Foundation, which is run entirely by volunteers, have supported thousands of youngsters and disabled sports persons in Bournemouth, Dorset and Sussex as well as outreach projects in the 3rd world.
We are proud to have formed sporting partnerships with local schools and clubs as well as with scores of individuals ranging from grassroots, right up to olympians and world championships!
In providing sport with a helping hand, raising funds from dynamic and enjoyable fundraisers, we a re true serving sport and remembering Steve!


Contact: Tony Bernard –

Unicef UK


Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting rights and wellbeing of every child. We work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.


Contact: Carys Robshaw –

Previous beneficiary charities include: