BECBC aims to support as many local charities as possible through offering a platform for you to introduce you charity to the business community, or promoting local events that support local people and important causes.

This page offers a listing of local charities and their contact information should any member companies wish to offer their support through fundraising or events.

If you're a charity and wish to have your details added to this page, please contact us for information.

  1. Calderwood House
    Rachel Holliday 01946 439312

    Calderwood House is a homeless hostel in Egremont where they offer a hand up, not a hand out. They converted a former police station into 11 en-suite rooms staffed 24/7 with a "Hub" for training, education and living space. Their residents work hard packaging and selling their very own blend of coffee to keep the doors open. Every penny raised gives homeless people in West Cumbria a new start in life. The founder, Rachel Holliday, believes investment in homelessness works, and is living proof.

  2. Cumbria Youth Alliance
    Cath Clarke 01900 603131

    Working with and for young people across Cumbria to ensure they can reach their full potential Established in 1997 CYA supports over 2,500 young people (aged11-25) per annum, through delivery of a needs led programme. CYA uses sport, community action and one to one support programmes to ensure all young people can make a successful transition into adulthood · Supporting young people at risk of dropping out of school to prevent · Supporting young people who are not in education, employment or training · Supporting young people to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh Awards · Supporting young people to undertake Social Action in return for being able to claim rewards · Supporting young people with disabilities to undertake volunteering programmes and gain skills and confidence CYA supports over 200 other agencies working with children and young people through offering: Business Support, Help to Fundraise, Help to gain a quality standard, Help to get their governance in place and ongoing training for trustees, access to short courses for volunteers and youth workers across Cumbria.

  3. Hospice at Home West Cumbria
    Deana Grills 01900 873173

    Every year Hospice at Home West Cumbria needs to raise over £1 million.

    All funds raised are for the direct benefit of local people. It helps us continue to give people in West Cumbria with life-limiting illnesses the choice to remain in their own homes, close to loved ones, giving them the care they need.

    Click here to view ITV news item celebrating 30 years of helping Cumbrians

    Hospice at Home West Cumbria, established in 1987, was founded by Cockermouth GP Dr Brian Herd, a group of nurses and nurse managers all working locally in West Cumbria. Now, with over 65 employees, 37 clinical volunteers and 3 main locations, it provides a vast range of Hospice care and support to patients, families and carers.

    Services include:

    • emotional support
    • home nursing
    • complementary therapies
    • Lymphoedema

    If anyone would like to volunteer or plan an event to support the work we do please contact 01900 873173

    In 2017 the chairty is 30 years old, click here to see current fundraising opportunity £30 for 30

  4. Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria
    John or Karan 07572 975 721 (John) or 07896 703 757 (Karan)

    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria is a branch of the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide UK (Charity no. 1098815). SOBS has grown to become the only national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. They provide an opportunity to listen, share, gain and understanding and connect with others. SOBS Cumbria support groups meet once a month in West Cumbria (Whitehaven), North Cumbria (Carlisle) and South Cumbria (Kendal). These meetings are led by volunteers who have been bereaved by suicide themselves, who aim to provide support and guidance to those who are bereaved. SOBS Cumbria also has a 24/7 helpline - see numbers listed above. Any survivor who approaches SOBS Cumbria is always offered a friendly ear and someone who knows exactly how they are feeling. Facebook: Twitter:

  5. The Workington Shannon Lifeboat Appeal
    Tim Chittenden 01946861089

    We are appealing to raise the final few thousand pounds necessary to acquire a modern 26 knot Shannon Class all weather lifeboat to replace our obsolete and slow Tyne Class boat which has been in service for 25 years during which time it has saved 73 lives and safely brought another 345 people ashore.  The new boat will be delivered in April 2017 and we still have some £60,000 to raise to complete the £2million payment required.  Donations may be made by cheque or cash to the lifeboat station or using Just Giving."  

    Tim can also be contacted at: