Find out more about the affiliated charities for the BHGE 10K Running Festival taking place in Aberdeen on Sunday 5 May 2019.

Aberdeen Cyrenians

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Join Team Cyrenians on Sunday 5 May 2019 at this year’s BHGE 10K run and help us to tackle homelessness in Aberdeen.
We have 30 places available, we just ask anyone taking part to aim to raise at least £50 which will support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Aberdeen area.

With your help we can ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in the city get the support they need. Food parcels, clothing, toiletries, access to showers and laundry are all available to ensure their basic needs are met. We also work closely with each person we help to understand the underlying issues they are facing and help them to overcome these, whether it’s applying for the benefits they are entitled to, making a housing application, engaging with services such as mental health, addictions and counselling, or advice.
You can change someone’s future, helping them to gain safe accommodation with the support to lead fulfilling lives.

To sign-up contact Vanessa at [email protected] or call on 01224 625732.


Every day three children and young people in the North East are admitted to hospital with a serious accidental injury.

The impact of these tragedies are far reaching: life changing injuries causing depression, poverty and pain, the emotional and financial toll on families adapting to these new life circumstances and sadly, the bereavement of losing a beloved child.

Absafe exists to ensure that children, families and communities in the North East can lead a life free from unintentional harm.

At our facility, The Safe we provide an immersive and engaging environment, to create lasting change in children’s lives, and in the communities in which they live. Teaching fun and interactive sessions we highlight everyday risks and show how to deal with them.
From road, rail, home, water and fire safety to antisocial behaviour, bullying, hate crime, citizenship, alcohol and internet safety.

Join us for the BHGE 10K Running Festival to create a safer future.

This is the first year that Absafe has taken part in the BHGE 10K and we are keen to make it a big success. We have 30 spaces available for people to sign up and support Absafe. Runners for Absafe are asked to raise a minimum of £75.

With your support we can teach children how to make decisions about risk so they don’t have to learn safety by accident.

To join Team Absafe contact [email protected] or call 01224 823157.

Don’t fancy running? We’re also looking for volunteers that can help with fundraising events like marshalling at the BHGE 10K run or volunteers that can help us at Absafe to teach children vital life skills. For more information visit:

Befriend a Child

Befriend a Child supports school-aged children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who are growing up in difficult life circumstances. We match them with trained volunteer befrienders and mentors, who act as positive role models to help children develop resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem. Typically, these are children whose fundamental childhood years have been neglected or lost due to issues outside of their control.

We are the only dedicated befriending and mentoring service for children in the North East, a recent report identified 8000 local children in need of our support, and every £1 raised translates to £6.13 of benefits to the children and families we work with.

To find out more about Befriend a Child and the work we do please visit: or give us a call on 01224 210060.

Cash 4 Kids

Northsound Cash for Kids is one of the North East’s leading children’s charities supporting thousands of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children every year. All money is raised locally goes to support  individuals or groups in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for essential items such as beds, clothes, sensory equipment, specialist trikes and wheelchairs as well as much more.

In the last 12 months Northsound Cash for Kids have:

  • Provided warm winter clothes for over 1,300 children
  • Provided beds, bedding, bedroom carpets and furniture for children who are living in poverty
  • Given sensory and developmental toys to children with autism and learning difficulties
  • Funded several group projects such as school holiday outings, ‘Street Play’ sessions, after school literacy & numeracy clubs and lunch clubs
  • Ensured that 9,170 children woke up to presents on Christmas Day

In order to meet demand from applicants we fundraise throughout the year and rely on the public and corporate supporters to help us meet demand. If you run the BHGE 10K for Cash for Kids you can be assured that your donations will make a real difference to children’s lives in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. For more information and to receive your Cash for Kids t-shirt please contact [email protected]

Together, we can make a difference.

Charlie House

Charlie House logo

Pull on your trainers and join the Charlie House team at BHGE 10K 2019!

Charlie House is a local charity which supports babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions in the North-east of Scotland.

In the region alone there are 1,500 children who fit this criteria. Charlie House is committed to supporting these children and their families.

Our current services include Activity Clubs, Siblings Clubs, support from our very own Charlie House Community Nurse and our annual Adventure trip to Kielder Forest Park.

Creating memories is something that Charlie House has always been passionate about. In 2016, we appointed our Activities Coordinator who organises and runs our family activities, siblings’ clubs and parent activities. From music therapy to ice skating; horse riding to bowling - there's something for all the family.

We also offer one to one emotional and practical support through our Children & Family Support Manager. This includes group work, working with parents, the children and their siblings. This support is available from diagnosis and extends to post bereavement if a child sadly passes away.

Our dream has always been to build a specialist support centre in Aberdeen that will provide planned and emergency short breaks, palliative and end of life care for children from across the North East and as far afield as Moray, Orkney and Shetland. In October 2018 we launched the joint planning application for the building with NHS Grampian and in November, launched our three-year Big Build public fundraising campaign to raise £8 million for the project. We have had an amazing response to date and together with the people of Grampian, we can make this dream a reality.

If you want take part in the run in aid of the charity and become a Charlie House Hero then please email [email protected] or call 01224 313333.

Children 1st


CLAN Cancer Support is an independent, local charity which provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, their family, supporters and friends. Services are freely offered to all from prediagnosis and diagnosis through treatment and beyond. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

CLAN Haven in Aberdeen provides purpose built bed and breakfast accommodation in a ‘home from home’ environment for people travelling to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment, and their families. A similar facility provides accommodation in Orkney for those traveling from outer island communities to the mainland or Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall.

CLAN’s dedicated Children and Families Service team supports children and teenagers with cancer, children affected by a cancer diagnosis in their family, and their families and carers through CLAN’s wellbeing and support centres in Aberdeen, Elgin, Inverurie and Shetland.Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of North East Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland through a network of 12 community based wellbeing and support centres. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Buckie, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

Why should you run for CLAN?
Running for CLAN in the BHGE 10K helps us raise both funds and awareness in the community which are both so vital in allowing us to continue doing what we do - we really do appreciate any sponsorship you can raise for CLAN as it goes a long way in supporting those affected by cancer.

How will CLAN support me?
In return for taking a charity place we will provide you with a branded fundraising CLAN technical t-shirt to wear on the day.You'll also receive a sponsorship form along with optional assistance on how you can maximise your fundraising efforts.

What will my support help with?
Your support will help us continue to support thousands of people in their communities on a daily basis. It currently costs over £2.6 million every year to ensure our free support services are widely available. We rely on the generous support of individuals, families and companies to ensure this continues.

How can I register? / Contact details
It's simple! For a charity place contact Ruth in our fundraising team at [email protected] or call up on 01224647000. If you'd prefer to buy your own place for the event, you can do so by visiting this page and choosing CLAN as your charity from the drop down list when registering.We ask for £24 to cover the registration fee. This should be paid after you have been in touch to register for your charity place. Once we have received your payment we will email you further details. We request that each runner strives to raise sponsorship of £50 or more, which will directly help our service users.

How else can I help on the day?
CLAN also need the help of volunteers at the BHGE 10K. If you would like to volunteer with us on the day, please contact Moureen on 01224 651028 or email her at [email protected].

Friends of Anchor

Friends of ANCHOR is committed to making a difference in the lives of cancer and haematology patients in the North-east through investing in Medical equipment, leading cancer research and patient wellbeing. The clinics and wards of the ANCHOR (Aberdeen and North-east Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy) Unit operate within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to treat patients with all forms of cancer and benign blood disorders.

Importantly, as all our running and administration costs are fully covered by our key sponsor, Balmoral Group, all funds raised from the BHGE 10k will go to Friends of ANCHOR’s newly launched campaign – the ANCHORED Together Appeal.

The charity’s most ambitious campaign yet has a target of £2m for the ANCHOR Centre which is due to open in late 2021 and will bring together all oncology and haematology out and day patient services. Whilst the Scottish Government is investing £32m, we need to raise the additional £2m needed  to make this new Centre, the first of its kind in Scotland, a reality. Friends of ANCHOR’s contribution will look to deliver the difference for this generation and the generations to come who will walk through the Centre’s doors that is currently estimated at 65,000 a year.

We’d love to have you run in red for Friends of ANCHOR, to join us please email [email protected] or call 01224 859016.


Inspire logo

Inspire is a local charity supporting people with learning disabilities and additional support needs. We support over 320 people in more than 40 services located across North East Scotland.

In all we do we strive to empower people to make their own life choices, enable lifestyles that are both safe and fulfilled, and give support through life transitions.

We are proud of our strong reputation - built over 30 years - and we work hard to maintain and enhance this.

How do I register?
To register to run for Inspire please contact Andrew Reid at [email protected] or call 01224 280005.
Alternatively, you can register online by following the link and selecting Inspire from the charity drop down list!

What will my support provide for Inspire?
All money raised will directly empower the life choices of the people we support. We believe everyone is entitled to lead full and empowering lives and in order to do this, we provide additional activities for the people we support so they can grow in confidence and enjoy a fuller social life.

An example of this is our monthly Supper Clubs which are an opportunity for people we support to get together and enjoy a tasty two course meal served by volunteers, for free! As well as that, it has quickly become a tradition at Supper Club to have a game of bingo which is always lively and is enjoyed by all.

Other ways to support Inspire
If you don’t fancy running you can still support us by volunteering on the day as a Race Marshal. Contact [email protected] or call 01224 280005 to find out more.”

The Archie Foundation

Sign up for Team ARCHIE at this year's BHGE 10K running Festival and help make the difference for local sick children.

The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, providing support for children when they are in hospital or need long term medical treatment. The NHS provides the most amazing care and, with your help, we provide the extras. 

Your support allows us to fund:

  • Child friendly hospital spaces
  • Enhanced staff training
  • Specialist medical equipment
  • Emergency support for families
  • Specialist staff posts 
  • Accommodation for parents 

So, join us on Sunday 5 May and help us continue to provide support for children and families. To sign up and receive your free Team ARCHIE t-shirt, email [email protected] or call 01224 559559.