Nominated Charities

2024 Club Supported charity

Shelton Striders Running Club are delighted to be supporting Derby Sands in 2024.

Over the course of the year we will be raising money through events such as our club 10k, Boxing Day Furnace Run, quiz night, and more. To donate please click here

Derby Sands is part of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. Sands operates throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research and working closely with many different organisations to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

The charity was nominated by club member Rob Higson whose son Thomas was stillborn at 29 weeks in 2019. Derby Sands supported Rob and his family through this time.

“Derby Sands were a lifeline for us when trying to navigate the awful and unexpected loss of our baby, Thomas. The Butterfly bereavement suite at Derby Hospital, funded by Sands, gave us a quiet place to spend precious time with Thomas. Sands also provided a memory box which meant we could collect treasured items to remind us of Thomas, which we continue to add to as each year passes. We also often visit the beautiful Derby Sands “Always Loved, Never Forgotten” Baby Memorial Garden at Markeaton Crematorium which bears the names of babies from Derby who were tragically lost during pregnancy, at birth, or in the weeks or months after. The garden has become a special place for our family to spend time remembering Thomas. Losing a child is a lifelong grief and the support continues to help us get through day-to-day life as bereaved parents.”


Previous Years Charities:

2023 Club Supported charity

Annabel’s Angels were this years chosen Charity.  Thank you to everyone who donated, a huge £4019.90 was raised!
Annabel’s Angels is a Registered Charitable Trust raising funds and increasing support for patients, carers and families living with cancer in Derby.

2022 Club Supported charity

The Backup Trust was this years chosen Charity. They transform peoples lives after spinal cord injury. Thank you to everyone who donated, a fantastic £2526 was raised!

2021 Club Supported charity.

Treetops Hospice was this years chosen Charity, thank you to everyone who donated.


2020 Club Supported charity.

Cruse was chosen this this year, and despite the pandemic, individual members managed to raise a fair amount for the charity.

2018 Club Supported charity.

This year we are supporting the Padley Group

We are also supporting The Brain Tumour Charity, another cause that made itself personal to the club. Clicking the link will explain how and why… and while you’re there perhaps a small donation? ;-)

2017 Club Supported charity.

Charity: Head & Neck Oncology Fund – Derby Royal Hospital

A message from Hayley

As many of you may know, I was diagnosed with throat cancer back in October, after a very long battle to find out what was happening to me.

Nothing showed up in any of my tests; bloods, CTs, or MRIs, leaving me unable to walk at times, never mind run and it was only by sheer luck that an ENT specialist noticed a swollen tonsil.

As you can imagine, my children, Lee, my family and friends were devastated to say the least.

As soon as the oncology team took over, I was whisked through the process, hardly having time to catch my breath, let alone digest what was happening to me.

My cancer was the type that is terminal during stage 3, I had already been diagnosed at stage 2!

But I was lucky! The surgeon allocated to me is the only surgeon in the East Midlands that can operate a pioneering Trans-oral Laser, and as such was able to remove everything painlessly and efficiently. I am suffering side effects, but I am currently in remission and not on the immediate danger list.

Not everyone receives this treatment, as not enough people are trained in this type of surgery, and the reason is due to funding.
The team rely on donations directly to their charity fund, as they don’t benefit from the overall Derby Hospital Charity pot, like most other areas.

I would very much like to raise money for this amazing team, to ensure others can benefit like me and to give back, as they support my ongoing treatment. These people saved my life and just a ‘Thank You’ just doesn’t cut it at all!!


2016 Club Supported charities.

Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (Charity Number 1119684) offer help and support to people who have suffered ill health due to exposure to asbestos, in Derbys, Notts, Leics, Lincs, Northants and Burton area.


Mesothelioma UK (Charity Number 1126083) support people suffering with asbestos cancer.


2015 supported charity

charityThanks to Shelton Striders running club who have been fundraising all last year to raise money for the renal ward. From running in the London marathon to having a cake sale and raffles the group raised an amazing £5940.00. Gareth Brown, Hayley-Dawn Ho, Kelly Craven, James Realey and Barbara Brown came to present the cheque to Dr Fluck one of our renal consultants.

2014 supported charity

Motor Neurone Disease Association

For which a MASSIVE £14,452 was raised!!

2013 supported charities

Umbrella Derby & Derbyshire Money Raised £400

Me&Dee Money Raised £400

2012 supported charities

Derby Mountain Rescue Team Money raised £360

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Money raised £360

2011 supported charity

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) Money raised £800

2010 supported charity

First Steps Money raised £550