In a normal year, many charities get involved in Bed Race either by running a stall or by lending their time and expertise to help us make the event go safely and smoothly.
This year, those opportunities aren't available, so we've offered charities that would have worked with Bed Race 2020 a mention here on our website.
Follow the links below to find out more about these worthy causes, and perhaps see if you would like to get involved with them either by making a donation or contributing your time.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a lifesaving rapid response emergency service across Yorkshire. To keep their two air ambulances in the air, they need to raise £12,000/day. At Bed Race they are ready to fly in if there is an incident.
Saint Michael's Hospice
Saint Michael's is an independent charity in Harrogate that helps people with terminal illness live and die well, and offers bereavement support. Their specialist care, comfort and support is free of charge to patients and their families. Saint Michael's volunteers help with marshalling at Bed Race.
Harrogate & District Diabetes UK
Harrogate and District Diabetes UK offer support for everyone living with diabetes in our healthcare region. Call on 07969 823753, Mon-Fri 10am–6pm and Sat 10am-1pm for chat and information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. H&D Diabetes UK would have had a charity stall at Bed Race this year.
Upper Wharfdale Fell Rescue
For 70 years the U.W.F.R.A. has been rescuing people and animals from the caves and fells around Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Littondale and Mid-Airedale. At Bed Race they help keep teams safe during the river crossing.
Samaritans are there for when people need them – any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. It is their vision that fewer people die by suicide. They provide a safe place to talk, giving emotional support by listening in a non-judgemental way. This year the Samaritans would have had a charity stall at Bed Race.