Since 1987, The October Club has been transforming good causes.  With your support, long may we continue…

All our past charities are still going strong and have benefited enormously from the projects we funded. If you would like your charity to benefit from our annual events, please fill out an application form.  





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2020 - James' Place

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50, and James’ Place exists to help men in suicidal crisis to find hope for the future. The charity was set up by Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley after their twenty-one-year-old son, James, died by suicide ten days after a minor operation. James had no history of mental illness or depression and had sought urgent help for anxiety and suicidal thoughts, but didn’t find it.  The first James’ Place opened in Liverpool in 2018.

James’ Place is now working to open up a new centre in London to respond to the need that we know is there and is likely to grow. We believe every suicide is preventable. Suicidal crises are associated with isolation, hardship, loneliness and relationship breakdown, and finding the right help when men need it most is crucial.

James' Place exists to make the experience of finding help as easy as possible, offering men who are experiencing a suicidal crisis a brief, intensive, therapeutic intervention in a safe environment. Men who walk through the door at James’ Place will be in a space where they feel valued and respected.

“The need for our work in East London is urgent and we are honoured that The October Club has chosen to support our vital work.  Through this partnership we will transform the help available for men facing a suicidal crisis in Hackney and the City. With The October Club’s support, we will be able to establish a physical home for our new London service and provide a permanent resource which works in partnership with the local community and the NHS, providing our intervention to those who need it most. We will be working with academic partners to assess, evaluate and improve our work so that the impact will be felt beyond the environment of the new centre, as we work towards the transformation of support for men in suicidal crisis across the UK.” 

Ellen O’Donoghue, Executive Director, James’ Place







2019 Spinal Injuries Association

“At Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), we believe that all spinal cord injured (SCI) people have a right to live a fulfilled life, with the same opportunities as everyone else.

Shockingly, this is not the case. Two out of every three newly-injured people (around 1,700 people every year) are not admitted to a specialist spinal injuries centre. Instead, they are treated and cared for, sometimes for extended periods of time, in non-specialist settings. Many of the healthcare professionals in these non-specialist settings lack the knowledge and skills to meet the most fundamental life-challenging needs of people with spinal cord injuries. Consequently, a crisis is emerging, risking people’s lives.

In response, SIA pioneered a SCI Nurse Specialist project. Our expert SCI Nurse Specialists work alongside healthcare professionals in non-specialist settings to ensure that the basic needs of spinal cord injured people are met, for example, their bowel, bladder and skin care management. They respond to daily requests for help from SCI people across the country as well as enhance SCI expertise amongst healthcare professionals through the delivery of a wide range of training courses.

Through our partnership with The October Club we will transform care for spinal cord injured people by rapidly upscaling this successful project and, at the same time, building the evidence base that will drive lasting changes to policy and practice. As a result, people across the country who are paralysed by spinal cord injury will at last be able to rely on the essential care and support they need to rebuild their lives and achieve their full potential.”

 Nik Hartley OBE, Chief Executive, Spinal Injuries Association






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