St.Gemma’s Hospice

St Gemma’s Hospice is a local, independent charity and has been providing expert care to the people of Leeds for over 40 years. We provide the best possible care and support for local people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. We specialise in pain relief and symptom control to help people live as well as possible, for as long as possible. We are one of the leading hospices in the UK.

World Jewish relief – Ukraine crisis appeal

The impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are catastrophic. For us at BigChange, the conflict feels even more personal because eight of our colleagues are Ukrainian nationals, based in Kyiv.

So we are supporting Ukraine nationals wherever we can, and one way is by donating money to the World Jewish Relief’s Ukraine crisis appeal. It’s the least we can do at this unsettling time.


BigChange became corporate partners of Transaid in 2018, providing funding, auction prizes and organising events to raise the charity’s profile.

Martin is an ambassador for Transaid, which works with partners and governments to solve transport challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Its goal is to transform lives through safe, available and sustainable transport.

It has been a pleasure to work with a charity that shares so many of the same core values and has the same “family” feel.

Find out more about some of BigChange’s work with Transaid here.

Rob Burrow Centre for MND

Leeds Hospital Charity

There are currently around 80 people in Leeds being treated for motor neurone disease (MND).

The Leeds Hospitals Charity aims to raise £5m to build a specialist MND care centre in Leeds to give people with MND the best quality of life.

The Rob Burrow Centre would see all MND services housed under one roof for the first time.

Rob Burrow is a former Leeds Rhinos player who has been courageously sharing his story of motor neurone disease since he was diagnosed at the age of 37.

So far around £2m has been raised, so there is still a long way to go to reach the £5m target, and Martin hopes to raise awareness of the cause.

Find out more here about the Rob Burrow Centre MND appeal.