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This year we will be supporting two new charities. Read about their amazing work below:


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Children with Cancer UK actively raises and invest money for vital specialist research to save the lives of every child with cancer and keep their family together. In doing so, they liberate visionary researchers and accelerate breakthroughs bringing together extraordinary children with extraordinary research that will one day benefit everyone. Since 1988 they have funded over 200 childhood cancer research projects and thanks to these research projects, 8 out of 10 patients can now be successfully treated.


They support families whose lives have been turned upside down by helping to fund the building of free patient and family homes near hospitals around the UK, supporting charities by offering financial assistance to families during treatment and delivering unforgettable days out for children and families thus creating memories that can never be lost.

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In 2008, two friends of NASSA player Anthony Okereafor were stabbed to death in separate incidents. Anthony wanted to prevent more young lives being lost and families devastated. Through NASSA he created the Carry A Basketball Not A Blade (CABNAB) initiative to mentor and educate local young people about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture.


NASSA now reaches over 1,000 young people (mostly aged 11-16) each week in 35 schools and colleges in east London. Each block of sessions includes a CABNAB mentoring talk about knife crime.

CABNAB has contributed to greater awareness about knife crime in east London.


NASSA works in partnership with the Metropolitan Police. As part of the Newham Junior Citizens programme, NASSA delivers six weeks of CABNAB workshops every year (three in January, three in June/July) to 3,000 schoolchildren in the London Borough of Newham.


Over 100 NASSA young people have undergone training to become a CABNAB Ambassador, going back to their schools and communities to deliver talks to their peers about knife crime and how CABNAB has changed their lives for the better.

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