helpforheroes.org.uk

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Help For Heroes

“It’s about the ‘blokes’, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It’s about Derek, a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it’s about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It’s about Ben, it’s about Steven and Andy and Mark, it’s about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes.”

Who We Are ?

Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The message of the charity is simple: We are strictly non political and non critical; we simply want to help. We believe that anyone who volunteers to serve in time of war, knowing that they may risk all, is a hero. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and some of them are living with the consequences of their service for life. We may not be able to prevent our soldiers from being wounded, but together we can help them get better.

What We Do ?

Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. We ask our supporters to “do their bit” to show these extraordinary young men and women that they are cared for by us. Over a million people have responded to date and millions of pounds have been raised to buy much needed services that will aid their recovery, but we need more! So far, we have allocated almost all of the money we have raised in order to fund direct projects and support other service charities. We are passionate about what we are doing and as far as we are concerned the sooner we can see results, the better!

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ngdt.co.uk

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Who we are

The National Gamete Donation Trust was set up in 1998 as a national government-funded charity to raise awareness of and seek ways to alleviate the national shortage of gamete (sperm, egg and embryo) donors.

We work with the press, clinics and patients to raise awareness of this need and to provide accurate and impartial information to potential donors, recipients and health professionals.

We carry out surveys to ensure that the information we provide is accurate and up to date. We can provide a list of all clinics in the UK which treat people with donated eggs or sperm.

We also provide lists of all clinics aiming to recruit egg or sperm donors, and clinics recruiting women into egg sharing agreements.

Goals of the Trust

  • Develop a strategy to raise public awareness about the need for more gamete and embryo donors in all sections of society
  • Work with fertility units to provide national and regional recruitment campaigns
  • Provide potential donors with information about the processes involved with gamete donation and details of how to become donors
  • Act as a clearing house for information about gamete donation and recruitment
  • Provide potential recipients with information about the process involved in treatment with donated gametes and details of treatment centres
  • Raise awareness among healthcare and other professionals about the need for gamete donors
  • Liase with the relevant professional bodies
  • Raise appropriate funds to support the Trust in maintaining a consistent long-term gamete donor recruitment campaign

To contact us call 0845 226 9193 or email: info@ngdt.co.uk
You could write to us at:

PO Box 2121
Gloucester
GL19 4WT

Registered Charity No: 1069222

 

Becoming a Donor

One in seven couples seek medical help at some stage in their lives in order to achieve a pregnancy. For some people treatment with sperm, eggs or embryos donated by others is their only hope of achieving a pregnancy and ultimately a family.

Unfortunately there is a shortage of egg and sperm donors in the UK.  Many of those who are unable to be treated because of a lack of donors face profound psychological and emotional strain.

Your donation of eggs or sperm to help a couple have a child is one of the most generous gifts anyone can give. Donors feel a sense of pride, knowing the joy they have brought to people who could not have otherwise become parents.

If you are a woman aged between 18-35 or a man aged between 18-40* and generally healthy, you can donate. (*Some clinics accept sperm donors over the age of 40.)

The decision to donate can have consequences for you, the people who receive your donation, any children that are born as a result and for your own family if you have one.  It is therefore important that you get as much advice as you can.  We can put you in touch with other donors.

Once you take the step of contacting a clinic you should make sure you have a chance to get your questions answered.  Ask people you trust what they think too – this can often be very helpful.  This may lead you to decide that donating is not for you.

If you are in any doubt, don’t do it.

However, the vast majority of those who have donated before you agree on one thing:

“It is one of the best things I have ever done in my life!”

 

How to find a Donor

Using donated eggs or sperm can help you create your family if you are not producing eggs or sperm, the egg or sperm is unlikely to result in a pregnancy or you have a high risk of passing on an inherited disease.

About 800 babies are born in the UK each year from donated eggs, sperm or embryos.

Waiting times

The waiting lists for egg and sperm donation vary widely between different UK clinics and it is always worth approaching other clinics if you feel that the wait at your local clinic is unacceptably long.

Thank a donor

Has your life changed through egg or sperm donation?

Would you like to have the opportunity to say thank you to donors?

Are you prepared to write a letter about what the donation meant to you?

The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) is working on a publication with the working title ‘Letter to my Donor’ and we need your help.

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rnlipdd.org.uk

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Who we are

Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI. We rely on more than 40,000 volunteers – on lifeboats, at stations, on beaches, and in fundraising.

Some crew members and most lifeguards are full time. They work with other staff to ensure comprehensive safety coverage around our islands. The RNLI is an independent charity with a board of volunteer trustees.

What we do

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and RoI, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales.

How we use your gifts

Providing a professional 24/7 search and rescue service covering 19,000 miles of coastline around the UK and RoI is challenging. As an independent charity we rely on the generosity of all our supporters to fund the lifesaving work of our lifeboat crews and lifeguards. To keep them safe we must provide the training and equipment that will meet the demands of an often hostile environment to ensure that they can carry out their duties. We use your donations to support our lifeboat crews and lifeguards.

What your donations can help fund

Image of gloves£16 – Gloves
Hardwearing, warm, waterproof gloves are vital safety equipment. These gloves are specifically designed to haul on wet rope in the freezing cold, yet sensitive enough to fine tune a communications radio.

 

 

Image of yellow sea boots£42 – Yellow sea boots
To help someone in difficulty at sea, you need sure footing. The RNLI sea boots that have specially moulded soles, which offer superb grip in rough conditions. These boots are also built with reinforced shanks and steel toecaps, protecting feet from injury.

 

Image of safety line£53 – Safety line
Safety lines, tether crew to the lifeboat via their lifejackets. Each line can withstand the strain of 100kg dropped 2m. During rough seas these lines ensure that if a volunteer falls into the sea they can be quickly recovered.

 

Image of lifeguard rescue tube£74 – Lifeguard rescue tube
The traditional lifeguard’s friend. Can be strapped around an unconscious patient – aiding flotation and allowing deep water resuscitation to be performed.

 

Image of lifejacket£94 – Lifejacket service
Each year we clean, inspect and repair around 4,500 lifejackets to make sure they are fit to protect our volunteer crews. Each service costs us £94.

 

Image of safety helmet£166 – Safety helmet
This vital piece of equipment protects volunteer crew from the worst the sea can throw at them. The RNLI-designed helmets have an inflatable lining to ensure a snug fit, and can be fitted with radio communications equipment so that crew members can keep in touch even in a deafening storm.

 

redit: Anthony Reynolds Image of lifeguard on duty£580 – Lifeguard training
It costs on average £580 to train a lifeguard to use the equipment provided by the RNLI. This includes inshore rescue boat and watercraft handling, first aid, responding to critical incidents and promoting beach safety messages to prevent members of the public getting into difficulties in the first place.

 

Credit: Nathan Williams. Image of lifeboat crew training in the sea survival pool£1,214 – Lifeboat crew training
It costs on average £1,214 to train a crew member each year. Training ranges from courses held at the Lifeboat College in Poole, including Sea Survival, to those delivered at stations by our Mobile Training Units. Subjects covered include first aid, seamanship and electronic navigation. In addition weekly exercises at the station help to build teamwork and reinforce safety procedures.

 

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scope.org.uk

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Scope is a charity that supports disabled people and their families.

Our vision

Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. We need your support to make this happen.

What we do

CampaignsCampaigns

We work with disabled people on the issues that are most important to them and aim to raise awareness, change attitudes and influence government policy.

 

Disabled childHelp and information

We support disabled people and their families through practical information and support, particularly at the time of diagnosis and in a child’s early years.

 

Disabled peopleServices for disabled people and their families

We offer a range of services for disabled children and adults, which are primarily focused on those whose complex support needs are not met elsewhere.

 

Campaigns

We work with policy-makers, service providers and the public to improve disabled people’s legal rights and opportunities, remove disabling barriers, share good practice and create the appetite and enthusiasm for the full inclusion and equal participation of disabled people in every aspect of our society.

ScissorsSocial care and benefits

We campaign to defend the key rights and entitlements of disabled people.

Find out about the Hardest Hit march

 

Wheelchair userInclusion and participation

Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Email the CEOs of major cinema chains and theatres

Tape reading "police line"Disability discrimination

Discrimination is a daily reality for disabled people. Our work aims to challenge disablism.

Take action on disability hate crime

Pie chartPublications

We produce a range of publications on issues that are important to disabled people, their families and carers.

 

People talkingJoin our campaigns network

We want to build a network of people working together to achieve change in their communities and beyond.

 

Man with microphoneStart your own campaign

A step-by-step guide to effective campaigning. All the information you need to start your own campaign.

 

Man and woman looking at a clipboardLocal campaigns

Find out about some of the campaigns being run around the country by our Campaigns Network.

 

 

Services for disabled people and their families

Our services are designed to support disabled people in England and Wales throughout their lives.

 

Help and information
Scope Response and DIAL UK offer the best combination of local knowledge and national disability expertise.

 

 

A girlEducation and learning
We offer disabled people education and learning opportunities tailored to their needs and abilities.

 

 

A man playing snookerShort breaks
Our flexible options include after school schemes, support in the home and support in the community.

 

 

A smiling manResidential care and supported independent living
We offer solutions ranging from residential and small group homes to supported independent living schemes.

 

 

A smiling manEmployment and training
We never set limits on disabled people’s potential. Find out about the range of employment opportunities we offer.

 

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Oxfam

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Easy guide to Oxfam

Oxfam. What springs to mind? Charity shops and second-hand clothes? Donkeys from our Oxfam Unwrapped gift catalogue, bought for people in far-flung lands? They’re part of the picture. But think bigger. Much bigger…

Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of passionate, dedicated people fighting poverty together. Doing amazing work, together. People power drives everything we do. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts. That’s Oxfam in action.

What we do

To have the biggest possible impact on the lives of poor people worldwide, Oxfam concentrates on three interlinked areas of work:

Mozambique, March 2008: Oxfam equipment being airlifted on a Mercy Air helicopter. Credit: Matthias/Mercy Air Emergency response

People need help in an emergency – fast. We save lives, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection; and we help communities develop the capacity to cope with future crises.
Current emergencies

 

 

 

Uttar Pradesh, India: this water pump means local farmers can now reap two harvests each year instead of one. Photo: Rajendra Shaw Development work

Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves – with the right support. We fund long-term work to fight poverty in thousands of communities worldwide.
Where we work

 

 

 

Activists already affected by climate change take campaigning into their own hands, protesting on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Caroline Gluck Campaigning for change

Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people. Oxfam campaigns hard, putting pressure on leaders for real lasting change.
Campaign with us

 

 

 

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thedonation.org.uk

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a brief overview of why we think this is an idea worth running

The need to get people leading more sustainable lives is pretty urgent: if everyone lived like we do in the UK, we’d need three planets to sustain us.

And a staggering 42% of the UK’s carbon emissions are a result of our individual daily actions. That means almost half our country’s footprint is in our control, yet no one seems to want to do anything about it.

That got us thinking, and we realised…

1.  People prefer hugging friends than trees:

Most people aren’t motivated by doing green things to ‘save the planet’, they have busy lives and more pressing priorities. Like supporting their friends.

2.  We love group hugs more than anything:

We humans are social animals; we like to support our friends together, as a big social group. Our individual actions often seem so insignificant, but together they add up to create a meaningful impact. Sponsorship plays on this in a fantastically powerful way.

3.  Money doesn’t solve everything:

Unlike most other charitable causes, the environment needs our action more than our money. Individuals are at the root of the environmental solution, not research institutions or international aid organisations, and we simply need to act.

And so we built The DoNation to use the social and fun nature of sponsorship to motivate the masses to do little green things, together, without parting with a penny.

Here on The DoNation doing green stuff is about supporting your friends, helping to push them through their challenge – it’s not about saving the planet single-handedly.

And who knows, maybe it will help people realise that doing green stuff isn’t about hugging trees and wearing hair shirts, it’s just a pretty fun, healthy way of living.

“Every time I turned the dial on the washing machine (always in a hurry) I thought of Hermione and pictured her pedalling away and moved it back to 30 degrees.” – A past Doer

 

support your friends

here’s how it works if you’re sponsoring someone

1. Read about their challenge

Find out what they’re doing and why they need your support.

2. Browse the DoActions

Sponsor them by flicking through the categories and choosing a DoAction that suits you. They range from cycling to work and washing your clothes at 30°C to installing solar panels – there’ll definitely be something there for you.

3. Make your pledge

Once you’ve settled on your DoAction(s), fill in a few simple details to help us calculate the carbon savings you could make. Your sponsorship pledge is then posted on your friend’s DoNation Page.

4. Do it!

Do your DoAction(s) for the following two months. We’ll send you useful advice and reminders (but no spam) to help you along the way.

5. Donate it

After two months we’ll ask you to confirm how you got on; only at this stage is your contribution officially donated to your friend. And yes, the system is based on trust and honesty.

 

doing a challenge?

here’s how it works if you’re raising sponsorship

1. Decide on your challenge

Whether you yearn to climb a mountain, embark on a 24 knit-athon, or cycle to Morocco, you want to use it to make a good and direct impact.

2. Create your DoNation page

Sign up and create your DoNation page. Here you explain your challenge, set your target and track the sponsorship you raise. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up.

3. Tell everyone about it

Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you through your DoNation page. Share it by email, through Facebook, Twitter, or simple word of mouth.

4. Get moving

Watch the sponsorship roll in as you prepare for your big challenge and see how much CO2 your friends can save for you.

5. Good luck! 

Give it your all, everyone will be right behind you!

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unicef.org.uk

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Our Mission

UNICEF works in the UK to champion children’s rights, win support and raise money for our work with children everywhere. For over 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leading organisation for children, working to help them survive and thrive from early childhood through adolescence.

Throughout our work, UNICEF is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which sets out the rights of all children to be free from exploitation, violence and abuse. UNICEF is the largest global organisation working specifically for children and their rights.

UNICEF works with families, communities and governments in more than 190 countries worldwide to help every child reach their full potential through long-term and emergency work on health care, education and protection for children at risk.

Values and beliefs

Our work is underpinned by a shared commitment to UNICEF’s vision, mission and beliefs, and to our organisational values. These are to be child focused, effective, cooperative, challenging, rights based and to act with integrity.

We believe that every child has the right to the best possible start in life. It is wrong for children to die needlessly; it is imperative to prevent their unnecessary deaths. Every child has the right to the highest standards of health and education. It is imperative to work to attain these standards.

Every child possesses rights inherent equal to every other child’s. It is imperative to defend all children from violence, exploitation and discrimination. To protect the rights of every child, and invest in her or his well-being, is the surest way to end poverty and to build peace and security in the world.

It is possible to give every child a good start in life. The world can, if it chooses, ensure that every child grows and develops to their full, human potential. Children are citizens of the communities and the societies that they live in. Their voices should be heard and their opinions heeded by all.

What We Do

UNICEF works with families, communities and governments in more than 190 countries worldwide to protect and promote the rights of all children.

We help governments to build schools, train teachers and provide textbooks so that every child can get an education.

We support families and communities to care for children and protect them against exploitation and abuse, fulfilling their right to a childhood. We work with partners to ensure that every child has the opportunity to take part in sport and play.

We support governments to build and equip health systems, train health workers and provide food and clean water, so every child can be as healthy as possible. UNICEF is also the world’s largest distributer of vaccines to the developing world. In 2008, we supplied vaccines for 56 per cent of the world’s children, protecting them against death from preventable diseases.

We aim to involve children at every level of decision-making, from school councils to international summits, upholding their right to be heard. Working at the highest levels of government and through local staff and partners on the ground, we work to address poverty and discrimination so that every child is treated fairly.

UNICEF recognises that children are uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of HIV and AIDS and climate change. In 2005, we launched our global campaign, Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, to bring about real and lasting change for children affected by HIV and AIDS. In 2010, we launched Carbon Positive, a tool that allows individuals and businesses to calculate their carbon footprint and support climate change adaptation programmes.

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