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Around 1 million people in the UK have a serious bowel disease.
"Serious" means a disease likely to lead to, or accompanied by, at least one of the following: death; intense pain and suffering over a number of years; prolonged and very unpleasant disruption of the routines of life such that normal daily life becomes impossible.
There are three serious bowel diseases or groups of diseases: bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and bowel incontinence
1 in 20 people will...
Posted on: 18/04/2018 Categories: Charity News
At just 16 years old, Amy's relationship with her mother deteriorated, she felt she had no choice but to leave home and ended up sleeping on the streets. She was preparing to take her GCSEs and had no experience of living independently, so she was scared about what lay ahead.
"When me and mum fell out I felt so alone. I didn't know what the future would bring and I was terrified. YMCA, and especially Manjit my keyworker, gave me so much support. I didn't feel confident about staying on...
Posted on: 13/04/2018 Categories: Charity News
Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued. We began, and continue, to support people who are deafblind. Today, we also support a wide range of people with complex communication needs.
We are here for every person who faces communication barriers in a world that relies on being able to see and hear well to be connected.
Our flexible and personalised services empower people to communicate and...
Posted on: 03/04/2018 Categories: Charity News
Being autistic can feel very lonely and isolating. Please take time this week to learn more about autism.
My name is Saskia Lupin, I am 21, an aspiring actor from Brighton and I am autistic.
I've come a long way in 21 years. I was non-verbal until I was eight years old. School was a huge struggle of continually feeling misunderstood and my drama degree had some amazing highs but also some devastating lows, I struggled to manage my autism alongside social and academic...
Posted on: 28/03/2018 Categories: Charity News
World Water Day is a global day of action, and a chance to come together to raise awareness of the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis. At WaterAid we know that when a community gets clean water for the first time, it creates a powerful ripple, saving lives and improving people's health, education and livelihoods. Access to water and toilets can transform communities, like those living in the Gulni tea estates in Bangladesh where 18 year-old Ritu works as a teapicker. Tea-pickers are one of the...
Posted on: 20/03/2018 Categories: Charity News
I trusted my instinct and it saved my life. On Wednesday 28th February, James Brokenshire MP returned to the House of Commons for his first Prime Minister's Questions since having lung cancer surgery.
During PMQs, James spoke of his treatment for lung cancer, highlighting the key role of early diagnosis in improving survival rates and the importance of a "speedily and widely implemented lung health programme". He ended by asking the Government to undertake actions to reduce stigma and...
Posted on: 13/03/2018 Categories: Charity News
The much-loved writer, presenter and actor has followed up last week's shock announcement on social media that he's recovering from prostate cancer surgery with a new tweet of our infographic, encouraging others to know their risk of the most common cancer in men.
After stepping out of the limelight at the start of the year, and unavailable to host the BAFTA awards last month for the first time in many years, Stephen Fry bravely opened up to his 13 million followers on Twitter last week,...
Posted on: 09/03/2018 Categories: Charity News
The Salvation Army supports some of the most vulnerable people communities across the UK and Ireland. This week, when temperatures have plummeted, the church and charity will be working with local charities and agencies across the country to open the lounges at our Lifehouses (accommodation for people experiencing homelessness) to provide rough sleepers with somewhere safe overnight. This provision will be open to anyone who needs it.
Its churches (corps) have also been assessing the need...
Posted on: 02/03/2018 Categories: Charity News
Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone's suicidal thoughts?
The Samaritans have launched Small Talk Saves Lives with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry to give people the confidence to help prevent suicide on the railways and beyond.
It's built on a simple ask: that if you think somebody might need help, trust your instincts and strike up a conversation.
You could help save a life, a little...
Posted on: 21/02/2018 Categories: Charity News
The Hospice Care in Scotland report 2017 states that hospices can help improve capacity in generalist health settings, by sharing their expertise in end of life care with other care provider, and highlights the substantial contribution made by Scottish hospices, especially in providing community-based support. Hospices in Scotland supported 19,000 people last year, ranging from new-born babies to centenarians.
If you'd like to find out more about the extraordinary...
Posted on: 14/02/2018 Categories: Charity News
Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else and are delighted with the BBC Class Act initiative.
BBC Class Act is a nationwide development programme which aims to support and raise the profile of disabled actors.
Last August, the BBC launched a nationwide search for talented disabled actors. From over 350 audition tapes, 32 people were were selected to attend an intensive three day skills workshop led by BBC...
Posted on: 07/02/2018 Categories: Charity News
Cancer survival is increasing across the globe, according to a new study.
But there are wide variations between countries, and the UK is lagging behind comparable nations for many common cancers.
"Inadequate or unreliable data prevent governments from understanding the true nature and magnitude of the public health problems created by the growing cancer burden." – Dr Claudia Allemani, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Sara Hiom, director of early...
Posted on: 01/02/2018 Categories: Charity News
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health.
Cancer doesn't discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent's specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.
CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly for children and...
Posted on: 24/01/2018 Categories: Charity News
Breast Cancer Now responds to finding that compounds in the diet reverse effects of breast cancer drugs in cell line models
In new research published in Cell Chemical Biology, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) reported that exposure to some xenoestrogens – compounds found in lentils, nuts and cereals – reversed the effects of palbociclib and letrozole on tumour growth, in ER-positive breast cancer cells in the lab.
The team found that...
Posted on: 17/01/2018 Categories: Charity News
The Royal Society for Blind Children works with the families of children who have been diagnosed to help them understand and adapt to the condition and build confidence for life.
From the moment a family hears the news; we can be on hand with practical and emotional support to guide them through their journey. Our Family Support Service supports children and young people 0-25 years old who have been diagnosed with a serious eye condition and their family, in their own home, to improve...
Posted on: 11/01/2018 Categories: Charity News
Tommy's Awards 2018
Celebrating special family members and friends, and companies that make a difference to the lives of parents across the UK!
On Friday the 16th of March, Tommy's will be recognising some inspirational individuals and dedicated companies at our annual Tommy's Awards.
Our annual awards are a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate with some of the incredible companies and individuals who have helped Tommy's achieve all that we have across the...
Posted on: 03/01/2018 Categories: Charity News
Ramsgate RNLI crew member rescues person from harbour
At 11.31am on Boxing Day the launch of Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested to assist a person who had jumped into the town's inner harbour.
After a concerned member of the public reported the matter to the owners of the harbour-side Mariners Bar, knowing their connection to the RNLI, Natasha Crome telephoned to report the incident whilst her Ramsgate crew member partner Jason Crome (second mechanic and ILB helm)...
Posted on: 27/12/2017 Categories: Charity News
Hundreds of children cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and their families were joined by celebrity friends and costumed characters to celebrate Christmas this week, at a magical festive party.
Guests including Olympian Helen Glover MBE, TV presenter Steve Backshall, James and Tristan from The Vamps, sports presenter Amanda Davies, X Factor's Talia Dean, Nativity star Marc Wootton, CBBC presenter Naomi Wilkinson and actor Bobby Lockwood, helped spread Christmas cheer at the...
Posted on: 20/12/2017 Categories: Charity News
Put the kettle on and hold a 'Big Christmas Cuppa' for Autism NI this December. Christmas is often a very stressful time for families living with Autism and there is no better time to raise awareness of this 'hidden disability'.
Rachel Gribben from Autism NI said: "Taking part in the 'Big Christmas Cuppa' couldn't be easier – celebrate the festive season with friends, and support a good cause whilst doing so. All you need to do to take part in this awareness raising event is hold...
Posted on: 29/11/2017 Categories: Charity News
How can your Payroll Giving donation keep the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulancein operation?
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), responding to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies.
We operate 24 hours a day, ensuring we can be there for the most critically ill and injured people in the region.
When necessary, our medical crews can provide highly specialist...
Posted on: 24/11/2017 Categories: Charity News
Don't accept the status quo
Ovarian Cancer Action are a charity dedicated to beating the UK's most deadly gynaecological disease. Ovarian cancer is a serial killer. It claims the life of another woman every two hours.
At the moment the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancers lags behind high profile diseases like prostate or breast cancer. And we think this is unacceptable. That's why we're on a mission to fund research that saves lives.
We're a small...
Posted on: 15/11/2017 Categories: Charity News
Every parent-to-be in Northern Ireland hopes that their baby will be born healthy, but sadly:
Of approximately 25,000 babies born here in one year
2037 episodes of neonatal care was provided for 1769 infants. (Nicore 2009)
80% of babies, who are born alive but die in the first 28 days of life, are born prematurely
On average there are two stillbirths every week in Northern Ireland
1 in every 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage
That's why TinyLife exists and why...
Posted on: 09/11/2017 Categories: Charity News
Awaken your senses
Being blind doesn't necessarily mean living in total darkness. Did you know that 93 per cent of the people in the UK who are registered as blind or partially sighted can actually see something?
By holding an In The Dark event you will not only be raising funds to make every day better for those living with sight loss but also be helping raise awareness of living with limited vision. You'll have the opportunity to awaken and focus on your other senses through...
Posted on: 01/11/2017 Categories: Charity News
Rose Walker and Owen Collier from Breast Cancer Now visited our offices to share the latest news about their work and their corporate partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness month
To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, M&S have invited seven inspiring women who have been affected by breast cancer to model their new pink bra collection. 20% of pink bra sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Now throughout October.
Battersea welcomes Government decision to introduce five-year sentences for animal cruelty in England.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home fully supports the Government announcement that it intends to increase maximum sentences for the worst cases of animal cruelty in England from six months to five years. The news comes just eight months after Battersea launched its campaign for tougher sentences.
Claire Horton, Battersea's Chief Executive, said: "Battersea is thrilled...
Posted on: 18/10/2017 Categories: Charity News
Ruby Dickens from Shelter visited our team to share how Payroll Giving donations is such a valuable way to support the amazing work they do with the homeless.
You can make a difference for the thousands of families facing homelessness
150 families are made homeless in Britain every day. Shelter's services are doing all they can to ensure everyone has a place to call home. Our helpline is open 365 days a year and offers advice and support to anyone facing homelessness.
Posted on: 10/10/2017 Categories: Charity News
"You're not what we're looking for. Someone else was a better fit."
Right now there are over one million disabled people who can and want to work but they hear statements like this at every attempt to find a job.
More than a third of disabled people don't think they will be hired because of their impairment or condition. And two in five disabled people don't feel confident about their chances of getting a job in the next six months.
Teaming up with Virgin Media, we...
Posted on: 03/10/2017 Categories: Charity News
We are Contact, the charity for families with disabled children
We were founded in the 1970s by families of disabled children, who recognised that even if their child's conditions were different, they shared a common experience - of being a family with a disabled child. They understood how important it is to support each other.
A lot has changed since then but some things haven't changed nearly enough. There is a desperate lack of services and support for the 620,000 parents in...
Posted on: 27/09/2017 Categories: Charity News
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease - an inherited neurological disorder
Estimates suggest around 25,000 people in the UK have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT).1 They usually start to have symptoms – which can include muscle weakness and numbness in the feet, arms and hands – during childhood or adolescence. Symptoms slowly get worse and more disabling over time, making everyday tasks increasingly difficult. Professor David Bennett, of the University of Oxford, is in the early stages...
Posted on: 19/09/2017 Categories: Charity News
The Sheikh Zayed Regional Eye Care Centre in The Gambia has marked its 10-year anniversary with a high-profile event to celebrate its success providing eye health services and training in the region.
The centre aims to improve the eye health of the population of Health for Peace Initiative (HFPI) member countries by developing human resources for eye health, medical treatment and surgical intervention.
The anniversary event on 25 August coincided with the graduation ceremony of...
Posted on: 13/09/2017 Categories: Charity News
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has licensed cladribine (also known as Mavenclad) to treat people with highly active relapsing MS.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will now decide whether to make it available on the NHS in England and Wales. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) will decide for Scotland.
How does it work?
Cladribine is currently used as an anti-cancer drug.
In MS, the body's own immune cells mistakenly attack the...
Posted on: 06/09/2017 Categories: Charity News
After Ann finished treatment for breast cancer, she was struck by a wave of anxiety and grief as the impact of her diagnosis hit. She tells us about how time became distorted, affecting her ability to look ahead, and how mindfulness helped her overcome these feelings.
Two years ago I had finished my treatment for grade 2, stage 3 triple negative breast cancer and was looking forward to a relaxing family holiday on the Kent coast with my husband and daughter.
Though I had been warned...
Posted on: 30/08/2017 Categories: Charity News
Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness shines a spotlight on unpaid carers
It's time to start a conversation about caring, as new research from Carers UK shows more action is needed to support unpaid carers who feel isolated and lonely. Greater understanding from friends, colleagues, and the public, as well as more opportunities for breaks and social activities, are all needed to combat a 'silent epidemic' of loneliness affecting those providing support to ill, older or disabled loved ones.
Posted on: 22/08/2017 Categories: Charity News
Becker muscular dystrophy information afternoon
Join us for an information afternoon for everyone living with Becker muscular dystrophy. Muscular Dystrophy UK and the team from The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry will host the event. It takes place on Saturday 2 September 2017 between 1pm and 5pm at Holiday Inn Stoke on Trent M6, Jct. 15, Clayton Road, Staffordshire, ST5 4DL.
This is a great opportunity to find out more about the condition, including...
Posted on: 16/08/2017 Categories: Charity News
The 1st Biochemical Society and Against Breast Cancer Glyco Oncology Workshop took place in April at the historic New College, Oxford where international scientists convened to discuss glycobiology.
This is a relatively new field of research that has been slow to attract the attention of the wider scientific community and funding bodies, despite increasing recognition of its importance in health and disease, including cancer.
Scientists with expertise in cancer, genetics, biochemistry,...
Posted on: 10/08/2017 Categories: Charity News
Tomas, now 21, is studying for a Masters degree in Criminology but here he recalls his time at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) when doctors first discovered he had polyarteritus nodosa.
"The name of my condition is polyarteritus nodosa and it affects all the arteries in the body, ranging from eyes, head, legs and all your muscles. It makes you feel generally unwell, causes aches and pains and can affect your optic nerves."
The condition started when I was abpout three years...
Posted on: 03/08/2017 Categories: Charity News
The Woodland Trust, the UK's leading woodland conservation charity is asking for your support.
On 6 November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest, we will launch the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. We believe the people of the UK have a right to the benefits brought by trees and woods. The new charter will recognise, celebrate and protect this right.
The Tree Charter will draw its strength from the hundreds of thousands of people across...
Posted on: 26/07/2017 Categories: Charity News
Posted on: 19/07/2017 Categories: Charity News
Since Whizz-Kidz was founded in 1990, we've transformed the lives of over 18,000 disabled children. We've provided essential mobility equipment to help young disabled people to be independent, and we've run youth groups (known as Ambassador Clubs), Wheelchair Skills Training sessions, residential camps and Work Placements to help young people develop and reach their potential. Here, some of the young people and families that we've helped share their stories and explain how Whizz-Kidz transformed...
Posted on: 12/07/2017 Categories: Charity News
Child Concern Consortium is a group of three charities which each work in a different way to help vulnerable children.
One of our member charities is The Fostering Network who support foster carers, fostering services and others who help transform children's lives through foster care.
'Maybe I'm not as broken as I've sometimes felt' are the heartfelt words of 18-year-old Johnny reflecting on his experiences of foster care. He added: 'It's hard to know if my traits are those of...
Posted on: 04/07/2017 Categories: Charity News
Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke are putting the fun back into exercise this summer with their Ready Set Summer packs, sponsored by MACE. They are full of activities for 7 -11 year olds to do at home over the school summer holidays. The packs contain:
A wall chart of fun activities
Stickers to mark which activities have been completed
Stickers to wear
Info sheet for parents
The packs are free! You just need to fill out the form below and the pack will be...
Posted on: 27/06/2017 Categories: Charity News
Grenfell Tower fire: Statement of support
Statement of support for all fire and rescue service personnel involved in or affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Over the past 24 hours we have been overwhelmed by the messages of support we have received from members of the public wishing to pass on their thanks and appreciation to the fire fighting community for all that they are doing in response to the Grenfell Tower fire.
As has been seen in the news footage that has emerged,...
Posted on: 21/06/2017 Categories: Charity News
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They're light, they're durable and they're back! Get your hands on one of WaterAid's reusable water bottles and help put an end to plastic waste at this year's festival.
Joining us at Glastonbury festival this year? If the answer's yes, don't miss your chance to get hold of one of our stainless steel water bottles, which are returning to Worthy Farm for 2017!
The bottles aren't just a unique memento of the festival. They're a sustainable alternative to buying bottled water, helping...
Posted on: 07/06/2017 Categories: Charity News
Every ten seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and three people die every day. Tragically two thirds of these deaths could be prevented, whilst others still suffer with asthma so severe current treatments don't work.
This has to change. That's why Asthma UK exists. We work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world leading research and scientists, campaigning for change and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk...
Posted on: 31/05/2017 Categories: Charity News
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Posted on: 25/05/2017 Categories: Charity News
Age UK research conducted on behalf of the British Gymnastics Foundation has shown how chair-based gymnastic exercise can transform the wellbeing of people living with dementia.
'Dementia-friendly gymnastics' were developed by British Gymnastics Foundation for its Love to Move programmeProgramme is based on state-funded scheme from Korea and Japan Care home staff reported noticeable physical improvements in patients and said they were happier and easier to connect with Age UK offers...
Posted on: 19/05/2017 Categories: Charity News
This weekend both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats revealed some of their election pledges ahead of the publication of their manifestos next week.
Yesterday the Liberal Democrats said they would invest an extra £6bn a year in health and social care, paid for through an immediate 1p rise in all rates of income tax. Funding will be ring-fenced and targeted in areas that have greatest impact on patient care such as social care, general practice, mental health and public health.
Posted on: 16/05/2017 Categories: Charity News
The amount of litter on our beaches is rising annually. As a charity MCS needs your help to ensure we can continue to organise beach cleans, work with industry and governments on finding solutions to the problem, and keep the issue of marine litter in the public eye.
Your fundraising through this life changing challenge is vital:
We are so excited to be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Payroll Giving. Over the next 12 months we will be working with our corporate partners to deliver exciting events to celebrate their employees' commitment to this fantastic scheme. Since payroll giving launched in 1987 it has raised £2 billion. This charitable movement has grown each year and the UK saw Payroll Givers raise £130 million last year alone. If you would like to find out more about setting up a scheme, or, to begin...
Posted on: 05/04/2017 Categories: Charity News
British Heart Foundations annual Heart Hero Awards 2017 are now open for nominations.
These awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution that their supporters, fundraisers, volunteers and partners who have made and exceptional contribution to their fight for every heartbeat.
Nominate your heart hero in one of the categories and they could win an award in 2017.
They are looking for exceptional supporters, fundraisers, volunteers and partners who have made...
Posted on: 23/01/2017 Categories: Charity News
It is important to make sure that your baby is a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold. The chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot.
A room temperature of 16-20°C, with light bedding or a lightweight well-fitting baby sleep bag that is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies.
It can be difficult to judge the temperature in the room, so use a room thermometer in the rooms where your baby sleeps and plays. A simple room thermometer is available from...
Posted on: 14/01/2017 Categories: Charity News
From the roof of the east London office of the charity Shelter, you can see the remnants of over a century of the capital's housing policy. Old terraced houses, turn of the century estates, oppressive Sixties tower blocks, the Modernist grandeur of the Barbican, and the knot of skyscrapers in the City beyond.
Years before he became chief executive of Shelter, Campbell Robb lived in a Peabody estate, much like the one below. Well-built and available at affordable rents, these kinds of homes...
Posted on: 09/01/2017 Categories: Charity News
In 2017 Bowel Cancer UK are proudly celebrating their 30th anniversary. Since 1987 they've been determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.
This wouldn't be possible without your support, and although they've achieved some key milestones, the job is not finished. They've not stopped bowel cancer. They're making good progress, but not enough and not fast enough. This is why they still need your help.
Give your time, money...or...
Posted on: 02/01/2017 Categories: Charity News
When supporter Bob Mitchell's life was turned upside down by breast cancer, he was determined to do something to stop other families suffering like his did.
It's only thanks to your long-term support that we're able to plan research projects that span years and even decades – helping to pave the way for new discoveries that really do have the power to change the future for people affected by breast cancer.
When breast cancer turned supporter Bob Mitchell's life upside down,...
PDSA think all pets deserve happy and healthy lives, and this means owners being able to provide for their five welfare needs – environment, diet, behaviour, companionship, and health. So they're asking people to #PawsFirst – stop and think before taking on a new pet.
The 2016 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report identified a worrying trend of impulse-buying pets with around 5.2 million owners doing no research at all before taking on their pet. PDSA believe this...
Posted on: 04/12/2016 Categories: Charity News
The world must act now to help small-scale farmers, fishers and herders cope with the effects of climate change. That's one message from The State of Food and Agriculture, a new UN report. It's time for action – so why not sign our petition?
The report finds that without drastic steps, some of the world's poorest people will soon find their ability to feed themselves 'seriously compromised'. Its authors say people should...
Posted on: 28/11/2016 Categories: Charity News
Figures show that mental health issues for girls and women are on the rise. Statistics from the NSPCC released this week revealed that there has been a rise of 35% ChildLine counselling sessions about anxiety in the last year, with girls as young as eight being seven times more likely to contact ChildLine than boys.
The recently published...
Posted on: 14/11/2016 Categories: Charity News
A brain damaged war veteran left unable to speak or walk properly is receiving support from Help for Heroes to ensure his home is safe to be in and to end his "living nightmare".
Former Lance Corporal Simon Vaughan has been living in an unsafe home ever since his newly-purchased property in Shropshire had to be demolished and rebuilt for his needs. However, builders left it partially finished meaning it does not have a completion certificate and is deemed unsafe. Simon sought support from...
Posted on: 23/10/2016 Categories: Charity News
Get involved with National Black Cat Day 2016
Cats Protection's annual celebration of black and black-and-white cats is happening on 27 October. This year, they want to acknowledge the uniqueness of black cats and focus on what makes them individually special. After all, beauty is more than fur deep.
Upload a photo of your black or black-and-white cat below for a chance to become the face of National Black Cat Day 2016. You can also tweet or Instagram your pics using #BCDComp and...
Posted on: 17/10/2016 Categories: Charity News
Leanne had to retire from her job as a firefighter when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's in February 2011 aged 43. She's since found a passion for fundraising.
First symptoms and diagnosis
The first symptoms Leanne remembers were finding it difficult to change gear on her bicycle and struggling to double click a computer mouse. She attributed these problems to a trapped nerve.
A year later while on holiday in Mexico, she noticed she was dragging her feet....
To help us mark World Cerebral Palsy Day on 5 October, Action Medical Research funded researcher Dr Veronique Miron explains how she's working to harness the power of the natural healing process to help brain repair, and so improve children's quality of life.
What inspired you to investigate this particular area?
I've always been interested in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), how it reacts to injury, and the natural healing processes that help repair it. My research...
Posted on: 03/10/2016 Categories: Charity News
PhD student Hannah Shailes from Barts Cancer Centre this week won a prize from the Rosetrees Trust for the best presentation of her work on the APC gene in bowel cancer.
The prize was awarded to Hannah by Richard Ross, the Chairman of the Rosetrees Trust which funds the best in medical research around the UK.
Posted on: 25/09/2016 Categories: Charity News
The Royal British Legion sponsored play The Greater Game opens in London this September as part of the Somme 100 commemorations.
The Greater Game tells the story of the First World War footballing heroes of Clapton Orient Football Club (now Leyton Orient), during a four week run at The Southwark Playhouse.
Produced by Bermondsey born Michael Head and directed by Tilly Vosburgh (EastEnders, Far From The Madding Crowd, Atonement, Call the Midwife and Vera Drake), it depicts 41 members...
Posted on: 05/09/2016 Categories: Charity News
Tony Whittle was diagnosed with multiple-system atrophy (MSA), a rare neurological disorder similar to Parkinson's disease, in March 2013. It looked like Tony's illness might prevent him from attending his son Joe's wedding, as he needed an operation three days before the big day – but hospice and hospital staff made sure he made it to the church.
Tony's illness affected him gradually at first, but over the past 12 months he has needed more and more care. His wife Claire says: "MSA...
A stroke is not something you prepare for. So you're going to have a lot of questions when it happens. That's why The Stroke Association are here to help. They have lots of information to help you understand what's happened and get the support you need.
They've tackled some of the questions that you're likely to have, including details of how to find out more.
Because a stroke happens so quickly, often people leave hospital without being completely sure what's...
Posted on: 26/07/2016 Categories: Charity News
People who flee their homes often leave with next to nothing. Gounandji Bienvenu and Damboy Charlotte were forced to run by violence in the Central African Republic in December 2013. All they could take were their identity cards, plastic sheets, and a Bible.
Hundreds of thousands of people were caught up in the crisis. Many were still living in temporary shelters years later.
In a temporary settlement, doing everyday things can be very tough. Syrian refugees in Akkar, northern...
Posted on: 19/07/2016 Categories: Charity News
Former bus driver Paul Nolan has been visiting Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool, as a day patient for six years. Here he shares his experiences.
Why I started coming here
"I was referred by my doctor. I have chronic heart failure. Doctors haven't actually said how much time I have. They've said to try and enjoy the time I have left. I'm married and have twin boys.
I've been ill for so long that every time I see my doctor he gets this look in his eye that kind...
Posted on: 04/07/2016 Categories: Charity News
The internet is like a magician's hat. It's full of exciting things to explore and children love it. But whilst they seem to know what they're doing, sometimes it's hard for parents to keep track.
That's where NSPCC come in. With O2, they help you keep children safe online.
They've got lots of tips and advice and are also running workshops to help you have the right conversations with your children. And they've even got a free helpline to give you personal advice whenever you need...
Posted on: 27/06/2016 Categories: Charity News
South Harting resident Caroline Levitt, 49, is on the road to recovery after a stroke left her unable to say a single word in 2013.
Caroline, a mum of four, woke up at 5am one morning unable to move or speak. Her husband Alex noticed something wasn't right and quickly dialled 999.
The stroke affected Caroline's movement in the right side of her body and her speech.
Caroline's husband, Alex, said: "Caroline's stroke was a huge shock to the whole family. When she came out...
Posted on: 19/06/2016 Categories: Charity News
Barnardos are looking for foster carers that can take care of the following types of children:
of all ages,
who are brothers and sisters,
from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds,
who have been previously trafficked or sexually exploited,
living with physical and/or learning disabilities,
child refugees fleeing persecution.
Children of all ages
Many children who need fostering are not babies or toddlers. They're particularly interested in people...
Posted on: 13/06/2016 Categories: Charity News
If your friend, relative, colleague or neighbour has cancer, it can be hard to know what to do for the best. We can help you find the right words and give you some tips to help, because nobody should have to face cancer alone.
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People often forget that young disabled people face many of the same problems and challenges as non-disabled young people. Whizz-Kidz hope this new study on the causes of teen suicide will lead to more help and support for all young people struggling with the pressures of adolescence.
Exam stress, acne and asthma are among the anxieties affecting children and young people who kill themselves, according to the first ever detailed national investigation of these cases.
Posted on: 30/05/2016 Categories: Charity News
Kerrie blogs about her experience with anxiety and how it impacted dating and life with her boyfriend.
I don't remember a time when I haven't obsessed over the worst possible outcome of every situation I've been in. The most painful part of it is, there's a place in the back of your mind that's totally rational and it tells you you're being ridiculous - but it can't shout loud enough.
The simplest of tasks, such as getting on a bus, can consume me with dread.
Posted on: 23/05/2016 Categories: Charity News
It's a funny thing, being diagnosed with a chronic illness. During the lengthy diagnostic process, all hell breaks loose – rows, guilt, recriminations, bad-taste jokes (all made by me), brave little smiles, not-so-brave wailing sessions down the phone to my very patient friends. Seeing your parents cry. Declarations of love (two). Lots of well-intended cake.
And then it all just stops. You get your diagnosis, start the medication and life goes on.
I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting...
Posted on: 16/05/2016 Categories: Charity News
Deep brain stimulation (or DBS) is the main type of surgery used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's. It's not a cure, but it may help to control your movement symptoms.
It may also mean that someone has to take less medication, which can reduce the risk of medication side effects, such as involuntary...
Posted on: 09/05/2016 Categories: Charity News
My cousin Laurent is one of the 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Growing up with Laurent I know that people with a learning disability have the same hopes and dreams for their lives as all young people do.
However others are sometimes awkward and afraid when it comes to engaging with someone with a learning disability and that means they are often ignored and overlooked.
We need to change this and stop ignoring the talents and contributions that people...
It's becoming increasingly clear cancer is a disease rooted in our genes. But figuring out how our genes control cancer is a mystery that is still very much unresolved.
However, recent advances in DNA sequencing technology are helping us piece the clues together – and the more we find out, the closer we get to better treatments.
So how exactly does that technology work, and how is it helping? To answer that question we have to go back to where it all began.
Posted on: 25/04/2016 Categories: Charity News
Being a carer can be both physically and emotionally draining. Carers are more likely to experience physical and mental health problems than people without caring responsibilities, like back pain, anxiety and depression. However, there are things that you can do to look after your own health and support is available if you feel unable to cope.
As well as helping you feel physically fitter and stronger, exercise is good for your mental health as it releases...
Posted on: 18/04/2016 Categories: Charity News
27 year old April lives in Croydon with her partner Tom, who is a landscape gardener, and children Callum (6), Connie (3) and Freddie (1)
My family of 5 live in a small flat with one and a half bedrooms. My son Callum sleeps in the small bedroom, but the two younger children share a bedroom with us.
Even bunk beds don't fit in the small bedroom because the roof slopes. We had to cut the bed down to fit along the wall.
I have to climb over Tom to...
Posted on: 11/04/2016 Categories: Charity News
The Government has announced it will be scrapping plans to cut Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – a financial lifeline for people with Parkinson's.
Further cuts also unlikely
This means that planned changes to make PIP more difficult to claim by cutting points, will not be going ahead from 2017.
Further cuts to PIP in the near future...
Posted on: 29/03/2016 Categories: Charity News
A shocking new survey** from Dogs Trust has revealed that over 48% of pet dogs have eaten chocolate intended for humans, and over 5% have become seriously ill from it. Of these, 15% have required urgent veterinary treatment and in extreme cases the dogs sadly died from the effects of chocolate poisoning.
To prevent the number of dogs that end up visiting the vet with chocolate poisoning, Dogs Trust is today launching its "Chocs Away" awareness drive after the survey revealed that 4 in...
Posted on: 21/03/2016 Categories: Charity News
Comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer was diagnosed with Parkinson's UK five years ago. In a BBC Inside Out special he looks at what the future might hold and explains why he is determined to keep laughing.
"It is a half hour documentary in which I look at what might happen to me in the future - yes, my Parkinson's will get worse, but there are exercise classes I can benefit from and new treatments and discoveries.
"I hope that it will convey something of the difficulty...
Posted on: 14/03/2016 Categories: Charity News
Katy West, a World Powerlifting Championship silver medalist who has experienced panic attacks, anxiety and depression, blogs on how exercise helped.
In September 2015, I travelled on my own to Las Vegas to compete in the GPC World Powerlifting Championships. That alone is a huge achievement but for me, it was all the more remarkable given that two years ago, a 4 mile bus journey could result in a Click here to read more...
Posted on: 07/03/2016 Categories: Charity News
We are delighted to report that Prof David Brook, a scientist working on myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), has received a major award to a value exceeding £3million from the Wellcome Trust, one of the UK's major funders of biomedical research dedicated to improving health.
In 2008, Muscular Dystrophy UK awarded Prof Brook a two-year project grant to develop a...
Posted on: 29/02/2016 Categories: Charity News
NSPCC have launched an advice line for professionals worried how child protection issues are being handled 0800 028 0285.
The advice line was commissioned by the Home Office as a firm commitment made by Government in its response to failures to protect children from sexual exploitation in Rotherham and the Government's subsequent Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation report.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, said:
"If an employee thinks a child is in danger...
Posted on: 15/02/2016 Categories: Charity News
At the age of 13, Natalie lost her best friend Emma, who collapsed at a party. Because it was so unexpected, Natalie didn't get to choose the last words she said to her.
Speaking about her best friend, Natalie said: "She was my rock. When she died, I had to go back to classes with an empty seat beside me."
Posted on: 17/01/2016 Categories: Charity News
Make 2016 a special year – nominate your stroke hero for a Life After Stroke Award and help The Stroke Association recognise the achievements of everyone affected by stroke, like Mark, last year's winner of the Adult Courage Award (18-64).
'The Life After Stroke Awards recognise the achievements of everyone affected by stroke. We celebrate stroke survivors for showing tremendous spirit and determination after their stroke. We also commend carers, volunteers, stroke clubs and health...
Posted on: 12/01/2016 Categories: Charity News
Paul Williams, a 34 year old teacher from Bagillt in Flintshire had just finished teaching a guitar class when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Luckily he was spotted by staff members Janet Leach and Andrew Austen who rushed to his aid with a defibrillator.
"It came as a huge shock as there were no warnings before it happened. It was literally like someone had pulled out the plug. It was very traumatic."
The dad of two was in a coma for 6 days, and following tests at hospital,...
Posted on: 21/12/2015 Categories: Charity News
From Bangladesh to Birmingham, Glasgow to Gaza, every child is full of potential
Save the Children helped 17.4 million children through our work in 2014 in 120 countries including UK. We run world-class programs to save children's lives and challenge world leaders to keep to their promises to give children a brighter future.
When disaster strikes, there is no time to lose. Our teams respond quickly and do whatever it takes to save children's lives.. In 2014 we responded to 97 emergencies...
Posted on: 04/12/2015 Categories: Charity News
Celebrities are rallying around #GivingTuesday – the charitable antidote to the sales frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio, comedians Miranda Hart and David Schneider, actor David Tennant and singer and current Strictly Come Dancing star Peter Andre are among those backing the day.
The global day of giving tomorrow (TUES) simply asks people to give a little time, money or their voice to a cause they care about.
Posted on: 30/11/2015 Categories: Charity News
Posted on: 06/11/2015 Categories: Charity News
#GivingTuesday signs up 1,000 partners for global day of giving
StC Payroll Giving has joined more than 1,000 UK charities and businesses as an official partner of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving at the start of the festive season.
The day, led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation, takes place on December 1 and follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday - two of the UK's biggest shopping days. It is an opportunity for charities, families, businesses, community centres...
Posted on: 22/10/2015 Categories: Charity News
Dogs Trust was delighted to announce that the charity's Council Member and recently retired Chief Executive, Clarissa Baldwin, has (6th October 2015) been presented with a CBE by HRH The Princess Royal at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace which she attended with her family.
Clarissa, the creator of the iconic slogan "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas" and we wish her congratulation and thanks for all of her hard work too.
Posted on: 09/10/2015 Categories: Charity News
Posted on: 05/10/2015 Categories: Charity News
Anyone can have a stroke, although there are some things that make you more at risk than others. It's important to know what the risk factors are and do what you can to reduce your risk.
Anyone can have a stroke
Many people think that strokes only happen to older people but stroke can strike anyone at any time.
Whilst most people who have a stroke are older, younger people can have strokes too, including children. One in four strokes in...
Posted on: 04/10/2015 Categories: Charity News
A woman who endured domestic abuse for years at the hands of her 'evil' ex-partner has urged other victims to seek help and not hide violence at home like she did.
Susan, who is now in her early sixties, revealed to FEMAIL that her ex, Steve, used to regularly beat her, throttle her and once threatened her with a hammer.
They had a daughter together, Grace (all names have been changed to protect victims' identities), and she was terrified to leave their home in Liverpool...
Posted on: 25/09/2015 Categories: Charity News
Posted on: 10/09/2015 Categories: Charity News
We are delighted to welcome Midlands Air Ambulance charity to StC Payroll Giving.
Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.
Posted on: 19/08/2015 Categories: Charity News
Marie Curie Hospice helped Nin and Don at Christmas
When Sue's parents were both diagnosed with terminal cancer, Sue wanted them to spend their last Christmas together in her home. Marie Curie Nurses made her wish possible.
Sue's parents, Nin and Don, had been married for 59 years. The family was devastated when Nin was diagnosed with lung cancer. Sue initially cared for her mum at home but, in November, Nin took a turn for the worse. Sue received the news...
Posted on: 11/12/2014 Categories: Charity News
Children's Hospice Week is the UK's only awareness raising and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services, like children's hospices, that support them. This year's Children's Hospice Week (13 – 20 June) will focus on the incredible round-the-clock care provided to seriously ill children by families, professionals, children's hospices and services across the UK.
Children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions often have complex needs that...
Posted on: 12/06/2014 Categories: Charity News
A new briefing paper by Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF) published 17th March, outlines why the alarming spread of deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are one of the biggest global health threats we face today.
Every year, around eight million people worldwide fall ill with TB and 1.3 million people die from the disease. Standard TB is a curable disease, but an inadequate global response has allowed the growing epidemic of drug-resistance to take...
Posted on: 25/03/2014 Categories: Charity News
Figures released today show that rough sleeping in England has risen by 37 per cent since 2010.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) statistics showed a 5% rise on last year, with 2,414 people reported by local councils across the country as sleeping rough on any one night in 2013, up from 2,309 in 2012 and from 1,768 in 2010.
Independent research published by Crisis shows that a chronic shortage of affordable housing combined with cuts to housing benefit...
Posted on: 26/02/2014 Categories: Charity News
A big thank you to everyone at StC Payroll Giving for all your hard work recruiting donors for us this year – recruiting around double the donors for us in 2013 than the year before. It's been a real boost in what has generally been a tough year for us fundraising-wise.
The money from donors you have recruited has been helping us grant wishes all year. Recently, we granted six year old Lana Donaldson from Chirmside's wish. Thanks to your help, she was transported to a snowy winter...
Posted on: 03/01/2014 Categories: Charity News
As the devastation unfolds from the super storm in Tacloban, our thoughts turn not only to those directly affected, but in the days to come, those who will be there on the ground, helping with the relief effort. Charities like Christian Aid, World Vision, Red Cross, Unicef, Oxfam and Save the Children are springing into action to provide assistance and care for the thousands impacted by the typhoon.
It's at times like this that the power of charitable giving is brought sharply into...
Posted on: 11/11/2013 Categories: Charity News
Following the recent Payroll Giving consultation, the government aims to almost halve the processing time for donations from 60 to 35 days, allowing charities to access the money that has been donated more quickly and will create improved webpages to provide an online presence for donors, employers, charities and Payroll Giving agencies.
The government will be hosting a series of working groups, involving charities, Payroll Giving agencies and other stakeholders, to help Payroll Giving...
Posted on: 03/10/2013 Categories: Charity News
Historic step for the prevention of breast cancer (1)
New guidelines for the care of people with a family history of breast cancer have been released by NICE. The guidelines, on which Breakthrough staff worked closely with NICE for almost 2 years, represent a historic step for the prevention of breast cancer, recommending that women at high risk of developing the disease are offered risk-reducing drug treatment.
Historic step for the prevention of breast cancer (2)
Posted on: 07/08/2013 Categories: Charity News
Whizz-Kidz has arranged work placements with the support of over 60 organisations across a range of sectors, including Government Departments, City law firms and leading retailers, and six organisations have offered further work placements after hosting a successful pilot work placement for a Whizz-Kidz Ambassador.
Ben, aged 18, said: "I used to worry whether I would really have the confidence to gain and keep a full time job. Whizz-Kidz work placements have changed all that.. They've...
Posted on: 07/08/2013 Categories: Charity News
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