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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.
If you're not sure where to start then visit The Source. It's a collection of simple, practical tips from people who have first hand experience supporting loved ones with cancer.
Read their advice or help others by sharing your own tips here >>
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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