Bell Fundraising News

Archive: June - 2017

Losing my sight meant that I found myself and can now help others

 Losing my sight meant that I found myself and can now help others

Posted On: 15/06/17

19 year old Ibz was been born fully sighted, he started to experience sight deterioration at the age of 13 and further sight loss last year. He experienced confusion and denial until he came to study at RNC and was able to open up to people who knew what he was going through.

College helped me with stress management and helping me with different methods of relaxing to help get things off my mind. Football was my escape, I got onto the pitch and that was all I thought about.

Last year I started...

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Categories: Together for Change

Not So Broken

Not So Broken

Posted On: 15/06/17

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 a...

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Categories: Together for Change

Importance of family time

 Importance of family time

Posted On: 15/06/17

Gifts to Childlife are divided between its four partner charities who support children, one of which is Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Acorns is a place where care and support for the family of life-limited children is key to the service they provide in their West Midlands hospices.

Respite care gives a family confidence that their child is as safe at Acorns as they are at home.  This peace of mind cannot be underestimated.  When parents feel able to leave their child for a short break knowing...

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Friends at Work , Make a Difference , Together for Change

They made me realise I was not on my own

They made me realise I was not on my own

Posted On: 15/06/17

Thanks to your regular donations, thousands of families with disabled children can achieve their hopes and dreams.

There are many additional challenges that come with having a disabled child – from additional financial pressure to finding the right health, social, and education support. But we know that with a little extra help, families achieve amazing things.

Joyce, mum to Deborah says: “Contact a Family offers holistic support – social, emotional and practical. They made me realise I...

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Categories: Together for Change

Purrrrfect!

Purrrrfect!

Posted On: 15/06/17

Beautiful moggy Mano became a mum at just seven months old. During her young life, she had already had at least two homes, and now needed our help to find a new one because her current owner was moving abroad. She had previously been given up because her owner was not allowed to keep pets in their home.

She arrived at the Blue Cross Southampton rehoming centre on a flexi lead; a type of extendable leash usually reserved for dogs.

Mano was heavily pregnant when she arrived at our centre, and soon...

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Categories: Together for Change

Changing the world for street children

 Changing the world for street children

Posted On: 15/06/17

Toybox is a UK charity with a mission to end the injustice of children living and working on the streets. We work with the most marginalised children in some of the most dangerous cities in the world.

The absolute first step of getting children off the streets is to provide them with a legal identity.  In Guatemala, one of the most violent countries in the world, an estimated 700,000 children do not have birth certificates and are simply known as “the XXX children”. Without this official...

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Categories: Make a Difference , Together for Change

Palwinder Bhamra’s Story

Palwinder Bhamra’s Story

Posted On: 15/06/17

My parents married in the 1940s in India and moved to Maidenhead in 1964. In 1974 mum and dad bought a grocery shop. Mum helped to run it while working at Black & Decker. I wanted to work in the family shop, but dad encouraged me to get an apprenticeship. I became a production engineer.

In the 1980s there was a change. Dad fell ill and had four heart bypasses. Before he passed away in 2004, he said: ‘Look after your mum’.

A few years later, mum started showing signs of depression. I took...

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Together for Change

Together, we do what’s right, what’s needed and what works for children

 Together, we do what’s right, what’s needed and what works for children

Posted On: 15/06/17

Across the UK thousands of children are suffering physical, emotional and sexual abuse, going to bed with hungry tummies and losing all hope that things will ever get better.  Many of these children have experienced sexual abuse or severe physical violence during their childhood.Some are so damaged they don’t even think they deserved to be loved and looked after, just like Johanna

Johanna’s story

As a child, Johanna was sexually abused and forced to live every day in a chaotic world of...

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Categories: Smile a Minute

A better future for seriously ill children starts here.

A better future for seriously ill children starts here.

Posted On: 15/06/17

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is a place where seriously ill children from across the UK come for life-saving treatments. Everyday brings new challenges at GOSH. Everyday doctors battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs.

This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children, like Adam, the best chance to fulfil their potential. With your support we can continue to...

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Categories: Smile a Minute

Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life.

Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life.

Posted On: 15/06/17

Like you, we want people with a learning disability to be valued equally, listened to and included. With your valued support we are working to reduce stigma and discrimination and are giving people of all ages opportunities to socialise and make friends.

Together we are improving healthcare and making sure people with a learning disability understand their rights. We are making sure early intervention happens for more families and supporting more people to find employment. You are supporting...

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Categories: Smile a Minute

Together we can stop MS

Together we can stop MS

Posted On: 15/06/17

We’re thrilled to announce that we are co-funding a UK-wide trial to investigate whether the drug simvastatin can slow down secondary progressive MS (an advanced stage of the condition).

If successful, it could be the first licensed treatment for this type of MS, improving thousands of lives in the UK. With your support, the next research breakthrough for MS is within reach.

Thank you again.

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Make a Difference

We all need trees, and trees need us.

We all need trees, and trees need us.

Posted On: 20/06/17

Stand up for woods, trees and wildlife with the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. Trees are vital for life but our woods are facing relentless threats.

That’s why we fight. We protect, restore and create woods, plant millions of new trees and campaign to save woodlands in peril.

We’re on a journey to make a real difference to the future of our native woods and trees and we want you to come with us.


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Categories: Make a Difference

Thank you! You are helping children in northern Uganda reach their full potential

Thank you! You are helping children in northern Uganda reach their full potential

Posted On: 20/06/17

Madi Kiloc Primary School in northern Uganda is an area which is still recovering from two decades of civil war. Having no access to clean water and sanitation facilities means that water-borne illness such as diarrhoea, typhoid and skin diseases are common. A child can easily become sick and miss a lot of school. This really affects their education and their future.

With your support rain-water collection tanks, pit-latrines and hand-washing facilities were installed. Since then, the number...

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Categories: Smile a Minute

You’ve helped save little Criscent from a life of blindness and uncertainty – now there’s no stopping him!

You’ve helped save little Criscent from a life of blindness and uncertainty – now there’s no stopping him!

Posted On: 20/06/17

“I can see colours! I can kick a ball!” These are the joyful words from sixyear-old Criscent just a day after his cataract operation. Supporters like you made his life-changing surgery possible.

This delightful little boy lives with his grandmother Safuroza on a remote farmstead in western Uganda and he didn’t have a great start in life. First, Criscent’s mother abandoned him, and then he was found to have cataracts in both eyes. He needed urgent treatment, but Safuroza just...

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Categories: Smile a Minute

Dean Yorke's Story

Dean Yorke's Story

Posted On: 20/06/17

Thirty-four-year-old Dean Yorke is a DJ from Reading, Berkshire. Diagnosed with a muscle-wasting condition thirty years ago, when he was aged just four, Dean’s Family have been tirelessly fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy UK ever since.

“My parents (James & Monica), are really inspiring, and have raised thousands of pounds for Muscular Dystrophy UK. Over the years, as a family, we’ve organised all sorts of charity events - Irish dances, quiz nights, and three-legged pub crawls just to...

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Categories: Friends at Work , Make a Difference

Helping families to live with and beyond breast cancer

Helping families to live with and beyond breast cancer

Posted On: 21/06/17

As you may know, when someone you love is diagnosed with breast cancer, everything changes. Breast Cancer Care is here to support the person with breast cancer as well as their family and friends.

Thanks to your generosity, Breast Cancer Care helping more people through our team of nurses who are at the end of a phone, through our 24/7 online support, and by helping people affected by breast cancer to connect with others who have had a similar experience.

Thank you so much.


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Categories: Make a Difference

Lily's Story

Lily's Story

Posted On: 21/06/17

Eight year old Lily has a devastating, life-shortening condition known as beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration or BPAN.

This disease strikes young children, causing them to develop slowly and to miss key developmental milestones. It leads to seizures and muscle problems. Lily takes medicines for dribbling and to control her seizures and she suffers from sleep problems and uses a wheelchair.

With no cure, and no way to stop the progress of this disease, as children grow into...

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Categories: Friends at Work , Make a Difference

“WILD TIMES” FOREST SCHOOL

 “WILD TIMES” FOREST SCHOOL

Posted On: 21/06/17

We all have fond childhood memories of our outdoor adventures, whether in local woodland, a neighbourhood field or creating muddy mischief in a patch of boggy marshland. Memories and lessons from childhood shape our understanding of the world around us. That legacy lasts a lifetime by helping us become more confident, independent adults with stronger self-esteem and social skills.

Sadly, some children are living with physical or learning disabilities which can place those environments beyond...

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Categories: Friends at Work

Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life.

 Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life.

Posted On: 21/06/17

Like you, we want people with a learning disability to be valued equally, listened to and included. With your valued support, we are working to reduce stigma and discrimination and are giving people of all ages opportunities to socialise and make friends.

Together we are improving healthcare and making sure people with a learning disability understand their rights. We are making sure early intervention happens for more families and supporting more people to find employment. You are supporting...

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Categories: Friends at Work

“RNIB props you up when you need them” Peter, aged 78

“RNIB props you up when you need them” Peter, aged 78

Posted On: 21/06/17

Living with sight loss can be an extremely isolating and difficult journey to embark upon.

Peter knows that his sight loss must have started gradually, without him noticing. He was diagnosed with Wet AMD in 2004 and has since lost most of his sight. After his diagnosis, Peter was told by his local hospital that there was nothing else they could do and he was told to go home.

As a green fingered gardener and a keen reader, Peter’s life changed considerably, but with the support of people like...

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Categories: Friends at Work

Dedicated to defeating lung cancer

Dedicated to defeating lung cancer

Posted On: 21/06/17

Think of a double-decker bus. It holds around 80 passengers. Now imagine that all those passengers suddenly disappeared. Odd thought? Scary? Well, lung cancer kills a busload of people – and more – each and every day. In the UK. Still. That’s why we’re here. Why we’re needed.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation: the only UK charity dedicated wholly to defeating lung cancer.

Our researchers, such as Lakis Liloglou, are seeking ways to spot lung cancer at the earlier possible stage. A...

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Categories: Friends at Work

Improving Deaf Lives

Improving Deaf Lives

Posted On: 21/06/17

Anna* grew up in an extremely violent home and was physically hurt by her mother. This is no coincidence – deaf children are twice as likely as hearing people to experience abuse. Anna is now safe, but the complex and deep rooted mental health issues she developed continued to affect her deeply.

Anna knew she needed help, but didn’t know where to turn. Counselling seemed a waste of time – without an interpreter there would be no chance of two-way communication. With an interpreter she...

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Categories: Friends at Work

A thirst for learning and sharing

A thirst for learning and sharing

Posted On: 21/06/17

Meet Tony, a fun and confident 47-year-old who is deafblind and has a learning disability. Tony was born deaf. As he reached his 20s, he started to lose his sight and was soon without both senses. This was devastating for Tony, affecting his physical and mental health and causing him major distress. But this all started to change 12 years ago when he moved to Watery Lane, a dedicated Action on Hearing Loss home. There he met Richard, a support worker,who taught him to deafblind sign. This...

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Categories: Friends at Work

Payroll Giving makes you happy!

Payroll Giving makes you happy!

Posted On: 28/06/17

The Independent's ninth Happy List is a collection of 50 inspirational heroes and heroines whose kindness, courage and selflessness make our country a better place to live. The Happy List was founded in 2008 as an antidote to those tedious lists that celebrate wealth and big bank balances. Instead, it honours the Great Britons doing extraordinary things for others with no thought of personal gain, who often go largely unnoticed and unrewarded.

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Categories: General

National Lung Cancer Audit 2017 shows rise in lung cancer survival rates. Payroll Giving makes a difference.

National Lung Cancer Audit 2017 shows rise in lung cancer survival rates. Payroll Giving makes a difference.

Posted On: 25/05/17

Key lung cancer report from RCP shows encouraging rise in survival as more patients receive life prolonging treatments with support from Payroll Giving

View the report here

Today’s report from The Royal College of Physicians shows a 7% increase in the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer surviving for longer than one year, since 2010.

In addition, 60% of lung cancer patients received anti-cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery, meeting...

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Categories: Friends at Work

People deal with mental health difficulties on a daily basis – Joey Bevan

People deal with mental health difficulties on a daily basis – Joey Bevan

Posted On: 25/05/17

With close to 80,000 followers on social media, professional fashion stylist, designer and hairstylist Joey Bevan is well known in the fashion industry. Starting his humble beginnings at a YMCA charity shop in Southend, he has established himself as a force in the fashion industry with his work being featured on Britain’s Next Top Model, The Ideal Home Show, Xfactor, Vogue and InStyle, to name a few.

Becoming well known for his sense of style in the industry and working...

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Categories: Giving for Futures

Sightsavers’ petition asks UK parties to commit to inclusive global aid

 Sightsavers’ petition asks UK parties to commit to inclusive global aid

Posted On: 25/05/17

Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture campaign has launched a petition calling on UK political parties to make disability-inclusive global aid a manifesto promise ahead of the 2017 general election.

The petition highlights the inequality faced by people with disabilities living in developing countries in accessing education, employment and health care, and emphasises the economic and social contribution the world is missing out on by continuing to stigmatise disability.

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Categories: Smile a Minute

National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2017

National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2017

Posted On: 31/05/17

The National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards will be held on 22nd November 2017 in the Clothworkers Hall.  Entries must be submitted by 15th September 2017.

Looking forward to attending this event with our generous clients.  Click here to see this fabulous venue.

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Categories: General