Posted On: 13/11/19
“If the surgeon does not come here, these people will go blind.” Watch as we set up a remote theatre to make sure no one loses their sight from trachoma. #BeatNTDs https://twitter.com/i/status/1194579503089106944
Posted On: 16/10/19
Since it's not common in the UK, you might not be familiar with the word 'trachoma', but 1.9 million people are blind or visually impaired because of it. In Benin, it's sometimes referred to as 'eyelash broom' to describe the way it feels when someone with trachoma blinks.
Posted On: 02/10/19
More than 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Here's how Sightsavers makes sure that everyone can access inclusive and quality education. Read more
Posted On: 07/08/19
Upfront is an online tool that gives you your own personalised guide to caring. As well as covering practical and financial support, it includes information to help with managing the impact of caring on health and relationships. Read more
Posted On: 09/07/19
We all enjoy the sunshine but did you know over 60% of people with MS say their symptoms get worse in the heat? MS Society UK have some top tips on how to stay cool. Read more
Posted On: 19/03/19
It can be hard to stay active when you have MS. But there are ways to move more and stay healthy.
A healthier lifestyle can help manage some of your MS symptoms, improve your mood, and keep your body working at its best.
Our MS Helpline can talk to you about a mix of approaches to help you manage your MS better. No matter where you live in the UK, we can:
· - provide information on staying active, and tell you where you can go for help
· - give you...
Posted On: 14/02/19
Posted On: 30/01/19
Started in June 2017, Action For Children's partnership with Royal Mail aims to raise £2 million for a preventative, school-based mental health programme for 13-19 year olds across the UK. We hope to reach thousands of young people who are at risk of developing depression and other mental health issues, and make sure they get the help they need. Read more
Posted On: 17/01/19
There are barriers to #Employment that many people with a #LearningDisability find impossible to overcome. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Find out how you can help to transform more lives like Antony’s - read more
Posted On: 11/12/18
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is to become the first hospital in the UK to offer a pioneering cancer therapy, known as CAR-T therapy, to NHS patients with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). The first patients begin treatment at GOSH this week.
CAR-T therapies are specifically tailored for individual patients and work by harnessing the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. In a complex manufacturing process, immune cells are taken from a patient’s blood and...
Posted On: 24/10/18
Kick start Christmas at the London Santa Dash! Join the fabulous Ore Oduba and thousands of Santas for a fundraising family fun run, with mince pies and festive cheer at the finish line! Clapham Common, Sunday 9 December. Support Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children's Charity Register your team today: https://bit.ly/2S9MQAX
Posted On: 11/09/18
One of the main symptoms of leprosy is nerve damage, meaning people affected are unable to feel pain.
This leaves them vulnerable to burns, cuts and injuries that can potentially lead to severe damage to fingers, toes, hands and feet resulting in permanent disability.
Lepra make and supply specialist protective footwear for people who are disabled and living with the effects of leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. See how we change lives ..
Posted On: 08/08/18
Ten-year-old Isabella has Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer and was diagnosed when she was just three years old. A whole week of chemotherapy treatment in hospital every month means she then has to spend two weeks recovering at home.
Mum Jennie, says: “For two weeks following the chemotherapy, Isabella can’t do anything. She’s tired, she feels sick. Her white blood cell counts are quite low so she can’t go out and about or to school, in case she catches something which can be...
Posted On: 03/07/18
Are you a patient or family member at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children's Charity? Join the team at GOSH on Thursday 5 July for a cuppa tea and a knees-up to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, one of our nation's most loved institutions! Share your celebration photos with us!
Posted On: 21/05/18
Concerned about how you will cope with caring for a loved one? Different types of technology can help you and the person you are caring for in many different ways as explained by Carers UK. Download our guide : Supporting carers with tech
Check out the stories of 7 carers. .... Read more
Posted On: 10/05/18
Drink tea and eat cake. Raise funds. Talk about caring.
Whether you want to Pop the Kettle On in your
workplace, or in your local community, we have a range of resources to help
your organise and promote your tea party. We have recipes, posters, balloons
and collection materials all available to help your Pop go with a bang!! Read...
Smile a Minute
Posted On: 29/03/18
Posted On: 02/03/18
Helping more than 300,000 children, young people and families every year across the UK there's a lot going on at Action for Children.
Nearly 1,000 children’s centres¹ across England have not been inspected for over five years, according to new analysis published Monday 22 January 2018 by the charity, Action for Children.
The Government suspended Ofsted² inspections in September 2015 ‘on a short-term basis’ pending a consultation on the future of children’s centres, which has not...
Posted On: 24/01/18
The services Mencap provide range from round-the-clock care to helping
someone join in with local leisure activities, providing advice and
information on things like employment and education, helping someone to
live independently for the first time, and even things like reporting a
crime to the police. In a nutshell, They try to help in any area of a person’s life where they need support.
The Learning Disability Helpline is the free help and advice line. Advisors can...
Posted On: 20/12/17
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...
Posted On: 13/12/17
There are millions of children, women and men living with leprosy worldwide. Although completely curable, many people are unable to access treatment, even though the cure is free.
We work to find, treat and rehabilitate these hidden people.
Posted On: 24/09/17
Students studying effective altruism and health care at Harvard University have selected Sightsavers to receive a grant of US$25,000.
The students, from the secondary concentration in Global Health and Health Policy, took the class ‘Reimagining Health Care: Effective Altruism and Beyond’ at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. They were taught by Professor Nir Eyal from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
As part of the class, the students explored what...
Posted On: 06/09/17
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 myelin that protects...
Posted On: 30/07/17
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...
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...
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...
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
As a child, Johanna was sexually abused and forced to live every day in a chaotic world of...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
Posted On: 28/04/17
The number of people at risk from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has fallen by 20 per cent over the past five years, according to figures revealed at the World Health Organization NTD Summit in Geneva.
The figures also show that as part of their treatment for NTDs, nearly a billion people were given drugs in 2015.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was reporting on progress made towards the 2012 London Declaration, in which a group of non-governmental organisations, private and public...
Posted On: 04/12/16
Posted On: 21/08/16
Are you a teacher, parent or student? We need your school to support Mencap.
Help us fulfil their vision of a world where people with a learning disability are treated equally and given the same opportunities as everyone else is.
Posted On: 08/08/16
Posted On: 26/07/16
Posted On: 12/07/16
Earlier this year, two year old Elliott received a heart transplant after a wait of almost a year – the longest time in the hopsital’s history.
Elliott lived on Bear Ward – a specialist ward for children with cardiac conditions at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – for over a year. The hospital is the largest paediatric centre for surgery in the UK and also one of the largest paediatric heart transplant centres in the world.
A transplant at last
In March 2015, Elliott underwent...
Posted On: 28/06/16
There is no cure for MS. Yet. But research is progressing faster than ever before. And your support is helping take us further. So what’s new?...
Zebrafish are making a splash in MS research
Despite being around the size of your little finger and distinctly stripy, zebrafish share a number of important genes with us humans. Because of this, and their ability to reproduce and develop quickly, these tiny creatures are proving very useful to MS researchers.
Zebrafish are translucent, so...
Posted On: 05/07/16
Childhood should be a wonderful, but for many it’s not. Around £1.5m children in this country suffer from some form of neglect or abuse. This is not acceptable. Thanks to you Action for Children is on the ground, making children’s lives better: now, tomorrow and every day.
We don’t just keep children safe and supported, we speak out on their behalf to give them the opportunities they need to learn, develop and achieve. Working at the heart of local communities, we run close to 600...
Posted On: 28/06/16
River blindness is a parasitic infection transmitted by the bite of a black fly. Larvae planted under the skin develop into worms that spread throughout the body. When the worms die they cause a reaction; unbearable itching and skin lesions. If this happens in the eye, the sufferer can go blind.
Margret lives in Nigeria, where river blindness is endemic. She’s lived with the horrors of this infection for several years and it has now taken her sight. Margret can only manage simple activities...
Posted On: 27/06/16
Posted On: 24/06/16
Many people are unaware that leprosy still exists, yet every day nearly 600 people are newly diagnosed. If left untreated, leprosy can cause severe nerve damage and permanent disability which is why it’s important we find those affected and offer treatment before it’s too late. With your support, last year we were able to reach more than 256,400 people across India, Bangladesh and Mozambique. We provided treatment and helped those affected rebuild their lives by providing skills training...
Posted On: 21/06/16
“The day after my twins were born, my husband and I were ushered into a cosy hospital room. Nobody takes you into a room like that to give you good news. I remember the words 'Your son has had a stroke in the womb'. I remember shaking and the blur of the other words: 'Ethan might not walk or talk, we don't know what disability he might have'.
We found ourselves a week later in a similar room with Ethan’s twin, Grace. I braced myself. 'Your daughter has contracted necrotising...
Posted On: 21/06/16
In the UK 200 children who will have a learning disability are born every week. Without specialist support from the start, many will face an extremely challenging future where they will struggle to reach their full potential, and will experience isolation, inequality and poverty. The impact of a diagnosis can be devastating, too many families experience the isolation and utter bewilderment caused by a lack of support following their child’s learning disability diagnosis.
We listened to what...
Posted On: 21/06/16
A gift to Childlife is very special as funds are divided between its four partner charities, one of which is National Deaf Children’s Society. This year marks the 10th anniversary of universal newborn hearing screening being introduced across the UK, following campaigning from the National Deaf Children’s Society.
Prior to this, the infant screening programme, commonly referred to as the ‘distraction’ test, took place at eight months, meaning that many babies went undiagnosed and...
Posted On: 06/06/16
On 27 April, David Allen was on stage, applause ringing out as he collected his ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award at the MS Awards ceremony in London. Selected from many thousands of everyday superheroes, he was honoured for his work as Chair of our Luton, Dunstable and District Branch.
“I had no idea I’d been nominated, I was shocked and surprised,” David told us. “It is such a lovely feeling to be recognised, especially as I’ve been nominated by my peers.”
Three years ago,...
Posted On: 30/05/16
Childlife have been looking for more enjoyable ways for you to support them this summer. How about hosting a Barbecue for a group of friends and asking them to make a donation to them, instead of bringing you wine or flowers? Raise money for charity and enjoy a meal with friends. The new and easy way to raise money for your favourite charity by having friends over for a meal. Find out here >> http://www.dinner4good.com/childlife/