Gig Buddies is a project that matches people with a learning
disability with a volunteer who shares similar interests so they can go
out in the evenings. It runs in Bradford, Hull and East Riding of
Yorkshire. Find out more
For most of us, the festive season is a time of joy. But there are children in the UK who face a Christmas without food, warmth or love. At Bell Fundraising we’re working to change this with our amazing charity consortiums – and we need your help.
That’s why we’re asking you to become a Secret Santa this Christmas. Your donation to Smile a Minute, which includes Action for Children, could help pay for a child to have a hot meal, buy clothing to keep them warm during the winter...
See the difference Payroll Giving makes to Sightsavers International
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
Payroll Giving supporting Sightsavers International
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.
Read how Sightsavers use Payroll Giving donations to promote inclusive education
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
Get straight to the information you need with Upfront - Carers UK free online tool supported by Payroll Giving
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
Payroll Giving supporting Action for Children's mental health programme for 13-19 year olds with Smile a Minute
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
Mencap share an insight into Employment challenges supported by Payroll Giving
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
GOSH to be first in UK to offer groundbreaking cancer therapy supported by your Payroll Giving donations
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...
GOSH - help support the Santa run with a regular Payroll Giving donation
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
Payroll Giving donations to Childlife helping children remain In safe hands
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...
GOSH celebrating 70 years of the NHS and 30 years of Payroll Giving donations
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!
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
Pop the Kettle on for Carers UK and sign up to Payroll Giving
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...
Read how Payroll Giving donations are supporting Mencap in changing lives for the learning disabled
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
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
Harvard students choose Sightsavers as top charity. You can support with Payroll Giving.
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
As part of the class, the students explored what...
Is Cladribine the new treatment for MS? #payrollgiving supports research.
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.
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.
MS, the body's own immune cells mistakenly attack the myelin that
Payroll Giving raises a smile for GOSH patient - Tomas story
Posted On: 30/07/17
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 old but because...
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...
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...
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...
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
As a child, Johanna was sexually abused and forced to live every day in a chaotic world of...
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...
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...
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...
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
World Health Organization shows progress made on eliminating neglected tropical diseases
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...
myVoice bullying chat with Mencap Monday 5 December
Posted On: 04/12/16
myVoice ask the expert: let's talk about Bullying with Mencap on Monday 5 Decemeber 7:30-8:30pm
Every month myVoice will be hosting an online chat on a subject chosen by young people with autism aged 16-25. Each event will feature a leading expert in the field who we’ve invited to answer your questions in a safe and friendly environment.
This month's myVoice chat will be on bullying. Mencap will be answering your questions and offering advice on how to deal with bullying.
Meet Ava – one of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Bake it Better heroes
Posted On: 08/08/16
Shortly after arriving at GOSH, Ava experienced what would be the first of four heart attacks. After Ava had suffered heart failure three times in less than 45 minutes, her parents Mary-Jane and Clive were told to say goodbye to their daughter. Ava’s parents retired to the parent lounge, broken and wondering how they would tell their 10-year-old son that his sister had now gone to be with the angels.
Suddenly, there was a knock at the door and the surgeon, looking exhausted, told Mary-Jane...
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Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity - Elliot finally goes home!
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...
Multiple Sclerosis Society - Your support is helping us stop MS
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...
Action for Children - We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential.
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...
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...
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity - This Learning Disability Week, meet Scarlett...
Posted On: 27/06/16
Searching for a diagnosis for Scarlett
“Scarlett was born just before Christmas at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in West London. She was six weeks early and, at only 3lbs, she could fit in my hand. She was in hospital for the first six months to build up her strength, and because she would struggle to breathe and need oxygen. Then, rather charmingly, one of the consultants said she had dysmorphic features. We had no idea what that was and Googled it. It was a very traumatic time and the...
People for People - Finding the world’s missing millions
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...
“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...
MENCAP - Supporting children with a learning disability right from the start
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.
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...
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.”
Running a marathon to raise money for charity isn't for everyone
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/