After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday comes a much more important and socially responsible retail event – #GivingTuesday.
The number one trending topic on Twitter at the time of writing, it’s a chance for people to do something wonderful for a charity close to their heart.
#GivingTuesday began in 2012, introduced by the United Nations Foundation & 92Y (of New York) to respond to the retail/commercial successes of Black Friday & Cyber Monday. This has slowly filtered through to the United Kingdom, and in 2016, it was reported that more than 1 in 10 adults participated in the event.
This year, we want to help increase that figure. Below we’ve listed six worthy charities that we work with who would truly appreciate your support on this important day. From £1 to £100, pence to grands, whatever you can spare this #GivingTuesday will make a difference.
If you’re not sure of the work the Marie Curie charity undertakes, they offer care and support for people and families living with a terminal illness at home.
Should the worst happen, Marie Curie support is beyond exceptional. From the tender Care Nurses to the informative, resourceful website, a £20 donation pays for an hour of vital nursing care.
Find out more and donate here > https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/donate
The Hibbs Lupus Trust
This charity is a dedicated team of volunteers who support people affected by lupus. For those who don’t know, lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s natural defence attack healthy tissue.
Founded in 2011 by John Hibbs, the charity continuously looks to inform and support those affected by the disease, with resources and aid hard to come by for this illness. Although our working relationship with this charity is relatively new, we wholeheartedly respect and appreciate the work they are trying to achieve, and would encourage people to support a charity that is pushing awareness of a relatively non-mainstream disease.
Find out more and donate here > https://www.hibbslupustrust.org/donate
From the outside, it’s still quite hard to believe that blood cancer is a thing. People often forget that the likes of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma all belong to this devastating category. Since 1960, Bloodwise have been funding essential research into these horrific diseases, as well as support affected individuals and families who are suffering.
Your support is vital to keep this research ongoing. Whether that’s taking part in a fundraising event (such as cycling, swimming or running) or setting up your own, every pound helps.
Find out more about Bloodwise and donate here > https://bloodwise.org.uk/donate
Over the past few years, the impact of dementia has become common knowledge. While dementia is an umbrella term to describe the nature of progressive neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease in the most common type of dementia.
This charity provides specialist support for families with a dedicated nurse service. Aptly named Admiral Nurses, a term taken to pay respect to the founder of the charity, these nurses help families to cope with dementia in the present while preparing for the challenges of the future.
Fundraising is vital for this charity. A £50 donation to Dementia UK could pay for an Admiral Nurse to spend time with a carer who feels isolated and alone.
Find out more about Dementia UK and donate here > https://www.dementiauk.org/donate
London’s Air Ambulance
A charities in it’s own right, London’s Air Ambulance serves the 10 million people who live, work and travel with in the M25. So far over 37,234 trauma patients have required the services of this vital unit.
Working alongside the London Ambulance Service, It costs around £6 million annually to run London’s Air Ambulance. This provides advanced care for trauma patients 24 hours a day, all year round. While fundraising takes place in cycling, swimming and running events, telephone/online donations are just as vital in reaching this target.
You never know when you or a loved one might need the services of a lifesaving team like this. A small donation ensures that the UK’s capital is covered with rapid transport via helicopter.
Find out more about London’s Air Ambulance charity and donate here > https://londonsairambulance.co.uk/donate
MS International Federation
We’re excited to work with the MS International Federation, the global network of MS organisations (49 across the world with links to many others).
Campaigning for increased awareness and providing essential resources to members, the MS International Federation support international research into better treatments and ways to manage the disease.
MS International Federation run take part in challenges & events to fundraise their research. That aside, a small donation to the MS International Federation today will help fund the vital international research, helping to better understand the disease to move forward proactively.
Find out more about MS International Federation and donate here > https://www.mssociety.org.uk/get-involved/donate