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Sign up to abseil in Liverpool for Parkinson’s UK

Descend 331ft down the city’s iconic Cathedral to help transform the lives of people with Parkinson’s

Daredevils in Liverpool and across the North West  can now sign up to take on an abseil for charity Parkinson’s UK.

Abseil down Britain’s biggest cathedral and enjoy beautiful views of Liverpool on Saturday 31st July. Money raised through sponsorship will help drive forward pioneering research projects, as well as the delivery of vital support services for all those affected by Parkinson’s.

Steph Potts , Regional Fundraiser for the North West  at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“With more than 40 potential symptoms, Parkinson’s can devastate lives. We’ve made huge breakthroughs in the last 50 years, but there is still no cure and current treatments are not good enough. By taking on this challenge, you can help transform the lives of people with Parkinson’s.”

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. In the UK, there are around 145,000 people already living with Parkinson’s, including approximately 16,387 in the North West .

Parkinson’s UK is the largest charitable funder of Parkinson’s research in Europe, leading the way to better treatments and a cure.

To register, visit: https://events.parkinsons.org.uk/event/liverpool-cathedral-abseil/home

It is estimated that Valentine’s Day was valued at over £361 million (Statista.com) to the retail sector in the UK in 2019 and consumers are expected to spend even more this year for their loved ones.

London based children’s cardiac charity, Chain of Hope is offering a unique opportunity for you to mend a heart in the real sense this Valentine’s Day and throughout the month of February, which is celebrated internationally as, heart month.

This Valentine’s period the charity is urging individuals or corporate donors to donate to Chain of Hope in their loved one’s name in lieu of gifts or flowers. This donation will go towards providing complex heart surgery for a child in desperate need. Donations can be made via www.chainofhope.org or by calling 020 7351 1978 or sending an email to emily@chainofhope.org .

Founded in 1996 by the ‘King of Hearts’ Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub OM, FRS, Chain of Hope has been providing life-saving heart surgery and medical treatment for children from war-torn and developing countries who would otherwise find it almost impossible to receive the treatment they deserve.

In 2019, Chain of Hope directly treated 267 children from over 20 countries who were suffering from life-threatening heart disease and the charity is expected to reach even more children this year.

Actress, Felicity Kendal who is an Ambassador for the charity has given her support to the valentine’s day campaign. Felicity said she is urging individuals to donate to the charity in their loved one’s name as a special valentine’s day gift this year.

‘It happens to be my husband’s birthday 14th February and his life was saved by heart surgery. He is not young, but it was a miracle. How much more amazing to save the life of a child with heart surgery, it’s a miracle we can help happen. And we must.’ She said.

Your donation could help make a difference and save a child’s life.

A special rescued resident at Redwings Horse Sanctuary is putting big smiles on visitors’ faces while also helping to raise vital funds for horses in need.

Adorable donkey Dotty, who lives at Redwings’ Ada Cole visitor centre, near Harlow in Essex, has been announced as the charity’s latest Adoption Star.

Redwings’ popular Adoption Scheme, which has been running for over 30 years, allows supporters to sponsor an ‘Adoption Star’ horse or donkey from just £15 per year with every penny going towards their care and that of their fellow rescued residents at the Sanctuary.

Sponsors are kept up-to-date with letters and online blogs, and they can visit their four-legged friend for free at the Redwings visitor centre where they live. They’re even invited to their Adoption Star’s birthday party!

Poor Dotty was rescued by the RSPCA in 2018 from a site in Essex having been discovered with very overgrown hooves which were causing her extreme pain. She was taken to a nearby veterinary practice for immediate treatment and then transferred to Redwings Ada Cole to continue her recovery.

Her former owner later pleaded guilty to failing to meet her welfare needs and disqualified from keeping equines for three years.

Despite her painful past ordeal, Dotty’s friendly nature soon shown through at the Sanctuary – making her the perfect new addition to the Adoption Scheme!

Nicola Knight, Head of Communications, said: “We’re delighted to introduce Dotty as our latest Adoption Star and we hope our supporters will love her as much as we do!

“Dotty’s suffering could have been easily prevented with regular foot trims. At the Sanctuary, she’ll receive all the care she needs for life so she’ll never have to fear pain again.

“By supporting Dotty, her sponsors will also be helping the hundreds of rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in our care nationwide, so we hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to meet and adopt her.”

Everyone is invited to visit Dotty at Redwings Ada Cole, in Epping Road, Roydon (EN9 2DH), every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm – and entry is free!

For more information or to adopt Dotty, head to www.redwings.org.uk/adopt.

Greyhound Trust South Lakes is based at Witherslack in the South Lakes and since starting to foster and home greyhounds in July 2004 we have found homes for in excess of 560 – from youngsters who didn’t want to race to those whose racing career is over, the only criteria they need for coming to us is to be a greyhound.
Why adopt a greyhound? Well, they make very loyal companions whether you are young, elderly, work or have a family. They make wonderful pets, are extremely laid back couch potatoes, don’t need a lot of exercise (just a couple of half hour walks a day and they are happy) although they can enjoy an active life style if you want them to.  They are very affectionate, easy to groom, are healthy, robust and generally live to be 12 to 14 years of age.
If you are going to be a first time dog owner, live in a flat, have cats, other dogs and pets, children, or you work, are elderly or have mobility issues we can find you the perfect greyhound to fit your lifestyle.  All we ask of you in return is to be committed to looking after them, to loving them and to sharing your home and your life with them.  They are very loyal and intelligent dogs who have been in existence for thousands of years, and if you give them 100% of your love they will give you 150% in return.  Call us on 01539 552394 or visit our web site www.greyhoundtrustsouthlakes.org.uk because greyhounds make the greatest of pets.

200,000 cats and kittens helped every year, but still many more need help.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres, we help care for abandoned cats and kittens across the UK.

Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets.
We have simple and clear objectives to help cats:

  • Homing – we help to find good homes for cats in need
  • Neutering – we promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow
  • Information – we improve people’s understanding of cats and their care and help to educate people of all ages about cats and their welfare requirements

We live in a world where there are many more cats than available homes and yet large numbers of unneutered cats are still allowed to have kittens. Sadly, abandoned and neglected cats remain commonplace.

At any one time we can have many thousands of cats in our care across the country. And there are many more that need our help. They may be abandoned, unwanted, mistreated or seeking a new home because their owners can’t care for them any longer. Old, sick, frightened…each cat that arrives in our care is different and we are committed to giving each and every one, the love and care they need for as long as it takes to find them a loving home.

Every cat that comes into us is health checked, treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated and neutered to get them ready for rehoming. We also microchip every cat, so that if they do become separated from their new owner the pair can be quickly reunited.

This dedication ensures the best possible start in their new life. However, such a high level of care comes at a high cost. From the moment a cat comes into our care, to the happy day they leave with their new family, we will do all we can to ensure the best start in their new home.

We never put a healthy cat to sleep

It is our ambition to help even more cats than we do already and cats and their welfare are at the heart of everything we do.

We can only be there for all the cats and kittens that need us with the support of kind friends, friends who are caring and generous cat lovers kind enough to consider making a significant gift towards our work. Not only can you help us to continue to offer shelter, food and care to thousands of unwanted cats and kittens – you can also help to make the world a better place for every cat by helping to educate people to become better owners and by supporting neutering programmes that will stop unplanned litters becoming the unwanted cats of tomorrow.

Can you help give cats a better today and a brighter tomorrow?

Please consider becoming a Friend of our new Black Cat Society. For further information, please contact Mandy Pope our Major Gift Manager on 01625 877 208 or email Mandy mandy.pope@cats.org.uk

www.cats.org.uk/bcs

Greyhound Trust South Lakes is based at Witherslack in the South Lakes and since starting to foster and home greyhounds in July 2004 we have found homes for in excess of 520 – from youngsters who didn’t want to race to those whose racing career is over, the only criteria they need for coming to us is to be a greyhound. 

Why adopt a greyhound? Well, they make very loyal companions whether you are young, elderly, work or have a family. They make wonderful pets, are extremely laid back couch potatoes, don’t need a lot of exercise (just a couple of half hour walks a day and they are happy) although they can enjoy an active life style if you want them to.  They are very affectionate, easy to groom, are healthy, robust and generally live to be 12 to 14 years of age.

If you are going to be a first time dog owner, live in a flat, have cats, other dogs and pets, children, or you work, are elderly or have mobility issues we can find you the perfect greyhound to fit your lifestyle.  All we ask of you in return is to be committed to looking after them, to loving them and to sharing your home and your life with them.  They are very loyal and intelligent dogs who have been in existence for thousands of years, and if you give them 100% of your love they will give you 150% in return.  Call us on 01539 552394 or visit our web site www.greyhoundtrustsouthlakes.org.uk because greyhounds make the greatest of pets.

Charities are part of British life. They range from small groups meeting local needs with few resources to the well-known major charities with budgets of millions.

Whatever their size or purpose, an essential requirement of all charities is that they operate for the public benefit and independently of government or commercial interests.

Our job is to ensure our readers are provided with the best possible regulation and information on these charities in order to increase charity effectiveness, public confidence and trust in them.

What is classed as a Charity
UK charities are non profit organisations that carry out activities that help society such as charity events & fund rasing and help fund vital research into medical conditions such as cancer or heart disease, helping children & poverty and help raise awareness of endangered species by such acts as “adopting an animal” sponsorship schemes.

Below you will find our charity directory. It lists a number of charities that we have worked with, supported and recommended over the years.

Humanitarian organization

http://www.redcross.org.uk British Red Cross

http://www.redcross.int International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

http://www.redcross.org American Red Cross

http://www.helpwithoutfrontiers.org Help without Frontiers

http://www.christian-aid.org.uk Christian Aid UK

http://www.irw.org Islamic Relief

http://www.soldierscharity.org/ The soldiers Charity

http://www.msf.org Médecins Sans Frontières

http://www.salvationarmy.org The Salvation Army

http://www.christianaid.org Christian Aid

http://www.oxfam.org Oxfam

http://www.jewishcare.org Jewish Care

http://www.samaritans.org Samaritans

http://www.jrf.org.uk Joseph Rowntree Foundation

http://www.sja.org.uk St John Ambulance Surrey

http://www.mrdf.org.uk Methodist Relief and Development Fund

Child abuse and other child issues

http://www.childline.org.uk Child line

http://www.nspcc.org.uk National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

http://www.kidscape.org.uk Child Abuse – Signs and Symptoms

Autism

http://www.autism.org.uk National Autistic Society

Deaf

http://bda.org.uk British Deaf Association

http://www.ndcs.org.uk National Deaf Children’s Society

http://www.rnid.org.uk Royal National Institute for The Deaf

Disabled

http://www.kids-online.org.uk Kids

http://www.aapd-dc.org American Association of People with Disabilities

http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk Down’s Syndrome Association

Blind People

http://www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk Action for Blind People

http://www.guidedogs.org.uk The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Bullying

http://www.bullying.co.uk A charity that deals with the important issue of bullying

www.besafeonline.org An internet charity that deals with bullying

www.antibullying.net A charity that deals with the issue of bullying

http://www.cyberbully.org Cyber Bullying

http://www.bullyfrog.com

http://www.actagainstbullying.com Act Against Bullying website

Mental Illness

http://www.mind.org.uk Mind

http://www.sane.org.uk SANE

http://www.rethink.org Rethink

Learning disabilities

http://www.mencap.org.uk

The Aged

http://www.helptheaged.org.uk Help the Aged

Animals and wildlife

http://www.rspb.org.uk Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

http://www.peta.org People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

http://www.rspca.org.uk Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

http://www.scottishspca.org Scottish SPCA

http://www.aspca.org American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

http://www.animalaid.org.uk Animal aid

http://www.fawc.org.uk Farm Animal Welfare Council

http://www.league.org.uk League Against Cruel Sports

http://www.wspa-international.org World Society for the Protection of

http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk Woodland Trust

http://www.advocatesforanimals.org.uk Advocates for Animals;

http://www.captiveanimals.org Captive Animal Protection Society, UK

http://www.wpsi-india.org Wildlife Protection Society of India,

http://www.greenpeace.org Greenpeace International

British charity networks

http://www.wcva.org.uk Wales Council for Voluntary Action

http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk NCVO website for England

http://www.scvo.org.uk SCVO website for Scotland

http://www.nicva.org NICVA website for Northern Ireland

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