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The Honeypot #CharityTuesday

Posted on 28th April 2015 in #charitytuesday

The HoneypotOn Tuesdays, I try to find new charities to feature on my blog.

This week, I have discovered The Honeypot Children’s Charity, here’s a bit about what they do:

The Honeypot Children’s Charity provides respite breaks and outreach support to young carers and vulnerable children, aged 5 -12 years old. Most are young carers and many care for a chronically or terminally ill loved one, or have a parent with drug, alcohol or mental health problem. Some of the children will have been a young carer from as young as 5 years old.

‘Our children have no time to just be children’

When at home, young carers might be cooking, washing, cleaning, changing dressings, bathing, or offering emotional support. This obviously leaves no time for their own social and personal development, which can put them at risk of depression, anxiety, poor mental/physical health, isolation, bullying and poor school attendance.

Honeypot also work with vulnerable children from homes with extreme social, financial or emotional challenges. Some are victims of abuse/neglect and may be on the Child Protection Register. Like young carers, they are often left to fend for themselves with no opportunity to live a normal childhood. For them, going on a trip to the cinema or to the beach is a rarity. Having a break from their stressful home environment is virtually unknown.

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 20.56.47Why not take a look at The Honeypot website and see all the ways in which you or your organisation could help them. Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge difference.

If you are feeling super energetic and want to help fundraise you could take part in the Super Hero Run on Sunday 17 May 2015.

You can follow @HoneyPotCharity on twitter

Or like them on Facebook


The Big First Aid Lesson 2015 with St John Ambulance #CharityTuesday #bigfirstaidlesson

Posted on 14th April 2015 in #charitytuesday/ school

St John AmbulanceTune in for England’s biggest free first aid lesson – 2pm, 12 June 2015

Join The St John Ambulance Big First Aid Lesson and in the space of just one hour, students from schools across the country could learn valuable first aid skills which may stay with them for a lifetime.

At 2 pm, on 12 June, St John Ambulance will be holding the Big First Aid Lesson, a free hour long online first aid session that will be streamed live into classrooms across the country. The interactive programme will combine first aid training and 999 scenarios with interesting real life situations, as well as interactive opportunities.

This 2015 event will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman, presenter of Strictly Come Dancing. 

Click here to Register now

Be part of the Big First Aid Lesson

As well as learning the skills to save a life, schools can also star in The Big First Aid Lesson.

Throughout the programme, St John Ambulance will be linking up with schools across the country on Google Hangouts to find out how they’re getting on with the lesson.

The team in the studio will be available to answer the best questions from the comments section of The Big First Aid Lesson’s webpage, and read out posts featuring the hashtag #bigfirstaidlesson on Twitter and Facebook.

Teaching students life-saving skills

The Big First Aid Lesson has been created to make it easier for schools to teach first aid. It’s a great introduction for students, or if they already know some first aid, a brilliant way of refreshing their skills.

St John Ambulance has a whole section on their website dedicated to bringing first aid education into schools. 

Launched in 2014, the event was a big success, with 32,384 students taking part and learning life saving first aid skills.

Help Cinderella Go To The (Alexander’s) Ball – #charitytuesday

Posted on 4th December 2012 in #charitytuesday/ Alexander's Charity Ball 2012/ FSID

In September 2011 I ran a Charity Tuesday blog post to raise awareness of the Alexander’s Charity Ball, which raises money for FSID in memory of the founder’s young son, Alexander:

I am really quite humbled and proud to run this incredibly moving #charitytuesday guest post. Please read and then RT and spread the word that amazing items are needed for the auction at the 2012 ball.

Let me introduce you to an incredibly brave lady called Nicola

Hi I’m Nicola 31 and a busy wife married to Ian and manic mother to 5 wonderful boys Thomas, Jack, Harrison, Alexander and Joseph.  Our lives were turned upside down and inside out when on the 9thFebruary 2007 the unthinkable happened and our fourth born Alexander Robert was the victim of Cot Death……read more….]

Ball Logo

Now I’d like to appeal to anyone in PR or any clothing company who thinks they might be able to provide Nicola with a stunning outfit for the 2012 ball which is being held in February.

As well as the knowledge that you are helping to support a wonderful cause, your dress will be seen by all the guests at the ball and also feature in any news stories surrounding it.

Alternatively, if you have any prizes that you could donate to the raffle then I’m sure Nicola would be very glad to hear from you too – please see original post for full story and contact details.

Can you help or pass this on to someone who can?

Support MAGPAS by joining their lottery!

Posted on 13th November 2012 in #charitytuesday

Magpas is a charity reliant on donations of both time and money.

The charity seeks funding to maintain its core emergency medical services

  1. It’s Emergency Medical Team – Helimedix, their equipment and running costs.
  2. Providing a Rapid Response Vehicle, its equipment and maintenance.
  3. Specialised training for Doctors and Paramedics
  4. Specialised research into traumatic injury

The charity also requires volunteers not just to provide the services but also to help with fundraising, publicity and events. If you think you have skills which could help, visit the website to find out more.

Join as a Subscription Member of the Lottery

If you would like to become a subscription member of the lottery then you can download an application form by clicking here. This gives you an entry in the draw every week. Simply print off the form, fill it in and post it to the address on the form. You will receive your ticket through the post.

If after reading these instructions, you still have a query, please read the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

What is a Helimedix team?

Magpas Helimedix Team’s are a specialist pre-hospital response and retrieval team who have undertaken specific advanced training through Magpas for their role. These individuals are equipped to provide a full range of life saving medical interventions. The team comprises of a Doctor and a Paramedic drawn from a pool of appropriately trained individuals.

Magpas medics are volunteers or seconded from the NHS, or the Armed Forces. Magpas also supports and hosts a number of Doctors and Consultants in training, Magpas is internationally renowned for its ground breaking training program which is considered the bench mark for pre-hospital emergency medical training in the UK. Magpas currently has around 50 active Helimedix Team members who provide:

  • On-scene medical support
  • On-line medical support
  • Special incident medical support
  • Major incident medical support


Where are the Helimedix Teams based?

The Magpas Helimedix Team is based centrally at RAF Wyton to provide the optimum service to the population of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, from this base Magpas Helimedix are ideally placed to respond to any serious incidents in the East of England. Magpas Helimedix have the use of several dedicated transport platforms and use the most appropriate form of transport for the incident and location.

How are Helimedix Teams activated?

Magpas Helimedix teams are activated via the control rooms of the Ambulance Service, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service or Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

What does ‘on scene’ medical support mean?

This refers to deployment to the scene of an incident to provide direct medical support. On-scene medical support may involve the full spectrum of pre-hospital critical care at the scene as well as in transit care during the journey to the most appropriate hospital. On-scene support most commonly involves major trauma patients who are trapped at the scene.

Helimedix Teams will respond to requests from an Ambulance Crew or Fire Officer for assistance at the scene of a serious incident. Magpas Helimedix teams have been deployed 670 times from January – December 2011 .

How are Magpas Helimedix funded?

Magpas is solely reliant on the generous donations of you the public. It costs in the region of £1.8million per annum to offer this life saving service to the East of England. If you would like to keep this incredible service running please donate now.

Will Aid: During November, some Solicitors will write you a Will in return for a donation to charity…

Posted on 6th November 2012 in #charitytuesday

Will Aid, the UK’s most enduring and successful charity Will-making scheme, runs again for the month of November 2012. The Solicitors who kindly agree to take part receive no payment for their services, instead donations are sent to nine of the UK’s leading charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Age UK, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).

Will Aid solicitors all over the UK agree to write basic Wills during November, without charging their usual fee.  These solicitors aim to raise as much money as possible for the Will Aid charities, by asking Will-makers for a donation, which reflects the time and expertise they have devoted to writing the Will. The suggested donation is £90 for a single Will, £135 for mirror Wills or £40 for a codicil or change to a previous Will.

Will Aid is effective. Not only does it raise substantial money for charity, but also motivates people to get on and make their Will – something that many people have been meaning to get around to for years. Last November, solicitors all over the UK gave their time and expertise to Will Aid. Over 27,000 clients wrote a Will. Nine charities shared £2.2 million, donated by Will-makers to Will Aid.

The contact details of participating solicitors are now available online at  or by phoning the hotline on 0300 0300 013. Readers should then contact the solicitor straightaway to make an appointment for November.

The website also has a good deal of information on Wills and inheritance issues as well as a useful Will planner to help people prepare their Will.

To offer additional peace of mind to Will Aid clients, we have teamed up with Certainty, the National Will Register, so that clients can register the location of their Will – for free.  When a Will is needed, the register enables loved ones to quickly and easily locate it.

Information taken from Will Aid press release, please direct any enquiries via the Will Aid website.


Invasion Colchester returns for 2012

Posted on 24th July 2012 in #charitytuesday/ Invasion colchester/ Star Wars/ superheroes

After the success of Invasion Colchester 2011, the team are wisely returning with a branch new ‘show’ for this year on Saturday 18th August.

There will be many costumed actors and characters including storm troopers, daleks, soldiers and many more greats from stage and screen. There will also be signatures available from some special guests and the days promises to be fun and exciting. Going shopping in Colchester on Saturday the 18th will be very different to any other weekend!

As well as being a brilliant experience, Invasion Colchester 2012 is raising money for three worthy charities and its founder feels he owes a debt of gratitude as explained here in his own words:

“I launched Invasion Colchester in 2011 as a way to raise money for a very important cause which saved my life…

On the 9 January 2011 I was admitted to Colchester University Hospital with breathing difficulties. Within two days I was on life support due to a complete failure of my lungs and following tests, I was diagnosed with swine flu (H1N1).

On the 14 January my family were informed that there was nothing else that could be done for me and to expect the worst. The only treatment for my condition was called ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation). This is a process intended for patients whose heart and lungs cannot function normally on their own. Basically, the machine removed blood from my body, then oxygenated and heated it before pumping it back since my lungs were unable to produce any oxygen at all. The ECMO machine can, for up to several weeks, act as an artificial heart and lung. Find out more about it here. There are very few beds in ECMO Units in the country but I was lucky; later that day a bed became available in Leicester Glenfield Hospital and I was transferred that evening by a specialist team and ambulance.

I remained on the ECMO machine for 12 days during which time I required twenty four hour care from two specialist nurses. I was eventually transferred back to Colchester to continue my recovery at home.

I owe my life to the machine and the specialists that nursed me both in Colchester and Leicester for which I and my family are eternally grateful. I was the fortunate individual out of twenty people requiring the one bed that became available that night and I wanted to show my whole-hearted gratitude by raising funds and awareness for ECMO. There are very few machines available with the specialists required to operate them in this country and I am still hoping to be able to play a small part in rectifying this situation.

Due to the substantial success of the original event, a decision was made there and then to continue Invasion Colchester every year, for as long as we can, raising money for additional charities in the process.

So this August please show your support for our very worthy causes, head into town for the day and help us raise some much needed funds. It’s going to be a blast!”


The Royal Institution #CharityTuesday

Posted on 29th May 2012 in #charitytuesday

For #CharityTuesday today, let me hand you over to the good people at the Royal Institution! If you are in or near London why not go along to one of their family friendly fun days?

The theme of the first Family Fun Day will be Fabric and Knitting. The day will provide a hands-on, fun-filled exploration into the science, engineering and maths behind the clothes we wear. The following are just a couple of examples of the activities that families who come along could get involved in on the day:

•       SPRAY ON FABRICS – Do you ever get up in the morning and feel like you’ve got nothing to wear? Come and meet the team that has come up with a solution – clothes you can spray straight out of a can!

•       TRAID: DISCOVER THE DESIGNER IN YOU – We send 1.3 million tons of clothes to landfill each year – recycling charity TRAID will be on hand to show you how to stop wasting old clothes and instead easily upcycle them into cool designs.

•       GROW YOUR OWN ORGANS – Forget spinning fibres to make silk and other materials – discover how scientists are using the process of electrospinning to make human tissues and organs!

•       SILK VERSUS STEEL – What material would be best used for a bullet-proof vest – steel, or silk? Discover the amazing strength of unlikely materials and test out for yourselves which would win in a battle of resilience.

The Royal Institution Family Fun Day: Fabric and Knitting

Date: Saturday 9 June, 11am-4pm

What: Get hands on with the surprising science, engineering and maths behind the clothes you wear! Discover textiles up close, get tied in knots and measure the surprising strength of silk.

Where: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS (Nearest tube Green Park)

For more details and events see

Or you can follow @ri_science on twitter.


The Songwriting Charity #CharityTuesday

Posted on 22nd May 2012 in #charitytuesday

Let me introduce you to a wonderful concept, The Songwriting Charity! Music is known as the universal language and I absolutely love the idea of children working together to produce music in a way that helps them with their difficulties. I can’t describe it any better than the very passionate John Quinn does, so I’ll hand you over to him now:

Passionate about the art and craft of songwriting, music production and always committed to delivering the highest quality teaching, Nathan Timothy, a successful singer, songwriter, producer, and a member of BASCA and Association of Independent Music took the bold step of starting up his own charity, Nathan Timothy Foundation, the Songwriting Charity, back in July 2011. Even though the country was (and still is) in midst of the deepest and most enduring recession of modern times, Nathan and his small team decided there’s no time like the present, so they went about getting their ducks in a row! Joining Nathan were former colleagues from another charity where they previously all worked together called Beatbullying. Ben O’Sullivan, John Quinn and Christine Napper form the nucleus of the Songwriting Charity.

The work of the Songwriting Charity addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people using songwriting and music technology.

Our unique, one-day workshops present opportunities to sing, write lyrics, create and manipulate digital sounds and/composition, perform, record and play music, offering creative enterprise opportunities and bridging between traditional learning styles and music through songwriting. Recorded material is then available for schools to stream online for presentations, in-school promotions or for use out in the wider community, or to download via the charity’s SoundCloud music platform.

We work closely with participating schools and groups so that we can tailor the workshops to the needs of the students and the school. Working in partnership with schools, students, the whole school community, is important to us.

We are the Number 1 charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting.

Whilst based at its HQ in Central London, the Songwriting Charity also has regional presence in Cambridgeshire, Kent and Gloucestershire and is building a partnership base with schools and local authorities in these areas, ready to roll out its programmes from September 2012 onwards.

The Songwriting Charity’s workshops help children to explore their emotions, feelings, understanding, fragilities, relationships, stresses and joys, through songwriting and musical expression. It’s magical. The journey starts with warm ups and vocal exercises, then settles down to exploring everything from our feelings associated with a certain subject matter, or their experiences. It’s all about creating new music and songs, opening up creative opportunities for children who have no access to this level of support or creativity, helping them to achieve and feel valued. We give children the time to be creative.

Since September 2011 the Songwriting Charity has worked with over 1300 children and young people. We now have over 120 active school partners and some exciting partnerships on the boil. Evaluation continues to show the effectiveness of our work with 100% of teachers to date rating our work excellent, happily recommending us to colleagues and other schools.

In only eight months, our SoundCloud has seen nearly 30,000 plays, with children and parents logging on, commenting and downloading their songs. 95% of children have rated their workshops as excellent, finding them to be enjoyable experiences, ones they want to repeat over and over again. Teachers regularly come back to tell us that their children are so proud of their work, and that they still talk about their workshops many months later.

We maintain a close connection with our partners, whether they are schools or community groups. Legacy is important to us. The big consideration is always funding and finding the resources to acquire new music tech and kit that helps us ensure our beneficiaries get their hands on some of the best and most innovative music tech and apps out there.

This is what people say about us:

“I think it is a fantastic opportunity for children to explore issues from a new direction. I believe they have grown in confidence and developed considerable self esteem as school council reps.” John Baker, Headteacher, Knockhall Community Primary School

“The feedback from the children was great. A statemented child in the class had a very high level of input and his musical ability/talent was acknowledged. The Songwriting Charity have worked with us many times, and never fail to deliver! The experience of a day with Nathan and his team is invaluable, and one the children will remember.” Vicki Cuff, Inclusion Leader, Invicta Primary School, Greenwich

“It was a real privilege having the opportunity to witness at first hand the fantastic way the guys from the Song Writing Charity were able to get engage with the young people from Downsview, making sure that every pupil regardless of their additional needs meaningfully contributed to the material that will eventually turn in to the anthem of the Hackney Schools’ Sports Championships. I was really impressed by the way the three of you came across as really being focused on ensuring that each pupil took part in a way which was really meaningful and not slightest bit patronising or tokenistic. The way in which you differentiated the task to work with the range of needs was really good to see.” Aneurin Wood, Principal Equalities & Disabilities Inclusion Officer, The Learning Trust

We’re going to celebrate our first birthday in July this year, and are determined to ensure that children and young people everywhere, are able to experience the magical process of songwriting. Like all charities, we need funding and support. Being asked to write a piece for a blog like this is great for us. All we ask is after reading this, you have a look at our website and follow our social links to the SoundCloud and our YouTube Channel.

Listen to the amazing songs that children have written; covering everything from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to creating awareness of bullying and how it affects their peers. If you would like to support us, then please consider making a donation towards our work. Every penny and pound gets through to the frontline. Text NTSC11 and any amount up to £10 to 70070. Thank you so much for supporting us.

Guess2Give #CharityTuesday

Posted on 1st May 2012 in #charitytuesday

World’s First Fundraising Sweepstake launches

The online fundraising sector has seen a major development this month with the launch of Guess2Give, the world’s first online fundraising sweepstake. Guess2Give works by allowing charity donors to ‘win’ a proportion of their money back by guessing the outcome of a sponsored event. Donors are asked to guess a sponsored runner’s finishing time, in exchange for a £3 donation. 50p of the money will go into a pool which will pay out to the person who guesses closest; and the remainder, after costs, will go to the charity of the runner’s choice. The site is designed to work alongside traditional sponsorship pages such as JustGiving, offering a last minute boost towards a fundraising target

The website officially launched ahead of the Virgin London Marathon, with the founders hoping to re-invigorate the fundraising sector at a time when individuals, and charities, are struggling to raise funds. The idea was recently endorsed by Governmental body NESTA, who awarded Guess2Give a grant from its Innovation in Giving Fund in recognition of the innovation it has brought to the charity sector.

The site has been live in beta format since August last year, and over 50 major charities have already signed up, recognising that Guess2Give can offer an important new source of revenue. Charities include Cancer Research, Sense, Scope, Age UK, Parkinson’s UK, Whizz Kidz and Shelter.  Paul Jackson-Clark, Fundraising Director of Parkinson’s UK commented: “For me being part of Guess2Give was a simple decision to make as it will provide a new income stream without any cost or risk to the charity. It also provides a new, fun and slightly competitive element to fundraising and enables supporters not just participants to be really involved in an event.”

Guess2Give is the brainchild of two keen sportsman Tim Parkman and Mark Chandler, who had multiple triathlons lined up but felt they could not ask for sponsorship for each one.  Instead they asked colleagues, friends and family to guess how long it would take them to complete each triathlon, with the closest guess winning some money back. Mark Chandler said “Fundraising has become increasingly challenging in recent years, for charities and for individuals faced with growing minimum sponsorship pledges. Raising money doesn’t have to be about asking friends to sponsor your hobby, bothering people you don’t know, or having them feel that they are being continually pestered. Guess2Give shows there is another way.”

The company, which launched with the slogan “there is another way”, has lampooned charity muggers, or “chuggers” in a video timed to coincide with their product going live.

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