Charity Round-up: You can make a difference

gerbera daisies 610I am sure you will join with the whole BritMums team in expressing our condolences to the family and friends of Susan Taylor who died during a charity swim across the English Channel this week.  Susan was raising money for two amazing charities so if you feel minded and able to do so, please do consider a donation in her memory.

It is lovely to reflect just how many people make efforts to help a diverse range of good causes  and in so many different ways.  Here are just a few of them from our blogging community.

Anyone at the keynotes at BritMums Live could not fail to be moved by Kylie’s speech.  The scary thing was seeing people flee from the room in distress.  We forget just how many people experience child abuse or what a complex issue it can be. With those sort of issues it is all too easy to lose hope that we can change things for the better.  So I was delighted to see Kylie highlighting just how we can armour ourselves against this blight on society and talk to our children about pants.

Dogs are very much on my mind at the moment as we re-homed a lovely one at the weekend.  He is a gentle giant and settling in very well. Dogs can add so much to a person’s life and particularly where that person has a special need.  It was interesting to hear more about dogs that help those who struggle with hearing loss and how celebrities are lending their support.

Another animal that I have a bit of a thing about is the bee.  I would love to keep bees one day.  I can remember the very day when I got interested. I met a friend of my brother’s years ago for the first time and loved her bee-keeper’s outfit and was fascinated from then. So I was interested to hear about Adopt a Hive and tips on helping our bees.

Despite myself, I am looking forward to finding out the gender and name of the Royal Baby. Let’s not forget the severe sickness the Duchess of Cambridge experienced at the start of her pregnancy. Imagine experiencing that for months on end. Discover the impact of that suffering and how one blogger is supporting Pregnancy Sickness Support a charity that is so helpful and struggles on with very few resources.

I had the pleasure of meeting Angie at a recent blogger event.  She tells us about a regular date in her diary for a car show in aid of Cancer Research UK and today shares some rather scrumptious recipes for the cupcakes she makes for the event.

Sadly cancer can strike at any age and I loved how as part of a blogging challenge, Fun as a Gran took the opportunity to highlight a charity offering support to families affected by childhood cancers. As she says, it is the charity none of us want to need but thank goodness it is there for those challenging times when a diagnosis is received.

I think many charities do not harness the power of family life in their fundraising ideas. Several bloggers posted about the Sun Walk that helps breast cancer charities. Yes this was a walk but included activities for all the family. It is always difficult to choose just one post but I am highlighting Mummy2Five who posts about different charities regularly.

Of course, in the heatwave you may not feel up to taking on a physical challenge or even going shopping. However, if you shop online, you can raise money for your school or charity of your choice at no extra cost to yourself via Give As  You Live. A Wimbledon school shows us how it is done with children now enjoying a play area as a result of parents getting behind the initiative.

I started this round-up by highlighting a woman who will leave a great legacy to the charity world. As the world waits for a Royal Baby, let’s remember Matilda Mae who has already changed the world. Her family are hoping that this can continue via a fundraising barn dance for the Lullaby Trust. As with all charity endeavours, everyone has something to offer this cause in terms of ideas, setting up, promoting and/or donating.

As ever, the choice of whether we will take on that challenge is ours. Can you make a difference? If you are already changing the world in ways tiny or huge, why not blog about it and link up your post/s below.

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About Kate Davis-Holmes

Kate Davis-Holmes is a writer and blogger. She is married with 3 children. After obtaining a law degree from Cambridge University, Kate spent 20 years working in local and national organisations. She has experience of project management. media relations, events organisation, advice-giving and the facilitation of learning groups. Kate’s interests include bargain-hunting, reading, travelling and cookery. She has a passion for helping good causes and seeing women get a fairer deal in society.

1 Comment

  1. 17 July 2013 / 14:08

    Thank you for including me, I am also at present arranging a fun charity evening for Everton in the Community, it may be connected to Everton but only in name, the charity have to raise all their own funds to help over 20,000 children and young adults a year ranging from disabled to keeping them out of gangs and feel safe from a bad home environment x