Throughout June we've been asking people to nominate a charity for u-ni-k to support, and the response was heart warming. Earlier on today we asked one of our Mummy friends to do what Anna & I couldn't bring ourselves to do – choose the Charity for us. Before we reveal who the u-ni-k gifts charity for 2011 – 2012 is let me tell you a little about the causes that were nominated: in no particular order:
Home Start –
Home Start help to increase the confidence and independence of families by:
Visiting families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical assistance
Reassuring parents that their childcare problems are not unusual or unique
Encouraging parents' strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children
Trying to get the fun back into family life.
Forces Children's Trust –
Forces Children's Trust is a charity devoted to helping children whose father or mother has died, or has been seriously injured, whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.
They are a small, agile charity providing support and positive experiences to children who have suffered a great loss. By participating in events like Theatre trips holidays with other children in a similar situation they can create their own way of moving forward.
Teenage Cancer Trust-
At Teenage Cancer Trust, we understand that young people with cancer require specialist care.
We know how damaging it is to take a young person away from their everyday life, their friends, their environment, their family – and put them in a cancer ward with small children or older people.
Young people have a much better chance in their fight against cancer if they are treated by teenage cancer experts, in an environment tailored to their needs. So we’re working every day to make that happen.
Teenage Cancer Trust aims to ensure that every young person with cancer and their family receive the best possible care and professional support throughout their cancer journey.
Wheels of Experience-
Wheels of Experience is a Family charity raising money to buy a motorhome for their very disabled child Sophie. Being in a wheelchair and permanently connected to a ventilator has it's downfalls. Her family to make what time they have left with Sophie as normal as possible, this includes going on holiday once a year.
Unfortunately going on holiday with a child that runs off batteries and needs more supplies than a football team has it's challenges! They can't go more than an hours drive away, as they have to take so many supplies with them that it requires two trips out, and once they reach their location, they have to spend a day setting up our 'mobile intensive care' unit so that it's safe for Sophie. While on a break to the South Coast they saw several motorhomes, and then came the idea for The Wheels of Experience. They are trying to raise enough money to buy and adapt a Motorhome so that they can enjoy whatever time they have left with Sophie.
Shooting star chase / Guildford Children’ s hospice -
Welcome to Shooting Star CHASE. We are your local children’s hospice service, a charity caring for local families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition. We support families living in Western London, Surrey and West Sussex.
Helen’s House- Oxford children’s hospice-
Helen & Douglas House has the time and expertise to care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support their families. The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family.
Our aim is to help every young person - aged from birth to 35 – who visits us from Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, live life to the full....even when that life is short.
Great Ormond St Hospital –
Great Ormond Street Hospital is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare and together with our research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health, we form the UK’s only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics.
Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.
The hospital is also at the forefront of paediatric training in the UK. We train more children’s nurses than any other hospital and play a leading role in training paediatric doctors.
Scotties Little Soldiers –
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces.
The charity provides treats, trips and activities for families of the fallen with the aim of offering a respite – however brief - from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one
Count The Kicks–
Awareness Saves Lives
COUNT THE KICKS™ wants to empower Mums with knowledge and confidence during their pregnancy. We want to raise awareness of the risks surrounding later stages of pregnancy and also to teach Mums to take responsibility of their own health and care and that of their unborn babies. We want to ensure Mums work with their midwives and healthcare providers by being aware of the risks they could face during pregnancy and birth, and by being aware of their baby’s movements and development. We want to ensure every Mum has the confidence to call for advice if she is ever worried at all.
6500 babies are stillborn or die soon after birth throughout the UK each year . . . that’s 17 families who suffer the devastating loss of their babies every day!
Sense is the leading national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deaf blind. We provide expert advice and information as well as specialist services to deaf blind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. We also support people who have sensory impairments with additional disabilities.
All these suggested Charities are fabulous causes; but we can't support them all.
This 2011/12 u-ni-k gifts will be supporting: Helen's House!