UK Charity

Guy Looking For A Travel Companion With The Same Name As His Ex Actually Found One

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Remember the guy searching for a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend to accompany him on a free trip around the world? Yup, he actually foun...

Ukip's 'Scrooge' Voters Really Do Not Like Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip voters are by far the biggest cynics towards charity, research has found, leading some to dub the party's supporters the "Scrooges of the coming ...

#XmasJumperDay: Our Favourite Knits From Around The Web

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With just 13 days to go until Christmas, there's no better way to cure the office scrooge than prancing around in your most outrageous piece of festiv...

A Lesson In Volunteering: How To Get Involved With Food Banks

Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

While you might think that volunteering is a huge commitment and that you have to do it every week without fail, which for some, just isn't realistic. The reality is that you don't. Whatever free time you can spare to help out your local food bank or charity is always appreciated - regardless of whether you spare one hour a month, or three hours a week.

Sniffing Out Breast Cancer - Thanks to Walk the Walk

Nina Barough CBE | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nina Barough CBE

We already know from research that dogs can detect prostate cancer - what we don't know is whether prostate and breast cancer smell different. This was something that I knew Walk the Walk would want to help with so when Medical Detection Dogs were planning a major study into breast cancer detection and needed help with funding the study, we jumped at it.

I'm No Scrooge, But I'm Giving Christmas Cards a Miss This Year

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

We are donating £1 for every job we complete between now and the fundraising deadline on 10 January and, to put that in perspective, we normally do 1,500 jobs a week during December and early January. I've also made a couple of personal donations too.

Have Charities Become Too Political?

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

I believe charities have become too political, carefully lobbying government privately and publicly, and that this harms the democratic process. But like most things, it may be too late before the public starts to realise what has been going on and demands the charities are made accountable.

Know the Symptoms This Winter as Meningitis Is Still Here and Cases Are on the Rise

Chris Head | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Chris Head

Meningitis Research Foundation is concerned that more than 20 university students have had meningitis in England alone since term began this September, and tragically, some have died. We are also supporting a number of parents whose younger children have died or been disabled by this disease.

A New Generation as Generous as its Grandparents

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

While we are enormously grateful to the baby boomers for digging deep into their pockets for so many years, I believe there is a new generation waiting in the wings who, if their current 'giving' is anything to go by, will be just as, if not more generous in ways that only they will determine.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Three

Hugh Salmon | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Since I started this blog, I have promoted my view that, in society, we are all consumers - and that professional marketing and advertising, and 'upstream creative thinking', could be better employed for the good of society as a whole. All of us...

Peace, Joy and Trite Lyrics to the World

Paul Marshall | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Of course, you can resist all you want. Ultimately though resistance is futile. Like it or not, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!, Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth, Wombling Merry Christmas and many others besides will eventually get lodged into your brain and you won't be able to get them out again until New Year at the very earliest.

More Than a Label: Championing a Cause Not Becoming the Cause

Anne-Marie Kruk | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Kruk

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year. I love the Christmas lights and the spectacular window displays. Let's face it; it is the one time a year when we have an excuse to be a kid again!

Some Thoughts on Charity at Christmastime

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

If we want to stamp out homelessness, and poverty, and starvation, and all of the other problems we are currently facing, the answer doesn't lie in a donation once a year. If we really want to challenge these social ills, we have to bond together and stand in solidarity with the less fortunate - all year round.

Avoid Morning-After Regrets When You're Planning That Legendary Christmas Party

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

It's that magical time of year when the woolly hats come out, and your office is crammed full of mince pies and tins of chocolate. Your organisation has worked really hard all year long, so to thank them, employees are being treated to a festive office party.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..

Children and Pets

Elaine Pendlebury | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Pendlebury

I think we often underestimate the benefits that pets can bring to children. I often reflect about how my two boys benefitted immensely from our lovely cat Charlie - sadly no longer with us. He was an elderly stray cat we adopted and he showed them how you had to be tolerant and respect a pet's needs. In return Charlie offered devotion and a listening ear when life was 'unfair'.

We Must Stop Condemning Blind People to a Life of Isolation

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

For every blind or partially sighted person you see getting on with their lives, there are many more who are trapped inside their own home, afraid to leave the house and reliant on friends, family and carers to carry out the most basic of day-to-day tasks.

This Time I Didn't Say a Single Word for 72 Hours!

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It's 20th November, fast approaching 7pm - the start time for Mission Silence, the world's first sponsored silence event. I am on the phone to my best friend who asks if I've remembered to change my answer machine message but I'd completely forgotten.

Which Ex-Partner Would End Up In Prison According to This New Law?

Sacha Wise | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Sacha Wise

Our voice often stays silent. Often, we try not to be heard stepping on eggshells constantly. This is an emotional abusive relationship, where we love to the point of brokenness and then want to scream out loud from the anguish that is usually turned on mute.

Why We Need to Change How We Aid Africa

Adam Hamdy | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Adam Hamdy

It's not just the way we engage with Africa that needs to change. Charity has become big business, but charities are not held to account by shareholders...

Bandaid: If This Is Modern Britain At Its Best, I'm Afraid There's Little Hope

Byron Dean | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Byron Dean

certainly admit that celebrity activists and good-natured donators alike are doing more to help the impoverished and diseased in the short-term than are cynical philosophers. Yet the maverick in me cannot help but condemn the whole affair.

What Can We Learn From the Fate of Beat Bullying?

Dan Corry | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

At NPC we argue that every charity and every funder should try to improve their impact. But because in the sector we are all mission focused, we should always be sharing our knowledge too, even as we have to compete with them in different ways. And that sharing is not only about impact lessons, but issues around failure and mergers.

One Supermarket Owner Explains Why His Staff Do Meditation

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When success is defined by money and power, we forget that employees are people. Those people do not enjoy their work, they burn out and as a resu...

Why the New Band Aid Single Makes Me Feel Uneasy Too

Frances Black | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

Anything that raises money for charity is great, and I am fully behind sending relief money to help the Ebola crisis that is happening in West Africa. Nevertheless, like many others, aspects of the new Band Aid 30 single make me feel uncomfortable with regards to its portrayal of West Africa and West Africans.

Bob Geldof and Adele - Why Charity Needs to Start at Home

Neil Gibb | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Gibb

Adele was brought up by a single mum who struggled for money but provided her daughter with a stable and loving home. That Adele is now wanting to do the same should be supported and applauded, not attacked as a sign of selfishness. It is the egotistical rock star who wants to play God that is selfish.