UK Charity

Students Heading Off On Charity Trek Left At Airport As Travel Firm Goes Bust

The Huffington Post UK | Sadie Hale | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students participating in a charity trek were about to check in for their flight to Tanzania when they received an email from their travel ...

Why the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Goes Against the True Needs of Charity

Joe Rivers | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Joe Rivers

It's incredibly difficult to express a negative opinion about charitable activity without coming across as a cold-hearted, mean-spirited cynic. With the majority of fund-raising initiatives, the end will justify the means but that said, I can't be the only person sick to the back teeth of their Facebook news feed being full of self-satisfied people tipping buckets of iced water over their heads.

Conformed to the Ice, Rice, Rubble Bucket Challenge?

Rima Amin | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rima Amin

"Those doing the "Ice Bucket Challenge" are just trying to fit in." - These are the words of critiques. But if this raising awareness and donating to charity is becoming a trend - Why wouldn't people want to be part of that and why would should they receive criticism for doing so?

Weirdo, Mosher, Freak: The Legacy of Sophie Lancaster

Emma Watts | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Watts

Sobriety happened immediately. As a couple of friends took him to the hospital, I remember sitting on the stairs trying to process what had just happened and being completely unable to comprehend how anyone could do something like that.

Subsidising Social Apartheid

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place... Private schools are at the very heart of a society divided by inherited wealth and privilege.

Are You a Charity Sheep?

Clive Norman | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

What is happening at the moment is almost a massed sheep like behaviour. Okay yes it is highlighting a terrible disease and raising funds. But ask yourself who is behind this and if you could follow it back to its source you would find a very clever advertising executive.

#CharityNarcissists

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

The 'No Make-Up Selfie', 'Necknominate', 'Movember', 'Dry January' and most recently 'The Ice-Bucket Challenge'. These viral charity awareness schemes are, as Arielle Pardes perfectly observed, 'narcissism masked as altruism' and I for one am not falling for it.

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair? 

A New Caledonia: Scottish Band in Single Release for Scottish Foodbanks

Rob McDowall | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob McDowall

The Scottish band The Libations have recorded and released a cover of Caledonia which has taken social media by storm and is backed with an impressive commitment to donate all proceeds of the single to Scottish foodbanks.

Are You Seriously Asking Me That?

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

Today's post follows an interesting interview I had on the radio. The interviewer, through no fault of his own, clearly had no understanding of baby loss. He sadly resorted to many clichéd lines, which are regularly handed out to those who are unfortunate enough to know first-hand the sad reality of losing a much wanted child.

Famously Charitable - Why Charities Still Need Celebrity Support

Rachel Braier | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Rachel Braier

Celebrity endorsement may not have been the key driver in their decision, but the fact that these celebrities are creating chatter around charity X, may well have been a contributing factor, albeit on a subconscious level.

'Kick In The Teeth' For Prostate Cancer Patients

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

A decision not to offer a life-extending prostate cancer drug to sufferers on the NHS until after they have received chemotherapy is a "kick in the te...

How to Fix Your Soul When Your Brain is Kicking Your Heart in the Dick

Michelle Thomas | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Thomas

Yesterday was a sad, strange day. Sometimes unhappy news can serve as a sombre reminder that we must all try hard to be kind and compassionate to one another.

On Robin Williams and Suicide

Olivia Denyer | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Denyer

The world is reeling in shock that has been likened to when Michael Jackson died: we simply can't believe it... in the wake of such a sudden departure, we should stop to consider that there are millions of people out there suffering with depression, and not all of them are getting the help that they need.

Donations Pour Into Hospice After Charity Cyclist Kris Cook Dies On Sponsored Ride In Guildford

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

Donations have poured in for a palliative care hospice after a cyclist raising funds for it died during a London to Surrey bicycle ride. Kris Cook, 36...

How to Make Sure a Charity Gets All of Your Cash

Sarah Willingham | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willingham

I was shocked recently when I discovered that when I hand over a tenner to charity, sometimes the charity ends up with just £8... Even in tough economic times we know that people still want to donate to good causes so let's make sure that they get ALL of the money they are entitled to!

A Matter of Principle

Stephen Fear | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

Remember the next time you walk past a person sitting in a shop doorway that he or she isn't sitting there in the wind and rain as a lifestyle choice. They are there because something went wrong in their life and they are struggling to deal with it. They are someone's son, daughter, mother, brother or father. They could be yours!

Social Impact Insights: Nigel Kershaw, Chairman of Big Issue and CEO of Big Issue Invest

Carlos Miranda | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Nigel is a veteran and pioneer of social enterprise and social finance; in fact, he was working in these spaces well before they even had names. He is the Chairman of The Big Issue, a social enterprise founded in 1991 enabling homeless individuals in the UK to earn a living, and the CEO of Big Issue Invest, a social investment business founded in 2005 that provides finance to social enterprises.

Move Aside Penis Pouch, Here's The Loom Band Bikini

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Since a dress made from loom bands reached bids of £170,000 on eBay it seems like everyone's trying to make a quick buck from clothing made out of th...

How the Power of Sport and Support Is Helping Cancer Suffers Rebuild Their Lives

Alan Stubbs | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Sport
Alan Stubbs

Celtic is more than just a football club, it's a family. They looked after me so well and I can honestly say I wouldn't be here today without them. Cancer can take away your confidence, leave you very vulnerable. When someone tells you that you have cancer you automatically think "I'm going to die". That's a very hard thing to deal with in itself.

We Must Do All We Can to Speed Up the Adoption Process

Javed Khan | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

In my eyes adopting a child is one of the most amazing things someone can ever do. To give a child a loving and stable family life is a gift beyond compare. For England's 6,000 children hoping to be adopted, every day is a desperate wait. Another day spent longing for the love and support that, through no fault of their own, they are currently being denied. Everyone involved with these brave children wants to see them all get the family they deserve. To make sure each of their dreams come true we need a system that gives them the chance at a new life as quickly and effectively as possible.

The C-word: What to Do, When You Don't Know What to Do

Julia Krepska | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Krepska

When we find out that a friend or relative has cancer, it often brings out the best, or the worst, in us. It can turn us into super-attentive, meal-making, help-giving super mates, or send us shuffling, scared, in the opposite direction.

Foodbanks Bad, Welfare State Good?

Dave Clements | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

It is demeaning, they argue, to stand in line for a food parcel. But is it really any less demeaning to stand in a not dissimilar line at the door of a job centre or welfare office. Don't both turn people into state dependents?

Summer of Sports Is a Missed Opportunity for Prisoners

Rod Clark | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

My fear is that the summer of sport will only be seen as the distraction that was hoped (I earnestly hope successfully) to prevent a summer of violence and disorder that comes when prisoners are just locked up and left to fail.

Counter-Terror Finance Efforts Threaten NGO Financial Access

Tom Keatinge | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Keatinge

The impact of national and international counter-terror finance efforts on the work of NGOs has received marked attention in recent months. BBC Radio...