Our charity Pyjama Week is coming in just a few weeks and this time we have decided to raise money for a local charity. We asked our Puddle Ducks customers to nominate charities close to their hearts and after an overwhelming response, have 14 wonderful charities to choose from. We would now like to ask you to vote for one of the following:
Mummy’s Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy shortly after a birth. There aim is to support pregnancy through cancer and beyond.
More specifically the charity focuses on supporting women and families where the:
- Woman is diagnosed or treated for cancer during her pregnancy.
- Woman is diagnosed or treated for cancer within a year of her giving birth.
- Family in the first year of a birth lose their female partner as a result of cancer.
The Williams Syndrome Foundation:
It is a very rare genetic condition; it effects 1 in 18,000 people in the UK. The only money that the charity has it that raised by its members. This money is partly used to fund research into the condition which in turn is improving our understanding of the human brain and many other medical conditions. One of our customers will be a guinea pig in trials this Autumn.
Bliss was founded in 1979 by a group of concerned parents who discovered that no hospital had all the equipment nor the trained staff it needed to safely care for premature and sick babies.
Determined to do something, these volunteers formed a charity to give vulnerable babies the care they deserve. Almost 40 years later Bliss has grown into the leading UK charity for the 95,000 babies born needing neonatal care every year.
Smile with Siddy:
Smile with Siddy was started in 2013 to honour Siddy who sadly passed away from Neuroblastoma at just 17 months old. Smile with Siddy aim to fund research into the treatment and cure of Neuroblastoma and to raise awareness.
Neuroblastoma is an extremely aggressive cancer that mainly affects children under the age of five. Most will already have widespread cancer at diagnosis because it is often confused with other childhood illnesses. Research is happening in the UK but there is still a desperate lack of funding for childhood cancer. Consequently, the treatment children have to endure is brutal and sadly many children still die of Neuroblastoma. The only way more children will survive this horrible disease is through research.
This project is researching how to eliminate cancer cells known to be involved in ’high risk’ Neuroblastoma. Siddy had high risk’ NB and children with this type of NB have a very poor prognosis.
In addition we are one of 5 charities funding the UK SIOPEN Levy. These funds are dedicated to the administrative support required to conduct clinical studies with children who have NB. SIOPEN is the trial that Sid participated in. New treatments are available to children as part of this project and many of the treatments on the Neuroblastoma Protocol have come from this trial.
Cots for Tots:
The Cots for Tots Appeal raises funds to help save babies lives – from those born as early as 23 weeks to babies requiring life-saving treatment and care when they are born. The Cots for Tots Intensive Care Suite has 4 four cots and life-saving equipment and helps to treat the 750 babies every year from all over Bristol, the South West and South Wales who need the life-saving care the Unit at St Michael’s Hospital provides.
Children's Hospice South West:
Children's Hospice South west provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care offered is wide ranging; respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care.
Macmillan Cancer Support:
Right from the moment of diagnoses, through your treatment and beyond,Macmillan is a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life, and feel more like yourself again.
Dogs Helping Kids:
Dogs Helping Kids is the UK’s unique charity dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help teach children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Their care teams have been providing specialist support across the UK for years.
RUH's Forever Friends:
RUH's Forever Friends fund projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for by the Royal United Hospitals each year as well as the friends and family who visit them. Fundraisers and donors make it possible for them to help pay for additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the existing high quality care at the Hospitals.
The Parkinson's Charity drives better care, treatments and quality of life.
The Nicola Corry Support Foundation:
The Nicola Corry Support Foundation was originally created to help Nicola and her family in her fight against a very rare cancer. Just after giving birth to a son, she needed to have chemotherapy treatment. The task of coping and caring for Alfie as well as enduring chemotherapy, was so immense for her family that her friends rallied round and created a fund to help her family cope.
After Nicola sadly passed away on 23rd May 2005, her family and friends wanted to continue with the Fund to help others in a similar situation.
This Foundation provides financial support for pre-school nursery, complementary treatments and holiday breaks.
The Sepsis Trust:
The Sepsis Trust seeks to save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of SEPSIS by instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by this devastating condition.
Springboard Opportunity Group:
Springboard is a friendly, local charity supporting children from birth to 5 years with additional needs and disabilities, and their families.
Meningitis Research Foundation
Meningitis is every parent’s worst nightmare. Devastating and indiscriminate, it can affect anyone of any age but mainly affects otherwise healthy babies and young children. Striking quickly without warning, meningitis can kill within hours and early warning signs are notoriously difficult to spot.
Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading meningitis charity based in Bristol, which brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis wherever it exists
In the interest of fairness can we please ask for only one vote per person. Many Thanks