Guest post: Giving Week - "The words 'thank you' are insufficient"
Thanks to the generosity of Mumsnetters, Giving Week - in partnership with JustGiving - raised nearly £52,000, including £25,000 matchfunded by MNHQ. Here, the charities describe what the money means to them.
Posted on: Thu 18-Jun-15 14:42:47
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Julia Hancock, IPSEA's development manager
"We cannot thank Mumsnet and all those who supported IPSEA enough. Every single donation will help us to get the best possible start for a child with special educational needs and/or a disability: the right education. We will be able to do this for hundreds more children as a result of Mumsnet Giving Week. As a small, specialist charity providing independent support we rely entirely on donations and grants. The invisible battle that thousands of families face when trying to get the right education is tough and distressing. Knowing that we have funding to help many more of them will motivate and encourage our wonderful volunteers!"
Mara Clarke, director of the Abortion Support Network
"Over the seven days of Mumsnet Giving Week, we have laughed, cried and shouted along with the amazing super-parents of Mumsnet. We are a tiny charity almost entirely supported by private individuals, run with one part time person and a great group of volunteers. We will put these much needed funds to good use, providing Abortion Support Network’s mix of practical information, financial assistance and accommodation in volunteer homes to people who contact us in need. The words 'thank you' are insufficient. Mumsnet, you are ACE."
Over the seven days of Giving Week, we have laughed, cried and shouted along with the amazing super-parents of Mumsnet.
Elizabeth Hutton, CEO of Count The Kicks
"As the leading UK charity for mums-to-be offering support and advice on baby’s movements to help prevent stillbirths, we rely on donations to help raise awareness of our work. These additional funds will enable us to increase our current use of information leaflets and allow us to expand into other channels to reach more mums. Count the Kicks wants to drastically reduce the number of families that experience the tragedy of stillbirth and neonatal death in the UK which currently stands at 16 every single day. By educating expectant mums on the importance of monitoring their baby’s movements, we aim to cut this number by at least a third and help expectant mothers have more healthy pregnancies."
Miriam Ingram, digital communications and support officer at SWAN UK
"Being part of Mumsnet's Giving Week was a fantastic opportunity for SWAN UK to raise awareness of what it means to have a child with an undiagnosed genetic condition. SWAN UK is the only support in the UK for families who have children with undiagnosed genetic conditions. With our current grant ending next year this campaign gave us an invaluable platform to promote SWAN UK's work supporting, informing and connecting families who often experience isolation and an unknown future. We were blown away by the amount raised through Giving Week and it will make a real difference, enabling SWAN UK to continue to support its members and their families. Thank you to Mumsnet and everyone who was a part of Giving Week."
Katie Russell, national spokesperson for Rape Crisis England and Wales
"We’ve been delighted and overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters, fellow activists and the general public during the Giving Week 2015 campaign. It’s not only helped us raise crucial funds, which we’re so grateful will be matched by Mumsnet, but also spread awareness of our work and the specialist support and advocacy available for women and girls affected by sexual violence among new audiences. We’ve been particularly touched by the numbers of survivors who, in donating and sharing the link to our JustGiving page, told us about the difference Rape Crisis has made to their lives personally. The money raised will enable us to continue supporting our network of member centres at a time when they’re experiencing unprecedented demand for their life-changing services. It’s a vital contribution to our survival and theirs."
By Charity representatives
Aaaah! I do love mumsnet, just when I start to despair of the trolling or the transphobia or debateable non-deletions of disablism, something like this happens and I remember to good bits too.
The step by step ltb programme, the credit crunch threads, the dla threads.
I do actually love it here
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