Mumsnet Christmas Appeal 2018

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This Christmas, we're shining a light on three brilliant causes

This year we're going to promote three very worthy causes that make a difference to so many people: The Trussell Trust, Against Malaria Foundation and The Prince's Trust. MNHQ will be match funding donations made to the charities up to a total (across the three charities) of £10,000. The appeal will close on Friday 1 February.

We know this is an expensive time of year, but anything at all that you can spare, however small, would make a big difference. Keep reading for more information from the Trussell Trust, Against Malaria and the Prince's Trust about how your money will be spent.

We'll keep you updated with running totals, and there will be some guest posts to provide a bit more background: we'll put the links to those up here when they're published.

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust is committed to ending hunger and poverty in the UK. They support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days' worth of nutritionally balanced emergency food to people in crisis.

Their research shows that families with children and single parents are among the groups of people who are most likely to need a food bank's help. During December 2017, The Trussell Trust's network provided 159,388 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis; more than 65,000 of these went to children.

Emma Revie, chief executive of The Trussell Trust said: "Christmas is supposed to be a time for joy but the festive period is becoming increasingly stressful for more and more people across the country. Our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty, but what we're seeing is people struggling to heat homes and put food on the table because they simply cannot afford the basics anymore and that just isn't right. We know it doesn't have to be like this.

“We are delighted that Mumsnet has chosen to support The Trussell Trust this Christmas. Together we can stand in solidarity and help put an end to this injustice to create a future where no one in the UK ever goes hungry.”

Donate to The Trussell Trust

Against Malaria Foundation

Against Malaria Foundation

Malaria kills at least 400,000 people every year. Half a billion people fall ill.

  • 70% of deaths are children under five
  • Malaria is the world's single largest killer of pregnant women
  • 90% of the deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa

Yet malaria is totally preventable and treatable. Nobody needs to die. Prevention is better than treatment and the most effective means of prevention is sleeping under a mosquito net. Against Malaria Foundation is highly cost-effective at using donor funds to prevent illness – 100% of funds received from the public buy long-lasting insecticidal nets. Every 600 nets distributed and installed equals one life saved. All three of arguably the world's leading independent charity evaluators have AMF as a top-ranked charity: GiveWell, The Life You Can Save and Giving What We Can.

The Founder and CEO of AMF, Rob Mather, happens to be a very early Mumsnetter himself – since 1999, when he and his wife Cath had their first of four children. He started AMF when he heard that the equivalent of 7 Jumbo Jet loads of under 5-year-olds died from malaria each day. Rob says: “I could not sleep at night, with my children safe, knowing that for only £1.50, I could protect two more. Every pound you donate will be spent on nets. Every pound you donate will make a difference.”

Donate to Against Malaria Foundation

The Prince's Trust - Women Supporting Women

The Prince's Trust - Women Supporting Women

Women Supporting Women is a passionate community committed to changing the lives of the young women that The Prince's Trust works with. They help young people transform their lives by developing the confidence and skills to live, learn and earn.

Young women need support in particular and suffer some challenges more acutely than men. For instance:

  • The Office of National Statics (ONS) reports that 92,700 young women are now excluded from secondary school every year. This is an increase from 70,000 last year.
  • ONS data shows that there are currently 388,000 young women not in education, employment or training
  • Self-harm rates among young girls are dramatically increasing. NHS data shows a 68% rise in hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls under 17 in the past decade
  • Mental health issues are at their highest. The Prince’s Trust Youth Index reports that overall well-being is at its lowest since the Index was first commissioned in 2009. Young women are suffering from self-confidence issues and a feeling of 'not being good enough in general'.
  • Year on year, The Prince's Trust sees fewer women coming through their programmes than men

Katie Smith, who turned her life around through the support of the Trust, says: "Having dyslexia along with mental health issues made school difficult. I was excluded multiple times and ended up unemployed without any qualifications. I was referred to The Prince's Trust Get Started with Football scheme. After that, my mentor and I discussed what sorts of careers would suit me and a three-day course in bricklaying was arranged at a college.

“I loved the course and soon became Jewson's first female bricklaying apprentice in 128 years. That was four years ago and I'm now qualified and hope to go on to do my Site Management exams. For once I feel in control of my life. I'd love to set up my own women-only construction company one day!”

Donate to the Prince's Trust