August Guest Campaigns

Here at MNHQ, we think it makes sense to use the not-inconsiderable might of the Mumsnet collective for the greater good. That's why we regularly exchange links and public support with charities and pressure groups in areas Mumsnetters are interested in, such as special needs provision, child poverty, childcare, parenting, breastfeeding, maternity care and relationship support.

Every month, we highlight as many as 8 Guest Campaigns by charities or not-for-profit organisations. You can read all about our August 2015 Guest Campaigns below.

Angels Welly Beat Dance Challenge

Angels is a charity run by mothers; they have created a pop-up school and feeding kitchen for street children in South Africa where there is a strong gumboot dancing tradition.  Along with their Goodwill Ambassador and CBeebies star Andy Day, they want you to have a go at dancing in your wellies too. Dance, Donate, Nominate. Stick your wellies on, Dance to their Welly Beat song, Donate by texting BOOT33 £3 to 70070 and Nominate the next 3 challengers. Your Â£3 buys one street child two months at their pop-up school. #giveitsomewelly 

A Match for Elsie

The parents of a two and a half year old girl from Islington who has leukaemia are appealing for people to register as potential blood stem cell donors with charity Delete Blood Cancer UK. Little Elsie Kumar has myeloid leukaemia in Down's syndrome (MLDS) and needs a blood stem cell donation to survive. 
An only-child, Elsie doesn't have any siblings who could have a matching tissue-type and donate blood stem cells to her. She is therefore dependent on finding a matching donor amongst those who have registered to be on standby to donate blood stem cells. Her mixed English and Indian heritage will make it harder for a matching donor to be found for her.

Alzheimer's Society is calling on the public to sign up to their biggest fundraising event of the year Memory Walk. It's a day to celebrate loved ones affected by dementia and raise money to fund research and services for people living with the condition. They need thousands of people to walk with them - because arm in arm, step by step and pound by pound, we will get there. 
The walks take place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland throughout September and are ideal for all ages and abilities.

4 Ts of Diabetes

Toilet, Thirsty, Tired, Thinner. These are the four most common signs of Type 1 diabetes in Children. 
Type 1 diabetes is serious and can develop quickly. It has nothing to do with lifestyle and occurs in children of any age. Knowing the signs is key to a quick diagnosis and early treatment. Every year children become seriously unwell because the signs are missed. 
Diabetes UK want as many people as possible to know the 4 Ts and to make sure that if parents spot them, they take their child to the doctor immediately.

Heart of the Family

Heart of the Family aims to help break family cycles of early heart disease and death from Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). FH is not caused by an unhealthy lifestyle; it is inherited high cholesterol. Approximately 1 in 500 people in the UK are affected. It is treatable, but 85% of those with FH remain undiagnosed and untreated, putting them at increased risk of premature heart disease. 
Endorsed by HEART UK, this campaign aims to increase awareness of FH to encourage diagnosis and testing - early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can help save lives across generations.

Get First Aid #RappedUp

Mention the words 'first aid awareness' to most people, and it's a fair bet the first thing they think of won't be a gaggle of rapping babies and children.
But of course, the golden rule for any awareness campaign is get people's attention. And that's exactly what the British Red Cross' new 'Rapped up' campaign does.
Rapping toddlers show everyone how simple first aid is. 

Mumsnet Campaigns

We're harnessing the might of Mumsnet and putting it behind causes close to your heart.

They range from This Is My Child and Let Girls Be Girls, to our Miscarriage Care and We Believe You campaigns and our campaign to change how Britain's libel laws affect online publishers like us.

Your input is vital, so please do keep contributing your ideas and observations on the Campaigns topic in Talk.

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