Guest Campaigns: December 2017

Rosie the Riveter

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.

Our Christmas appeal: Meningitis Research Foundation

This Christmas Mumsnet raised £3,374.27 for the Meningitis Research Foundation to help defeat meningitis, in honour of CatThiefKeith. MNHQ will be match-funding this so in total over £6.7k will be donated to the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Meningitis is a devastating and indiscriminate disease. Whilst babies, young children and young adults are the most susceptible, meningitis and septicaemia can affect any one, of any age, at any time. It is a common – and dangerous – misconception that meningitis only affects babies.

Christmas is peak time for meningitis and septicaemia. A higher presence of bacteria in the winter months means that meningitis is more likely to spread during the Christmas period than at any other time of the year.

Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading UK and international meningitis charity that brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists. The charity aims to see fewer people get meningitis in the first place; see more people survive with reduced disability and a better quality of life; and have engaged, informed and supported patients and communities.

Your support will go directly into MRF’s work in support, awareness, research and advocacy; helping to defeat this devastating disease and provide a better life for those living with the after-effects. Thank you so much.

Street Child

Thousands of children in West Africa do not have the chance to go to school. Until 15th February, the UK government will match every £1 donated to our Right to Learn appeal.

This is our opportunity to transform twice as many lives.

When children are given the chance to learn, they can break free from poverty. They can build a brighter future for their families, their communities and their countries.

Every child deserves that chance.

Donate to Street Child and help give 10,000 vulnerable children in West Africa the chance to go to school and learn.

Find out more about Street Child's Right to Learn appeal on their website.


The NSPCC and Sky Cinema have joined forces for the ‘Light up Christmas for Children’ campaign to raise vital funds for Childline. NSPCC Ambassador Geri Horner is backing the campaign by encouraging the UK to share their #LightsOn selfies.

The #LightsOn moment could be anything from a selfie in front of your tree when the lights are switched on to images of homes or streets lit up for Christmas. To donate £4, text ‘LIGHTS6’ to 70800. Text costs include your donation of £4 plus your standard network rate. The NSPCC will receive 100% of your donation.

For more information visit their website.

StreetGames: Fit and Fed

Fit and Fed is a nationwide campaign, led by the award-winning StreetGames charity, to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people at risk of holiday hunger, isolation, and inactivity.

The Fit and Fed campaign supports both the physical and social development of children and young people. Launched over summer 2017, the campaign is already made a difference, providing more than 80,000 meals to 12,500 children and young people at 250 sites across the UK. In 2018 we want to expand this programme even further.

If you'd like to find out more, please visit their website.

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.