Guest Campaigns: December 2019

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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.

Food Active – Child-friendly characters on food packaging

Earlier this year, Food Active and the Children’s Food Campaign spoke with various groups of parents to find out about any bug bearers when it comes to healthy eating for the family. One area that kept coming up was the use of
popular cartoon and TV characters on unhealthy food and drink – think Olaf and Elsa on a box of chocolates or Peppa Pig on a pack of chocolate biscuits.

Over the last month, we have been finding out what hundreds of parents and carers across the UK think about this type of marketing through a short online survey.

You can take the survey here.

Brain Tumour Research – Our Christmas Hope: Crystal and Richard Wood

Aaron’s Mum, Crystal, wants to share Aaron's brain tumour story: “A brain tumour robbed Aaron of the prime of his life and robbed me of my sunshine.”

Aaron died at the age of 24, four years after being diagnosed. His first scan at Christmas 2013, was clear. Unfortunately, by December 2015 the family received the worst possible news, this scan showed the tumour had returned and was growing.

Crystal and Richard want something positive to come from losing Aaron. By donating to help Brain Tumour Research this Christmas, you’ll be giving hope to all families affected by this devastating disease.

Please visit their website to find out more.

Brain Tumour Research – Our Christmas Hope: Bobby Humphries

Bobby was just two years old when he was diagnosed with a large brain tumour and he underwent life-threatening surgery and chemotherapy. Sadly, Bobby’s tumour recurred when he was six and he went through another 18 months of gruelling chemotherapy.

His mum, Georgina, told us: “I’m determined to raise awareness and funds for this dreadful disease to try and prevent other parents going through the heart-break that we have and hope something positive can come from our ordeal.”

By donating to help Brain Tumour Research this Christmas, you’ll also be giving hope to all families affected by this devastating disease.

Please visit their website to find out more.

Coram Voice – Voices 2020

Voices 2020 is a creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers nationwide. The competition is open for entries until 12 February 2020 and is a chance for care-experienced young people to showcase their talent and celebrate their voices.

This year’s theme is “Dreams”. Entries can be in any written form, including poems, raps and stories, up to 500 words. There are four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (age 11-14), upper secondary school (age 15-17) and care leavers (age 18-25).

The competition is run by Coram Voice, a charity that provides services for children in care.

To find out more please visit their website.

The Fire Brigades Union, Surrey – Truth About Zane

Surrey Fire Brigades Union and professional firefighters across Surrey demand the truth for Zane and his family. Their members were the first responders to this tragic incident and had to protect themselves against the detected toxic gas – Hydrogen Cyanide. Where was Zane’s protection? Where was the protection for the many other affected residents, including his parents – Nicole and Kye?

Zane and his family were let down, and The Fire Brigades Union members are angry and appalled by the handing of this tragedy, they demand an independent enquiry to find and the real truth and allow Zane to finally rest in peace.

To find out more visit their website.

Health Poverty Action – Happy Mums, Happy Tums

One of the biggest challenges mums face in rural Sierra Leone is accessing a balanced and nutritious diet to give their babies and young children the best start in life. The Happy Mums, Happy Tums project in rural Sierra Leone aims to make long-term changes to nutrition and health within rural communities, reaching over 6,000 women and children. They’ll support community-led initiatives which provide sustainable sources of nutritious food for mums, their children and the community.

Double the impact you can make by giving to Health Poverty Action’s ‘Happy Mums, Happy Tums’ campaign before 31st December 2019 and the UK government will double your donation.

Find out more on their website.

SafeHands – #WeHeartMidwives

“Tablets and films allow first-time mothers to learn from the real-life experiences of other women” asserts midwife Mastewale. Despite limited electricity, Mastewale regularly screens films on childbirth thanks to a solar tablet.

Mastewale works in the dusty villages of Amhara, Ethiopia, where women may walk up to 10 kilometres in labour to reach the nearest health centre. She urges women to make the journey before labour. Giving birth at home is risky and can be fatal.

#WeHeartMidwives puts solar tablets into the hands of midwives like Mastewale to deliver essential antenatal care to women in hard-to-reach areas with little or no electricity.

“They make our work more efficient and help us raise awareness.”