Guest Campaigns: February 2019

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.

RNLI – Creches for Bangladesh

The RNLI’s Creches for Bangladesh appeal aims to tackle the childhood drowning epidemic in Bangladesh, which claims the lives of 40 children every day – until the end of April , donations will be doubled by the UK government.

Bangladesh has a drowning rate five times higher than other low- and middle-income countries. Surrounded by 700 rivers and around 5,000 miles of inland waterways, children are always only steps away from danger, very young children are at most risk between 9am and 1pm when parents are busy when parents are busy working and undertaking chores essential for their children’s survival. In Bangladesh, there is a lack of childcare infrastructure; but we know access to a creche space reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 82%.

To find out more please visit their website.

Family Action – Family Monsters Project & FamilyLine

Every day pressures can become overwhelming if these are hidden away. Worries about being judged, thinking problems aren’t big enough, or feeling other families need help more stop us talking about these pressures. Family Action is holding a national conversation about everyday pressures, to get these out in the open and find solutions.

Join in the conversation #MyFamilyMonsters, watch and share our film, come along to a Family Monster Project picnic this summer.
Go to or call our FamilyLine for tips on how to overcome the biggest family monsters.

Together we can build stronger families.

Safer Tourism Foundation – Be carbon monoxide free when you ski

Safer Tourism is on a mission to wipe out the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning for winter holidaymakers and Mumsnetters can help.
When booking your winter holiday accommodation, ask about the carbon monoxide safety checks carried out by the landlords, to raise awareness of this important safety issue.
Pack your own portable lightweight carbon monoxide detector alongside your ski gloves and lip balm.
It’s the only proven method to identify whether this tasteless, odourless, potentially lethal gas caused by faulty appliances and poor ventilation is polluting your atmosphere, giving you enough time to avoid serious illness and even death.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

To find out more please visit their website

To read about which carbon monoxide detectors the Safer Tourism Foundation recommend please visit this page.

The Compassionate Friends – 50 years of The Compassionate Friends supporting bereaved parents and their families

The Compassionate Friends was founded in 1969 when two sets of bereaved parents came together to support one another. Please support the UK’s only national charity offering peer-to-peer support, friendship and compassion to parents and families that have suffered the death of a child, of any age from any cause, through a network of volunteers who themselves are bereaved parents. The Compassionate Friends offers the following support:

  • National helpline
  • Website and online forums
  • Local support groups all around the country
  • Weekend gatherings and retreats
  • Support for adult bereaved siblings
  • Postal library service providing books on all aspects of bereavement

To find out more please visit their website

Brain Tumour Research – Gemma Edgar Appeal

Patron for the Brain Tumour Research charity, supermodel and businesswomen Caprice Bourret is a brain tumour survivor.

She is also the mother of two small boys and when she met young mother of two Gemma Edgar last year, they instantly bonded. They had a common passion in wanting to improve the options and outcomes for those diagnosed with a brain tumour
Tragically, Gemma died from her brain tumour just before Christmas. and Caprice is now sharing her story, and granting her final wish, to encourage donations in Gemma’s name that will help us find a cure for this devastating disease.

To find out more please visit their website