Guest Campaigns: January 2017

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.

Send a Cow

Take part in Send a Cow’s sweetest fundraising challenge, where you give up all the sugary things you love this Lent for 40 days and get sponsored! Can you do it?

You’ll be enabling some of Africa’s poorest people swap poverty for training, equipment and livestock. By raising just £215 you could support a family of six on a project in Ethiopia for a whole year.

Send a Cow works hand in hand with some of Africa’s poorest communities. So far, their support and practical training has helped 1.3 million people, who now have the confidence, knowledge and skills to build a brighter future for themselves and their families. Find out more here.

Breast Cancer Haven

Across the UK from 1-7 February fabulous people like you will be hosting Tea Cosies to raise funds for Breast Cancer Haven, so that they can support people affected by breast cancer — through what is one of the toughest times of their lives.

The idea is simple. Invite your friends round, bake or buy some treats, put the kettle on and raise money to help Breast Cancer Haven suport some of the 60,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK.

Breast Cancer Haven helps people to cope with the debilitating effects of medical treatment and the emotional toll of living with breast cancer, and their services are free to anyone in need of them.

They invite you to join them in The Big Tea Cosy this February, and have a brew for breast cancer!

Asthma UK

Share a #Scarfie – Save a Life.

In the UK, 1 in 12 people have asthma, and every 10 seconds someone is having a life-threatening asthma attack. As many as three quarters of people with asthma say cold air triggers their symptoms, but this can be prevented simply by wrapping a scarf loosely over the nose and mouth to warm up the air before breathing.

This is why Asthma UK invented #Scarfie – to spread awareness of this simple tip and to stop asthma attacks. Get involved by sharing your scarf selfie with Asthma UK today

The Brain Tumour Charity

Brain tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths in the UK, with over half of paediatric brain tumours diagnosed as an emergency.

HeadSmart is an awareness campaign which aims to improve diagnosis times in children and young people by informing and empowering parents and professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of brain tumours. Earlier diagnosis will reduce long-term disabilities and save lives. The campaign was developed in collaboration with the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre at The University of Nottingham and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Find out more and get involved here.


Fostering and Adoption Week 2017

For many children, the relief and stability of a secure family home remains out of reach, and so they need the love and support of foster carers to give them a better chance in life. Sadly there is a national shortage of foster carers, so during Fostering and Adoption Week Barnardo's are appealing for more people to come forward.

With Barnardo’s, foster caring is a partnership, offering foster parents continued support, training and advice for as long as it is needed. Find out more here.

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.