Guest campaigns: March 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.

The Sick Children's Trust

Big Chocolate Tea is the biggest annual fundraising event for chocolate, tea and baking lovers! By taking part, you’ll help The Sick Children’s Trust support over 4,000 families with seriously ill children.

We’re asking people from across the UK to host a chocolate-themed tea party, cake sale or bake-off in the last week of April.

The Sick Children’s Trust provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support to families with children receiving lifesaving treatment in hospital in the UK.

Could you raise £30 during Big Chocolate Tea and support a family for one night?

Diabetes UK

Love swimming? You’re just who Diabetes UK is looking for join our Swim22 challenge in 2017. You’ve still got time to get going – and raise money for research and support for people with the condition.
The idea is to swim 22 miles – the width of the Channel – in your local pool and at your own pace, from now until May 22.
Swim it either individually or as part of a team – even young doggy paddlers can join in.

For more information and to sign up click here or call 0345 123 2399

Ditch the Label

International anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label are launching a campaign called #TalkToYourBoys, encouraging parents and peers alike to have discussions with young males about their feelings.

The campaign aims to highlight how effective communication can be in helping boys navigate issues of bullying, poor self-esteem and mental health issues that can come with the constraints of modern masculinity.

The launch of #TalkToYourBoys, is a direct response to Ditch the Label’s Annual Bullying Survey 2016 which found that 1 in 2 (44%) boys surveyed had been bullied and of those half of those boys who had been bullied had never reported it.

For more information, visit Ditch the Label

PANDAS Foundation

After suffering from pre and postnatal depression herself, multi-platinum selling artist Sandi Thom has joined forces with leading PND charity PANDAS Foundation to release charity new single ‘Tightrope’. The track and accompanying music video is a truly haunting insight into the struggle experienced by Sandi and many parents affected by pre and postnatal depression. Sandi is passionate that this previously taboo subject receives the attention it so rightly deserves and hopes to change public perception with the release of her latest single. Profits from the sale of the track are being donated to PANDAS Foundation.

To find out more about PANDAS Foundation click here

Bladder Health UK and CUTIC

Most cases of cystitis, although agony, are short-lived. But what happens when cystitis keeps coming back or becomes a debilitating, long-term illness?

CUTIC was started by chronic urinary tract infection sufferers. Chronic UTI affects up to half a million Britons, mostly women but men and children too. CUTIC campaigns to raise awareness and improve diagnosis and treatment.

The Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) Clinic in north London – the only one of its kind in the world – has been partially closed for 16 months and assurances it would reopen in April have evaporated. Hundreds of sufferers are being denied treatment and the clinic’s future is at risk.

To find out more about Bladder Health UK, click here

And to sign the petition to reopen the LUTS clinic, click 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.