May Guest Campaigns

Make-A-Wish | Sun SafetyStop.Talk.Listen. | Children's Hospice Week | The Haven | No Child Born To Die | Not Yet Available | Dream Tea999 Campaign

Guest campaigns

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.

Every month, we highlight as many as 8 Guest Campaigns by charities or not-for-profit organisations. You can read all about our May 2015 Guest Campaigns below.


Wear What You WishMakeAWish

Make-A-Wish® UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions, has launched their new fundraiser, Wear What You Wish.

Wear What You Wish is the opportunity to dress up and raise funds to grant wishes to seriously ill children. Organise a day in the community, workplace or school – for a donation, everyone dresses up as what they wished to be when growing up! Events can be held at any time.


Help Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!SunSafety


Just one incidence of sunburn every two years can triple the risk of melanoma, a type of skin cancer that has risen faster than any of the 10 most common cancers. The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is designed for outdoor activity leaders, to ensure that kids are adequately protected from the sun. They have just released ‘Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!’ a fun, educational film available in a presentation format which is perfect for school assemblies. You can ask your school or club to get involved and become OK accredited.






Each year a staggering 5,000 young people in Scotland become homeless due to relationships at home breaking down. Sadly they are just the tip of the iceberg. The Cyrenians’ Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) know one in four young people think about running away on a monthly basis. A third of parents argued with their teenagers weekly. The SCCR was set up to address this. They are a national resource promoting and supporting best practice in conflict resolution, mediation and early intervention. They help young people and their families seek help before it reaches crisis point through their new Stop.Talk.Listen campaign, and resource-rich website, including a quiz on how different types of brain cope with conflict.


Children's Hospice WeekCHW

Children's Hospice Week 2015 takes place 11- 17 May. Led by national charity Together for Short Lives, it’s the UK's only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services that support them. The theme, making every moment count focuses on how precious time is for families. Most children with life-limiting conditions need round the clock care - their families rely on the support of their local children’s hospice so they can make the most of every moment together. They'd love Mumsnetters to support the campaign by sharing special mummy moments with them on social media #momentscount.


Putting secondary breast cancer firstHaven

The Haven supports anyone with breast cancer. Their May campaign Putting secondary breast cancer first #second1st will help them to support people when their cancer returns.
A secondary breast cancer diagnosis is devastating. Medical treatment slows the disease but it can’t be cured so people can feel hopeless, angry, scared about the future and worried about their families.
The Haven is with them every step of the way, providing emotional support and complementary therapies to ease the side-effects from long-term medical treatment. They support their families too - so that they can all get on with leading full and happy lives together.


No Child Born To DieJeff Moore/Save the Children

17,000 children are dying needlessly every day. They’re dying because there’s no doctor or nurse, no medicine or clinic when they’re ill, or because their mothers give birth to them alone without a midwife to help.
Save the Children know we can make a difference. This year, they are starting the #CountdownToZero child deaths from preventable causes, because at the UN summit in September, we have the chance to make world leaders commit to change.
Join their celebrities and tweet your #CountdownToZero picture to show your support for the campaign. (Photo provided by Jeff Moore/Save the Children)



Not Yet AvailableSparks

When a child is ill, we turn to medicine for help.
For children with rare conditions however, it’s not that simple.
There are still 4,000 rare childhood diseases without a cure.
That’s why Sparks have created Not Yet Available: The packaging for products that don’t yet exist.
The only way to make them available is through children’s medical research.
Sparks is the charity dedicated to funding exactly that.
However, they need your help to fill these boxes.
Text ‘FILL’ to 70660 to donate £3.



Dreams Come TrueDream Tea

The Dream Tea is a fun excuse to gather friends, family, colleagues, classmates, bake or buy some cakes and take time out to enjoy a good cuppa and a chat. It’s an easy way to raise money, which will make a huge difference to the lives of these very special children and their families. People are encouraged to host Dream Teas at any time of the year. It can be as big or as small as the host desires – from a ten minute tea break with work colleagues, to an indulgent vintage-inspired tea party or a school cake sale. Fundraising packs are available, providing a range of fun ideas on how to raise money.


Teach your child to dial 999 campaign


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