Charity Q&As

From time to time, we're joined by experts who work for charities for a Q&A session to answer your questions about their work - from how effective child sponsorship is and where the money goes, to what role genetics play in breast cancer. 


Fostering with Barnardo's

"Barnardo's supports concurrent planning and placement. It is clearly better for babies and very young children to be placed with adults who are willing to foster a child but, if necessary, are also able to commit to adopting the child should the court decide the child should not be returned to its birth parents." Anne Marie Carrie, May 2012

Barnardo's chief executive Anne Marie Carrie has had many years of experience working with children. Barnado's works with more than 100,000 children, young people and families.  


Child sponsorship with Plan UK

"The last thing we want to create is a dependence on Plan - that's why we aim only to work with a community for between 10 and 15 years. During that time we aim for the community to build the skills and foundations so they can determine their own future." Julian Jack, January 2012

Julian Jack of Plan UK, which pioneered child sponsorship almost 75 years ago, joined us for a sponsored webchat about how Plan UK picks the children it sponsors, how effective sponsorship is, and what the money is actually spent on.  


Breast cancer with Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Care

"Many women are worried that they will be unable to pick up changes in their breasts, but no one knows your body as well as you do and you really are the best person to notice anything that is different for you." Breast Cancer Care nursing team, October 2010

As part of Mumsnet's The C Word campaign, we were joined in October 2010 by teams from Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Care to discuss awareness of breast cancer, as well as risk factors, genetics, treatment and aftercare.


Ovarian cancer with Ovarian Cancer Action

"Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for us to hear of younger women who have been misdiagnosed because their GP believed they were too young to develop ovarian cancer. Around 80% of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer are over the age of 50. For this reason, some GPs may not consider including ovarian cancer in their investigations. " Dr Sarah Blacklidge, October 2010

We were joined by experts from the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity for a webchat about the disease as part of The C Word campaign. Its team answered your questions on the warning signs of ovarian cancer, risk factors and treatment, and more. 


Cervical cancer with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

"We should certainly be vaccinating both boys and girls against HPV, but it's a question of money and value for money, I'm afraid. Women are the ones who get cervical cancer." Dr Anne Szarewski, October 2010

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust experts joined us for a webchat to raise awareness about cervical cancer and answer your questions on the disease, including its connection to HPV, vaccination, cervical abnormalities and more. 


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