All charities are wonderful organisations and are worth donating to if you are able to afford to.
We all support different charities in our lives. Some are supported because you believe in the work they’re trying to achieve and some you support because they have a special place in your heart and some because a certain charities we can relate to on a personal level eg an illness or traumatic event. Today is International Day of Charity, a day to highlight the charities that mean so much to us individually.
I support and raise awareness of charities that are close to my heart as well as my family’s and friends. Charities always need support, donations etc to help people who are in the position to need it.
I remember my first taste of charity fundraising. I was a kid and my parents organised a fete in the local community centre for Cystic Fibrosis. Loads of locals turned up and we raised a small sum for the CF Trust. Every little helps! Sorry for sounding like Tesco. I’ve done other numerous things such as collecting money outside B&Q freezing my developing tits off on a cold day in February when I was like 12 years old.
One thing that always sticks in my mind is my Year One teacher, Mrs Williams, running the London Marathon for me years ago (after I left her class) and we were in the local paper for it. My first taste of fame ladies and gentlemen. I remember my friends wondering and asking me why one of our favourite teachers would do that for me!
But yes, charities, they love any kind of fundraising, awareness and donating that you do. They really do appreciate it.
Here’s the charities that I support and are close to my heart –
CYSTIC FIBROSIS (CF TRUST)
It’s pretty clear why this charity means a lot to me. Well, I have the disease after all, it’s bound to be the top of my list. Every year, especially during CF Week, I always try and grasp people’s attentions about this illness and how it affects mine and every other CFer’s day to day life. Raising money is more important than ever to make sure that medical research can continue so EVERY person with CF can live a life unlimited.
THE WILLOW FOUNDATION
This charity gave me THE best day of my life to date. Before I state what that was (maybe you know already if you’ve followed me in the last few years!) let me talk about what the Willow Foundation do. They are a charity that organise special days for people aged 16-40 with life limiting conditions. One of my specialist nurses put the idea in my head to apply for the Special Day I would like. I applied for a day to meet the Liverpool players at their training ground. I sent off the application form in the January of 2016, come February 22nd 2016, I was sat in Melwood having selfies with my idols. Like I said, it was the most special day of my life and I will be forever grateful to Willow for giving me that.
This one is quite close to my heart as I have lost a few loved ones to this cruel disease. Both my Grandad’s passed away with it, as did one of my close friends and one of my Mam’s best friends. Also I’ve known people who have had it and have beaten it which kind of makes me smile but also that they have had to go through this cruel disease makes me angry. I was supposed to be doing Race For Life this year in honour of a close friend I lost to cancer near the end of 2019, unfortunately Covid put a stop to that. Hopefully I can do it again when it’s safer to do so.
Any person who is cruel to animals should be punished. Simple as. Cruelty to animals brings me to tears and as an animal lover, I hate seeing those videos that are put online of somebody being cruel or hurting helpless animals who can’t call for help. It breaks my heart but also makes me equally angry at the same time. Why would somebody want to hurt something as cute as a kitten or puppy? It sickens me, it really does. Once a month (pre pandemic) I will always go to my local RSPCA centre and donate some cat/dog food as they’re always wanting food. Also if I have any old blankets for the cats and dogs to sleep on, it’s always greatly received. I end up going to have a look at the dogs and cats and I always end up falling in love with them all. It makes me happy when I see a sign next to a cat/dog cage (I can’t think of another way to describe their little homes) saying that they’ve been reserved for somebody else or that they have a new home. I try and encourage people to go to their local RSPCA if they want a new pet rather than buying pedigrees. There’s just as beautiful pets at the RSPCA.
I can’t really go into why this charity is in this post, but it’s an organisation that my Mam is extremely grateful to for everything they did for us at a troubling time. They do great things for women who need help eg in abusive marriages or relationships. They really did so much for me and my Mam and helped us onto a better path than the one we were heading down.
So there you have it, the charities that mean something to me.
What charities mean something to you? Let me know!