HOPE HOUSE

Hope House Children's Hospices - Hope House at Oswestry and Tŷ Gobaith at Conwy - provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

A range of services is offered, including respite and end-of-life care at the hospices and/or within the family home, and support such as counselling, advocacy and the promotion of children, young people's and carers' rights.

Children, young people and family members are welcomed into a friendly, homely environment, with the child or young person at the centre. The support offered includes physical, psychological and spiritual care from a team including experienced doctors, nurses and other care professionals. Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The service offered is informal, but always professional. Staff at Hope House Children's Hospices respect the cultural and spiritual beliefs and backgrounds of all ethnic groups and take steps to ensure care is accessible and acceptable to all service users, staff and the wider community. We are fully committed to the reality of diversity and wish to support all who need us, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, class or age.

Bereavement support is offered to all children, young people, family members and others involved with the family. This is according to the family's wishes and continues for as long as needed. Bereavement support and counselling is also offered to families in the wider community who have lost a child through any illness or trauma. This support can also be given to children and young people who have experienced a death of someone close in traumatic circumstances.

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ABBEYFIELD

At Abbeyfield we believe older people deserve time and respect. It's our mission to provide the best service of care and housing for all our residents, and to be a champion for older people. We have been a charitable housing organisation for nearly 60 years. Throughout this time our residents are always at the heart of what we do and the services we provide.

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YOUTH MUSIC

We are the National Foundation for Youth Music. Every year, we provide more than 75,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives. Our music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing.

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STORY OF CHRISTMAS

Founded in 1978, The Story of Christmas is the property and construction industries’ charity Christmas event. Each December it begins at St George’s Hanover Square Mayfair with a spectacular ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols featuring a whole host of celebrated readers. Festive music is performed by the Band & Fanfare Trumpeters of the Irish Guards and the Choir of St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle. Following this, there is a glittering champagne reception and charity auction in the ballroom at The Dorchester Park Lane. A live and silent auction take place featuring a magnificent array of rare prizes.  The event raises funds – donated chiefly by companies from the property and construction industries – to finance capital projects benefitting either the homeless or disadvantaged children in the London area.

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THE WINNIE MABASO FOUNDATION

The Winnie Mabaso Foundation began in 2004 to support vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS.  We are a registered charity in the UK (1160321) and we are also registered in South Africa. Here are some of our current projects:  

Ilamula House: (www.ilamulahouse.org) A home for 20 abused, abandoned and orphaned girls aged from 2-13. Many have health issues such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, TB and HIV.  Ilamula House is staffed by a fantastic team of qualified careworkers and is a beautiful, sunny, loving family environment where our children are given all the support they need to rebuild their broken lives.

Squatter Camp Support:  We run various feeding schemes in the informal settlements and squatter camps of Finetown and Ennerdale. In addition we provide clothing and shoes including school uniforms and sanitary ware to young women.  Plans are in place to develop sustainable vegetable plots on the land to enable the community to feed themselves.

Vocational Training:  Equipping young men and women to learn practical skills such as dressmaking/tailoring, candle making and soap making and training is provided to help our qualified young people set up small business enterprises.

Granny Club:  Because of HIV/AIDS the social structure of the townships has changed.  Where once upon a time the elderly were cared for by their children, a missing generation now means that the elderly are left to bring up their grandchildren.  We provide these Grannies with a day of fun each month with food and entertainment and at the end of the day they leave with grocery packs to help them throughout the month to feed their families. There are currently almost 50 Grandmas ( and one Grandpa!) who attend monthly.

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SPONSORSTARS

Sponsorstars will, for the first time, sponsor young people in the UK who are disadvantaged through poverty, and whose educational attainment and life chances are diminished. In fact, 1 in 4 children are living in poverty.  It is shocking in the 21st Century, in the UK, that there are so many families having to choose between rent and putting food on the table.
You will be able to sponsor a child, aged 14-18, for £10 or £20 per month and give the children a greater life opportunity. The money will be spent on clothing, food, educational supplies and even personal hygiene products. We are initially sponsoring in 6 pilot schools across various parts of England and will extend to other parts of UK shortly.

The schools will identify students aged 14-18 on Free School Meals, those on the lower levels of FSM who are really struggling. The funds are held in Trust and when student lacks uniform, stationery supplies, fees for trips, packed lunch, open day for University travel costs, etc., the school will purchase and send Sponsorstars the receipts. Two letters from the students each academic year will give the Sponsor an update and the Sponsor will respond. The confidentiality will be secure and checked carefully. The sponsor will receive a gold star as confirmation of the sponsorship.

Would you like to be a star and sponsor a child?

For more information, take a look at www.sponsorstars.org or email star@sponsorstars.org

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“It has been an immense privilege for me to be Patron of Hope House for the last twelve years.  Being involved with such an amazing charity is so fulfilling and I’m constantly amazed and humbled by the terrific support and love the magical oasis provides.”

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