Offering medical support, financial aid and emotional assistance to young people and children who have been diagnosed with cancer, CLIC Sargent is one of the most important and influential charities in the UK - while also being the largest of it's kind. Helping at every stage from the initial diagnosis onwards, CLIC Sargent also assist the families, firneds and carers of those affected, while making plans for life after cancer and other circumstances.
With around 8,000 members, the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA, or MND Associaton) is one of the largest charitable organisation in the country. It is also the only operations of its type, focussing on researching around MND, as well as offering care and campaigning around awareness of the disease. Running across the UK, the MDNA has around 3,000 dedicated volunteers that help provide their services.
The Mayors Fund for London works in each and every London borough in a variety of different ways. through their website, they boast of running 74 breakfast clubs in schools across the city as well as engaging around 5,000 young Londoners in numeracy and literacy projects. At current estimates, the fund will transform the lives of around 50,000 more youths across the region. Their current scheme is called Penny For London, which takes 1p out of each transaction made by those who opt in and donates it to the fund.
Based in Stockport, the Beechwood Cancer Care Centre was established back in 1990. Starting out as a day care centre aimed at supporting patients and helping the carers and family members that assist them, the organisation has a long history of aiding people with cancer and other illnesses that may limit life. As well as helping patients through the course of treatment, they can also assist in the shock of diagnosis and through the emotional hardship that the process may cause.
Made up of a coalition of similar operations and people, the aim of the Anti-Bullying Alliance is to stop bullying and to make environments safer for young people and children. Operated by the National Children's Charity, the scheme includes a growing network of around 100 schools and other educational institutes across the UK and they are constantly seeking new memberships. One of their main initiatives is the annual #BeatBullying week.
Despite being a small charity run entirely by volunteers, Post Pals is making an enormous difference to the lives of young people. Having Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton as an ambassador, the organisation specialise in making seriously ill children and their families smile through sending them letters, cards, gifts and other mementos.
The Freshfields Animal Rescue aims to give a sanctuary to creatures in need. They rescue abandoned and unwanted animals, providing care and attention for the neglected and unloved. In terms of educating the local community, their focus is on the education of how humans interact with animals and the ways in which we can improve these relationships.
Providing specialist support and health care for cancer patients, Macmillan Cancer Support has long been one of the largest charities in the UK. In addition to the medical assistance they can provide, they also offer informational, financial aid and provide emotional support for those battling the disease and their families. Their campaigning is often based around raising funds, while also looking to build awareness of the assistance that they can provide and ways in which the general public can help those fighting cancer.
Starting out as one man walking through the streets of Manchester attempting to help the homeless around 23 years ago, Barnabus has changed enormously since then. As Manchester's leading Christian Homeless Charity, they now offer support and opportunities to around 600 people in the local area - mostly people who have mental health or addiction issues.
Set-up in order to help families deal with whatever issues come their way, Home-Start has become an integral organisation for many in the UK. Operating countless local and regional bases, the charity aims to help build better lives for children, as well as building the confidence of skills of the parents and guardians who nurture them.