After Myfanwy Townsend died in from melanoma in 1999, her family founded a charity in her name. Since then, the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund has been working towards stopping this terrible loss happening to other families across the UK.
As the largest funder of research into the prevention and for the cure of kidney disease in the UK, Kidney Research UK is an integral organisation in the battle against one some of the UK's biggest killers. Founded in 1961, the charity raises awareness of diseases as well as funds that go directly to finding better treatments to help the 3 million people who suffer from or at risk of kidney related illness.
Any independent charity that provides support for anyone affected by any type of cancer at any stage in their life, regardless of what stage of their treatment they are at, CLAN's ethos is Cancer Support for All. Their services are aimed at people who are either battling cancer themselves or are a carer, family member or friend - basically, anyone who has been affected by the disease in any way whatsoever.
Once known at the National Canine Defence League, the Dogs Trust is a Uk wide charity that focusses on protecting and increasing the well-being of dogs. As well as rescuing dogs who are being mistreated, they also specialist in rehoming canines who have been abandoned or are now unwanted by their owners. In addition to this, they also run services such as microchipping and neutering.
Providing support and temporary accommodation to young homeless people, Centrepoint is an integral organisation in the fight against homelessness. Aimed at aiding those who are aged between 16 - 25 who are without housing, the organisation offers emergency nightshelters, projects for care-leavers, help for ex-offenders and other various support structures.
Helping the armed forces community through a variety of means, the Royal British Legion is perhaps best known for its annual poppy appeal. With the majority of their campaigning done around Remembrance day, the charity aims to help both serving soldier and ex-servicemen through welfare, representation and comradeship.
Providing specialist support for women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence and abuse, Refuge have a network in place to aid some of most vulnerable members of society. Their services includes refuges, outreach to the local community, campaigns around awareness of the problem and child support works. In addition to this, they also operate a 24 hour line for anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse problems.
A national domestic violence charity that is estimated to help around a quarter of a million women and children every year, Women's Aid have become an integral organisation in the battle against domestic violence. With over 350 domestic and sexual services across the country, Women's Aid aim to raise awareness and funds in order to try end domestic abuse.
Created in 2013 by the merger of Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust, Meningitis Now was formed in order to save lives and increasing funding for research around the disease. They also attempt to raise awareness and provide support to those who are suffering from meningitis and aiding their families. Meningitis Now receives no government funding, and is therefore completely dependent on public donations.
Running organisations in around 126 countries across the world, The Salvation Army has a particularly strong presence in the UK. The charity emphasises the saving power of god, while running charity shops, providing relief during disasters and operating homeless shelters. It is one of the largest and most influential not-for-profit organisations in the world.