Times are tough for many people this winter.
The cost-of-living crisis and high energy bills are creating a perfect storm of pressure for many families, businesses and good causes.
Here at WeDo we wanted to use our platform to support and highlight just some of the excellent charities making a difference to people’s lives.
So instead of fundraising for just one organisation, or giving gifts to clients this Christmas, we are going big and shouting about 16 different charities across 12 days this December.
Each of these wonderful causes will also be supported by the WeDo group.
Our staff will be volunteering for several of the charities to provide extra help and WeDo will be donating much-needed funds to the rest.
Here we introduce these incredibly worthy organisations to shine a light on their fantastic work.
Having a child in hospital, especially at Christmas, can lead to agonising separation from relatives.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities and Cindy Appleyard Foundation work tirelessly to take away some of that pain by providing home away from home accommodation so families can stay together.
Find out more about their work at https://cindyappleyardfoundation.org.uk and https://rmhc.org.uk/about-rmhcuk/
During financial stress many people are forced to give up their pets, or struggle to feed and care for them. The Pennine Pen Animal Rescue is there to provide sanctuary to abandoned and unwanted animals, with the ultimate aim of finding their forever homes.
Read more: https://penninepen.co.uk
Everyone deserves to live with dignity. The Manchester Refugee Support Network helps refugees and asylum seekers do just that, by ensuring they have the basic support we can all take for granted.
To help visit https://mrsn.org.uk
Saving lives is all in a day’s work for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and every flight they make changes outcomes.
Find out how here https://www.ehaat.org
There has been more than a 200 per cent increase in demand for the services Emmeline’s Pantry provides. They are a food bank with a difference, being run by women, for women.
Get on board with their mission at https://emmelinespantry.com
Homelessness is soaring as families experience more hardship. Both Roundabout and The Wellspring charities give hope to those facing life on the streets or without a home to call their own.
Read more about their work at https://thewellspring.co.uk and https://www.roundabouthomeless.org
Hospices make the unbearable more bearable.
Willow Wood Hospice and Havens Hospice help people at the end of their lives receive love and care.
You can help by visiting https://www.willowwood.info or https://www.havenshospices.org.uk
Combating poverty, inequality and homelessness is a challenge. But that’s the focus of Mustard Tree as well as the A Bed Every Night scheme which aims to provide a place to rest for anyone experiencing homelessness. Make a difference by supporting them through https://aboutgreatermanchester.com/fairer/a-bed-every-night/ and https://mustardtree.org.uk
The We Love MCR charity is one of a kind.
It is the only one dedicated to supporting Manchester’s communities and young people – inspiring them to make the city even better.
Discover their mission at https://www.welovemcrcharity.org
Giving to Age UK helps older people out of isolation – all year round.
Find out more about why they are the leading charity for older people at https://www.ageuk.org.uk
Nothing is more heart-breaking than a child suffering. Wipe Your Tears aims to put smiles back on the faces of children who are seriously ill or victims of domestic violence.
Help them change lives via https://wipeyourtears.org.uk
Thousands of children and families on low incomes rely on Wood Street Mission to make ends meet. They provide everything from toys to vital baby equipment.
Help the cause at https://www.woodstreetmission.org.uk/who-we-are/