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Action for M.E.
Action for M.E. is the UK’s leading charity which raises funds to help improve the lives of people with M.E. 250,000 people in the UK have M.E. – this is more than the number of people affected with M.S., Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s put together. Symptoms of M.E. are complex and variable – including severe muscle pain, memory loss, poor concentration and sensitivity to light and sound. For all people with M.E. there is an overwhelming feeling of extreme fatigue. This is no normal tiredness but can mean that a person feels unable to wash themselves or clean their teeth, and for many people M.E. means having to rely on a carer. 25% are house or bed bound. Action for M.E. provides emotional and practical support through our help-lines and comprehensive information through our publications and guides. We strive to transform the image of M.E. in the minds of the general public, to improve public services and the way in which people with M.E. are treated and to encourage scientific research to find the cause of the illness, better treatments and in the fullness of time a cure. But to provide these services we need your help. Your donations can really make a difference to peoples’ lives.
Registered Charity No. 1036419View website Watch video
Action for Neurological Disorders
Action for Neurological Disorders (A.N.D.) is a consortium of five charities which together provide care, counselling and research for patients with neurological disorders. The charities involved are the British Epilepsy Association, the Parkinson's Disease Society, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, The National Society for Epilepsy and the Way Ahead. By supporting A.N.D. you will be helping people with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, motor neurone disease, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumours and head injury.
Action Medical Research
There are hundreds of thousands of children in the UK whose lives are devastated by disease and disability.
It’s too many. Far too many. Research can put a stop to this.
For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.
But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can’t do it without you. Medical research for children is underfunded in the UK. For every project Action funds there’s another one we have to turn away – simply because of a lack of funds.
Join our fight for little lives today and help save and change children’s lives
Registered Charity No. England & Wales no. 208701; and Scotland no. SC039284View website Watch video
Alzheimers Research UK
We are the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner.
Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research. We aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia.
Registered Charity No. 1077089 and SC042474-3View website Watch video
Arthritis Research UK
At Arthritis Research UK, we invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. We believe that by harnessing the power of exceptional science we can overcome the pain, isolation and fatigue arthritis causes, making everyday life better for all 10 million people with arthritis in the UK.
Registered Charity No. Registered in England and Wales no. 207711, Scotland no. SC041156View website Watch video
Today three families will lose someone to asthma.
Everyone knows someone with asthma and yet not everyone knows it can and does kill.
Our dedicated nurses and award-winning information give people the help and support they need to understand their condition better and ensure no one ends up in hospital or dies from an asthma attack.
There must be a cure?
We are searching for a cure to asthma but it will take time and until then, we are funding research to find better treatments and fighting to ensure that everyone with asthma gets the quality of care they deserve.
We want to help the world become a place where no one dies because of asthma.
We’re Asthma UK – we’re with you every breath of the way.
Registered Charity No. Registered in England Charity number 802364 and in Scotland SC039322.View website Watch video
Bowel Disease Research Foundation
Bowel Disease Research Foundation (BDRF) dates back to 1997 when it was called the Colon and Rectal Disease Research Foundation set up by its then chairman, Professor. Neil Mortensen.
Bowel disease has historically been the most neglected of common diseases. As a result research has been grossly under-funded, especially considering the very great potential for significant advance.
BDRF funds practically-oriented research which increases understanding while delivering direct and demonstrable improvements in the treatment of and survival rates for people with bowel disease. Their method of operation is to invite applications from all practitioners in bowel disease. All bowel diseases are eligible for consideration. Bids received are evaluated by peer review to ensure only the highest-quality projects are approved. BDRF gives priority to projects which offer real hopes of progress for existing patients.
Registered Charity No. 1120460View website Watch video
British Heart Foundation
The BHF is the nation's heart charity, raising funds for pioneering research that saves and improves the lives of vulnerable men, women and children. Since the 1960's, the BHF has been leading the way in heart research. Research breakthroughs, such as clot busting drugs, new pacemakers and replacement heart valves, keep thousands of hearts beating today.
But we need donations urgently * you are still more likely to die from heart and circulatory disease than any other serious illness, including cancer. Every two minutes someone has a heart attack * only half survive.
Registered Charity No. England & Wales No. 699547 Scotland No. SC039426View website Watch video
British Lung Foundation
One person in five in the UK is affected by lung disease.
The British Lung Foundation is here for every one of them, focusing resources on funding research, campaigning for a positive change, improving treatment, care and support for people living with a lung condition.
Registered Charity No. 326730 for England and Wales and SC038415 for ScotlandView website Watch video
Cure Parkinsons Trust
The Cure Parkinson's Trust has one bold aim - to cure Parkinson's disease. The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is a patient led charity that funds innovative projects, inspirational scientists and research projects that will have an impact on the lives of people with Parkinson’s, with the hope of an eventual cure for the condition. In addition, it brings scientists together to improve communication and promotes collaboration between researchers.
We are passionate about finding a cure and we feel we are tantalizing close. Support us and help us cure this debilitating neurological disease.
Registered Charity No. 1111816View website Watch video
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system, eventually cutting life short – only half of those currently living with the condition will celebrate their 40th birthday.
We are the only UK-wide charity making a difference for people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them. We invest in cutting-edge research, drive up standards of care, campaign hard and shout loud about the issues that matter.
We believe cystic fibrosis is beatable, but we need your help.
Registered Charity No. (England and Wales) 1079049, Registered Charity No. (Scotland) SC040196View website Watch video
Diabetes is hard. Hard to explain. Hard to manage.
Hard to live with. We’re here to make it easier.
We are the UK’s leading charity for people with
or at risk of diabetes and its largest charitable funder of pioneering diabetes research. One day our relentless
search for a cure will end, but until then we’ll keep providing vital advice, information and support services, bringing people with diabetes together and campaigning on the issues that are most important to them.
Since 1996, the number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to 3.8 million. If nothing changes, by 2025 five million of us will have diabetes. Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times and an urgent public health issue.
Diabetes is far more serious than people think and can have a life-limiting or life-threatening impact on your health if it’s not managed well. It can make you go blind or lose a limb, cause your kidneys to fail or trigger a heart attack or stroke. In the worst cases, it can kill you.
Registered Charity No. 215199View website Watch video
Dr Hadwen Trust
The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity that funds and promotes the development of techniques and procedures to replace the use of animals in biomedical research.
Founded in 1970, we have awarded grants to over 160 research projects for some of the most advanced and successful human-related techniques in the most diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, heart disease and diabetes.
Registered Charity No. 1146896View website Watch video
Fight for Sight
Fight for Sight is the main charity in the UK dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease. Over the next few years our aim is to commit £20 million to a research programme covering eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, trachoma, cataract as well as the causes of childhood blindness. We also fund research into a number of rare eye diseases.
100 people every day start to lose their sight in the UK, and while blindness may not kill, it has a profound impact on quality of life. It means not being able to read or look at photos. It means not being able to see loved ones or the world at large and it can mean losing independence and perhaps livelihood.
Yet eye research is severely underfunded, because killer diseases win the fight for government and charity funding. Fight for Sight relies solely on voluntary income, so your support is vital to help make sight loss a thing of the past.
Registered Charity No. 1111438View website Watch video
Heart Research UK
Heart Research UK is a visionary charity that leads the way funding ground breaking, innovative, medical research projects at the cutting edge of science into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. There is a strong emphasis on supporting clinical and surgical projects and young researchers on their first steps into research. The charity also encourages and supports original healthy lifestyle initiatives that explore novel ways of preventing heart disease in all sectors of the community.
HEART UK - The Cholesterol Charity - is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people with raised cholesterol and other blood fats and also supporting the healthcare professionals treating these conditions. We aim to prevent avoidable and early deaths caused by high cholesterol. We're committed to raising awareness about the risks of high cholesterol, lobbying for better detection of those at risk and supporting health professional training.
Registered Charity No. 1003904View website Watch video
JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, improving lives until we find the cure. We’re totally focused on type 1 diabetes, and are run by people with type 1, for people with type 1.
We fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We provide information for children, adults and parents living with the condition, at all stages from diagnosis and beyond. We give a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and campaign for increased focus on, and funding for, research to find the cure.
JDRF is a global organisation working towards the cure. Internationally, we are the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. We work with academia, industry and governments to make sure that the research we fund has the greatest possible impact on the lives of people with type 1 now and in the future.
Registered Charity No. England and Wales (No. 295716) and in Scotland (No. Sc040123).View website Watch video
Meningitis Now is a charity with almost 30 years’ experience. Formed in 2013 by bringing together Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust, founders of the meningitis movement in the UK. We exist to save lives and rebuild futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support.Our vision is a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.
Registered Charity No. 803016 England and Wales, SC017790 ScotlandView website Watch video
Meningitis Research Foundation
Meningitis and septicaemia can affect anyone of any age and can kill within hours. Meningitis Research Foundation is fighting back against these devastating diseases by funding vital scientific research into their prevention, detection and treatment. Your support helps in ensuring we can continue to work towards our vision of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.
Registered Charity No. 1091105View website Watch video
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a devastating and incurable neurological condition that affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Usually diagnosed in your 20s and 30s, it is a chronic condition that affects three times as many women as men. It is unique in its range of symptoms and unpredictability.
For nearly 60 years, the MS Society has been providing information and support, funding research and fighting for change. Our mission is to enable everyone affected by MS to live their live to their full potential, until we ultimately find a cure.
With your help we can beat MS.
Registered Charity No. 1139257/ SC041990View website Watch video
Muscular Dystrophy UK
Muscular Dystrophy and related muscle diseases are unforgiving, hard to understand and difficult to combat. More than 70,000 people in the UK have muscle disease and 350,000 people are indirectly affected as relatives and carers. There are no cures or treatments that prevent the breakdown of muscle, but increased knowledge has improved the quality, and in many cases the length, of people’s lives.
Muscular Dystrophy UK is the only national charity focusing on all muscle diseases. We invest £3 million a year into care support services, research, muscle centres, networks, information and resources.
We have pioneered the search for treatments and cures for over 50 years and provide practical, medical and emotional support to people affected.
Your support, by donating regularly through your pay, will help us to continue leading the fight against muscle disease.
National Eczema Society
Providing advice and information to people with eczema and their families as well as funding innovative research into causes, treatments and finding a cure. We campaign for better healthcare, raise awareness of eczema and the needs of people with eczema among both health professionals and the general public. With one in ten people in the U.K. affected by eczema, why not make your support to us yield a further 10% through payroll giving.
Eczema Information Line: 0870 261 3604
National Eye Research Centre
Supporting the UK's principal Eye bank, which supplies over 2000 corneas each year to more than 200 hospitals throughout the UK. Supporting research into the prevention and cure of all the prevalent causes of eye disease including children's eye diseases, Glaucoma and retinal eye disease, Diabetic Retinopathy, Corneal graft surgery, Eye Tumours, Kerataconus.
National Osteoporosis Society
The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK charity offering nationwide support to help the 3 million people in the UK who are affected by osteoporosis. Half of all women and one in five men over 50, will break a bone due to poor bone health. Osteoporosis is often referred to as the ‘silent condition’ with many people living in pain. We are dedicated to ending the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis, and helping people to live the lives they want to lead. We help to provide essential life-changing information via a library of free fact sheets & leaflets. Our Nurses Helpline offers free practical guidance and vital emotional support, we organise education to inform Health Professionals about the condition to ensure they are able to provide first-rate care and we fund ground-breaking medical research.
Registered Charity No. 1102712View website Watch video
NI Chest Heart and Stroke
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is a local charity for the care and prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses. Our vision is a Northern Ireland where chest, heart or stroke illnesses have been reduced and where those affected receive high quality services to meet their needs. To achieve this our work is focused in four areas: Care Services (cardiac services, respiratory services, stroke services and Self Management Programmes to help clients cope with a long term condition), Prevention and Health Promotion, Research and Policies.
Our work has an immediate impact on the lives of thousands of people. We offer crucial practical and emotional support at some of the most difficult times in people’s lives. We also provide support for families.
All our funds are raised within Northern Ireland and are spent within Northern Ireland.
Registered Charity No. NIC103593View website Watch video
Imagine not being able to move, sleep or smile. Feeling anxious or depressed and struggling to think or remember. Your body not feeling like your own. This is what Parkinson’s can feel like.
Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s UK is here to make sure people have whatever they need to take back control. We drive better care, treatments and quality of life.
Together we can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
Registered Charity No. England and Wales (258197) Scotland (SC037554).View website Watch video
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a national medical charity helping people who are affected by brain injury.
Some have been in car accidents, been mugged or might simply have fallen down stairs. Others have had a stroke, a heart attack, or have an illness affecting their brain such as Multiple-Sclerosis or Huntingdon’s disease.
The RHN offers an extensive range of rehabilitation and long-term care services, including specialist therapies and state of the art technology - giving some of the UK’s most disabled people the best possible quality of life, whatever their level of ability.
Registered Charity No. 205907View website Watch video
Spinal Injuries Association
Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury, and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone. Most spinal cord injuries result in paralysis, and the impact of an injury can turn lives upside down.
With the right support and information, people can still enjoy a full and independent life after injury.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA):
Support spinal cord injured individuals and their families from the moment their injury occurs for the rest of their lives,
Provide services and publications that enable and encourage paralysed people to lead independent lives
Campaign for improved medical and social care for spinal cord injury
Registered Charity No. 1054097View website Watch video
Every day an average of three people in the UK and Ireland are paralysed by spinal cord injury. Paralysis does not just mean being unable to feel or move – it also affects other vital functions such as bladder and bowel control, blood pressure, breathing…
Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding research to develop reliable treatments for spinal cord injury. Recent successes in the laboratory open the way to treatments that will restore sensation and movement to paralysed people.
Registered Charity No. 1151015View website Watch video
The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust is the new name of FSID, the charity dedicated to saving babies’ lives.
We support families shattered by the death of a baby; promote expert advice on safer baby sleep; support research into why babies die suddenly and unexpectedly and campaign to prevent sudden infant death.
Registered Charity No. 262191View website Watch video
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation is a charity that primarily supports projects within the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The charity supports the funding of equipment, buildings and research.
The current main focus of fundraising is the Cancer Centre Appeal. UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the country's largest NHS trusts and takes a leading role in national and international trials of treatments for cancers. This has enabled the trust to remain at the forefront of cancer care and to build on its international reputation.
In addition, the charity supports other projects within the NHS Trust, which have included: a new multimedia information centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, research into Sarcoidosis /CFA, research into the early detection and treatment of lung cancer and support of the Foetal Medicine Unit and the Young People’s Unit.