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List, and brief description, of the participating charities:

  • Action on Hearing Loss

    We want a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced – and where people value and look after their hearing.

    Action on Hearing Loss is the Royal national charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality.

    This Christmas, buy a gift that will make a real difference. By shopping with us, you’ll be helping us to continue our wider work. Your support is so important – it can make a life-changing difference to the people who benefit from what we do.

    Thank you for your support and happy shopping.
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  • Age UK Cheshire East

    Age UK Cheshire East is the new name for Age Concern East Cheshire, a local independent charity that shares a brand with the national charity Age UK. Almost 200 volunteers help us to touch the lives of over 1,500 people each and every week. Our aim is to improve later life for the people of Cheshire East and we do this by helping to maintain health and well-being, improve knowledge and provide practical support to anyone who needs us over the age of 50.

    We rely totally on fundraising to support our important work. By purchasing our cards you will be helping to improve the later lives of older people who are trying to cope with loneliness, illness and financial hardship in a fast-paced society that is not meeting their increasingly varied needs.

    Thank you for your support and a happy Christmas and prosperous new year from all at Age UK Cheshire East.

    If you would like further information or to offer help, contact Age Concern East Cheshire on 01625 612958.
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  • Amnesty International

    First, the big picture. Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who care about Human rights. It adopts individual �Prisoners of Conscience� as long as they have not used or encouraged violence. It is staunchly independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. Its campaigns for victims of Human Rights violations are based on accurate research and international law.

    Local Groups of volunteers send their well-gotten gains to Amnesty's Human Rights Centre in London, where it pays for a wealth of worthwhile projects.
    At national level, Amnesty case-workers observe trials, investigate reports of Human Rights abuses, research law & facts, compile reliable reports, lobby authorities, and create case-work for Local Groups and public appeals.
    At local level, volunteers use letters, faxes, e-mails, petitions, articles in the media, publicity stunts, and whatever it takes to shine a spotlight on abuses. In many countries, persistent publicity is followed by an improvement in prison conditions (eg: an end to torture), by open trials, by release even, by relaxation of death sentences, by investigations into abuses such as death squad killings or 'disappearances'.
    As well as protecting individuals, Amnesty supports other Human Rights Groups under threat, and it campaigns with like-minded partners on Human Rights themes eg: with Oxfam for an International Treaty on Arms Trade Control.

    That's all pretty broad stuff. Here`s a practical example.
    Vera and Orton Chirwa were lawyers in Malawi. Having criticised their government for Human Rights violations, they were falsely charged and convicted of treason. Letters flooded in from tens of thousands of Amnesty members around the world. Their death sentences were relaxed and so began a long campaign for their release. English and German members spearheaded publicity campaigns to make sure that the pair were not forgotten. Year after year, they continued to raise the case with Malawi officials, judges, religious groups, academics, medics, anyone with interest or influence. When Orton died in prison, leading UK lawyers laid a wreath outside the Malawi High Commission in London, the international outcry swelled, three months later Vera was freed.
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  • Arthritis Research UK

    Arthritis is a disease that affects so many of our families and friends; children too can suffer. These insidious diseases can destroy lives, leaving their victims in severe pain and with life-threatening disabilities.
    We work hard through voluntary committees, to raise money for research into these diseases. In the North West, the beneficiaries of research funds include the prestigious ARC Epidemiology Unit at Manchester University, and the Rheumatology Research Group at Liverpool University. Huge advances are being made through clinical trials to combat the effects of arthritic diseases, which affect over 60% of the population.
    Examples of recent trials in Manchester are ones researching intramuscular methylprednisolone in very early inflammatory polyarthritis - a common form of arthritis. Many people who develop this (painful swollen joint) recover spontaneously within a few weeks; the remaining people have a persistent arthritis which may develop into rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One reason for this may be that people do not produce enough steroid hormones. This trial will test whether boosting the body level of steroid during the early weeks of arthritis improves the rate of resolution of arthritis. If it does, then this will be a simple and inexpensive way of �curing� arthritis in a proportion of cases. The funding for this particular trial will cost over £400,000.
    Your contributions are fundamental to ARC research and are greatly appreciated by all involved and ultimately by the huge numbers of people suffering from arthritic diseases.
    If you would like to help please contact: Liz Ferguson 01625-585290 (Alderley/Wilmslow) or Alison Gee 01625-263558 (Macclesfield and Congleton)
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    Visit the Arthritis Research Campaign web site

  • Barnardo's

    Barnardo's aim is to challenge disadvantage and create opportunity through its 64 services in the North West. Barnardo's vision is that all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. Our purpose is to help the most vulnerable children and young people to transform their lives and fulfil their potential.

    Barnardo's were best known for their homes. Having closed our last children's home in the 1980's, we do, however, continue to work with children and young people who live in foster homes and many others in care. Through our successful campaigning on behalf of children and young people, we have been able to influence government objectives on child poverty, abuse and discrimination. All of our work in the North West reflects these key issues.

    Through our history and modern day voice for children and young people, we have established ourselves as the UK's largest children's charity. Last year, we helped over 21,000 children and young people across the North West.

    In our area, the Manchester Leaving Care Service is based in Moss Side. The main aim of this service is to help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people who have been 'in care' all their lives to take their first tentative steps into the 'adult' world. The service aims to help the young people referred to them with issues such as finance, education, training and employment and to live for the first time independently. It works with 550 young people at any one time, comprising every young person leaving care in the city Manchester city area.

    As a specific example, Jane is a chaotic young woman, still only 17 years old, but it seems that she has already experienced so much. She has been in all sorts of care placements and since she left care has stayed in hostels and homeless places. On top of that, she has taken overdoses or threatened to commit suicide on countless occasions. Working with Jane can be exhausting. The Project Workers see her nearly every day some weeks. Sometimes she is then 'missing' for a few weeks and then she will turn up with a crisis; homeless, with no money and in a state of confusion. On other occasions, she will turn up for what she calls a spot of TLC - tender loving care. For all her problems, Jane is a survivor.
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  • Beacon Counselling

    Beacon Counselling builds resilience in children, young people and adults experiencing mental and emotional distress. We do this by providing one-to-one counselling, group programmes and through targeted community projects. We support over 1,500 people each year. Our adult counselling takes place in seven venues across Stockport, in 2 Beacon offices, community centres, and other local charities and GP surgeries. We believe that everyone should have an equal chance of good emotional well-being. To ensure that our services are accessible and support the alleviation of poverty for those held back by poor mental health, Beacon’s core services are either free of charge or on a donation basis. We aim to contribute to a society where everyone is able to cope with distress and have the opportunity to live a happy life. We do this by supporting people with a range of issues from bereavement, trauma and relationship breakdown to anxiety and depression.
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  • Beechwood Cancer Care

    Beechwood Cancer Care Centre supports people from across the North West with every aspect of their journey with cancer or life limiting illness. We are here to support not just the patient but the whole family.

    Getting a diagnosis can be devastating for the everyone in the family and here at Beechwood we help find the words to make a bad situation a little more bearable. Providing day support for the patient we offer one to one counselling sessions, complementary therapies and just the time to relax and enjoy some company.

    We are unique in the fact that we support children whose parents have serious illness and we also offer bereavement support to those have lost a parent or close family member to cancer, serious illness, sudden death, suicide or murder.

    There can be nothing harder than having to tell your child you are going to die, here at Beechwood we help find those words and then support the family from diagnosis until end of life and through the bereavement process.

    By purchasing our cards you will be helping us keep our services free of charge to all those who need them.
    Cards available at Wilmslow
    Visit the Beechwood Cancer Care web site

  • Bloodwise

    Formerly known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
    We are the only UK national charity working exclusively to mprove treatments, find cures and prevent all types of blood cancers including leukaemia, Hodgkin's and other lymphomas and myeloma. They can affect people of all ages, even young people. Leukaemia and lymphoma account for almost half of all childhood cancers.
    We support life-saving research of the highest calibre and invested £24million into research in the last financial year. Survival rates have increased, particularly for children affected by the most common form of leukaemia, but we wish to save more children and adults, whatever blood cancer they have. Our work also seeks to improve treatments to minimise side effects and understand why cells become cancerous in the first place.
    We support patients and those close to them by giving them information when they need it most. We receive no government funding and rely on the support and donations from people like you. Purchasing our cards and gifts (wider range available on the charity's website), or through our catalogue or network of voluntary local Bloodwise Branches across the UK, will generate funds which we can put to research.
    Cards available at Macclesfield
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  • Bolton Hospice

    Our team of doctors, nurses and other professional staff provide specialist care and support for local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their families, in the hospice and at home.
    We provide care throughout a patient’s illness, so they achieve the best possible quality of life. This includes end of life care, helping them to achieve a good death.
    We're a charity mainly funded by local people. Together we need to raise around £3.2 million a year to continue to provide our services for free. Thank you for your support.
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  • Book Aid International

    Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in Africa, providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

    Every year we ship up to one million new books to libraries in Africa.

    We believe in the potential of books to change lives.
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  • BRACE-Alzheimers

    BRACE was founded in 1987 and supports groundbreaking, internationally recognised research into Alzheimer�s disease and other dementias. We make it a condition of our grants that the results of research are published. Dementia currently affects over 800,000 people in the UK and this figure is expected to double by 2040. Dementia affects 1 in 50 people aged 65-70 and 1 in 5 of the over 80's. It can also affect younger people although cases are much rarer.
    There are over 100 different types of dementia. The most common of these is Alzheimer's Disease. However, we are dedicated to fighting all forms of dementia. Dementia is a terrible condition that robs sufferers of their memory and their ability to cope with even basic functions. It robs families of their loved ones even while they are still alive.
    More information about the research currently being funded by BRACE can be found on our website below
    Cards available online, or from the BRACE Appeal Office, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
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    Visit the the BRACE-Alzheimers web site

  • Brain Tumour Charity

    The Brain Tumour Charity is the largest and leading brain tumour charity in the UK. We fund scientific and clinical research and provide information and support to anyone affected by a brain tumour, whilst raising awareness and influencing policy. Our aim is to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.
    Since 1996 we have raised over �12 million to fund our vital work. We have funded over 50 world class research projects and established the dedicated Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit at University College London, our first Centre of Excellence. We are the only brain tumour charity to be a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities.
    Our Information and Support Service provides confidential Infoline, a series of UK-wide information days and family days. Our current campaigning focus is 'HeadSmart: be brain tumour aware', raising awarenes of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people to improve outcomes for the hundreds that are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.
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  • BreastcancerNOW

    Breast Cancer Now was created in June 2015 by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
    It is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity. Money raised helps to fund some of the most cutting-edge breast cancer research in the world. The work focuses on four key areas: preventing breast cancer, detecting and diagnosing it earlier, improving treatments and stopping secondary breast cancer, the stage of the disease responsible for almost all deaths.

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime. Thanks to research, survival rates for breast cancer have increased dramatically in recent years. More than 80 per cent of women who develop breast cancer will now live beyond five years. 40 years ago it was only around half.
    The money raised by Breast Cancer Now supporters, is helping to support nearly 450 researchers across the UK and Ireland, all working towards one clear goal......to make sure that by 2050, no one will die from breast cancer.
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  • British Heart Foundation

    Nearly everyone has some association with heart disease during their lifetime, either through friends or family or your own experience. The U.K. has one of the highest death rates from heart disease in the world. It is also our most expensive illness, costing the U.K. economy £10 billion yearly in hospital care, drugs, and working days lost. Research funded by the B.H.F. has made a huge impact over the years. Advances in the treatment of heart disease continue apace. Heart valve replacements, pacemakers, transplants, clot-busting drugs, angina and blood pressure treatments have all contributed to the better health of patients.
    The B.H.F. fund rehabilitation programmes at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospitals, among many others. it also helps to finance life saving equipment in Cardiac care wards. Defibulators are financed for use by GP's, Police Ambulances and other organisations.
    Research is expensive and on-going. Your support is valued. For further information please contact Pam and Brian Critchley on 01625-828528.
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    Visit the the British Heart Foundation web site

  • CancerCare

    Formed in 1983 by a small group of volunteers and practitioners from the caring professions, and registered as a charity in 1985, CancerCare has grown to be the largest charitable organisation of its kind in the UK, providing local support to people facing cancer at all stages of the journey. CancerCare is dedicated to the support of people with cancer, their families and their carers, and those bereaved by cancer.

    CancerCare services are available to anyone in North Lancashire and South Lakeland whoes lives are affected by cancer and are free of charge. We offer support at our two main centres, Slynedales in Lancaster and the lakes Centre in Kendal, where we have dedicated Children's and Young People's Services. We also work in local hospitals and in the community.

    At CancerCare, we know that a cancer diagnosis is not just a physical issue, but has a wide ranging impact on many aspects of life for all those concerned. The therapeutic support and information services we offer can help individuals and their families come to terms with and manage the challenges of a serious illness.
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  • Cancer Research UK

    Cancer Research UK was launched in February 2002 following the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and Imperial Cancer Research Fund, and is now the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. It supports the work of more than 3000 scientists, doctors and nurses, and is the European leader in the development of novel anti-cancer treatments and is training the next generation of cancer scientists and doctors.
    Our vision is to cure cancer faster, aiming to control the disease within two generations, carrying out world-class research into the biology and causes of cancer, developing effective treatments, improving the quality of life for patients, reducing the number of people diagnosed with cancer and providing authoritative information on cancer.
    Cancer Research UK is almost entirely funded by donations from the public with a network of 640 shops, 1000 fundraising groups, 30,000 volunteer supporters and more than one million people who regularly donate to Cancer Research UK.
    In. the three years since merger the amount spent on scientific research has increased from £l75M in 2001-2 to £213M in the last year, a truly excellent growth in research expenditure in more than 30 towns and cities in the UK, over £15M being spent in North West England.
    In Manchester the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research has approximately 15 teams working on a range of projects including bowel cancer, cervical cancer, leukaemia, and the cell changes involved in the development of cancer.
    The Christie Hospital, one of the biggest cancer hospitals in Europe, and Cancer Research UK Department of Oncology are developing new treatments for kidney, stomach and bowel cancer.
    At the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital we are funding the UK Children's Cancer Study Group ensuring children receive the most up-to-date treatments, with over 30 clinical trials currently being run.
    At the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, we contributed £2M towards building and equipment costs for the scanning tool PET, which tracks in real time the effectiveness of a particular drug in cancer treatment.
    At Liverpool we are funding several projects at the University, including studies on pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and genetic aspects of small cell lung cancer, and the involvement of viruses in cervical and non-melanoma skin cancer.
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  • Carers Trust 4all
    We care…because you do


    Carers Trust 4all is a regional charity with local branches providing high quality support services for carers and people with care needs.

    We are a network partner of Carers Trust, Britain’s largest carers’ charity which champions carers` issues at a national level.

    We provide:

  • Carer breaks
  • Home based carer breaks
  • Social groups
  • Specialist personal care
  • Palliative care
  • Stroke re-enablement
  • Children’s care services
  • Aspergers social skills groups
  • Musical groups

    To find out more please call 01260 292851
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  • ChildAidto Russia and the Republics

    ChildAid to Russia & the Republics (formerly Aid to Russia & the Republics) seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged children particularly street children, children with disabilities and orphans, in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. We work with local partners supporting community initiatives which are usually led or inspired by Christians, and care for all children irrespective of their faith. Our work is currently focused on 10 projects.�

    In RUSSIA 3 projects support 14 orphanages, care for street children and abandoned babies, and teach life skills and a trade to street children. In UKRAINE 3 projects feed street children and care for poor families, teach life skills to orphanage graduates and support foster families caring for homeless children. In MOLDOVA 3 projects care for children with disabilities, and provide free medical treatment to children with chronic long term illnesses. In BELARUS our project has a day centre and residential centre for young adults with disabilities.

    Our child sponsorship scheme provides financial support to several groups of children in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. We are currently looking for UK volunteers with specialist skills to send to our projects. If you would like to volunteer overseas, or would like to work as a volunteer for ChildAid in the UK, please get in touch with us.
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  • Childlife

    Childlife is a special collaboration between four charities helping children. More information about Childlife and links to the four charities we support can be found on our website below. Your card purchase will help so many children who are living with constant challenges to their daily lives.

    National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS): The NDCS is the leading UK charity solely dedicated to supporting all deaf children and young people, their parents, carers and professionals working on their behalf, through 110 local groups.

    Acorns Children's Hospice: Acorns care for life-limited children and support their families at their children's hospices in Selly Oak, Birmingham, and Walsall, as well as through a community team who are on call around the clock for families in their own home.

    National Children's Bureau (NCB): NCB promotes the interests and well-being of all children and young�people across every aspect of their lives. Founded in 1963, NCB is a charitable organisation that acts as an umbrella body for organisations working with children and young people in England & Northern Ireland. Through working in partnership, sharing knowledge, resources and services they have created a powerful, authoritative and influential voice to improve the lives of children and young people.

    Ataxia UK: The ataxias are rare neurological disorders which cause key nerve and muscle cells to die and can strike at any age - babies, children, teenagers or adults. Ataxia UK support people affected by ataxia with research, information, welfare grants, campaigning and the opportunity to meet and help others in a similar position.
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  • Children North East

    Children North East is the oldest independent children's charity in the North East. It has been transforming the lives of poorer children and families since 1891 when two local business men took groups of children on a boat trip to the seaside. Today the charity works with children, young people and families throughout the region with a number of projects and services working with all family members. Please support Children North East so they can continue their valuable work.

    Our Vision:
    Every child has a happy and fulfilling childhood, and every young person has the chance to develop their full potential.
    Our Mission and Aims:
    To promote the rights of children and young people; and counter the effects of inequality on them, their families and communities.
    We do this by:
    Promoting positive family relationships; giving children and young people opportunities to raise aspirations; encouraging community engagement; and influencing social policy.
    Our Values:
    Equality - working for a fair society where everyone is equally respected, diversity is valued and injustice is challenged.
    Empowerment - encouraging individuals and families to value themselves and their experiences in order to make informed choices.
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  • Children's Society

    The Children's Society works with some of Britain's most vulnerable children and young people. Children with disabilities, child runaways, homeless teenagers and young families experiencing problems.
    Originally called The Waifs and Strays Society in the 19th Century, The Children's Society has changed more than just its name. It has responded to changes in social attitudes and problems, finding new ways to help the many children damaged by society and often neglected by their own families.
    One of the new schemes was pioneered very successfully here in Manchester and has now extended to other parts of the country. Called Safe in the City, it aims to help both practically and emotionally some of the 100,000 children under 16 who run away from home each year. Social workers from the Society seek out these children in railway and bus stations, squats and other areas to which youngsters gravitate.
    Practically they are given clothing, food and shelter in refuges established for this purpose. They are befriended by caring young adults who will listen to their problems and help them to plan a way forward. For many children it is often the first time anyone has cared enough to listen without criticism.
    The Children's Society is a Christian organisation which exists to work with and for children and young people regardless of race, culture or creed.
    Thank you for helping to give all children the positive start in life they deserve.
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    Visit the the Children's Society web site

  • Christie Hospital

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  • Cure Parkinson`s (The Cure Parkinson`s Trust)

    The Cure Parkinson`s Trust has one bold aim - to cure Parkinson`s. We fund innovative projects and inspirational scientists. Our research profile is dynamic and we have become known for our trailblazing approach which has uncovered new targets in the treatment of Parkinson`s. In addition, we bring scientists together to improve communication and collaboration. Founded by patients, and driven by our patient supporters who are demanding new treatments, we are passionate about finding a cure and making an impact on the lives of those living with Parkinson`s.
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  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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  • Devon Wildlife Trust

    The Devon Wildlife Trust is the only the only organisation exclusively concerned with all aspects of wildlife conservation in Devon.

    The Devon Wildlife Trust manages more than 40 nature reserves which are home to an amazing wealth of wildlife.

    By supporting the Devon Wildlife Trust through the purchase of Christmas cards you will be a vital part of a combined community effort, making a practical contribution to local wildlife conservation.
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  • Diabetes UK

    Diabetes UK is the leading charity for people with diabetes. Over 2 million people in the UK have diabetes and up to 750,000 others have the condition but do not know it yet.

    Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

    Our mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and work towards a future without diabetes. You can make a real difference to the lives of those we help.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Hale
    Visit the Diabetes UK web site

  • East Cheshire Hospice

    East Cheshire Hospice was opened in 1988 and provides compassionate and expert care to adults diagnosed with life limiting illness. We offer a haven of care and calm for the communities of Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow and everywhere in between. We’re at the heart of our local community.
    Offering gold-standard care, compassion, medical and emotional support is what we do every single day. Whilst we provide exceptional and holistic care for people with life-limiting illnesses, we also help their carers and families to cope and even smile through difficult times.
    The word ‘Hospice’ is from the Latin for `hospitality` and it sums up our approach: we’re here to make every day count for our patients, their carers and families. By ensuring there is quality in all that we do, we deliver personalised, expert and compassionate care that puts patients` needs and wishes first.
    If you would like to support East Cheshire Hospice in any way, please contact 01625 610364.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Knutsford
    Visit the East Cheshire Hospice web site

  • Epilepsy Research UK

    Epilepsy Research UK promotes and supports basic and clinical scientific research into the causes, treatment and prevention of epilepsy with the aim of identifying new means to control the condition and ultimately to find a cure.�

    Epilepsy Research UK is the only national charity dedicated to funding epilepsy research. Every project we fund is rigorously assessed by a panel of experts to ensure that it has the potential to advance understanding of epilepsy and improvements in the treatment and care of those with this condition.
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  • Fight for Sight

    Buy our Christmas cards and join the fight for sight
    Fight for Sight is the UK's leading charity funding pioneering research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.

    Our commitment to eye research
    By funding research at leading universities and hospitals around the country, we are supporting the development of new treatments for childhood blindness and helping scientists to find ways of preventing age-related sight loss from conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataract.

    Making a difference to people's lives
    With your support we can continue to fund this vital research bringing hope to people affected by sight loss.

    We send you our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year and thank you for your support.
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  • Framework

    Homelessness and the threat of homelessness affect thousands of local people every year for a wide variety of reasons, including domestic violence, family breakdown, mental health problems and unemployment. All too quickly, vulnerable people can become invisible; homeless or stranded in unsafe and insecure housing.
    Framework is Nottinghamshire's leading homelessness charity. We work to tackle homelessness across the county, offering housing, support and training to nearly 7,000 homeless and vulnerably housed people each year.
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  • Francis House Children's Hospice

    Francis House is a Hospice for children who suffer from life-limiting illnesses.
    The hospice was set up by the Rainbow Family Trust in 1991. It is situated in Manchester and is at the heart of caring for children whose lives are shortened due to complex medical illnesses for which there is no known cure. Hundreds of very sick children and their families have shared their joys and sorrows in a wonderfully comfortable, home from home environment. Far from being a sad place, Francis House is a hive of activity and fun, a place where children are enabled to live life to their fullest! We are there for the very sad times too, of course, and in offering support through the respect we bear for each and every child and family who hold varied creeds, cultures and beliefs, they allow us the privilege of working with them through their times of stress, pain and grief.
    A massive 96% of the £1.5M costs each year have to be met from Voluntary sources. Your support provides this oasis of love and peace, rainbows of hope in the lives of so many families each year - 180 plus. Thank you.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Altrincham, Hale, Sale and online
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  • Guide Dogs For The Blind

    Guide Dogs for the Blind Association celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2006 having been founded in Wallasey in 1931 and it is still the only charity of its kind in the UK; it receives no government funding. It works closely with the R.N.I.B. and Dogs for the Disabled (D.f.D.), sometimes passing dogs which are unsuitable for guiding to the D.f.D. Guide Dog owners pay a nominal 50 pence for their dogs.
    The main aims of the GDBA are to help visibly impaired people retain their dignity and independence, to improve accessibility, mobility and fund major research projects into the prevention and cure of eye disease.
    The North West has an Advanced Training Centre at Bolton (tel: 01204 495 111) which currently has 150 puppies being walked and 104 dogs in advanced training.
    Look out in the future for new breeds being trained (experimental at the moment) which include Standard Poodles, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Tervurens, Long Haired Weimaraners, and Irish Water Spaniels.�
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Altrincham, Hale, Sale and Knutsford
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  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

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  • Humane Research Trust

    The Humane Research Trust is a national charity, which works with scientists to develop new medical research techniques for the permanent benefit of people without the use of animals.
    For over 30 years The Trust has been at the forefront of efforts to-promote the health of people and at the same time reduce animal suffering in the laboratory. We fund a wide-ranging programme of postgraduate studentships at academic centres of excellence throughout the UK. This enables a new generation of researchers to further their careers by making a real contribution to human health in ways that do not involve the use of animals.
    At the University of Manchester we are funding a team of scientists who are working on the development of human therapies with the potential to both treat and prevent cancer. We are also funding a project aiming to build a model of functional human arteries at the Manchester Medical School.
    For more information please contact 0161 439 8041 or info@humaneresearch.org.uk
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  • Hope Centre Macclesfield

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  • IndependentAge

    IndependentAgeis a unique and growing charity: a support community for thousands of older people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We offer a `helping hand from a trusted friend`, tackling older people`s poverty and loneliness by offering information, advice and friendship.

    All the older people we help receive:
  • Information about benefits and other issues affecting older people
  • Ongoing support from our helpline and newsletters
  • Membership of the Independent Age community, with the opportunity to participate in events and build friendships with other people.

    For those in the very greatest need it can include even more: regular befriending and support from an Independent Age volunteer, detailed assessment and casework, practical support and even financial help in emergencies.
    Our support lasts as long as it's needed - in many cases, for life. And we use the knowledge we gain from providing our services to help influence policy and practice.

    Independent Age and its sister charity UBS (Universal Beneficent Society) are in the process of merging. Christmas cards sold from this site have both logos on them, but at this current time the funds will benefit Independent Age.

    For information on volunteering in the North-West, or if you know someone the charity could help, please contact Mrs. Diana McVeigh 01625 521381.
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  • International Children's Trust

    We create real and lasting change in a child’s life by tackling the root causes of child poverty. We focus on vulnerable children living in poverty, facing abuse and discrimination. We tackle the physical, educational and emotional barriers to a child’s development and create strong family and community support structures. We want a world where no child has to live or work on the streets.
    All the older people we help receive:The International Children’s Trust works in 9 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America to make a real and lasting impact on vulnerable children.
    We develop projects with local partners that tackle the root causes of child poverty in their community. While local partners understand the community needs, they often lack the capacity to provide their innovative solutions. We strengthen the capacity of our partners by pursuing funding opportunities and ensuring they are able to effectively and efficiently use those funds. We have built a network of local partners around the world who are able to share their experience and learn from each other and their solutions. We come together with a vision of a better world for our children.
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  • Kidneys for Life (Renal Unit MRI)
    Kidneys for Life fundraises for MINT (Manchester Institute of Nephrology and Transplantation), helping to raise money for the Renal Unit and Satellite Units of Manchester Royal Infirmary to provide funding for research and direct patient amenities. Your donation will help us with our research which will allow the work of Kidneys for Life to make a real impact on the life-threatening problems encountered by those suffering with kidney disease.
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  • Knutsford League of Hospital Friends

    Some of the money we raised we used in conjunction with the District Nurses in Knutsford to fund hampers for those people who were home alone on Christmas Day and being visited by the District Nurses - hence they had a medical condition and came under our umbrella.

    We have also funded equipment for all the four Doctors’ Surgeries in Knutsford.
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  • Livability

    We are the UK’s largest Christian disability and community engagement charity. As a proven and trusted provider of commissioned care and community services, we deliver disability services, community programmes and training resources that promote inclusion and wellbeing. Livability works to connect people with their community. By drawing people and resources together, we believe people are stronger. We work to overcome disabling barriers and support the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of all we meet. We help people overcome the barriers they face and build on what’s good in their community to make it more livable.
    We make this happen through:
  • care and support for disabled people through residential care homes
  • a specialist brain rehabilitation support service
  • education for disabled students through our school and college
  • employment and independent living support services
  • training churches to improve wellbeing and inclusion.
    Livability Christmas cards 2016. Spread some cheer!
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  • Macclesfield Eye Society

    Macclesfield Eye Society, also registered as "Macclesfield Society for the Blind", has been working since 1875 as a charity for the welfare of blind and partially sighted people in the Macclesfield, Congleton, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Bollington and Poynton areas of East Cheshire. The Society office, shop and resource centre is located at 15, Queen Victoria Street, Macclesfield. SK11 6LP. (Tel. 01625 422602) Web site:- macclesfieldeyesociety.org.uk
    The resource centre and shop is stocked with a comprehensive range of equipment which is designed specifically to assist those without good eyesight. The staff and volunteers offer advice and support to blind and partially sighted people. Home visits are undertaken and social events arranged. A hospital help desk is manned by the Society volunteers at Macclesfield Hospital Eye Clinic. People who have been registered as partially sighted or blind are invited to become members. Our sister Society, Macclesfield Talking Newspaper, work with us from the Society office at Queen Victoria Street. We also work with the RNIB and act as agents for them on the Radio for the Blind Scheme. We rely on donations from the public or grants for the successful operation of the Society.
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  • Macmillan Cancer Relief

    July sees the successful conclusion to the Macmillan Macclesfield Appeal with the last £20,000 of the appeal having been raised thanks to all the magnificent support they a have received in the local area.
    In Manchester the news is just as bright in 2004 Macmillan spent over £2.32M improving cancer services in the area and paid out £350,607 in Macmillan grants helping 878 who faced immediate financial need as a result of a cancer diagnosis next year the figure will be even more. In greater Manchester there are now over 150 Macmillan funded & supported nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, information workers and benefits advisors.
    November 2004 saw the launch of Macmillan's Better Deal Campaign to help highlight the financial problems that people diagnosed with cancer, and their families face. In 2005 Macmillan will be investing over £0.5M in Manchester to provide 24 cancer information points in Manchester libraries and 4 new benefits advisors who will be based in Manchester Hospitals.
    The Greater Manchester Appeal (South) has recently secured some very prestigious support from British Cycling & Sale Sharks. In addition, Stockport County have named Macmillan as their charity of the season for 2005-2006 so it's all looking good, but we still have a lot of money to raise to keep up with demand so any help you can give will be very welcome indeed!
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  • MADYSS (Macclesfield & District Young Stroke Society)

    In September 2004, MADYSS was developed from the Stroke Association's Family Support Unit at Macclesfield Hospital by a group of younger stroke survivors and their carers from within the borough of Macclesfield and its districts.
    Our aim is to support both the stroke survivors and their carers by holding informal monthly meetings and social events.

    Each stroke and each individual's response to their new circumstances are unique and the journey back to optimum health is often exceedingly difficult. However, with the right attitude and motivation, together with a fun environment and support from others who know the challenges and frustrations, we believe rehabilitation as possible.

    MADYSS is open to any stroke survivor and carer who are looking to become part of a supportive community.

    Meetings: Held every 2nd Monday of each month, at lunchtime, at The Flower Pot, 1 Congleton Road, Macclesfield, SK11 1UF. Sometimes there’s a guest speaker.
    Events: These include an annual holiday at a wheelchair-friendly hotel, coach trips to places of interest, trips to cinemas and shows, and many other varied social gatherings.
    Fundraising: Calendars produced by a local stroke survivor and various activities by members, families and friends.
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  • Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

    Make-A-Wish Foundation UK has a very simple objective - to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life threatening illnesses. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986 and since then we have granted over 6000 wishes.
    Our wishes are truly magical. A small and dedicated team of professional wishgranters work alongside hundreds of volunteers to turn our children's wishes into reality. Whether a wish is to be a princess or a train driver for a day, own the latest TV or computer equipment, meet a favourity celebrity or just enjoy some special time away from home with their family, a wish come true is truly magical and brings so much to a child's life and provides memories that last a lifetime.
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  • Marie Curie Cancer Care

    Marie Curie Cancer Care Nurses provide high quality nursing, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families.
    For more than 50 years, across the UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care has been caring for people affected by cancer and their families. Research has shown that most people dying of cancer would like to be cared for in the comfortable surroundings of their own home. So for those patients who would like to be cared for at home, the Marie Curie Nursing Service plays a vital role. Our nurses work through the day or night, usually for 8 to 9 hours at a time, to care for the patient and allow the family to get some well-earned rest. Referrals for a Marie Curie Nurse are made through the District Nurse or GP and they work in partnership with the primary care team which also includes a Macmillan Nurse.
    We are often asked about the difference between Marie Curie Nurses and Macmillan Nurses. Marie Curie Nurses give direct nursing care to terminally ill cancer patients at home. They spend a whole shift (usually 8/10 hours, usually at night) with one patient and their family. They provide expert nursing care for the patient as well as emotional support for the patient and their family and have contact with the patient in the last few months, weeks or days of life. Marie Curie Nurses are funded 50/50 by Marie Curie and the NHS. In contrast, Macmillan nurses give direct advice and support to patients in the community, working with a caseload, in a similar way to District Nurses. Having a "caseload" means spending time with their different patients in an advice and support role usually for around an hour at a time and usually between 9am and 5pm. They have contact with the patient from the point of diagnosis, and do not provide physical care unless a specific need arises.
    Last year, 29,000 hours of one-to-one patient care were given to 505 cancer patients in Cheshire and Greater Manchester by Marie Curie Nurses. It costs £20 an hour to put a Marie Curie Nurse in a patient's home and our priceless care costs millions to provide nationally. All our fundraising is vital to support this service and the sale of our Christmas cards at the Combined Charities Christmas Card Shops makes a substantial contribution.
    For an information pack on the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care, events or volunteering opportunities, please call Jane Wilkinson (Cheshire & North Staffs) on 0161 255 2800 or Jemma Halman (Greater Manchester) on 0161 255 2809
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  • Martyn Donaldson Music Trust

    MDMT, registered charity 1096844, was established in 2003. It celebrates the life and music making of Martyn who was a professional musician and died in 2002. The Trust`s aims reflect Martyn’s dreams and aspirations by supporting young musicians especially disadvantaged ones, internationally, nationally and locally in his home town of Macclesfield.

    Martyn taught as the music volunteer at STAREHE BOYS` CENTRE IN NAIROBI, KENYA from 1996-98. So MDMT recruits and sponsors the current music volunteers at SBC as well as its sister school STAREHE GIRLS`S CENTRE. In the UK MDMT sponsors MUSIC FOR YOUTH, organisers of Europe`s largest music festival for young people. Martyn had worked as the stage manager at the National Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London and at the School Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. MDMT sponsors two classes at the National Festival and provides transport costs for groups travelling from all parts of the UK. Locally Martyn was involved in a number of musical groups in Macclesfield. So MDMT sponsors a wide variety of musical projects in the local area. An example is the informal concerts given by LIVE MUSIC NOW who arrange for young professional musicians to visit care homes, the Hospice and day centres for handicapped and disabled people.
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  • Mencap

    Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. There are around 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability. They have hopes and dreams for what they want to do with their lives. But many are bullied, discriminated against, unable to find a job and too frightened to leave their house. We exist to enable people to live a life that is bigger than their learning disability.
    We support thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives as they choose, and to be part of their local communities. We help people to get a job, take a course, or find a home of their own. We help them build social connections through our support services and leisure groups. And we lobby the government to change laws so that more and more people with a learning disability can have greater control over their own lives.
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  • Meningitis Now

    Meningitis Now is at the forefront of the fight against meningitis in the UK. 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. By buying our Christmas cards today you are bringing us one step closer to making that vision a reality.
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  • Mercy Ships UK

    Mercy Ships is an international charity that provides free medical and humanitarian services to the people of Africa using its hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.
    The Africa Mercy is the worlds largest charity hospital ship staffed with volunteer doctors, nurses, engineers and agriculturists that visits ports in some of the worlds poorest countries.
    Doctors, surgeons and nurses onboard provide free medical and surgical services, while off ship teams help local communities develop sustainable water, sanitation and education programmes.
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  • Mothers' Union

    In over 83 countries of the world, more than 4 million Mothers Union members do all they can through volunteering, giving and prayer to support families, to promote marriage and family life, and to reach out within their communities to people who are isolated, in trouble or in need of help. Mothers Union is a grassroots focused charity with a global impact, which has a desire to eradicate the inequalities brought about by poverty, ignorance of rights and lack of opportunities.

    We strongly believe that only when people are given the skills they need to become self-sufficient, can we have global prosperity, equality and dignity. Many of our programmes, therefore, are designed to train communities in skills. Mothers Union help nearly 400,000 beneficiaries every year through financial and literacy education and the provision of poverty-busting solutions. We also train facilitators to support parents through running parenting groups in 18 countries worldwide, and our campaigns commit to advocating for a better, safer world for children.
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  • Motor Neurone Disease Association

    Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal condition that leaves people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves, but their intellect and their senses remain unaffected. The Association works to ensure that people with MND secure the care and support they need. It promotes and funds research into a cause and cure for the disease.
    It provides Information, Advice and support through a National Helpline, Information leaflets, Regional Care Advisors, a local Branch network, equipment loan and financial support-In Greater Manchester the Regional Care Advisor provides information and support for:
    people with MND and their carers
    professionals including the MND Special Interest Group
    and works with the MND Care Centre at Hope Hospital
    The Manchester & District Branch one of eighty in the country run by volunteers covers the whole of the Greater Manchester area-It holds monthly support meetings in Salford, Stockport and Oldham. It has ten trained Visitors who provide support for the whole family. Helps with the loan and purchase of special equipment. Raises funds for the Association. Has its own local web site atwww.mndmanchester.co.uk. A number of the visitors also provide support at the MND clinic at Hope Hospital, the only Centre in the country to use volunteers in this way at the moment.
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  • Multiple Sclerosis Society

    Stockport Multiple Sclerosis Society is a branch of the national MS society. It exists to support the welfare needs of members throughout its catchment area. It also offers medical advice, counselling for sufferers and carers and provides equipment and financial assistance when needed.
    One of the MS Society's main objectives is to promote and fund MS research. We fund scientific and applied research in order to make the maximum impact on MS, and the quality of life of people affected by MS.
    Fundraisers work hard to pump around £2M into research each year, and we encourage others to fund MS research, for example, other funding bodies and relevant industries.
    There have been a number of encouraging breakthroughs in recent years, and new treatments and drugs are constantly being tested, current research being carried out in Israel is particularly encouraging, and there are optimistic signs of potential success. Support is given to professionals who specialise in MS, through training programmes and exchange of ideas and innovative developments.
    The Stockport branch, which will directly benefit from Christmas card sales in the Combined Charity Card Shops, aims to be a supportive and caring friend to those who suffer from this debilitating and physically threatening disease. The support received through the card shops which the MS Society has participated in since they first started 34 years ago is very much valued and appreciated.
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  • National Animal Welfare Trust

    The National Animal Welfare Trust was established in 1971 to rescue and re-home unwanted and abandoned animals. Each year we look after some 5000 animals at our various centres and, no matter how long it takes to find a new home, no healthy animal is ever put to sleep.
    We have rescue centres in Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Somerset and Cornwall.
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  • National Autistic Society

    What is Autism?
    It is a modern condition not true.
    The first detailed description of a person with Autism dates back to the late 18th century. Autism is only found in children not true. It is a lifelong disability, which affects the way a person sees the world and relates to it. People with Autism have at least one exceptional talent not true.
    Forget Rainman; such skills exist in very rare cases. Autism is often an invisible disability, making it difficult to create awareness and understanding in the non-Autistic population.
    Present estimates are that 535,000 people in the U.K. have an Autistic spectrum disorder. People across the whole range of intelligence and ability may be affected. It can be associated with learning disability, but is also found in highly intelligent, high-functioning individuals.
    This is a complex developmental disability whose common traits are difficulties in social relationships, difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communications, and limitations in imaginative play. Repetitive behaviour and resistance to change are also very common. There is no cure for Autism but there are many ways through support and education, that people can be helped, whatever their age. For example, a successful social skills group for young people in years 6/7/8, plus a chess club at The King's School, Chester has been set up. This will soon extend to the 14+ age group, and plans are afoot to develop similar groups in East Cheshire.
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  • National Deaf Children's Society

    The East Cheshire Deaf Children's Society (ECDCS) is affiliated to the National Deaf Children's Society and represents the Society at local level by assisting children with any level of hearing loss along with their families.
    Our Society gives financial support in purchasing various things such as personal hearing associated equipment consisting of FM systems or radio aids to help children at school who have hearing difficu1ties. Another item is a sound field system when a teacher wears a microphone and speakers are placed in the classroom so as to assist children who have a hearing loss. We have also bought digital cameras to help with development at school. By photographing movement and various actions and then showing the print on a lap top deaf children are helped to match words with the actions they see. Toys are also supplied to local audiology clinics (Macclesfield and Crewe), and social events and information days arranged to enable families of children with hearing disabilities to meet in a more informal environment.

    Due to the new early screening of newborn babies there has been a rise in the early diagnosis of children with hearing impairments. The Society has funded a fortnightly parents and toddler group over the last 2 years enabling families to meet and exchange views and experiences with professionals who come regularly to give ta1ks on relevant issues. One group meets in Macclesfield and the other in Crewe with teachers of the deaf attending on a voluntary basis. Whilst being funded by Cheshire County Council, the ECDCS pays the professional visitors and also for the hire of the hall. This has proved a most valuable way of helping families in stressful times, and we are committed to maintaining the funding for these sessions.
    The Society has to raise a1l its funding independently from the NDCS. For many years the main source of income has been through the sale of cards at the Combined Charities Christmas Shops, for which we are most grateful.
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  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

    The NSPCC's purpose is to end cruelty to children. Our vision is of a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. Such a challenging aspiration requires a major shift in society. While recognising the need to provide vision and leadership, the NSPCC cannot end cruelty to children on its own and we seek to work in partnership with other agencies and individuals. We seek to achieve cultural, social and political change - influencing legislation, policy, practice, attitudes and behaviours for the benefit of children and young people. This is achieved through a combination of service provision, lobbying, campaigning and public education.
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  • New Start

    The New Start charity has raised over £6M to build a dedicated Transplant Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital - the first fully integrated heart/lung unit in Europe. Transplants since 1987 now total 600.
    In May 2004 cardiologists at Wythenshawe Hospital asked if we could raise sufficient funds to purchase a dedicated Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Scanner - which costs £1M. The CMR Scanner can detect 85% of heart problems without the need for invasive methods. This would be of particular benefit to young people born with suspected heart defects and those with a family history of heart disease. There are only a few of these machines in the country, and none in the north-west. Since May 2004 we have already raised £0.5M. We desperately need to raise the other £0.5M as soon as possible, because the need is so great.

    We have taken on a massive task but because it has so many benefits we are determined to raise the money as soon as possible. We are, as always, reliant on your continuing support to give new hope and a new start to so many people.
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  • North West Air Ambulance

    The North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) is a unique medical air emergency service covering Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria. Established in 1999, the NWAA is a registered charity receiving no mainstream funding, yet it offers a vital service 7 days a week, 365 days a year across 5,500 square miles serving a residential population of 7 million. It relies totally on the generosity of the people and businesses throughout the region to raise the £1.9 million a year needed to keep it airborne.

    Covering all major motorway incidents, and areas that have poor restricted road access, the NWAA is called out on average 4 times a day, rising to up to 10 in the summer. Whilst the incidents vary greatly, there are two overriding factors for the NWAAs presence either because time is extremely crucial or where road access is limited. The NWAA has a maximum flying time of eight minutes to the nearest appropriate hospital anywhere in the region and in the event of serious incidents it is this speed with which medical care can be delivered that is crucial. It is recognised that by receiving treatment at the scene and arriving at the hospital within the Golden Hour, the patients chances of survival and speed of recovery are dramatically improved.

    The NWAA ensures a very high standard of care is met, whilst overcoming the problem of distance and congestion, accessing most areas of the North West promptly, in turn bringing highly qualified paramedics and sophisticated equipment to the patient. For the patient the NWAA is the fastest emergency service. Expert pilots and paramedics work 365 days a year to watch over the people of the North West.
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  • Oxfam

    Oxfam works with others worldwide to overcome poverty and suffering. It specializes in water and sanitation, food security, nutrition and health promotion, especially following natural disasters or conflicts.
    Following the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004, Oxfam was one of the first agencies on the scene, as workers were already in the affected areas. Of the £300M raised nationally for the Disasters Emergency Committee £20M is allocated to OXFAM to continue its work there this year, with more to follow in 2006/7.
    Meanwhile, thirty other developing countries are being helped in various ways to improve their health, education and standard of living. Communities are helping themselves by producing goods for sale in the Fairtrade market. Some of these foods now available are cocoa, honey, fruit, nuts, oil as well as tea and coffee.
    Also re-starting is OXFAM UNWRAPPED, where donations buy livestock or train farmers and the donor receives a gift card.
    Thank you for your support.
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  • Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

    The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is a national charity dedicated to promoting and supporting more research into pancreatic cancer, by raising funds itself, and by lobbying the major research funding organisations to give pancreatic cancer the attention it deserves.

    While survival rates for many types of cancer have been improving, this is not the case for pancreatic cancer. The five year survival rate is 3% - the lowest survival rate of all the cancers. This figure has barely changed in 40 years. Pancreatic cancer research is also underfunded compared with many other types of cancer.
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  • Prevent Breast Cancer
    Prevent Breast Cancer (formerly The Genesis Appeal) is the UK's only breast cancer charity entirely dedicated to the prevention of the disease. 1 in 10 women will currently be expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Our mission is to create a future without breast cancer by making 1 in 10, none in 10.
    Our purpose built breast cancer prevention centre, Europe's first, was completed in 2007 and we aim to support its services by sponsoring and raising funds for the people and science based there.
    We will achieve this by providing a strategic programme of clinical research, the UK's largest family history clinic, plus a training centre for specialists in all breast cancer disciplines. We also promote breast screening, early diagnosis and research new treatments to stop breast cancer in its early stages. Join the fight to make 1 in 10, none in 10.
    Anyone interested in making a donation to Genesis can contact us on 0161 291 4400
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  • Rossendale Trust

    The Rossendale Trust provides care and support in Cheshire and Derbyshire to 64 people with learning and some physical disabilities. All are tenants, living as independently as possible in shared accommodation. Our mission is to meet the needs of the people we support whilst enabling them to have ownership of their own lives and futures.
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  • Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

    The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a national medical charity run independently from the NHS and founded almost 160 years ago. We are dedicated to rehabilitation and long term care for people living with profound disability due to acquired brain injury or neuro-degenerative disease.
    Our aim is to rebuild the lives of people with severe neurological impairment; to help them to achieve their full potential and enjoy the optimum possible quality of life, whatever their level of ability.
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  • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity

    Royal Manchester Hospital Charity raises funds to enhance the services provided and the care given to over 240,000 patients who visit Royal Manchester Children`s Hospital every year.

    Our young patients come to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital not only from across the North West but also nationally and internationally. As the largest single site children’s hospital in the UK, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital offers specialist services including bone marrow transplantation and paediatric intensive care.

    We want to make a real difference to ensure our patients receive the very best care in the very best facilities. We do this by focussing our support on three key areas. These are:

    Treatment - Purchasing specialist equipment that makes diagnosis and treatment of our young patients quicker and easier.

    Research - Funding cutting edge clinical research to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses and how best to treat them.

    By supporting Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity this Christmas you will be helping us to make a difference for every child, every day.

    Care - Creating a more child friendly environment by turning stark and clinical environments into warm and welcoming places where children, and their families, feel at ease.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham and Sale
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  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution

    Since its foundation in 1824 by Sir William Hilary, the volunteer lifeboat crews have saved over 136,000 lives and have recently extended their rescue activities to providing both beach patrols and lifeguards.
    The running costs of some £300,000 per day is raised through donations and legacies, the RNLI does not receive any Government or National Lottery financial assistance.
    The active fleet of over three hundred lifeboats now includes hovercraft, one of which is based locally at New Brighton and another played a vital role saving people in the recent Morecambe Bay cockle fishing tragedy.
    Today, less than 10% of crew members come from a maritime background thus placing great emphasis on training. To this end The Lifeboat College at Poole was opened by HM The Queen last year and at this College full training is given to both home and overseas crews.
    We, the local members of the RNLI support the brave volunteer crews by raising money from events such as this Charity Christmas Card Shop and Lifeboat Day collections, if you can spare an hour or so, please contact the Area office at 0161 787 8779.
    It is wonderful to consider that your generosity can turn small change into life savings.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham and Hale
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  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

    RSPCA aims to promote kindness and to prevent or suppress cruelty to animals. As well as the work carried out in the field by the RSPCA Inspectors and Animal Collection Officers, who respond to reports of ill-treatment of animals, neglect, and carry out rescues; RSPCA branches work at a local level to provide direct animal welfare services in a specific geographical area.
    There are 47 branches, all separately registered charities, Each year the RSPCA re-homes approximately 21,000 animals, and neuters almost 11,000 animals.
    Assistance is also provided towards the cost of veterinary treatment for those owners with limited means, some 40,000 animals. This work would not be possible without the support and commitment of the branch volunteers.
    Branches work closely with the Inspectorate, taking in unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals and care for them until they can be found new homes. Some branches run their own Animal Centres, others use private boarding establishments and foster homes. In 2005 we are launching a joint initiative with the Dog's Trust throughout the North to try and neuter 5000 dogs by the end of the year, and so reduce the number of unwanted litters.
    The Altrincham branch were fortunate to receive a legacy last year to be used on capital projects to help cats. A significant part of this went to rebuild the cattery at the RSPCA Warrington Animal Centre, and a further amount was donated to a branch in Rochdale to provide new pens in their new cattery.
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  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

    The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, thus helping to create a better world for all of us.
    Recent conservation projects locally include Operation Tree Sparrow. Their numbers have declined alarmingly, by 95% since 1979. The Wildlife Explorers, the Junior Section of RSPB, were involved in making nest boxes and monitoring the scheme. Other projects include restoration and maintenance of hay meadows and farmland adjacent to the moorland fringe - both important habitats.
    The nearest RSPB Reserves are:-
    Marshside, near Southport. An important refuge in winter for pink-footed geese, wigeons, black-tailed godwits and golden plovers. In spring it attracts lapwings and redshanks, which are in decline elsewhere.
    Gayton Sands, Parkgate Cheshire. Wonderful for large flocks of wading birds.
    Coombes Valley, Leek Staffordshire. A beautiful steep-sided wooded valley provides a home for pied-flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers, butterflies, flowers and other wildlife.
    For more information about the Macclesfield branch, contact: Ray Evans 01625-432635 For the Manchester branch, contact: Peter Wolstenholme 0161-428-2175
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  • SANE

    One in four British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year. This means over ten million men and women (and over one million children) confronting a difficult illness that can be hard to manage, is often misunderstood, and frequently stigmatised. The World Health Organisation rates mental illness as the most debilitating of all conditions, ahead of heart disease and cancer. Mental illness stress, anxiety, addiction, obsession, phobias, eating disorders, depression, bi-polar disorder, self-harm, schizophrenia touches every point in society. SANE responds to this reality on a daily basis.

    SANE works to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by mental illness and ensure individual levels of treatment, care and compassion. SANE achieves this by providing:

    SERVICES: Providing emotional support, care, advice and information for people with mental health problems, their carers and families, through SANE Services:
    SANEline; SANEmail & askTheSite; Discussion Board; Caller Care and Befriending
    RESEARCH: Investigating the causes, nature and impact of mental health problems through rigorous neuroscientific, psychological and social research.
    CAMPAIGNING: Raising awareness; combatting stigma; educating and working to improve mental health services.
    For more information on SANE, please call 0207 422 5544 or visit the SANE website.
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  • Save the Children

    No detailed information
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  • Self Help Africa

    Self Help Africa was formed in mid 2008 from a merger between UK charity Harvest Help and Irish charity Self Help Development International, both formed in the early 1980s. We are working with more than 400,000 people a year in 9 African countries: Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. We fund long term projects that allow participants to improve their lives, building the skills of local people and organisations to continue to work into the future.
    Self Help Africa's approach is not highly technical - it is a practical and realistic approach to dealing with poverty that has been developed from more than 20 years of experience
    All profits from the sales of our cards will help families feed themselves, earn a living and become self reliant. Thank you.
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  • Shipwrecked Mariners' Society

    The Shipwrecked Mariners' Society is a registered charity whose object is to relieve distress amongst the seafaring community by making grants to merchant seafarers and fishermen, their widows and dependants in cases of need.

    The Society was founded in 1839 and originally assistance was given to those shipwrecked and to the widows and orphans of those lost at sea. Today however, while the Society still provides help in the event of shipwreck, its main function is to pay grants to retired seafarers and their widows suffering hardship and loss.

    In the past year nearly £1.5M was distributed, which has made a real difference to the lives of over 3,000 seafarers and their families.
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  • St Ann's Hospice

    St. Ann's Hospice provides care each year for more than 3000 people with life threatening illnesses. All care is provided free of charge.
    To continue to offer its wide range of services, which now includes extensive day care facilities, alternative therapies and also support for carers, St. Ann's Hospice needs to raise £5.7m per year through voluntary contributions that is almost £15,500 per day.
    St Ann's patients are drawn from Greater Manchester and North Cheshire and its ethos was recognised earlier this year when it was named the 2nd Best Employer to work for in the whole of the UK. Your support to help others is very much appreciated.
    If you would like to help in any way please phone 0161-498-3631
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  • STEPS

    Child limb and hip disorders. No detailed information
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  • Stockdales

    Stockdales is a charity based in Manchester dedicated to improving life for adults and children with learning and physical disabilities.
    We operate a wide range of services, from residential to community-based activities. If people feel they want the security of round-the-clock care, we can provide that; if they’d rather live independently or with their families, we support them to do that too.
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  • Survival International

    Survival International helps tribal peoples defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.
    Wherever they are in the world, tribal peoples are deprived of their livelihood and way of life; driven from their land by mining, logging or settlers, or forcibly relocated to make way for cattle ranches and game parks. Survival is working towards a world in which tribal peoples are understood and accepted, oppression of them is not tolerated, and they are free to live on their own land in peace, freedom and security.
    Survival is funded solely by our supporters, without whom we would not exist. We have put together this range in order to raise vital funds to support our urgent work. To view our full collection of unique gifts and to benefit from our special offer on Christmas cards, visit www.survival-international.org/shopping
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  • Trafford Cats Protection

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  • Together Trust

    The Together Trust provides care, education and support for children and adults with learning and physical disabilities, autism and emotional needs. Our services include residential homes, domiciliary care, specialist schools and a fostering service for hard to place children. Every year we help over 1400 children and adults across the North West of England to overcome very significant barriers giving them the most positive future possible.
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  • UNICEF

    UNICEF - The United Nations Children's Fund is the world's leading organisation working especially for children. Working in 158 countries, it is committed to giving children the best possible start in life by ensuring they have access to health care, clean water and sanitation, food and early education.

    UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children - victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all forms of violence and exploitation and those with disabilities. UNICEF responds in emergencies to protect the rights of children. More than 2 million children die every year from diseases that immunisation would prevent. Every year UNICEF supplies 40 per cent of the vaccines in the developing world, protecting millions of children, costing on average less than 40 pence per child.

    UNICEF aims, through its country programmes, to promote the equal rights of women and girls and to support their full participation in the political, social and economic development of their communities.

    All of UNICEF's programmes are entirely dependent on voluntary contributions. UNICEF UK raises funds for these programmes through donations, partnerships with companies and sales of greeting cards and gifts.
    UNICEF is funded entirely from voluntary contributions from governments, the public, and the sale of greetings cards.
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  • Unique

    Unique aims to beat the isolation of anyone born sick and disabled with a rare chromosome disorder. Many are born sick and disabled, some unable to walk or talk. Rare chromosome disorders can happen to anyone and yet support, information and advice for those affected and their families are patchy and difficult to access; this is a neglected area of healthcare and disability. Professionals often simply do not have the knowledge of rare chromosome disorders to be able to help. Unique fills this gap.

    We produce a comprehensive range of family-friendly, medically-verified information guides on a variety of rare chromosome disorders. Our database details the life-time effects of specific chromosome disorders on affected individuals is a world leader and we have a network of local volunteer contacts who support families in their area and promote awareness of rare chromosome disorders to the general public and professionals worldwide. Families are invited to participate in study weekends, a chance to meet professionals and other families to learn more about their childs rare chromosome disorder. Our comprehensive website has secure discussion forums for registered members and we run public groups on social networking sites, bringing people together. Our magazine, published three times a year, is full of articles from families, useful resources and contacts.

    By providing specialist information and support, not available anywhere else, we aim to help parents and carers to better understand their childs condition and face the future with confidence and hope. Please help to support our work by buying some Christmas cards today
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  • Wilmslow Wells for Africa

    Wilmslow Wells for Africa was founded in 1984 by a local woman, Brenda Motterhead, who had personally witnessed the appalling effects of having no access to clean water in African villages, even though this was available underground. She was determined to make a difference to the health of these rural communities and, 31 years later, the charity has funded almost 200 projects to provide wells, boreholes, water harvesting and storage systems. The volunteer-run organisation collaborates with trusted partners working ‘on the ground’ to achieve the improvements. Over £1 million has now been raised by the charity, with 99.2% of that sum being spent directly on the projects – all skills and time are freely given by the WWA supporters. The emphasis in recent years has been on projects in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia,Tanzania & Kenya.
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