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Sea Shepherd UK – Marine Conservation
Sea Shepherd is an international direct-action ocean conservation movement with the largest fleet of marine conservation vessels in the world. From the gentle giants of the sea to its smallest creatures, Sea Shepherd’s mission since 1977 has been defending whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles, fish, krill and seabirds from poaching, unsustainable fishing, habitat destruction, and capture for the captive animal entertainment industry.Sea Shepherd UK is a registered charity engaging in education, investigation of wildlife crimes and enforcement of conservation laws here in the UK while also supporting the main Sea Shepherd fleet on direct action campaigns around the world.Sea Shepherd’s new ‘UK Ghostnet Campaign’ involves patrol boats and technical divers retrieving lost and discarded fishing gear responsible for indiscriminately killing marine wildlife for decades around the UK’s coastline.The charity’s ‘Marine Debris Campaign’ sees volunteers cleaning beaches of plastics and other debris which threatens both sea life and seabirds. Sea Shepherd UK also manages covert teams in the Faroe Islands as part of ‘Operation Bloody Fjords’ to expose the mass killing of Pilot Whales and Dolphins in cruel hunts called the ‘Grindadrap’.

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Ella Tells Her Neurofibromatosis Story

“I am 13 years old, and when I was 8 I was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis,” writes Ella, who celebrates her 14th birthday this month. “This has given me Scoliosis, three brain tumours, …I am scared what the future holds for me, but I told my support worker that I can’t change it, so I will have to roll with it and do my best to have a good life.”Ella’s mother Diane explains, “During this period I can only say we were in a very dark place. We were passed onto Carolyn, a Specialist Neurofibromatosis Nurse, with The Neuro Foundation.Reflecting on the impact of Carolyn’s support, Diane says: “Of course, the diagnosis hasn’t changed, but Carolyn has been able to be positive and prove that those with Neurofibromatosis can have a fulfilling life with the right care and support. She’s been into every school Ella has attended. Ella is now excelling at school, and I know, if in doubt, I can rely on Carolyn to point me in the right direction. I wish everyone with Neurofibromatosis could have a ‘Carolyn’!”You can help support The Neuro Foundation’s work to help people like Ella by signing up to an event like the Westminster 10k, Prudential RideLondon or Serpentine Swim!

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Are Community Fridges the Start of a Sharing Revolution?
The average UK family wastes £470 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been eaten, and £3 billion is wasted by food sectors.
Despite growing awareness of food waste, there are few easy ways for people or businesses to get food near its ‘sell by’ date to others who could use it.
Hubbub are supporting a growing network of Community Fridges to help thousands of people connect to their communities, share nutritious food, save money and reduce waste.
Thirty have been set up across the UK and there are more to come!
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The Great British Beer Festival
Britain’s flagship beer festival will be returning to Olympia in London this summer from 7-11 August! The Great British Beer Festival will live up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival’ with over 900 real ales and other craft beers, real ciders and perries, fine wines and gin served from over 30 bars all under one roof.
Tutored tasting sessions to help you learn more about the brews you’re sampling will be available and can be enjoyed alongside some fantastic street food. Visitors can also listen to live music and partake in pub quizzes as well as find out which beer will be crowned the 2018 Champion Beer of Britain, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. Tickets are now on sale for this summer’s unmissable event!
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Join in Bike Week 2018!
Bike Week is the UK’s cycling awareness raising week celebrating everything that’s great about cycling. Bike Week encourages everyone to experience ‘everyday’ cycling – whether that’s cycling to work, school, to the shops or just for leisure – to show how cycling can easily be part of your everyday life.Up and down the UK there will be hundreds of organised cycle rides, cycle training for all ages, maintenance workshops and many more great events to get involved in, most of which are free! Check out what is happening near you on the Bike Week website.Why not hold an event for friends, colleagues or your local club? Make sure you register your activity to take advantage of free insurance and be part of a nationwide event.As an organiser, by registering your event you will receive free event registration, public liability insurance and promotional material. Visit the website for more information.
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Help Kids Get a Family Break
Dig out your sunglasses to support Shades Day this May and help struggling families get a much needed break away from home.
Shades Day is the national fundraising and awareness day of the Family Holiday Association, the only national charity dedicated to providing short breaks and day trips for families coping with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.On May 18 we’re encouraging everyone to wear a pair of shades, whatever the weather! It couldn’t be easier to get involved. All you need is a pair of sunglasses and a bit of imagination! Visit our website for some inspiration and to request your fundraising pack.Wearing and sharing photos in your sunglasses on social media for Shades Day helps spread the charity’s message that everyone deserves a chance to paddle in the sea, build a sandcastle and wear shades on the beach for the very first time. And, of course, funds raised will help us send more families on a vital break in 2018.For many struggling families in desperate circumstances, the joy of simply seeing each other smile can lift them out of everyday cares and worries and enrich their lives forever.Get Involved. Visit www.shadesday.org.uk.
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Mayfair Power and Tower Race 2018
London’s ultimate charity tower race returns on 25th May in aid of Galvin’s Chance, the into-work programme for young people. Run 5km through beautiful Hyde Park before challenging yourself to run up 28 flights of stairs in the iconic tower at London Hilton on Park Lane. Enjoy a champagne breakfast and medal at the finish line in the Michelin star restaurant Galvin at Windows.
Money raised from the Mayfair Power and Tower Race goes towards Galvin’s Chance, the into-work initiative of Chris Galvin, Chef Patron and TV star Fred Sirieix, General Manager of Galvin at Windows. Now in its 10th year, the inspirational programme provides young people who are not in education or employment with industry skills, training, experience and mentoring to help them secure permanent employment in the hospitality sector. Mayfair Power and Tower Race takes place on Friday 25th May. The event opens at 7.30am at London Hilton on Park Lane. Entry costs £20 and includes a running vest, finisher’s medal and champagne breakfast. Sign up to the Mayfair Power and Tower Race and help a young person to change their life and start an exciting career at galvinschance.co.uk/mptr2018 #TowerRace
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Not all Entrepreneurs Wear Suits
Talent, determination and potential are not determined by gender or the place you were born – but opportunity often is. The specific barriers women face – such as limited access to education, legal discrimination and societal prejudices – mean they are often the most hidden of entrepreneurs. That’s why Traidcraft Exchange’s Hidden Entrepreneur appeal helps women in developing countries to access the support they need to turn their potential into profit. That profit helps them to feed their families, educate their children and have more say in family decisions. It allows them to work their way out of poverty for good.Donate now at www.traidcraft.org.uk/suits
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Concern Worldwide
Shaju* (pictured) is 30 years old and has eight children, the youngest of whom is only six months old. When violence broke out in her village in Myanmar, she and her extended family took to the road. She recalled the chaos: “My brother-in-law was ahead of us when they caught him. He was brutally killed.” It took three days to reach a temporary settlement at Hakim Para, across the border in Bangladesh. They had little to eat, except what people shared with them along the way. The trauma of what happened to Shaju has had a deep impact. “I have nothing to go back to.
Everything has been burned,” she said. Hakim Para is now home to thousands of families with similar experiences. Water and sanitation facilities are under pressure and malnutrition levels are worryingly high especially as more than a fifth of all refugees are under five years old and are extremely vulnerable. Humanitarian aid agency Concern Worldwide has set up nutrition camps in Bangladesh to help treat those suffering from severe malnutrition but we need your support. Please call 0800 032 4001 or visit concern.org.uk to send an urgent gift today.
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> Photo Credits: Kieran McConville
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