12 Days of Christmas

Like many other charitable organisations in 2020, Covid-19 has taken its toll on the fundraising we normally do throughout the year. We have been unable to hold the Christmas Day swim and the Henham Steam Rally was cancelled. The loss of these and other events has meant we have not been able to have our usual charity Advent Calendar this year.

However, all is not lost. We have been able to gather sufficient funds to have a smaller “Twelve Days of Christmas” donation event. Starting on Christmas Eve we will be making a small donation to twelve different charities, one for each day, ending on the 4th January.

We hope you will follow along as we post each day’s donation.

  • Day 12

    For the 12th and final day of our Twelve Days of Christmas we will be donating £139 to Mary’s Meals. This will provide 10 meals for a year to children in their place of education to help tackle global hunger.

    Mary’s Meals works in 19 countries across
    Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean.

  • Day 11

    For day 11 of our Twelve Days of Christmas we will be donating £104 to the charity Shelterbox. This will allow the purchase of 2 Solar lights, Water Filters and 5 Blankets. These items will help with disaster relief where it is needed throughout the world.

    Right now, more than 104 million people around the world have been made homeless by disaster and conflict. Shelterbox are working to change this.

    By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, they are transforming despair into hope.

  • Day 10

    For Day 10 of our Twelve Days of Christmas we will be donating £100 to Kids for Kids. This will buy 2 goats.

    KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship.  Our key project is a goat loan – we don’t believe in charity, we believe in enabling people to help themselves. Children are malnourished in every village.  Many have had no protein, minerals or vitamins for months on end which not only means lasting damage to them physically, but their IQ is reduced, often irreparably.  Goat’s milk transforms a child’s health”. 

  • Day 9

    For day nine of our twelve days of Christmas we will be donating £100 to Malaria No More. This will buy 10 mosquito nets to help save lives from this deadly disease.

    Malaria is one of oldest and deadliest diseases, devastating families, communities, and countries. Yet we have the tools to end malaria in a generation. This is why we are putting all our energy into making malaria no more”.

    Increasing investments to end malaria will save millions more lives, mostly pregnant women and children in Africa. However, despite tremendous progress, malaria remains one of the top killers of children under five and is a major cause of poverty and inequity in Africa”.

    • In 2019, malaria claimed 409,000 lives and caused 229 million cases.1
    • Malaria accounts for half of missed days in African schools. Healthy children can go to school and learn more effectively, ultimately impacting their ability to earn a living.2
    • Keeping children healthy enables parents to go to work and reduce the need to spend their wages on malaria treatments and health care.
  • Day 8

    It’s the eighth day of our twelve days of Christmas and we will be donating £100 to Life for African Mothers.

    Life for African Mothers decided to take a simple but effective approach to saving mothers lives: the two Ms. This was Misoprostol and Midwives. LFAM was advised that focusing on Post Partum Haemorrhage (PPH), the biggest killer of women and by providing Misoprostol, the medication to prevent or treat PPH, we would save many more mothers. Currently, LFAM are providing Misoprostol to part or whole of five countries. Our volunteer midwives include the management of this most precious of medications in their skills sharing workshops. The monitoring of the donations, including stock levels and lives saved each month are sent to LFAM which we forward to the donor.

  • Day 7

    For the seventh day of our Twelve Days of Christmas we will donate £100 to the charity Hamlin Fistula.

    They are dedicated to restoring the health and dignity of women who have survived the horrendous – and preventable – childbirth injury: obstetric fistula. 

    Founded in Ethiopia by pioneering Australian surgeons Catherine and Reg Hamlin, our work reflects a lifetime quest to provide world best treatment to the most marginalised women: those who have suffered an obstetric fistula, a devastating internal injury caused by obstructed childbirth.

  • Day 6

    It’s the sixth day of our twelve days of Christmas and we will be donating £100 to the mental health charity, Young Minds.

    “We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what”.

  • Day 5

    For the fifth day of our twelve days of Christmas we will be donating £100 to a well known charity, Water Aid.

    The charity that brings clean water and sanitation to those who need it most in the world.

  • Day 4

    For the fourth day of Christmas we will be donating £100 to Sightsavers. The charity that works to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities.

  • Day 3

    Today’s donation is £100 to Operation Smile.

    Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organisations dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide. We have provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip and cleft palate worldwide.

    In addition to mobilising our highly accredited medical volunteers, we also train local medical personnel and partner with hospitals, governments and ministries of health in order to ensure that safe surgery is a right for everyone in need, not a privilege.

    Click the image to go to their website and learn more.

  • Day 2

    Happy Christmas to you all. It’s the 2nd day of our 12 days of Christmas donations. We have donated £125 to the Rotary Christmas Toy Box Initiative. This will buy 5 toy boxes.

    To replace the cancelled Rotary KidsOut Festive Fun Day in December, we are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative to support disadvantaged children this Christmas!

    The Rotary Christmas Toy Box Initiative will provide children who have fled domestic violence and are living in refuge with a brand new box of toys. Click on the image for more information.

  • Day 1

    For the first day of Christmas, we will donate £141.10 to Crisis. This will support 5 homeless people at Christmas. Click the image to go to their website.

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