Every month Phoenix Features makes a donation to a charity of your choice. If you have a charitable cause you would like us to donate to please get in contact with the name of your charity and we will add you to the list for future months.
June 2017 – Yellow House, Kenya
As a lover of words, this little lady filled my heart with joy – six year old Ella has thought of a beautiful way to raise money for Yellow House, an educational therapy centre for children with special needs living in Kenya. Ella has challenged herself to create 20 poems in 20 days and she’s raised over £1000. She’s still fundraising so if you’d like to see her poetry and donate, click here.
May (again) 2017 – A Dollar for Dawson
We’re making an extra donation this month – friend of Phoenix Features Wendy needs £600,000 to get her gorgeous son Dawson to America, where there is hope that his cancer can be cured. I can’t begin to think what Wendy’s family are going through. Time is not on their side. If you can spare a penny or a pound please click here and donate.
Wendy, we’re thinking of you. Huge love to Dawson!
May 2017 – Street Child
May echos April this year – another charity supporting children facing extremely difficult circumstances in developing countries, and another friend of ours running a marathon, something we’d never be able to do. (It’s a knee / back thing.) But we are very much behind the amazing champs who get out there, pound the pavement and do their bit for a fantastic cause while they’re at it. Street Child is an education charity that supports children in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Nepal to get back into safe family homes and access to education. You can find out more about them here and sponsor marathon runner Miles here.
April 2017 – War Child
One thing we’ll never be able to do, is run a marathon. We’re more of a sprint kind of people. So when our buddies run marathons, we give them pounds to pound the pavements! This month our bud Brad is doing just that, so we’re doing our bit for his chosen charity, War Child.
We don’t like war. Can’t humans all just agree to get along and leave each other in peace? Apparently not. War Child’s mission is to protect and educate children caught up in war zones. A mighty fine cause indeed.
You can still donate to Brad’s efforts here. And find out more about War Child here.
March 2017 – FASD Network
This month we are donating to the beard growing feats of superdad Gary – who is fundraising for the FASD Network. Gary’s son Thomas has foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which means that he has various health and learning difficulties as a result of the alcohol consumed by his mother during pregnancy. More than 7000 babies are born in the UK a year with this condition but better understanding of the risks involved in drinking during pregnancies would see that number plummet. So, please help Gary help the country know more! You can donate to Gary’s cause here.
February 2017 – The Guardian
The industry of news is in crisis – that much is hard to miss. I will be devastated when I can no longer write for a living and yet it dawned on me today that I scroll through my free Guardian news app every morning without consideration for the time and effort that’s gone into sourcing and writing that news. I’m my own worst enemy!
Which led me to the ‘contribute’ page of the Guardian website – here – where I donated enough to buy a lot of newspapers and alleviate a dollop of my guilt. So, folks, please keep buying your favourite newspapers and magazines!
January 2017 – Veganuary
Well, it’s January, or Veganuary for those having a go at veganism – and if you are, I hope you are enjoying all the amazing food you can eat with a wonderfully clear conscience! I am vegan and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, so I am supporting Veganuary this month. They’re doing amazing things – not only have 40,000 people pledged to try veganism this month, but they work hard to reduce the suffering of farmed animals – often the most overlooked animals on the planet. So, give it a whirl, you might like it! (PS the best recipe website has to be Thug Kitchen, fyi)
You can get involved and donate here
December 2016 – The Hackney Christmas Dinner
While I was drinking port and falling asleep, one of my favourite people gave up her Christmas Day to volunteer at a project giving care leavers age 18-25 a Christmas Day that we all take for granted. Without the Hackney Christmas Dinner project, many of these young people would spend Christmas alone.
Part of the day involves handing out presents, and that was where we could come in – donating a few lovely ‘little book of mindfulness’ books which were on the project’s Amazon gift list – so clever! We hope our gifts were enjoyed and that the project grows from strength to strength each year.
The project is founded and run by Lemn Sissay and you can find out more about it all here. Because everyone deserves a happy Christmas!
November 2016 – Wikipedia
Not strictly a charity, but I had to donate to Wikipedia this month – where would I be without their knowledge at my free disposal! I so often return to the site, whether I’m researching an article or want more information about a film I’ve just seen… and everything in between. They depend on our donations and I wouldn’t like the site to disappear, so I thought I’d contribute.
If you’d like to help Wikipedia continue, click here.
October 2016 – Bee Hive Education
The Bee Hive is a vocational Sixth Form provision for young people with learning difficulties. They offer high quality, student-centered education and lifelong learning opportunities for the community. Students pursue their goals in an environment that values diversity, individuality, mutual respect and free exchange of ideas.
A blooming bee-rilliant cause. They’re currently fundraising for their prom and looking for hamper goodies to auction. We’ve sent a few treats their way and hope they prove popular!
If you’d like to donate or find out more, you can visit the Bee Hive website here.
September 2016 – The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation
This month, friend of Phoenix Features, Joan, will be trekking the Himalayas while raising money for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation – NSIF.
nsif are funding research that has already made a significant breakthrough, which could potentially lead to a treatment for spinal injury. Good luck on your trek Joan, we’re cheering you on from metaphorical base camp!
August 2016 – Emily’s Star.
This month we’re supporting the wonderful Emily’s Star, the charity founded by Katie in memory of her daughter Emily. Beautiful Emily only lived for 26 days, but those were days Katie filled with love and adventure. Now, Katie raises funds to help other families facing similar circumstances, thus ensuring Emily will never be forgotten. We at Phoenix are in awe of Katie’s strength and determination to turn something so devastating into something positive. To find out more, receive support from Emily’s Star or indeed support them, visit here.
July 2016 – Supporting Rosanna as she runs in memory of her brother, William.
This is a cause very close to my heart. My dear friend Rosanna has just completed a 10k run in memory of her brother, my first love, William. Five years ago, William was lost at sea after an accident in Monaco, where he was working as a bosun on a superyacht. The tragic events that unfolded left Rosanna and her parents heartbroken and piecing together evidence to try and ascertain what could have happened and what could have happened differently. Now, they have built up the strength to do something in William’s honour. Working with UKSA, they want William’s memory to live on by helping other young people get into sailing, while also raising awareness about boat safety.
You can donate to Rosanna’s cause here, and find out more by searching online for #crewWILLBsafe and #crewsafetycounts
June 2016 – Ice Cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice cream!
This month, the wonderful people at Down’s Heart Group are having their AGM and a trip to the zoo. We can think of no better cause for ice-cream and so it is our pleasure to buy a round for all the wonderful families in attendance, as a little thank you to the Down’s syndrome community for allowing me the honour of writing so many of their amazing stories.
May 2016 – Cornwall Accessible Activities Programme
There are people in this world doing such wonderful things for others, it makes my heart burst. Sandy and Angie are two such people – they tirelessly fundraise and organise, persevere and focus, so that children with disabilities all over Cornwall – and their families – have access to activities, each other, new friends, new experiences and a community. CAAP is not-for-profit and not yet a charity. They need donations so that they can keep providing invaluable experiences to as many children as possible. Sandy and Angie are incredible women. They deserve a medal, but they’ll settle for a donation!
Please do donate, every penny goes towards helping a great community project. You can find out more and donate here.
April 2016 – Daisy’s Letters
When a friend told me about a little lady who writes letters to other young people going through tough times, my heart burst. I loved writing letters as a child and still write handwritten letters to my nearest and dearest to this day. It’s a dying art, sadly – although I don’t think I’m alone in keeping Paperchase afloat with my love of gorgeous stationery! I am so pleased to be able to support Leanna on her letter-writing quest and hope that our donation helps to buy lots of lovely stamps and cards so that Leanna can continue to bring a smile to other children’s faces. A little letter goes a long way!
You can support Daisy’s Letters too – click here to donate.
March 2016 – Nathan’s Helping the Homeless Charity
Nathan recently launched an incredible project – together with his girlfriend, Nathan will be tackling the homeless problem across Manchester and the entire UK. His aim is to help the homeless by providing long term goals rather than short term solutions. Initially, by providing a hostel where the homeless can sleep, wash and prepare for interviews. Then, Nathan plans to launch a training school where the homeless can train as barbers, plasterers and beyond.
Nathan plans to raise money through a series of fundraising ideas such as tough mudder, marathons and triathlons. We’re so impressed with the scope of this project and will continue to support Nathan as plans come together. The world needs more people like Nathan in it!
To donate, please click here.
February 2016 – Easter pressies for Bridgend Children’s Ward
We’re delighted to be able to contribute to the good deed being done by these two lovely ladies. (Hollie and Poppie, on the left and right in this photo with their little sister!) Hollie and Poppie have taken it upon themselves to collect Easter eggs, teddies and toys for the poorly children in Bridgend Children’s Ward and the Oncology Ward in Cardiff.
We’ve sent Hollie and Poppie some money so they can keep buying goodies. They’ve collected 90 eggs so far – an incredible feat!
If you’d like to help Hollie and Poppie on their quest to help poorly children, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with their lovely mum, Hayley.
January 2016 – Breathe For Jo
We have been working with the incredible Jo Smith for years and her story is astonishing – she’s battling two terminal illnesses and is currently in Arizona receiving treatment from the best medical professionals in the world. So many times, Jo has been told she won’t make it, but every time, Jo keeps on fighting. Now she’s been told she needs to raise another 160k to fund unexpected, further treatment in America.
I just don’t know how Jo keeps fighting her fight, but we’re here to contribute in our own small way and we hope everyone gives Jo a few pennies towards her goal. Mum to Rudey, this little lady has so much to live for. You can read more about Jo here and donate to her campaign here.
December 2015 – Wipe Away Those Tears
This Christmas, we’re proud to support Wipe Away Those Tears. The charity aims to grant a wish and bring a sparkle into the lives of terminally or seriously ill children in Essex. Every penny raised goes towards helping very special children and I can vouch for that as the lovely Gail has shared some of these incredible stories with me.
You can donate to Wipe Away Those Tears via their website here.
November 2015 – MIND, the mental health charity
Mental health is finally being recognised as something the government needs to address, with one in four of us experiencing some kind of mental health problem each year. Leading the way is MIND, who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We are proud to donate via Fliss, an inspiring woman who, after struggling with her own mental health for years, now speaks out to help and inspire young people going through similar problems. Fliss smashed her target of £500 for MIND, who have helped her through the hardest of times.
To donate to MIND, please visit their website here.
October 2015 – Wiltshire Air Ambulance
It is with great pleasure that we donate a few of our pounds to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, via friend of Phoenix, Katie, who is trekking 100km across the Sahara desert in her efforts to raise money for such a good cause. The Air Ambulance is a charity that solely relies on donations so it’s imperative that we raise as much money as possible to keep the helicopter airborne. It is a crucial, life saving service.
September 2015 – Shoreham Airshow Disaster Fund
It was with great sadness that we learned of the Shoreham Airshow Disaster. But in the wake of the tragedy, the people of Shoreham have rallied round to raise money every way they can, for the families of those affected. Friend of Phoenix Features, Sara, of Sara’s Stars, is determined to support her local community. Sara’s daughter Ella has covered a Coldplay song which will be released soon, with all proceeds going to charity.
To donate to Ella’s cause, please click here.
August 2015 – Ups and Downs charity auction
As a big support of the Down’s syndrome community, it was with pleasure that we were able to donate towards an auction being held to raise money for a local support group called Ups and Downs. The support group, supporting children with Down’s Syndrome and their families based in the West Midlands, holds monthly meetings for children with Downs Syndrome of all ages and their families. The auction is on October 2nd and the organisers are in desperate need of prizes so if you’d like to donate, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch.
July 2015 -MacMillan
Lily has beautiful long purple hair – and she’s chopping it all off for a great cause. Many years ago, I worked with Lily when she was a teenager coping with the loss of her mum to bowel cancer. On the 22nd August, what would have been Lily’s mum’s 57th birthday Lily will donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust and all funds raised will go to MacMillan.
If you’d like to donate to Lily’s cause, you can do so here. We’ll be following Lily’s progress (she’s got to un-purple her hair before she can donate it!) and wishing her well every step of the way.
June 2015 – British Heart Foundation via Aimee Mae’s sponsored skip
This week, a little lady has decided to do a mammoth sponsored skip with her Girl Guides group, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Aimee Mae’s mum has been a loyal and lovely supporter of everything we’re about here at Phoenix Features for many years, and so we’re super excited to be able to support Aimee Mae in return. Plus, we love skipping. Who doesn’t love skipping? It’s not just for Girl Guides and boxers!
We love hearing about kids raising money for charity – teaching kids that all us humans are in this together and we’ve got to look out for each other. The Girl Guide with the most sponsors gets a prize, so if you’d like to help Aimee Mae out, then please get in touch with Phoenix today. (There’s no online link for this one, just a good old fashioned sponsorship form.)
Good luck Aimee Mae!
May 2015 – J’ssiah’s life saving surgery abroad
Introducing three year old J’ssiah, the little lad with the big heart. He’s been battling a rare form of leukemia for most of his life and now, after liver failure and a lung collapse, his only hope is pioneering treatment abroad. This treatment doesn’t come cheap and so mum Jeanene is fundraising for the estimated £150,000 they are going to need to get J’ssiah what he needs.
J’ssiah’s skin has mottled white as a result of liver failure while he was in a coma. His older brother and sister adore him and would do anything to save his life – they were both tested for bone marrow donations and indeed, big bro was a perfect match and donated. But sadly the bone marrow transplant only worked for a little while.
All hopes are focused on Vit C treatment abroad now. To donate to J’ssiah, please follow this link.
April 2015 – hair today, gone tomorrow…
Back in October last year we donated money to Friend of Phoenix Features, Lindy, who was gearing up for a big hair cut alongside her daughter, Keeley, in aid of the Papworth Trust, The Little Princess Trust and Follow Your Dreams. Fast forward to World Down’s Syndrome Day 2015 and Keeley had a whopping 18 inches chopped for charity, while mum Lindy waved goodbye to eight inches of tresses for three good causes. We decided to donate to Lindy and Keeley again to help push them over the finish line in the run up to the big day, and they are now over £100 over their intended target – well done team!
You can still donate to any of their causes via their Just Giving page here.Donate Here
March 2015 – Emelei needs a P-Pod
Spring is in the air and little Emelei is blooming gorgeous! We’re donating this month to a very special little lady who’s had one hell of a year, after an early arrival into the world at just 24 weeks, Emelei has been battling for life ever since. We’re working with Emelei’s mum Donna on a variety of stories (seen here in this week’s Reveal, she also starred in the Mirror just after Christmas and look out for more outings soon!) and it’s our honour to help Donna celebrate Emelei’s achievements and spread the word about premature births.
Emelei’s story has had a profound effect on readers so far and it’s no surprise – just look at the size of Emelei’s first hat. She is an incredibly brave little girl and she’s come so far. Now one, Emelei can not support her head, and is yet to crawl or stand. Donna needs funds to buy Emelei her very own ‘p pod’, a specialised orthotic chair, which will help Emelei gain strength in her back and neck.
You can donate to Donna’s fund and help Emelei get her chair here.
Feb 2015 – The Purley Park Trust
The London Marathon is just around the corner and this year we’re sponsoring runner Gen, who is running for The Purley Park Trust. This charity provides high quality services for people with learning difficulties. Their ethos is to spend their money on the people they look after, rather than on advertising and marketing – sounds sensible to us! Good luck Gen and all the other runners!
Dec 2014 /Jan 2015 – The Genetic Alliance UK
This month we are proud to support The Genetic Alliance UK, a national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. The reason we’re championing this charity is because of a little fella called Dexter, who belongs to a friend of Phoenix Features. Dexter has been diagnosed with an incredibly rare genetic disorder, so rare it doesn’t have its own charity. Dexter is one of just a few people in the world with his unique condition. Because there are so many rare genetic disorders, the Genetic Alliance strives to fund research into genetic medicine. Which is pretty amazing if you ask us.
As is our friend Tom, who is going to do the Three Peak Challenge this year, CYCLING between peaks. Unfathomable! But if anyone can do it, cycling mad Tom can do it. I don’t think it’s ever been done before and certainly deserves masses of support and generous donations! If you’d like to fuel Tom’s ride with your donation, you can donate here.
Oct/Nov 2014 – The Papworth Trust
We’re a little behind on our charitable donations so we’re combining October and November for a double whammy donation to a very special cause. Friends of Phoenix Features, Lindy and Keeley are a super-power Mum and Daughter combo. We worked with mum Lindy on various stories last time her Rapunzel-like daughter Keeley decided to chop all her hair off for The Little Princess Trust. But her hair has grown back, so Keeley is doing it again!
If you’d like to help Keeley raise money for the Papworth Trust, who support 20,000 disabled people and their families, then you can find out more about them here. And you can donate to Keeley’s haircut at her JustGiving page here.
September 2014 – Survive
Here at Phoenix Features, we are a little team of very incredible people, if we do say so ourselves. Our writers win awards, our photographers photograph royalty. Rachel is a vital cog in the Phoenix Features wheel, indispensable and brilliant from afar. (We can’t convince her to move to Wiltshire and join us full time, sadly.)
August 2014 – Lose The Label
We are huge supporters of the Lose the Label campaign. We’ve been working with the Down’s syndrome community for years and are very proud to ensure all the stories we’re associated with are positive and help to further society’s acceptance and understanding of what Down’s syndrome is. We recently started working with the wonderful Michelle, who launched the Lose the Label campaign after the birth of her daughter Mara. (Head on over to our recent stories section to see examples of the campaign in the press.)
July 2014 – Niemann-Pick
June 2014 – DEBRA
This month we’re paying good money to see Friend of Phoenix Features Michelle abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. Along with a friend, Michelle is monkeying down 170m in the name of dEBra, the charity that supports families living with the condition Epidermolysis Bullosa. Michelle’s gorgeous children live with a rare genetic skin condition called Desmoplakin Deficiency. It affects their lives on a daily basis and they’re almost always in pain. Yet they’re two of the most smiley, happy children you’ll ever see.
May 2014 – Cancer Research UK
One of our loveliest magazines, Woman’s Own, are running the Race for Life this month. Well, not the magazine itself, that would be amazing. But the team of champs who work there. Cancer Research UK do an incredible job and every pound raised is a pound closer to a cure. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing to see in our lifetime – a cure for cancer? It gets my vote. Good luck Team Woman’s Own, we’re waving the flag for you!
April 2014 – Boudicca Stretton Brown
March 2014 – Down’s Syndrome Association
This month, we gave our charitable donation to Agi, an 11 year old budding film maker who is saving up for a new camera. We love Agi because she makes documentaries about her sister Magdalena, who happens to have Down’s Syndrome. They are inseparable and Agi is determined to show the world just what Magdalena can achieve. But to do that, she needs a new camera! If you’d like to contribute to Agi’s dream, get in touch with Phoenix Features and we’ll point you in the right direction.
February 2014 – The Stefan Savic Appeal
January 2014: Beating Bowel Cancer
Happy New Year everyone. This January, we’re donating to Friend Of Phoenix Features, Philla Burt, as she embarks on the London Marathon in aid of Bowel Cancer. She’s watched her husband fight bowel cancer for over a year now and is running to raise funds and awareness of the lesser known cancer.
December 2013: Moses in Malawi
It’s Christmas! We wish you all a very merry Christmas. This month we’re donating to a gorgeous little boy called Moses, who lives in Malawi. Friend of Phoenix Features, Emma, has been sponsoring Moses for years and has watched him grow into a lovely young boy. He doesn’t ask for much – when Emma asked him what he’d like for Christmas, he said he’d like some sugar for his porridge. Which just makes me love him even more.
Oct/Nov 2013: Speech Therapy Kenya
We’re doing a double whammy as we’ve got a bit behind on our generosity. We’re donating to Rachael, who is a speech and occupational therapist in Kenya. You can follow Rachel’s blog here.
September 2013: C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal
August 2013: Cat & Tristan’s Tube Walk
This month we’re donating to Friend of Phoenix Features, Cat Jones, as she embarks on a crazy challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. She’ll be walking the entire length of the London Tube Map – overground – one line at a time, calling at all stops. What a super way to raise money AND get to know London like no one else!11 tube lines, 269 stops and 400 miles. About 800,000 steps, give or take a giant leap.Macmillan Cancer Support offers all types of support: Trained Macmillan nurses, financial support in the form of grants and benefits advice, a helpline, website, leaflets and much more so that those with cancer feel supported.It’ll be an incredible journey for an incredible charity – you can donate to Cat below:
July 2013: Downs Syndrome Association
June 2013: Whale & Dolphin Conservation
May 2013: Parkinsons UK
Parkinson’s affects thousands of people every year. But with ongoing research, the clever people will figure it out and either prevent it or cure it. In the meantime, all we can do is donate and hope our pennies contribute to that research. Which is why we’re donating to Parkinson’s UK this month, the charity devoted to changing attitudes and finding a cure.
April 2013: Boston Bombings Recovery Fund
This month we donated to two survivors of the Boston Bombings – we read so many stories about the heroics of people involved that day and the long road to recovery many of those lucky enough to survive, face. Celeste and Syndey are two such survivors and the speed at which they have come to terms with their amputation is incredible. They’ll need funds to support their new lives and you can donate by clicking the button below:
March 2013: National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
This month we are donating to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. This charity provides support and information for people with arthritis. Which isn’t just old people! Children and young adults are diagnosed too – and they need our support. You can donate too, by visiting:
February 2013: Brain Tumour Association
This month, we’re donating to the Brain Tumour Association, via the lovely Dianne, who we worked with earlier this year. Sadly, Dianne lost the love of her life to a brain tumour and is now fundraising in his memory. The Brain Tumour Association provide support, fund research and make a noise about the needs of brain tumour patients. They are devoted to improving the lives of everyone who is affected by a brain tumour.
Jannuary 2013: Bare Faced – Go Fund Me
This month we’re donating to friend of Phoenix Features, Chloe, who is gathering up all her friends to do a sponsored ‘Bare Faced’ night – a night without make up, and all in the name of not one good cause but two! Chloe is fundraising for Just for Josh, a charity set up to support a little boy suffering from Niemann Pick disease AND a new Down’s Syndrome support group. Support Chloe and her friends.
December 2012: Motivation
This month, we’re donating to Motivation, a charity which supports people with mobility disabilities all around the world. Motivation focus on four key aspects of independence: survival, mobility, empowerment and inclusion. Four things we might take for granted but for some, aren’t so easy to come by. To help Motivation with their cause, you can…
November 2012: Rainbows
This month, we’re donating to Rainbows, a hospice for children and young people. The hospice cares for 250 children and their families per year, providing support, multi-sensory facilities, adapted accommodation, a hydrotherapy pool and a music room.
Every penny counts!Donate Here