Combined Charities Christmas Shops

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We are run by volunteers so 100% goes to the charities - 50th year, £5 million raised!

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List, and brief description, of the participating charities
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    Book Aid International

  • Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Working in partnership with libraries in Africa and beyond, we provide books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.
    Every year we send around one million brand-new books to libraries, schools, prisons,hospitals and refugee camps around the world.
    We believe in the potential of books to change lives.
    Cards available online only Visit the Book Aid International web site

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    BRACE-Alzheimers

  • BRACE is a regional charity which funds world-class dementia research in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff and Swansea. The beneficiaries of our work are people all around the world.

    By purchasing our Christmas cards you will be helping to fund vital clinical or laboratory research to better understand the causes of dementia, achieve earlier diagnosis and to find effective treatments.
    If you are caring for someone with dementia, you will know that it’s a devastating disease. It can attack memory, personality, language and physical abilities. The family and friends of the person affected by dementia often feel a sense of separation or loss even while that person is still alive. It can last for years, even decades, and there is currently no cure.
    There are over 100 types of dementia, of which the most common type is Alzheimer`s. Over 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and this figure is expected to double by 2040. Dementia affects 1 in 50 people aged 65-70 and 1 in 5 over 80. It can also affect younger people although cases are much rarer.

    Thank you for your support. Together we will defeat dementia.
    Cards available online only Visit the BRACE-Alzheimers web site

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    Brain Tumour Research

  • Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What`s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer... yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this.
    We are building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence whilst influencing the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally.
    We are the only national charity in the UK that is dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours and we are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer. Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.
    Cards available online only Visit the Brain Tumour Research web site

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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.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, and Hale Visit the the Children's Society web site

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    Cystic Fibrosis Trust

  • No detailed information.
    Cards available at Wilmslow Visit the the Cystic Fibrosis Trust web site

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    East Cheshire Eye Society
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    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

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    Francis House Children`s Hospice

  • Francis House and Francis Lodge care for hundreds of children, teenagers and young adults with life limiting conditions. They provide care, support, friendship and short breaks of respite care for the whole family.
    Colourful, well equipped bedrooms in Francis House and Francis Lodge as well as flats for parents and siblings to stay allow the whole family a break.
    Francis House services are free of charge and include respite care, home care, sibling support, end of life care and bereavement counselling.
    Cards available online only Visit the Francis House Children`s Hospice web site

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    The Humane Research Trust

  • The Humane Research Trust is a registered charity encouraging and supporting new medical research which does not include the use of animals, with the objectives of advancing the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans.
    The Trust encourages scientists to develop innovative alternatives to the use of animals and so eliminate the suffering of animals which occurs in medical research and testing; in this and other ways The Trust also fulfils an important role in educating the next generation of researchers. In particular The Trust supports research involving donated human tissue which it believes fulfils the best ethical and scientific justifications for investigations into human conditions.
    The Trust focuses upon HUMAN MODELS FOR HUMAN DISEASES which is to the PERMANENT BENEFIT OF BOTH PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.
    Cards available online only Visit The Humane Research Trust web site

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    Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

  • No detailed information available
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Hale and Knutsford Visit the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Web Site

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    Kidneys for Life fundraising for MINT

  • Kidneys for Life helps to provide funding for research and direct patient amenities at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital. 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.
    Cards available online only Visit the Kidneys for Life web site

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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!
    Cards available at Knutsford & Wilmslow Visit the Macmillan Cancer Relief web site

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    Marie Curie

  • Every day of your life matters – from the first to the last. We believe everyone living with a terminal illness should be able to get the most from the time they have left, however hard that may sometimes feel. We’ve been around as long as the NHS. And over the last 60 years, we’ve been there for hundreds of thousands of families. We’ll be here for you and your family when you may feel like no-one else is, to help you cope when you don’t know how. Marie Curie Nurses care for you in your home, when you need them most, day or night. Our hospices are at the heart of communities around the UK, offering specialist round-the-clock care. And our trained volunteers and advisers are here for you with practical information and support when you don’t know what to do next or just need to talk. We’ll be by your side with care and support every step of the way, bringing light in the darkest hours. But our ageing population means more and more people are living with a terminal illness, often with more complex needs. Most families in the UK will find themselves grappling with these issues in the coming years. Even now, one in four people doesn’t get the care and support they need at the end of their life. We don’t think that’s good enough. We don’t think anyone should have to face the most difficult time in their lives by themselves. So we’re determined to do more, for more of the people who need us, than we ever have before. We urgently need support to make that possible – just £20 will pay for an hour of care from a Marie Curie Nurse. Because every day matters when you’re living with a terminal illness.

    For more information, volunteering opportunities and ways you can get involved please contact Jessica Herrington on 0161 255 2800 or email jessica.herrington@mariecurie.org.uk
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham, Hale and Knutsford Visit the Marie Curie site

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    Martyn Donaldson Music Trust

  • No detailed information.
    If you are in the Wilmslow/Macclesfield area and would like to ‘Click & Collect’ Christmas cards, then please phone Jill or Sheila on 07804 506250

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    Motor Neurone Disease Association

  • The MND Association was founded in 1979 by a group of volunteers with experience of living with, or caring for someone, with MND. We are the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning. We are a membership organisation and have nearly 9,400 people helping to strengthen our voice.
    We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to new treatments and ultimately, a cure for MND. We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society.
    MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
  • It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. MND does not usually affect the senses (sight, sound and feeling).
  • It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.
  • It affects people from all communities.
  • Some people may experience changes in thinking and behaviour, with a proportion experiencing a rare form of dementia.
  • It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.
  • Six people per day are diagnosed with MND in the UK.
  • It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
  • It kills six people per day in the UK, just under 2,200 per year
  • It has no cure.
    Cards available online only Visit the Motor Neurone Disease Association web site

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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.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Knutsford
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    National Animal Welfare Trust

  • The National Animal Welfare Trust was established in 1971 to rescue and rehome unwanted and abandoned domestic pets. Each year we rescue and rehome around 1,200 from our five centres in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cornwall, Essex and Hertfordshire.
    Every purchase helps us to continue to care for a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and a small number of birds and field animals, looking after them until a forever home is found.
    Please visit our website for a further selection of cards and gifts.
    Cards available online only Visit the National Animal Welfare Trust web site

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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.
    Cards available at Macclesfield Visit the National Autistic Society web site

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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.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Knutsford Visit the National Deaf Children's Society web site

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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.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham, Hale, Sale and Knutsford Visit the NSPCC web site

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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.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Altrincham, Hale and Sale Order cards
    Visit the New Start Charity web site

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    North West Air Ambulance

  • There are 8 million reasons why we need to raise money……………you are one of them!
    Our pilots fly paramedics and doctors to incidents all over the region transferring patients to specialist hospitals, attending major incidents and above all saving lives. Flying 7 days a week, 365 days a year, our vital service covers 5,500 square miles and a residential population of 8 million people.
    We are very grateful for all the donations we receive as we rely entirely on the generosity of supporters like you to raise the funds we need to keep our helicopters in the air.
    Cards available online only Visit the North West Air Ambulance web site

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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.
    Cards available at Macclesfield Hale and Sale Visit the Oxfam web site

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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.
    Cards available at Wilmlow and online Order cards
    Visit the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund web site

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    Prevent Breast Cancer

  • Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. The charity is based at The Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, the centre being a world class facility leading the way in breast cancer early diagnosis and prevention research. As 1 in 9 women and 1 in 1000 men in the UK will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, Prevent Breast Cancer raises awareness and funds for research that will hopefully put an end to breast cancer.
    Our mission is to create a future free from breast cancer.
    Cards available online only Visit the Prevent Breast Cancer web site

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    Royal Osteoporosis Society
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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.
    Cards available at Macclesfield and Knutsford Visit the Rossendale Trust Web Site

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    Royal Manchester Children`s Hospital

  • Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity raises funds to ensure continued excellence in treatment, research and care – enhancing the lives of thousands of children each year.
    Visit the the Royal National Lifeboat Institution web site

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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, Knutsford and Hale Visit the the Royal National Lifeboat Institution web site

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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.
    Cards available at Macclesfield, Altrincham, Hale, Sale and Knutsford Visit the the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals web site

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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: Mrs Daryll Bailey (01625 430311) secretary@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Macclesfield Visit the RSPB web site

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    SANE

  • There are 8 million reasons why we need to raise money……………you are one of them!
    SANE is a leading national mental health charity which campaigns to improve frontline services, promotes and hosts research and provides emotional support to anyone affected by mental illness.
    We are very grateful for all the donations we receive as we rely entirely on the generosity of supporters like you to raise the funds we need to keep our helicopters in the air.
    Cards available online only Visit the SANE web site

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    Save the Children

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    Cards available at Macclesfield Visit the Save the Children web site

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    Self Help Africa

  • For over 30 years, Self Help Africa have been supporting families in rural Africa to escape hunger and poverty. With projects in nine countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Uganda and Zambia – we’re helping over 300,000 farming families escape hunger and poverty every year.
    We don’t give hand-outs or aid. Instead, we give families the skills they need to grow enough food to feed themselves, make a profit and manage their own lives.
    All profits from the sales of these cards will help families feed themselves, earn a living and become self reliant. Thank you.
    Cards available online only Visit the Self Help Africa web site

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    Shipwrecked Mariners` Society

  • We are 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 £1.4M was distributed, which has made a real difference to the lives of over 2,000 seafarers and their families.
    Cards available online only Visit the Shipwrecked Mariners` Society web site

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    St Ann`s Hospice

  • St Ann’s Hospice cares and helps thousands of patients (over the age of 18) and their families and carers every year who are affected by cancer and non-cancer life-limiting illnesses. The care is free of charge but they only get a third of their funding through the NHS so St Ann`s has to raise £20,000 every day to continue to provide the highest quality care.
    St Ann’s Hospice has 3 locations, providing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 2 of those – with support 7 days a week within the community.
    Your support to help others is very much appreciated. If you would like to help in any way please phone 0161 498 3631
    Cards available online only Visit the St Ann`s Hospice web site

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    Unique, Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group

  • Unique aims to beat the isolation of anyone born affected with a rare chromosome or gene disorder. Many are born sick and disabled, some unable to walk or talk. Rare chromosome and gene 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 or gene 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 and gene disorders. Our world leading database details the life-time effects of specific chromosome and gene disorders on affected individuals. We have a network of local volunteer contacts who support families in their area and promote awareness of rare chromosome and gene disorders to the general public and professionals worldwide. Families are invited to participate in study events, a chance to meet professionals and other families to learn more about their child’s rare chromosome or gene disorder. Our comprehensive website has a secure area for registered members and we run public and private groups on social networking sites, bringing people together. Our magazine, published at least twice 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 child’s condition and face the future with confidence and hope. Please help to support our work by buying some Christmas cards today.
    Cards available online only Visit the Unique, Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group web site

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    Willow Wood Hospice

  • Willow Wood is an independent local hospice providing specialist care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses in the communities of Tameside and Glossop
    Our Values:

  • Love and Care for patients, families and carers
  • Respect for people in life, and at the end of life
  • Integrity being open and honest
  • Collaboration by people working together
  • Development by sharing knowledge and skills, for the benefit of all
    Cards available online only Visit the Willow Wood Hospice web site

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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.
    Cards available at Wilmslow Visit the Wilmslow Wells web site