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Anglia Giving’s Christmas Donations
29th November 2022

This Christmas, we are delighted to be able to directly support ten well-known charities operating right across the UK.  And we’re particularly pleased to be able to do so to coincide with Giving Tuesday… a day which is now celebrated globally and which simply encourages more people and more companies to do more good! Over the last decade, this idea has grown into a movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Although we are a relatively small organisation, run on a tight budget, we are extremely proud of what we do, and we’re very happy to be able to make these contributions to some hugely important causes. Our emphasis this year is particularly on helping the most vulnerable people in these difficult times. We try to ensure that our support goes to a wide variety of charities and, for the most part, charities we have not supported before. So, today, we have donated £1000 each to the following ten charities:

Trussell Trust – a charity which runs a UK-wide network of foodbanks providing emergency food and support to people in crisis.
Young Minds – a charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health across the UK.
Citizens Advice – the national charity and network of local charities offering confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free on a huge variety of issues, like debt and housing.
Age UK – a charity which helps millions of older people every year, providing support, companionship and advice.
NSPCC – the charity: works with schools, offers therapeutic services, runs national helplines, conducts research, campaigns for change, and provides support and advice for thousands of families, right across the UK.
Dementia UK – the specialist dementia nurse charity, provide life-changing care for families affected by all forms of dementia.
RSPCA – the world’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity, whose service is particularly under pressure as the cost of living crisis affects animal/pet owners.
Shelter – helping with homelessness and housing throughout the UK.
Marie Curie Cancer Support – a national charity providing care and support to people living with a terminal illness and those close to them.
British Red Cross – supporting people in crisis, both in the UK and also around the world.

Thank you to everyone who uses the Charity Vouchers service, enabling us to continue to raise and distribute desperately-needed money to an enormous range of good causes.

What’s new this Christmas…
6th November 2022

We’ve been working hard on getting ready for the busy festive season ahead. Here are some of the changes you may notice.

  • New branding and logo
  • Frozen fees
  • Farewell to Freepost
  • All-in-one ‘voucher-cards’
  • Full range of new card designs

New branding and logo

We’re introducing a new, brighter, multi-coloured bird logo, designed to celebrate the enjoyment of giving, receiving, and donating Charity Vouchers. It’s a much more modern look which we hope you’ll love as much as we do. Our trusty old ‘white dove on a blue background’ logo had become a bit tired after many years of service but will never be forgotten! Alongside the logo, you’ll see our new ‘Small gift. Big Impact.’ strapline and, sometimes, it’s partner ‘Less Stuff. More Good.’ Both messages highlight the value for charities, as well as the sustainability, of Charity Vouchers. And then, looking forward at the new year, we’ll be bringing the new branding more fully across on to our website as well. Before we go any further, we must take this opportunity to say a huge thank-you to our friends at the wonderfully skilled and creative ‘Outlaw‘ branding and design agency, based over in Bristol, who worked on all of this for us throughout the year, at no charge! From us, and on behalf of all the charities who will benefit from your amazing work, thank you all so much!!

Frozen fees
Not exactly a ‘change’ but we have decided to delay raising our fees until after Christmas, despite an increase in our costs. In these difficult times, we felt it was particularly important to try to keep our vouchers as affordable as we possibly could for everyone.

Farewell to Freepost
We’ve finally taken the decision to bid farewell to our Freepost voucher donation option. This hasn’t been an easy decision but, the vast majority of vouchers are already being donated via our website, which is quicker than donating them by post, and this trend keeps growing year on year. As a result, most of the Freepost envelopes we were posting out with our vouchers were just ending up in the bin, which wasn’t great when we’re doing all we can to cut down our carbon footprint. Plus, the cost-saving of not having customised envelopes printed, and no longer having to pay the annual Freepost licence fee, fed into our decision on whether we could keep our 2021/22 prices unchanged until the new year. Anyone who prefers to post us their vouchers can still do so, but they will now need to put a stamp on their envelope. And, of course, anyone who has already been given a Charity Voucher which came with a Freepost Envelope will still be able to use it in the normal way, right through to October 2023.

Vouchers are now part of our posted cards
Another major change is that our vouchers are now printed into the cards themselves. Not only does this save us a bit more paper for every voucher we issue, but it also means we no longer need the plastic corner pockets or the ‘glue-dots’ we had been using to hold the vouchers in place; just one more step to making what we do, even more environmentally friendly. The change to a ‘voucher-card’ design also reflects the fact that fewer and fewer vouchers were being returned to us by post. Again, we have made sure that anyone who still wants to send their voucher in by post is still able to do so, by simply cutting along the centrefold of the card.

New card designs
Like our logo, many of our card designs had worked hard for us over several years but were in need of a well-earned rest!  Once again, it is the Outlaw agency that we must thank for these amazing designs, which all reflect the new, more modern and positive image which we hope all our Charity Voucher users will love.

So that’s a quick summary of some of the changes we’ve made over recent months, and which you’ll see as you use the Charity Vouchers service. And, of course, we’ve been working hard to implement changes behind the scenes as well, which you won’t see but which are, in many ways, just as important.  Between us, we want to make sure that we can raise more money than ever for all those good causes across the UK who so badly need the support of all of us. It would be great to hear from you about the improvements we’ve made. So please contact us with your thoughts and suggestions, which will be, as always, hugely welcome. We love to hear from you!

The Charity Vouchers team

Charity Awareness Days and events in November
1st November 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in November

1st-30th November : Movember Europe – Movember

2nd November : Rethink Mental Illness – National Stress Awareness Day

13th November : Kindness UK – Kindness Day UK

14th-18th November : Anti-Bullying Alliance – Reach Out : Anti-Bullying Week

14th-20th November : Brake – Road Safety Week

19th November : United Nations – World Toilet Day

25th November : White Ribbon UK – International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women

29th November : Giving Tuesday UK – Giving Tuesday

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in October
16th September 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in October

1st – 31st October : Breast Cancer Now – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

2nd October : London Marathon

3rd – 7th October : Bikeability Trust – Cycle to School Week

9th – 15th October : Various – Baby Loss Awareness Week

18th October : Slave Free Alliance – Anti-Slavery Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in September
17th August 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in September

1st-30th September : Soil Association – Organic September

12th–18th September : Brook – Sexual Health Week

13th–18th September : Orchid – Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week 2022

13th–18th September : National Eczema Society – National Eczema Week

22nd September : Living Streets – World Car Free Day

18th-24th September : Ménière’s Society – Balance Awareness Week

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in July
22nd June 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in July

25 July : Rethink – National Schizophrenia Awareness Day

27th July : Samaritans – Talk to us

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in June
17th May 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in June

1st – 6th June : NCVO and others – Volunteers Week

2nd – 5th June : Eden Project – Jubilee Big Lunch

6th – 12th June : Cycling UK – National Bike Week

14th – 17th June : British Nutrition Foundation – Healthy Eating Week

16th June : Various – National Clean Air Day

20th – 26th June : Together for Short Lives – Children’s Hospice Week

21st – 26th June : British Lung Foundation – Love Your Lungs Week

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in May
18th April 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in May

3rd – 5th May : Anaphylaxis Campaign – Anaphylaxis Awareness Week

7th – 8th May : SPAB – National Mills Weekend

10th – 16th May : Mental Health Foundation – Mental Health Awareness Week

10th – 22nd May : The Fostering Network – Foster Care Fortnight

16th – 22nd May : The Vegetarian Society – National Vegetarian Week

28th May : The Hunger Project – World Hunger Day

31st May : Melanoma UK – Melanoma BRAF Awareness Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in April
18th March 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in April

1st – 30th April : Bowel Cancer UK – Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

1st – 30th April : Autism Together – Autism Acceptance Month

11th April : Parkinson’s UK – Parkinson’s Awareness Day

25th April – 1st May : MS Society – MS Awareness Week

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Donating to support Ukraine
28th February 2022

The following UK Registered Charities are already playing an active role in supporting Ukraine and/or Ukrainian refugees from the war. They all have specific appeals for funds for this crisis.  This is just a small selection and is not meant to represent every UK charity now working to help Ukrainians.

To donate to any of these appeals using your Charity Voucher, go to ‘Redeem Vouchers‘ and then, on the donation form where it says ‘Choose Charity From List’, select ‘Other (Specify)’ and type the name of the charity in the box and then type Ukraine Appeal after that.

Disasters Emergency Committee: By donating to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, you’ll help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families. The UK Government will match donations from the public pound-for-pound up to £20 million, meaning your support will go even further.

British Red Cross: As the security situation allows, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will continue to respond to existing and emerging humanitarian needs. The Red Cross has supported people affected by this conflict for years and this will not stop now. Your donation could help someone affected get: food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes, shelter. Your donation will mean that the Red Cross can reach even more people in desperate need.

Save The Children: The war in Ukraine is forcing children and families in major cities into basements and bomb shelters to escape explosions. Children have already lived through eight years of conflict, enduring violence, shelling, and being displaced from their homes. Many families forced to flee will require help with their shelter, food, and clean water needs. Save The Children are working quickly to assess what support children and families need and is ready to provide life-saving aid. Help children facing violence in Ukraine and around the world – Donate now to the Emergency Fund.
How is Save The Children helping support Ukraine?
* Distributing essential humanitarian aid to children and their families
* Delivering winter and hygiene kits
* Providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs like food, rent and medicines
* Providing access to safe, inclusive, quality education
* Working to help children overcome the mental and psychological impacts of conflict

UNICEF: UNICEF is working across eastern Ukraine to deliver life-saving programmes for children as well as deliver safe drinking water in areas heavily impacted by the conflict. UNICEF executive director Catherine M. Russell said in a statement: “UNICEF is working across eastern Ukraine to scale up life-saving programmes for children. “This includes trucking safe water to conflict-affected areas; prepositioning health, hygiene and emergency education supplies as close as possible to communities near the line of contact; and working with municipalities to ensure there is immediate help for children and families in need. “UNICEF-supported mobile teams are also providing psychosocial care to children traumatised by the chronic insecurity.”

UN Refugee Agency: The UN Refugee Agency is working with local authorities and other partners in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance when needed. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said the UN Refugee Agency is “working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible”.

British-Ukrainian Aid: “As the full-scale war escalates, stand with Ukraine now! Please help those in urgent need of items for immediate emergency, medical supplies, first aid kits, transportation & critical services. We raise funds to provide immediate, direct support. Charity Registration No. 1164472”

Updated 1/3/22