On Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th February 2013, to celebrate 25 years of Red Nose Day three bloggers are heading to Accra, Ghana with Comic Relief to visit projects and see where money raised by Red Nose Day has changed lives – the good work done.
This post is in support of them, and Comic Relief, and the amazing things they have achieved in those 25 years.
Go Team Honk!
It seems the perfect combination, fabulous fashion, being silly, raising money for charity and tea! Of course I leapt at the chance of being involved!
This is the third year of White Stuff’s (www.whitestuff.com) annual national wear a tea cosy on you head day on Thursday 27th September. There will be a day of fundraising and exciting activities with White Stuff staff and customers sponsored to look daft for a day and don a tea cosy for charity.
We will be attending our local White stuff in Nottingham, and getting involved there.There is a tea party and lots of other great things to raise money.
If you want to get involved to raise money and awareness for White Stuff’s charities you can buy one of the £3 tea cosies sold in store, or online HERE. Also you can attend one of White Stuff’s shop tea parties or knit your own tea cosies (with the downloadable Grannies Inc. pattern).
Each of the White Stuff shops will be hosting a tea party on the day which will include fun activities (for kids too) and shop staff will be serving tea and cake. Customers can get involved by donning a cosy and taking a photo to raise awareness for NWATCOYHD. They can do this by tweeting, the twitter account their photo (mentioning #teacosy) or posting it on : White Stuff Facebook page.
White Stuff’s 85 local charities will be getting involved in fundraising too. Each of the White Stuff shops supports its own local charity, helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and all money raised on the day will go directly to these charities. The charities are supported by the White Stuff Foundation, which was set up in 2010.
Lots of celebrities are supporting the campaign, including Jessica Wright from TOWIE, Alexandra Shulman, Jacquetta Wheeler, Jamie Oliver, Harry Hill, June Brown, KT Tunstall, Henry Holland, Jo Wood, John Rocha, Jimmy Doherty, Valentine Warner, Newton Faulkner and Ben Shephard.
Come on, wear a tea cosy on your head on the Thursday 27th September, and let’s raise some money for charity!
The dress I am wearing in this post, was kindly given to me by White Stuff, and is from there current collection, I love it. I must admit I’m quite partial to the tea cosy too.
When I was 15 I had a burning ambition to learn BSL (British Sign Language) I went to classes for the next two years, whilst attending school and sixth form. I had no relatives or friends who were deaf at that point, I just felt the need to be able to communicate with the deaf community. It is a beautiful language and both of my daughters know key words in Makaton, and attended Tiny Talk classes. I now have friends and relatives who have hearing difficulties and have (though small) an understanding of the extremely important need to communicate effectively, and the effects of not being able to communicate can have.
So fast forward to last month and being asked, as a blogger to be involved in the Time To share campaign for the Tots 100. I received an email that my charity would be The Ear Foundation, (Nottingham) I could not be more delighted to work with such an amazing charity.
The Ear Foundations Vision :
All deaf children, young people and adults have the opportunity to hear, communicate and develop spoken language using the latest technological interventions.
The Ear Foundation – bridging the gap between clinic-based services, where today’s exciting hearing technologies, such as cochlear implants are fitted, and home, school and work where they are used in daily life.
The Ear Foundation was first set up in 1989, the first person to receive an implant Michael Blatt, who still an advocate to other people thinking of having the operation. At first the Ear Foundation was set up to bring the new technique of cochlear implantation to the UK, making it possible for profoundly deaf children to hear.
Now the Ear Foundation is a unique charity providing support for children across the UK with cochlear implants and hearing aids, and they do this through information, community education, resources, and research & development.
So what is a Cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to send sound signals to the brain.
So through the charities hard work, they are able to help children, young adults and adults.
Here is a summary of the work that they do:
- Family Programme: Connect & Communicate in Marjorie Sherman House
- Continuing Education Programme in Nottingham, throughout the UK, internationally and on the web
- Sound Advice Programme helping to make the most of the technology
- Advocacy and Lobbying Programme supporting access to the use of appropriate hearing technologies for all who need them
- Family and User-led Research Programme providing evidence-base from our activities
So how can I help as a blogger?
Through the Connect and Communicate Family Programme at Marjorie Sherman House (Nottingham) at the programme there are a wide range of activities/opportunities to learn together with other families about hearing technologies.
- Small Talk – Babies
- Ready Steady Go – Pre-school children
- Leaping! – Primary aged children
- Special Branch – for children with additional and complex needs and cochlear implants
- Xtra Connections – for children with additional and complex needs – in London
- To Infinity – 11-18 year olds
- Sound Advice – Adults
I will be attending the Small Talk, Babies morning on the 18th June 2012. Following that I shall be writing a post to try to explain a little further some of the amazing work that the Ear Foundation carries out in the community. Hopefully this will raise awareness of the charity in the Nottingham community.
I want to leave you with a link to the donation page, and fundraising page on the site, and the thought that a donation to the foundation can help support a child, young person or adult on their journey of communication.
Thank you for reading
Time to Share invites parent bloggers to share an hour or more of their time with a good cause, and write about it. The aim is to help raise the profile of charities across the UK, while giving much-needed practical support to those charities, and highlighting the amazing work being done across the UK by charity volunteers. June is National Volunteering Month, and we’re asking as many bloggers as possible to support the Time to Share campaign by giving some of their time, and helping to share the word about volunteering.