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Aerial Services ScotlandWe’ve decided to start posting content about all the things Aerial Services Scotland get up to when we’re not busy fitting TV Aerials and Satellite dishes to your homes! Stay tuned to learn more about the Aerial Services Scotland Blog.

We do so much in our local community and across the UK, such as donate to charity, sponsor sports team and generally do what we can when we can. However due to the fast paced world we live in, we don’t always get the opportunity to tell people about all these things. Therefore, our marketing department within the  company will keep viewers and customers constantly updated on the creativity of our team by publishing content we send to be featured on blogs all across the world!

If you have used any of our home services in the past, we would also love to hear from you! So, make sure to leave us a review for us to acknowledge your feedback.

Thanks for reading – and be sure to occasionally check out our blog for all types of articles, from home improvement to the best TV series! The topics are endless.

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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF DURBAN Patron of The Zulu Missions Trust
23 May 2022 12:13 pm

When you’re poor, winter feels so much worse, Robert
When home is a mud hut or hastily constructed shack of wood and corrugated sheeting, there’s no escape from the icy grip of winter. Wind whistles through the cracks in the walls and roof. And without electricity or gas for heating, these homes are bitterly cold.
For poverty stricken people on the Missions, your gift of a blanket is like being wrapped in a hug of warmth and care.

We are praying that this winter will be less severe than last year’s, when – for the first time in living memory – snow fell on higher ground just over 30 km from the coast. Further inland, in the foothills of the mountains, rural people suffered freezing temperatures, icy winds and deep snow drifts.

Our Priests were so thankful for the gift of warm blankets provided by Mission friends from afar. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to offer warmth and comfort first to the elderly and sick … then the children … and finally to others in need throughout our Archdiocese and beyond.

But this year, the needs are even greater. Many Mission people lost all their possessions – clothing, mattresses and blankets – in the recent devastating floods. They don’t have money to shop for new items. They are reliant on the generosity of neighbours, relief agencies and the Church to help them prepare for winter’s cruel bite.
Please help bring a little warmth into their lives and homes – by making your donation towards blankets right now.
And, when you make your gift, please let us know if you have any special intentions you’d like included in our monthly Mass for Mission friends.

May God bless you for your kindness.

+ Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM
ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF DURBAN
Patron of The Zulu Missions Trust

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David Kanonuwa - Country Director, Zimbabwe Christian Aid
23 May 2022 11:59 am

Hi Robert,
Christian Aid Week 2022 is finally here, and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for being a part of this community, standing together with your global neighbours.

Here in Zimbabwe, this time of year is traditionally our harvest. Yet, this season, millions of families will have no crops to gather and little food to get them and their children through the lean days ahead.

The climate crisis and the war in Ukraine is further driving up prices for families who must rely on imported staples like grain and cooking oil.

Please help more families break free from hunger.

Yes, I’ll give today ►

Families in crisis need your help more than ever. Your support could provide drought-resistant seeds and agricultural training to help more families like Janet’s turn their dusty land into a flourishing garden.

Together we can turn hunger into hope.

With warmest regards

Signature
David Kanonuwa

Country Director, Zimbabwe
Christian Aid

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Emma Thompson Friend of Amnesty International UK
23 May 2022 10:44 am

Dear Robert,

What is happening right now in Ukraine is a harrowing act of aggression by Russian forces and a humanitarian crisis.
Emma Thompson

The consequences for human rights are heart-breaking, and horrific.

I recently sent you a note in the post asking if you would help protect civilians in Ukraine by donating to Amnesty International UK. Millions of people have been forced to flee for their lives, with over six million now having crossed Ukraine’s borders.

We must act urgently. You could help protect civilians in Ukraine and people fleeing by donating today. Will you give £150 now?

Since the crisis began, Amnesty International has mounted a powerful response to the Russian government’s criminal invasion of Ukraine.

And with millions of people displaced inside and from Ukraine, Amnesty International staff across Europe are monitoring the human rights situation. Their researchers have been on the Ukrainian border in Poland and inside Ukraine, verifying and documenting evidence of war crimes, monitoring the response to refugees and briefing decision makers worldwide. This is what Amnesty International does best.

Amnesty International also has a Crisis Evidence Lab which uses cutting-edge digital investigation tools to document human rights violations remotely. It helps to ensure that information emerging from conflict areas is timely and accurate. This is particularly important in an era when disinformation and misinformation can spread rapidly.

Please donate £150 today. This gift could help investigators document human rights abuses as they happen in Ukraine – providing vital evidence to hold the perpetrators to account.

Amnesty International’s response to the war in Ukraine is one of many examples of how their work helps protect civilians. Evidence collected now is crucial to the longer-term work of bringing justice for victims and holding war criminals to account.

But unfortunately, the UK government is still failing to fully protect civilians. Its response to the refugee emergency caused by this war has been chaotic and doesn’t nearly go far enough.

Despite committing to providing sanctuary to some of those fleeing Ukraine, the UK government is still pursuing an asylum policy to penalise refugees entitled to asylum in the UK.

Your £150 donation could help Amnesty International UK to call on the UK government – and governments across Europe – to provide protection to those fleeing conflict without discrimination.

Donate another amount
It is vital that we act urgently for the people of Ukraine. Please donate £150 today. Your donations really do make a difference.

Thank you,
Emma Thompson
Friend of Amnesty International UK

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Nick Weston - Head of Campaigns
23 May 2022 10:37 am

Dear R,

Thanks to your support a historic debate was secured in parliament about greyhound racing last month– the first of its kind to ever be held.

Your help to get a petition by the Alliance Against Greyhound Racing more than 100,000 signatures ensured the horrors of this so-called sport were debated publicly by MPs in Westminster Hall.

The League is a member of the alliance, and I was proud to join my friends and colleagues from across the sector for this historic moment.

4 people standing in front of Westminster
It just shows what can be achieved when working together. It’s obvious more needs to be done as, although all sides acknowledged the animal welfare issues, injuries and deaths, the debate was biased towards greyhound industry continuing as it is.

I’ve written about this and more in my blog, which you can read here. Please share with your family and friends on social media.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Nick

Nick Weston

Head of Campaigns

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The Legacy Team
23 May 2022 10:32 am

Hi Robert,

If you need to make or update your Will, we are here to help.

We’re offering all our supporters the chance to make a simple Will for free, with absolutely no obligation to include a gift to Blue Cross. Scroll down to find out more about two helpful services available for you to use.

As an animal lover, you’ll know all the life-changing power of pets. But did you know there’s a powerful way you can change the live of pets and people in years to come? It’s by leaving a gift in your Will.

We rely on these special gifts for over 50% of our income. Which means they cover the
cost of more than half of the care and support we give to pets and the people who love them, throughout their lives together.

A gift of any size will change the lives of generations of pets and people, long into the future.

If you have any questions, or to request our complimentary Will-making guide, email us or call 0300 777 1757.

With our very best wishes,

The Legacy Team

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Guide Dogs Community - Fundraising Team
23 May 2022 10:06 am

Dear Mr McIver,

Our easy-to-follow guide takes you through step-by-step on how to organise a challenge and there’s instructions and a chart for your challengers to keep track of their progress. We’ll even include a free pack of sunflower seeds to get everyone growing!

Send me my free sunflower seeds

collage of images showing children, adults and dogs next to sunflowers with the text Ready, Steady…GROW!
So, whether you’re a green-fingered guru, or a gardening novice, every penny you raise will be helping us fund more of our life-changing services.

Happy growing!

Best wishes

Guide Dogs Community Fundraising Team

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Martin Sims - Director of Investigations - LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS
23 May 2022 9:59 am

Dear R,

It costs around £60,000 each year to operate Animal Crimewatch. It’s imperative we keep it operational so everyone can play an important part in cracking down on animal welfare offences.

Could you keep us ready to react to illegal acts with a donation today?

I CAN HELP ANIMAL CRIMEWATCH

Crimes against animals are being reported to us every day

Calls and emails to our supporter-funded service have risen to nearly pre-pandemic levels in just a few months and our professional investigators are out in the field, tirelessly responding to reports of crimes related to hunting, shooting and animal fighting.

Please give them your support with a donation if you can.

I WILL SUPPORT ANIMAL CRIME INVESTIGATION

Ending animal cruelty starts with your call

When you contact Animal Crimewatch, you’re not only helping us investigate crimes and calling offenders to account, you’re also helping to highlight the scale and scope of animal welfare offences being committed to local police forces and lawmakers.

I WILL CRACK DOWN ON ANIMAL CRIMES

Martin Sims

Director of Investigations

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Shannon Walajtys Director, Disaster Response & Risk Reduction
23 May 2022 9:57 am

Dear R,

As the Director of our Disaster Response & Risk Reduction team, I’ve seen firsthand that disaster situations for people also present animal welfare emergencies. So, when Russia’s army invaded Ukraine and millions of people started fleeing to safety with their beloved pets in tow, I knew IFAW had to be there to help.

Recently, I was invited to talk about IFAW’s response to the Ukraine disaster with CNN International. You can learn more about our ongoing work during this refugee crisis, and watch footage from IFAW’s blue tent at the Medyka border crossing between Poland and Ukraine where refugees are arriving every day with their pets in this segment from CNN:

Ukrainian refugee Alina with Marysia, one of her three cats.
The people fleeing their homes have lost so much—we are so thankful that YOUR support has allowed us to help them stay with their pets.

IFAW is one of the few organisations in the world who can respond to these types of emergencies, and help all animals, from the small cats tucked inside their owners’ jackets coming off a train in Poland, to the dogs hunkered down in shelters in Ukraine and even big cats and other wild animals who needed to be moved to safety from zoos and sanctuaries in Ukraine.

It is only because of your ongoing support that we are able to do this work, and we sincerely thank you for enabling us to be there wherever animals and people need us.

Sincerely,

Shannon Walajtys
Director, Disaster Response & Risk Reduction

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Ami O’Neill British Red Cross
23 May 2022 9:48 am

Hi Robert,

Right now, try to imagine: you’re fleeing your home in fear, with no idea of when you might be able to return. Perhaps you’re having to leave loved ones behind, or travel countless miles with no certainty about where you might end up and what kind of life is waiting for you.

This is the reality for refugees all over the world.

Settling somewhere new is a daunting task for anyone, but imagine how hard that must be after a long, traumatic journey. Arriving in a new country where you don’t know anyone and maybe don’t speak the language. Needing to navigate complex systems and processes, find somewhere to live and then trying to fit in with a new community and build a new life for yourself.

Whether conflict has made someone’s home unsafe, or a climate disaster has destroyed their community – people being displaced all over the world is one of the biggest issues of our time. So I thought I’d do a quick poll and ask:

Do you think that every refugee has the right to be treated fairly, no matter where they are from?

Yes

No

Thanks so much for taking a moment to let us know what you think.

We’re the UK’s largest provider of services for refugees, asylum seekers, vulnerable migrants and survivors of trafficking. By supporting us, you’re supporting this work, including helping people get fair treatment and settle into new lives in the UK.

Thank you again and best wishes,

Ami

Ami O’Neill
British Red Cross

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Andy Knott, MBE CEO
17 May 2022 11:12 am

Hi R,

Today is the day. Later this morning, at around 10am, I’ll be starting my 10km challenge to raise money for the League Against Cruel Sports.

I’ll be running on tough and uneven terrain, with a 10kg weight in my hand. It’s going to be gruelling. But I’m more than happy to be taking on this challenge for animals.

Visit my fundraising page to see the latest updates on my challenge and leave a message of support.

Visit Andy’s page

Thank you so much for your support, R. Together, we will create a kinder world for animals.

Best wishes,

Andy Knott

Andy Knott, MBE
CEO

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Beatson Cancer Charity
12 May 2022 11:17 am

Dear Robert,

We missed you last year at our second, virtual, Off The Beatson Track!

We hope that you have kept your calendar free for Sunday 28th August? Because Off The Beatson Track is BACK, live and direct, for what we hope will be the biggest, brightest, and best OTBT yet!

As you well know, this fun-filled 6.5-mile walk is fully accessible and perfect for all ages, and a great day out for the whole family. With captivating entertainment before and after the walk at the Riverside Museum, as well as along the route, it is sure to be a splendid day for everybody.

We are delighted to be able to bring you the real-life event once again. After 2 years of virtual walking, it will be amazing to have everyone back together!

Please sign up your friends, family, colleagues, and dogs, and join us to show your support for our patients and families. By taking part in Off The Beatson Track 2022 and raising money for Beatson Cancer Charity, you will be helping the thousands of people who access our services every single year.

We look forward to going Off The Beatson Track with you!

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Christian Aid
12 May 2022 10:40 am

Robert,

In May, Christians across Britain and Ireland will come together for Christian Aid Week (15-21 May) and stand with women and men in Zimbabwe are hungry to provide a more hopeful future for their families.

You can still part of this life-changing week by taking on the 300,000 steps in May challenge. There is still time.

It’s simple: take 300,000 sponsored steps across the month of May to turn hunger into hope! With you by our side, we will never stop until everyone can live a full life, free from poverty and hunger.

This clocks in at just under 10,000 steps a day and is a great way to get fit and do good all at the same time. Whether you decide to walk, jump, skip, hop or run your steps is completely up to you! The important part is to step up and make every step count.

By putting your best foot forward this Christian Aid Week you can help people like Jessica.

Jessica walks barefoot on the dusty-dry ground of her farm, with her baby boy Gideon tied to her back.

Like many women in Zimbabwe, she relies on her farm to earn a living and provide for her family. But every day, she struggles to grow enough food. The lack of rain is pushing her family into unbearable hunger.

Jessica won’t give up – and neither will we. By walking with us, you could help Jessica and her children step out of hunger.

Take up the challenge today and you could help women like Jessica grow seeds that thrive in the harsh climate. She’ll turn her dry, dusty land into a garden of hope

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Dear Robert

Since we first emailed you about our latest appeal, drought and food insecurity in Ethiopia have continued to devastate people’s lives.

Farmers should not have to face these challenges alone. Will you help today?

Deboh’s Story
Deboh, pictured, is a livestock farmer and sole provider for her family. She lost nine of her 15 cows to the drought and had to sell all of her goats to make ends meet.

“Whenever I think of our future ahead, I get worried and confused. I don’t know what to do. The situation is getting worse. The thought of what will happen to my children and to the rest of the cattle keeps me awake at night.”

Fortunately, Farm Africa’s teams were able to deliver emergency supplies of animal feed to farmers like Deboh. And with you by our side, we can continue equipping farmers in eastern Africa with the tools and skills they need for their businesses to survive, no matter the challenge ahead.

Donate today, so that farmers don’t have to face future challenges alone.
To find out more about the ongoing risks to farming communties, we recommend watching this latest video from Farm Africa’s Dr Diana Onyango, Technical Manager for Livestock and Rangelands, on the drought in eastern Africa and what Farm Africa is doing to help those impacted.

With almost 40 years of experience Farm Africa are on the ground and ready to help ensure farmers grow sustainable businesses that can survive a crisis.

With your support, we can protect farmers’ futures in times of emergency.

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant - On behalf of The Salvation Army
12 May 2022 10:15 am

Dear Friend,

I am thrilled to be able to share with you what promises to be an exciting undertaking for all of us here at The Salvation Army- our first ever Facebook Challenge, taking place throughout June.

The 30 Tallest Buildings Challenge takes you around the world to ‘climb’ some of the most famous buildings, on any steps or stairs that are available to you! This never-been-done-before challenge is such a fun way to get fit, learn something new and get sponsored to help vulnerable individuals and families.

By taking part in the challenge, you will receive a free t-shirt and exclusive scratch-off poster: decide how many stairs you want to climb each day, and scratch off to reveal which building you will be ‘climbing’. You will also be invited to become part of our incredibly supportive 30 Tall Buildings Facebook group.

Your kindness and support would ensure that we can continue to provide the friendship and care which is vitally needed for individuals and families in crisis. For example, £75 could provide a set of new shoes and clothing for a modern slavery survivor who’s arrived at a safe house with nothing except the clothes they are standing in.

I’m sure I’ll be in touch again as the Challenge gets under way.

With warm regards,

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
On behalf of The Salvation Army

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Alastair Stewart, Brooke Patron
12 May 2022 10:09 am

Hi Robert,

Did you know that Sunday 8 May is World Donkey Day? It’s a chance to mark the amazing work that these incredible animals do around the world to support their owners and whole communities.

As a Brooke Patron, and having two donkeys myself, Hobnob and Iggle Piggle, I would like every day to be World Donkey Day, where donkeys are always shown the appreciation they deserve.

I’ve seen Brooke’s vital work with donkey owning communities with my own eyes in Senegal. The magnificent Brooke West Africa team works tirelessly every day to improve the lives of working animals. You can hear more about the work they do by joining our Facebook community.

Whether they work in the coal mines of Pakistan, the brick kilns of India, the city streets of Kenya or the farms of Ethiopia, millions of working donkeys around the world support their families and communities every day.

To hear more about their stories, why not follow Brooke on Instagram today?

Thank you so much for your generous support of Brooke. It means such a lot to all of us.

Alastair Stewart
Brooke Patron

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Joanne Balaam, Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Ships UK
12 May 2022 10:05 am

Dear Robert,

Will you help someone like Ibrahim?

It’s easy to see Ibrahim’s joyful spirit. His adorable grin is infectious, but once the toddler tries to stand up, his twisted feet become evident.

His mother, Salimatou, noticed that something was wrong with Ibrahim’s feet as soon as he was born. Both of his feet were bent inwards, a condition which only worsened as he grew. Once he began crawling and eventually attempted to walk, Salimatou realised the problem was something she had no way to fix.

Until supporters like you stepped in and provided the treatment that Ibrahim needed. Will you give a gift today to help more children like Ibrahim?

Ibrahim was welcomed into the Mercy Ships Ponseti clinic and was soon undergoing treatment to heal his clubfoot. Halfway through the young boy’s treatment, his mother said, “I can see the difference in his feet already. His feet are getting straighter each week, we can all see it! It makes us so happy.”​​​​

The simplicity of Ibrahim’s treatment is encouraging for other children suffering from clubfoot. The Ponseti treatment doesn’t require a state-of-the-art operating room or cutting-edge surgical equipment, but instead relies on time, bandages, patience, and proper training. Meaning it can be easily performed by local healthcare professionals once the Africa Mercy leaves.

Here is my special gift
“The Ponseti Method of treating clubfoot is the gold standard treatment method used worldwide. Children who complete treatment are then free from deformity and a life of disability,” said Mercy Ships Clubfoot program manager Aisling Russell. “[In the countries we serve] this is even more poignant as there is a [cultural] misunderstanding about the cause of physical deformities that brings shame and limited opportunities for work and marriage. The transformation is obvious, but the lifelong impact is that these children will now have a chance to live a life free of shame.”​​​

Ibrahim is so young that he won’t remember life before his Ponseti treatment. He’ll grow up with feet that carry him where he wants to go — but his mother will never forget.

“He’ll be able to walk like other boys when he grows up,” Salimatou said. “It makes me so happy to see him like this.”
​​​​​
Thank you for your incredible support!

Joanne Balaam,
Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Ships UK

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Andy Knott, MBE
12 May 2022 10:02 am

Dear R,

I’m getting nervous, as in just three days I’ll take on my toughest challenge for animals yet, running 10km of arduous, uneven terrain on our biggest League wildlife reserve Baronsdown, carrying a 10kg weight in my hand.

Together, we’ve raised over £20,000 for animals. We reached our £10,000 target to secure another £10,000 matched funding from two generous League supporters. I’m so grateful to you all for your support.

But we can’t stop now. Every pound from my challenge will go towards creating a brighter future for persecuted animals. R, will you support me to reach an incredible £30,000 for the foxes, stags and hares that need us?

This challenge is tough. But I’m glad I won’t be facing it alone. I really feel that our wonderful League staff, and you, our incredible supporters are right behind me (as is my rescue dog, Buddy, who is always by my side).

There’s just three days left to reach our goal – can I count on you to support me?

Thank you so much for your support.

Best wishes,

Andy Knott, MBE
CEO

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Jess and the Miles for Refugees team British Red Cross
9 May 2022 9:38 am

Hi Robert,

Chances are you’ve read, seen or heard something about refugees lately.

Maybe it was one of our recent emails, the news on TV, or on social media. Whichever it was, you might have found yourself thinking what can I do to help?

That’s why I’m writing today – to tell you about a different way you can support people who’ve been displaced, by signing up to our Miles for Refugees challenge this June.

Right now, over 80 million people have been forced from their homes across the world.

Behind this number are real people – including families and children – facing unimaginably difficult realities. Forced to make life-changing journeys and decisions, wondering how they’ll protect their loved ones, and processing the emotional trauma of leaving their homes and lives behind.

No matter where someone comes from, whether it’s Ukraine, Afghanistan, or Syria, we believe that every refugee matters. If you agree, then sign up to Miles for Refugees and stand with people who need us most.

You don’t have to be the world’s greatest marathon runner, you take part in the way that suits you best. That could be walking, cycling, hopping or rollerblading, you decide! The important thing is the distance you choose when you register – there’s six between 22 and 555 miles, each representing a journey people are forced to make to reach safety. After that you’ll just need to share your page and get covering your miles throughout June.

Which distance will you pick? Whatever you decide, the money you raise will help refugees in the UK and around the world to find safety, rebuild their lives, and reunite with their loved ones.

Can’t wait to have you on the team!

Jess and the Miles for Refugees team
British Red Cross

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Guide Dogs Events Team
9 May 2022 9:32 am

Dear Mr McIver,

It’s not too late to count your steps through May and make a difference to the life of someone living with sight loss. We’re setting a target of 250,000 steps and at least £125 – that can buy a Starter Kit for a new guide dog owner. Sign up to get your exclusive Guide Dogs socks, and see where your steps take you.

P.S. all big adventures start with one small step – and a cracking pair of socks!

Your socks. Your steps. Your adventure! ►

Pull up your socks this May

Step up to a fundraising adventure for Guide Dogs

From Sporty Socks and Skipping Socks to Salsa Socks and Strolling Socks. Whatever way you walk, take your Guide Dogs socks on an adventure this May to raise money for our vital work.

As well as helping to fund amazing Guide Dogs services, Walk Your Socks Off is also good for your ‘sole’. Getting up and about every day is a great way to stay in shape and boost your wellbeing.

Image shows GIF of different coloured shoes and Walk Your Socks Off socks
Sign up. Sock up. Step up. ►

Want extra rewards? Raise £125 to get yours!

Calling all steptastic adventurers! If you go the extra mile and raise a life-changing £125 or more, per person, we’ll send you a limited edition Super Stepper tote bag as an extra reward! (Limited stock available so hurry to get yours!)

Whether you’re a regular walker or up for a new challenge, please join Walk Your Socks Off and make every step count for those living with sight loss in the UK.

Best wishes,

Guide Dogs Events Team

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Janice Watt - Senior Public Affairs Officer Northern Ireland
9 May 2022 9:25 am

Dear R,

In just a few days Northern Ireland will hold its 2022 Assembly Elections and while this doesn’t impact you directly, we thought you might be interested to hear what we’ve been doing over there to make these elections count for animals.

The League has a long track record of campaigning for animal welfare all over the UK as well as in Northern Ireland and we’ve been working hard during the last six weeks to make sure animal welfare is high on the political agenda ahead of the elections on Thursday.

Northern Ireland has a shameful track record on wild animal welfare, being the only nation in the UK with no law in place to ban hunting wild mammals with dogs. Unlike other parts of the UK which have The Hunting Act 2004 and the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, there is absolutely no legal restriction on people encouraging packs of dogs to chase, terrorise and kill foxes, deer, hares and rabbits.

Our election campaign aims to change this.

Over the pre-election period we’ve been mobilising our supporters in Northern Ireland to ensure every single candidate knows how important it is that Northern Ireland moves in line with the rest of the UK and introduces legislation to end the barbaric cruelty of hunting. In the weeks leading up to polling day hundreds of Northern Ireland residents have contacted their candidates to sign our pledge supporting an end to hunting. As we write this, already a fifth of all candidates have signed the pledge.

We have also been out and about educating and informing the public about hunting, and encouraging people to take action. We had a fantastic day at the Irish Vegan Festival in Belfast generating masses of support for our campaign and taking our giant fox to meet his fans.

With your support, we can keep the pressure on after the elections, and hold the candidates that become elected members to account. A recent poll by Survation found that 73% of people in Northern Ireland want the Assembly to revisit the issue of hunting and implement legislation to ban it. We will keep working hard to ensure future elected members know this.

Please consider supporting our work, both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK with a donation which will help us to change the hearts and minds of decision-makers with the power to strengthen and create laws to protect animals from cruel sports.

Yours sincerely,

Janice Watt

Senior Public Affairs Officer Northern Ireland

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Janice Watt - Senior Public Affairs Officer Northern Ireland
4 May 2022 2:51 pm

Dear R,

In just a few days Northern Ireland will hold its 2022 Assembly Elections and while this doesn’t impact you directly, we thought you might be interested to hear what we’ve been doing over there to make these elections count for animals.

The League has a long track record of campaigning for animal welfare all over the UK as well as in Northern Ireland and we’ve been working hard during the last six weeks to make sure animal welfare is high on the political agenda ahead of the elections on Thursday.

Northern Ireland has a shameful track record on wild animal welfare, being the only nation in the UK with no law in place to ban hunting wild mammals with dogs. Unlike other parts of the UK which have The Hunting Act 2004 and the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, there is absolutely no legal restriction on people encouraging packs of dogs to chase, terrorise and kill foxes, deer, hares and rabbits.

Our election campaign aims to change this.

Over the pre-election period we’ve been mobilising our supporters in Northern Ireland to ensure every single candidate knows how important it is that Northern Ireland moves in line with the rest of the UK and introduces legislation to end the barbaric cruelty of hunting. In the weeks leading up to polling day hundreds of Northern Ireland residents have contacted their candidates to sign our pledge supporting an end to hunting. As we write this, already a fifth of all candidates have signed the pledge.

We have also been out and about educating and informing the public about hunting, and encouraging people to take action. We had a fantastic day at the Irish Vegan Festival in Belfast generating masses of support for our campaign and taking our giant fox to meet his fans.

With your support, we can keep the pressure on after the elections, and hold the candidates that become elected members to account. A recent poll by Survation found that 73% of people in Northern Ireland want the Assembly to revisit the issue of hunting and implement legislation to ban it. We will keep working hard to ensure future elected members know this.

Please consider supporting our work, both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK with a donation which will help us to change the hearts and minds of decision-makers with the power to strengthen and create laws to protect animals from cruel sports.

Yours sincerely,

Janice Watt

Janice Watt

Senior Public Affairs Officer Northern Ireland

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant - On behalf of The Salvation Army
3 May 2022 1:25 pm

Dear Mr McIver,

I hope you are keeping well.

This month I would like to share with you the work that The Salvation Army is doing to protect Ukrainian refugees from human trafficking. The majority of people fleeing Ukraine are women and children with nowhere to go, depending on the generosity of others for things such as transport and accommodation. While most of the help being offered is genuine, sadly there are also disingenuous people taking advantage of these vulnerable women.

The Salvation Army have been working across Ukraine’s bordering countries to equip women with knowledge about human trafficking through conversations and leaflets. I have included a video below which shows the work we are doing.

Below I have also included a story about a Salvation Army centre in Scarborough who are tackling poverty and isolation through a cooking programme. Lindsey Barker, who co-ordinates the programme, said: ‘We are taking one area – food poverty and looking at how to tackle that differently. It’s taking foodbanks to the next level and encouraging individuals and families to do a lot with little money. There is a need in the community, and we’ve had some real success stories.’

I hope you enjoy reading about The Salvation Army’s latest work.

With warm regards,

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
On behalf of The Salvation Army

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Robbie Marsland - Director of League Against Cruel Sports Scotland
3 May 2022 1:19 pm

Good morning R,

Today is the UK’s first ever national Fox Day – launched by the League Against Cruel Sports – to celebrate and promote this beautiful, iconic and yet, all too often persecuted animal.

Thanks to your support, we’re closer than ever to achieving a real ban on fox hunting in Scotland. We’ve persuaded the Scottish Government to introduce a bill that we hope will close the loopholes which has allowed fox hunting to continue two decades after it was supposed to end.

The Scottish Parliament are asking the public what they think of the new bill and you can really help us by responding to the consultation:

The questions and answers are quite straight forward but we’ve put together a guide to help you respond which you can read here:

About 1,000 people march on the Scottish Parliament demanding a real ban on fox hunting

On our first ever Fox Day this is your chance to tell the Scottish Government to get it right this time – to make next year’s Fox Day an even greater celebration for this fantastic animal!

Yours for the Foxes,

Robbie Marsland
Director of League Against Cruel Sports Scotland

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Yorkshire Vet, Dr Julian Norton Brooke Supporter
3 May 2022 11:02 am

Brooke charity logo
Hi Robert,

Imagine you are caring for someone who is ill. You want to do everything you can to help them, but you are hundreds of miles away from any town and your first aid kit is empty.

For my peers trying to treat working animals around the world, this isn’t something they have to imagine. Most of them are specialists in their field, yet despite years of studying and training they’re forced to treat working horses, donkeys and mules with a meagre choice of medicines that often don’t do the job.

Brooke is trying to change that. But what do you think should be in a vet’s first aid kit?

TAKE OUR QUIZ AND SEE WHAT BROOKE RECOMMENDS

Brooke is already working with local vets to improve knowledge and access to essential medicines and thanks to your support they’re going to go even further. Brooke is working with the World Veterinary Association to create a globally recognised list of essential veterinary medicines for all animals – reaching more animals than Brooke could ever reach alone.

Animals are unable to tell us when they are unwell, so it’s important that people know where to turn. Tomorrow on World Vet Day we’re shining a light on the important work of my peers around the globe, especially those who have limited access to resources and still make a huge difference to the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules.

Thank you for all that you do.
Together, we can heal their pain – for good.

Yorkshire Vet, Dr Julian Norton
Brooke Supporter

P.S. If you’ve ever wondered what happens during the day in the life of a vet that works with working animals in countries like Kenya have a look at this blog today.

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John Jones (Free Tibet)
3 May 2022 10:56 am

Michelle Bachelet was appointed as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September 2018. Since then, there have been 1,336 days of silence on Tibet.

She was silent when it was reported that over 800,000 Tibetan children, as young as four years old, are being forcibly removed from their families and sent to colonial boarding schools. She was silent when first-hand accounts spoke of the poor conditions, abuse and indoctrination of children in these schools.

And there is still silence now after Free Tibet, and other Tibet support groups, requested a dedicated meeting with Michelle Bachelet so she can listen to Tibetan voices and open an investigation into the boarding schools and all human rights atrocities being carried out in Tibet.

This is urgent. Michele Bachelet is visiting China in May but is not scheduled to visit Tibet. We must show her that we will not be silent and we are asking you to use your voices too.

Take an action below:

Tweet Michele Bachelet >>
Share our Instagram post >>
Email the OHCHR >>
To share on Instagram: On mobile, click the button above and then the symbol and select ‘Add post to your story’.
Thank you,
John Jones
Campaigns, Policy and Research Manager

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Andy Knott (Andy’s 100 For Animals)
3 May 2022 10:52 am

Dear R,

You may know that on 12 May I will attempt to run 10km across uneven terrain while carrying a 10kg dead weight. I wanted to make this challenge the toughest and most uncomfortable possible, to enable me to empathise with the pain animals suffer when they are hunted over long distances.

So far, we’ve raised more than £6,000, which is an incredible start – and I’m so grateful to all our generous supporters who’ve already dug deep and sponsored me.

Now, I have some wonderful news. Two generous supporters have offered to match the first £10,000 donated to my challenge. This means if I can raise £10,000, they will turn it into £20,000 for animals.

R, given this incredible news, would you consider sponsoring me today, to double your impact for animals?

I don’t need to tell you, R, but we need this money to help fund our fight against cruel sports and £20,000 would give an incredible boost to our operations. It could:
help keep our brave professional investigators in the field
allow us to step up our campaigning against ‘trail’ hunting
help us protect our wildlife reserves for the sake of future generations
This challenge will not be easy. I have two dodgy hips in need of replacement and at 53, I won’t be as fast as a hare, especially when carrying the equivalent weight of 10 standard bags of sugar. But I’m determined to give animals the voice they need to survive.

While I am choosing to run, many stags, hares and foxes are forced to run for their lives. We must never forget that, R. That’s why raising this money is so important.

The moment we reach £10,000, we’ll receive another £10,000. Every £1 you donate will become £2 in that very instant. Will you give to support my challenge today?

Please sponsor me and help us win for animals. Thank you so much.

Best wishes,

Andy Knott

Andy Knott, MBE
CEO

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the Farm Africa Team
3 May 2022 10:51 am

Dear Robert

We’re pleased to bring you Farm Africa’s April newsletter. Make the most of our free seed offer in this month’s events section and discover how to put your green fingers to good use with our freshest campaign.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have already responded to our latest appeal, ensuring that farmers across eastern Africa can face the toughest challenges. Our work has never been more critical, particuarly with escalating factors leading to food shortages in the region. We are so grateful for your ongoing support of farming communities. It’s still not too late to donate – discover the difference your donation could make below…

Your support could help us continue our transformative work:
£28 could help more farmers access drought-tolerant seeds that can withstand extreme weather conditions, as well as providing fertilisers and irrigation systems which will allow crops to flourish.

£50 could be used to deliver training in processing and storage techniques, enabling farmers to prolong the shelf-life of their produce.

£130 could support farmers to set up savings and loans associations, so that they can still afford to buy food and pay for school fees in any eventuality.

With almost 40 years of experience Farm Africa’s teams are on the ground and ready to help farmers grow sustainable businesses that can survive a crisis.

If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation
Spring in your step?

It’s time to sow and grow this spring and our events team have some fantastic packets of seeds available to our UK supporters to encourage you to get in the garden.

From bell peppers to pumpkins, sunflowers to mangetout, fill out this form to receive your free packet of seeds.* Over the last few years, our supporters have helped us to grow the futures of 10,000 sunflower farmers with drought resistant seeds, and we want to help empower even more farmers to do the same.

If you’d like to do even more to help farmers and put your free seeds to good use, check out our new Get in the Garden initiative.
*Please note this offer is only available to UK based supporters.
Get your seeds!

Threat to food security in eastern Africa
Countries in eastern Africa are facing food shortages due to a dependence on imported wheat from eastern Europe, where prices are spiking due to the conflict in Ukraine.

Read our latest analysis of the sitation here.
with best wishes, the Farm Africa Team

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Emma Thompson - Friend of Amnesty International UK
3 May 2022 10:48 am

Dear Robert,

What is happening right now in Ukraine is a harrowing act of aggression by Russian forces and a humanitarian crisis.
Emma Thompson

The consequences for human rights are heart-breaking, and horrific.

I recently sent you a note in the post asking if you would help protect civilians in Ukraine by donating to Amnesty International UK. Millions of people have been forced to flee for their lives, with over five million now having crossed Ukraine’s borders.

We must act urgently. You could help protect civilians in Ukraine and people fleeing by donating today. Will you give £150 now?

Since the crisis began, Amnesty International has mounted a powerful response to the Russian government’s criminal invasion of Ukraine.

And with millions of people displaced inside and from Ukraine, Amnesty International staff across Europe are monitoring the human rights situation. Their researchers have been on the Ukrainian border in Poland and inside Ukraine, verifying and documenting evidence of war crimes, monitoring the response to refugees and briefing decision makers worldwide. This is what Amnesty International does best.

Amnesty International also has a Crisis Evidence Lab which uses cutting-edge digital investigation tools to document human rights violations remotely. It helps to ensure that information emerging from conflict areas is timely and accurate. This is particularly important in an era when disinformation and misinformation can spread rapidly.

Please donate £150 today. This gift could help investigators document human rights abuses as they happen in Ukraine – providing vital evidence to hold the perpetrators to account.

Amnesty International’s response to the war in Ukraine is one of many examples of how their work helps protect civilians. Evidence collected now is crucial to the longer-term work of bringing justice for victims and holding war criminals to account.

But unfortunately, the UK government is still failing to fully protect civilians. Its response to the refugee emergency caused by this war has been chaotic and doesn’t nearly go far enough.

Despite committing to providing sanctuary to some of those fleeing Ukraine, the UK government is still pursuing an asylum policy to penalise refugees entitled to asylum in the UK.

Your £150 donation could help Amnesty International UK to call on the UK government – and governments across Europe – to provide protection to those fleeing conflict without discrimination.

Donate another amount
It is vital that we act urgently for the people of Ukraine. Please donate £150 today. Your donations really do make a difference.

Thank you,
Emma Thompson
Friend of Amnesty International UK

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Justin Dowds Chief Executive Compassion UK and Compassion Ireland
21 April 2022 11:20 am

Dear Robert,

Since April 2021, more than 375 children have started their journey out of extreme poverty through Compassion UK thanks to faithful listeners of Premier Christian Radio and Premier Praise.

With just one more Appeal Week to go, we’d love to see even more children given the opportunity to realise all that God has in store for them.

Will you join your Christian brothers and sisters to change a child’s life by sponsoring through Compassion UK?

Compassion’s ministry is motivated by Christ’s love to help children and families in some of the poorest communities around the world. By working in partnership with local churches, project staff understand their communities better than anyone and can help identify where the need is greatest. Thanks to these partnerships, Compassion provides children with support in every area of their lives.

For just £28 a month, you’ll sponsor a child directly.

Your 1-2-1 sponsorship will provide:

School resources and uniforms to help improve literacy and provide critical skills
Medical check-ups to fight back against disease and keep children healthy
Nutritional meals and additional support for those at risk of malnutrition
Christ-centred guidance through the local church to overcome fear and hopelessness
Vocational training to equip children for the future
Recreational activities to protect children from crime, violence and danger
A one-to-one relationship with you their only sponsor, with letters translated into their native language.

Your sponsorship will connect your sponsored child and their family to the support of the local church, bringing real and lasting change to that family.

Throughout your time as a sponsor, you’ll receive encouraging letters and drawings from your sponsored child as well as project updates from their community.

If you’ve already signed up to sponsor a child, thank you for your support to empower children, families and entire communities around the world to overcome poverty and thrive – now and into the future.

Yours in Christ,

Justin Dowds

Chief Executive

Compassion UK and Compassion Ireland

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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF DURBAN Patron of The Zulu Missions Trust
21 April 2022 11:18 am

Emergency help urgently needed, Robert
Following a week of torrential rain and flooding, KwaZulu Natal has been declared a state of National Disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

More than 400 people have died … swept away and drowned, or buried under mudslides and debris from roads and homes that collapsed. Others are still missing, as relatives continue to search along the banks of raging rivers and in the mud and rubble.

As always, it’s the poor who suffer most. People whose homes are flimsy shanties, and mud huts. Celia Mapheleba (62) lives on a slope with the Umlazi River running below. She watched helplessly as furniture and other precious possessions were carried away. She also saw a corpse – someone’s lost family member – which upset her deeply.

Many communities are without power or water after the main water pipeline was damaged somewhere in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Others are cut off after roads collapsed and rivers burst their banks.
The needs are overwhelming and critically urgent: Dry accommodation, clean water, food, clothing, blankets, medical supplies are immediate. And then help to rebuild homes and infrastructure.

Provincial and municipal assistance is on the way to more populated areas. But for our people in informal settlements and rural areas, the Mission is always their first beacon of hope.
Please help provide our parish priests with the essentials by making a special emergency donation to the Missions right now. Your kindness will bring hope and comfort to people who were poor before, but have now lost even the little that they had.
Yours in Christ

+ Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM
ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF DURBAN
Patron of The Zulu Missions Trust

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Anette Stepanoski
30 March 2022 9:57 am

Hello

With the outbreak of war in Ukraine and increasing numbers of refugees leaving behind their homes and coming to Europe, March has been a testing month for people across the world. On Passion Sunday, 3 April at 2pm, churches and Christians across the UK and Ireland will come together in an act of witness to pray and light candles for Ukraine, please join us and find more information about this here.

In this month’s email, we also share stories of hope from across the globe; women in Malawi leading the way to in sustainable business making and young people in Lebanon creating a fresh starts for themselves.

Lastly, help us call for the establishment of a ‘Loss and Damage’ fund – to recompensate the poorest in the world, who are most impacted by climate change.

Best wishes,

Anette Stepanoski
Philanthropy & Partnerships
Christian Aid

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Tom Davies - Priority Campaigns Manager Amnesty International UK
24 March 2022 4:13 pm

Dear Robert,

As people in Ukraine flee the country leaving behind their homes & belongings, the UK government’s response to providing effective support has been slow, chaotic and doesn’t go nearly far enough.

Will you email the Prime Minister now to demand the UK government urgently steps up to support refugees fleeing Ukraine?

Act now
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a human rights catastrophe. Indiscriminate attacks have rained down on civilian areas, hitting hospitals and schools. People are facing unimaginable suffering and the violence is escalating.

Over 3 million have fled the country in the past three weeks, and many more are leaving every day, seeking safety in other countries.

The UK government has committed to provide sanctuary to some of those fleeing Ukraine, but more can and should urgently be done to provide effective protection.

The contrast with other European countries who are rapidly providing sanctuary to refugees from Ukraine is plain for all to see – and it’s bringing shame on our country.

– Sacha Deshmukh, Amnesty International UK’s CEO

To add insult to injury, despite this humanitarian crisis – and others like it in Afghanistan and Syria – the government is still intent on penalising refugees entitled to asylum through the Nationality and Borders Bill.

The government has shown before that it responds to public pressure at times of humanitarian crisis. A movement of our size can ramp up the pressure on the Prime Minister to act urgently.

Please email the Prime Minister now to demand the UK government urgently steps up to support refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Send email now
Thank you Robert, for your ongoing support. Our movement can be powerful when enough of us come together to show that we believe humanity must come first.

Thank you,

Tom Davies
Priority Campaigns Manager
Amnesty International UK

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Shannon Walajtys Director, Disaster Response & Risk Reduction, IFAW
24 March 2022 4:12 pm

Dear R,

Animals are often the forgotten victims of conflict and war.

In Ukraine, many animal shelters, sanctuaries and individual guardians refuse to evacuate and leave animals behind. IFAW’s Disaster Response team is determined to help these animal heroes and the animals they are protecting—and we’re doing so with the support of caring people like you. If you’re able, I hope you’ll make a gift to support IFAW’s work in Ukraine and around the world.

Here are the latest updates on our response in Ukraine:
wildlife safely evacuated from a Ukrainian sanctuary
We partnered with the Poznań Zoo in Poland to help provide temporary shelter and care for wildlife evacuated from a sanctuary in Kyiv.

The rescue began when local authorities in Poznań approved the zoo’s request to provide a safe place for wildlife being evacuated from the sanctuary. Zoo director Ewa Zgrabczyńska, her team and sanctuary staff made preparations for the massive relocation operation.

After a long, perilous journey that included opposition and gunfire from Russian tanks, the animals arrived at the Polish border safely. Though the team and animals were exhausted, everyone was alive.

The animals were unloaded at the zoo and have been recovering ever since. Each animal is dealing with the trauma of war in different ways—they are resting, eating and sleeping away the stress of their precarious rescue.
Tiger leaning on counter
A young tiger evacuated from a Ukrainian sanctuary at its temporary home at the Poznań Zoo in Poland during the 2022 Ukraine conflict. © Poznań Zoo
We are thankful for zoo director Ewa Zgrabczyńska, her incredible team and everyone who risked their lives transporting these animals to safety.

tragic report from our shelter partner
Our shelter partners in Ukraine have received additional transfers of emergency funds to support the purchase of over six tons of pet food and veterinary supplies. Tragically, we received reports last week from partners of more shelling, resulting in damage to facilities and loss of 24 dogs. We send our condolences to the survivors and continue to stand in solidarity with all victims of this war.

emergency aid for White Rock Bear Shelter near Kyiv
A bear drinking water
Luba the bear drinks from a small pond at Save Wild’s White Rock Bear Shelter outside of Kyiv, Ukraine © White Rock Bear Shelter
We continue to expand our support to local partners helping animals in Ukraine, amidst ongoing and violent attacks from Russia. Our team awarded an emergency grant to Save Wild’s White Rock Bear Shelter, a bear rehabilitation centre in Chubyns’ke outside Kyiv. Staff and volunteers sheltered in place to care for their animals after armed conflict near the city intensified. With our grant funding, the centre was able to purchase food and supplies for the bears in their care. Since then, the bears have been evacuated and relocated to the Four Paws’ Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr in the Lviv region of Ukraine.

Your support of IFAW helps us to be there for animals and people in crisis around the world. If you haven’t yet, please consider making a gift to support IFAW’s emergency response in Ukraine and to help us be there for animals and people, wherever we are needed.
With gratitude,

Shannon Walajtys
Director, Disaster Response & Risk Reduction, IFAW

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Sam Walton - Chief Executive Officer Free Tibet & Tibet Watch
24 March 2022 4:10 pm

Tomorrow is the last day of Tibet Match! Get your donations in before 12 midnight (GMT) and be part of something monumental.

We’re so grateful for the incredible support Tibet Match has received this year. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. All donations go towards allowing our world-leading research team to continue their vital work of sourcing and disseminating news from inside Chinese-occupied Tibet.

Tibet Match has raised a fantastic £8,700 so far. This plus the match pot means an incredible £20,700 for Tibet Watch. This is more than our initial target but there is still time to have your donation doubled, thanks to the addition of £4,000 for the match pot from a new donor.

You can donate from anywhere in the world. Just visit justgiving.com/campaign/tibetmatch2022 before the end of Monday (GMT) to have your donation doubled. Don’t miss this chance to make your donation go even further for Tibet.

Donate Now >>
Thank you,

Sam Walton
Chief Executive Officer
Free Tibet & Tibet Watch

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Dear Robert,

“My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge” Psalm 62:7

We have all been through a lot in the last few years, but for many our faith in God has kept us strong, together and able to see the light even in the darkest situations.

If you have found your faith has got you through hard times, you can help encourage and support others by sharing your story. You could change someone’s life and give them the hope they need to carry on and not lose faith.

Please take a minute to share how God has been a rock and refuge to you through the turmoil of life. Let’s all support each other and share our experiences.

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Dear Robert
Thank you so much for your gift of £75 to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) from Aerial Services
Scotland Ltd. Your continued support enables our life transforming flights to reach some of the world’s
most isolated communities. I hope this recent story encourages you to see the impact of your support.
Recently, an MAF flight delivered personnel from the rehabilitation charity, Tutapona, to Adjumani,
northern Uganda. Also on the flight was a cargo of resources including peg people, clay, and felt boards
for Tutapona’s very first specialist Children’s Trauma Rehabilitation programme, called Heroes’
Journey.
The course focuses on building resilience and hope through gratitude and courage to combat shame
and forgiveness. As children explore group-based therapeutic activities to unlock the trauma they
have experienced in the process of leaving their home countries and living in a refugee camp, they are
equipped with the skills they need to grow from their past.
This school is only able to run thanks to MAF’s flights supplying the staff and resources. Thank you for
partnering with MAF in this way and making work such as this possible.
Many thanks again.
Yours sincerely
Paul Dunning
Partnership Manager

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant - The Salvation Army
16 March 2022 10:43 am

Dear Mr McIver,

It has been heartbreaking seeing the devastating news over the last few weeks and we can only imagine what people are living through.

Since the outbreak of the war, we have seen the largest forced migration of people from their home country since World War Two. The lives of these individuals and families have changed beyond recognition and across Europe The Salvation Army are doing all we can for people who have already lost so much.

We are active and supporting displaced people in: Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Greece, Hungary, France and many other countries. As you’ll see in the video below, while the response in each country, city and town is different, The Salvation Army is working flat-out to ensure that we provide all we can to people in need.

A fortnight ago I shared how we immediately responded to the initial crisis in Ukraine and the bordering countries. Today I would like to update you with how our services have adapted to the increasingly growing need.

Our services across the countries include, but are not limited to, providing:
• Food and water
• Medication
• Overnight shelter
• Translation services
• Food vouchers
• Transport to other countries
• Emotional support
• Wi-Fi and SIM cards
• Travel guidance
• Clothing and blankets as temperatures drop

Trust that our work to support people will continue for as long as there is the need. In the UK, we’re closely following government announcements and are preparing for what we can do here to help resettle refugees when they arrive.

Please be assured that our work helping vulnerable people in the UK carries on relentlessly.

With warm regards,

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
On behalf of The Salvation Army

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Michael Mosselmans - Head of Humanitarian - Christian Aid
15 March 2022 1:01 pm

Hi Robert,
Thank you for your gift of £500 to the DEC Ukraine Appeal.

Thanks to your generous donation, we’ll be working with partner organisations in the ACT Alliance, a global faith-based coalition, to offer assistance to Ukraine refugees fleeing deadly violence.

So far, two of our ACT partners have distributed 28 tonnes of food supplies and other lifesaving essentials to people on the Ukrainian borders.

If you have a moment please share our appeal with your friends and family on social media using the links below.

Once again, thank you so much for your generous gift.

With warmest wishes,

Michael Mosselmans signature
Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian

Christian Aid

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Head of Humanitarian - Christian Aid
10 March 2022 2:13 pm

Hi Robert,
Thank you for your gift of £150 to the DEC Ukraine Appeal.

Thanks to your generous donation, we’ll be working with partner organisations in the ACT Alliance, a global faith-based coalition, to offer assistance to Ukraine refugees fleeing deadly violence.

So far, two of our ACT partners have distributed 28 tonnes of food supplies and other lifesaving essentials to people on the Ukrainian borders.

If you have a moment please share our appeal with your friends and family on social media using the links below.

Once again, thank you so much for your generous gift.

With warmest wishes,

Head of Humanitarian

Christian Aid

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Azzedine Downes - President & CEO, IFAW
10 March 2022 1:42 pm

Dear R,

In my years in the field of animal welfare, an important truth reveals itself to me over and over. Where there is human suffering, there is animal suffering. We cannot separate the plight of animals from the people who share their homes, communities and the planet with them. That is why a core part of IFAW’s mission is to create a world where animals and people thrive together—and that belief in the connection between animals and people is at the heart of our response in Ukraine.

Here are the most recent updates about how IFAW supporters like you are making a difference:
help sent to Ukrainian animal shelters
IFAW sent emergency aid to two of our partner shelters in Ukraine, Shelter Pif in Donetsk and Holivka Shelter in Gorlovka.
Dogs at Shelter Pif in Donetsk anxiously look out from behind a fence
Dogs at Shelter Pif in Donetsk anxiously look out from behind a fence during the 2022 Ukraine crisis © Shelter Pif
Both shelters have received our emergency funds. Working in an animal shelter can be hard work at the best of times, and the staff of these two shelters are working tirelessly to care for the animals with nowhere else to go. These first grants will provide pet food, veterinary care and wages for the hard-working staff staying put with the 1,100 dogs at their facilities.

While they’re still able to purchase supplies locally, we know that will not last. IFAW is continuing to collaborate with our partners to help them source supplies, from within Ukraine and from neighbouring countries.

We received this message from our shelter partner:
“Our dogs are very scared. Many do not leave [their dog houses]. [Indoor] dogs do not go outside. We are without rest and breaks at the shelter. It’s very difficult for us right now. We are grateful to everyone. We really want peace. We are extremely tired mentally and physically. You are there and we feel it. THANKS! 10,000 times THANK YOU to everyone!”

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your generosity and concern. Thank you for your support and encouragement as we continue to help where we are needed most during this crisis.

The term “fog of war” isn’t an exaggeration. For people fleeing a war zone, finding safety can feel like trying to find your way in an impossibly thick fog. One of the most helpful things outsiders can do to assist people picking up and leaving everything behind is cut through the fog with information. And that’s what we’re trying to do for Ukrainian pet owners.

We’ve been tapping our global IFAW community to provide and verify up-to-date information and resources for Ukrainian people looking for a safe place for themselves and their pets. We want people to be able to stay with their pets whenever possible so that fewer people are faced with the difficult decision to leave a pet behind.

In so many ways, it feels like the news cycle is relentless with the worst of humanity on display. But something beautiful happens during these times: we also see the best of people. And with situations as volatile and frightening as what is happening in Ukraine, many of us feel helpless. But there is almost always something we can do to help whether that be sharing a link with friends in a WhatsApp group, setting up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook or donating to IFAW’s emergency appeal.

Your gift today could help IFAW send emergency aid to provide pet food, veterinary supplies and wages for daily care staff to both shelters in Ukraine and help protect other animals around the world.

Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine. And we will continue to work to help animals and people during this crisis, with your support.
With gratitude,

Azzedine Downes
President & CEO, IFAW

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Sam Walton Chief Executive Officer - Free Tibet & Tibet Watch
9 March 2022 11:38 am

Robert, Tibet needs your support!

Between 14 and 21 March all of your donations will be doubled up to a total of £8,000. Meaning even more money goes towards supporting our team in Tibet.

Have you read news from Tibet on our website or taken action in one of our campaigns? None of this would be possible without our research partner Tibet Watch.

Tibet Watch is a world leader for getting up-to-date information on what is happening on the ground inside occupied Tibet. This vital work can not continue without donations from individual supporters like you.

Just £10 helps pay for essential, secure communications systems for our research team.

Just £25 helps fund the commission and analysis of satellite and drone imagery of Tibet. Collated with testimonies and eye-witness accounts we use this vital information to turn the international media spotlight on the continued human rights crisis in Tibet.

A £50 donation means we can keep a researcher in the field for a week to continue this work.
During Tibet Match any donation you make – up to the £8,000 total – will directly support Tibet Watch’s monitoring and advocacy work and will be doubled by a handful of generous sponsors.

Everything you donate between 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 14 March and 12 midnight (GMT) on Monday 21 March, will be doubled. You can donate from anywhere in the world, just visit freetibet.org/tibetmatch2022 from 14 March.

Please support Tibet Match from Monday 14 March.

Thank you,

Sam Walton
Chief Executive Officer, Free Tibet & Tibet Watch

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Kristyan Benedict Campaigns Manager - Crisis & Tactical Amnesty International UK
9 March 2022 11:36 am

Dear Robert,

Early in the morning of 24 February, people in Ukraine woke up to the terrifying sound of explosions from missile strikes. It only meant one thing: the invasion had begun, and Russian troops had crossed the Ukrainian border. Multiple cities are now under attack, including heavy assaults on the capital Kyiv. People are facing unimaginable suffering and the violence is escalating.

This is a humanitarian crisis. More than 1.3 million people have already reportedly fled Ukraine and millions more are still expected to leave, the consequences for human lives and human rights are horrific – we must protect them.

At Amnesty International, we are rapidly mobilising all our resources to protect human rights and lives in Ukraine. Will you give a donation to Amnesty International UK today to help support this vital work?

The Russian military is showing a blatant disregard for civilian lives by using ballistic missiles and other banned weapons such as cluster bombs, in densely populated areas. On just the first day of the invasion, Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab verified three incidents including strikes on hospitals and schools.

The invasion is a violation of the United Nations Charter and an act of aggression that is a crime under international law. In response to these severe acts of aggression, Amnesty International has sent crisis investigators to be on the ground to document human rights abuses as they happen. Meanwhile our Crisis Evidence Lab is continually collecting and analysing crucial video and photographic evidence of attacks across Ukraine. Your gift to Amnesty International UK today could help ensure that perpetrators of crimes against humanity can – and will – be held individually accountable for their actions.

As Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnes Callamard explained, “In less than a week, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a massive human rights, humanitarian, and displacement crisis that has the makings of the worst such catastrophe in recent European history.” As a movement we are calling on governments across Europe – including in the UK – to put humanity first, ensuring anyone fleeing Ukraine is given protection without discrimination. We all stand alongside Ukrainian civilians in our outrage at this invasion. Your donation could help Amnesty International protect people fleeing right now; and ensure that those responsible for crimes against humanity are brought to justice.

In this emergency, it is up to all of us who believe in human rights to speak out and show Russia – and the world – that such aggression will not win. Please give today if you can.

Thank you,

Kristyan Benedict
Campaigns Manager – Crisis & Tactical
Amnesty International UK

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The emergency appeal team, British Red Cross
9 March 2022 11:35 am

Hi Robert,

We just wanted to say that we’ve received your donation of £150.00 to our Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Your gift will allow us to keep supporting people caught up in this crisis, and help those affected get food, clean water, shelter, medicines and basic medical supplies.

Situations like this are extremely challenging. But support like this, from you, is a reminder of the kindness and generosity that there is in the world.

Thank you again.

The emergency appeal team,
British Red Cross

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Chitwan Tomar (Programme Manager - Railway Children India)
9 March 2022 11:33 am

Dear Robert,

This International Women’s Day we know there are women all over the world facing huge challenges and our thoughts go out to every one of them and their families. But we know that with the right support women and girls have the resilience to overcome crisis and thrive in the future. Our projects in India involve a lot of work to support women and their families and we wanted to share one inspiring story of success with you from our team in Mumbai.

Babita is a 42-year-old mother of three, who lives with her husband and children in the Matunga district and works making plates out of bamboo leaves. The family have faced difficulties in the past, and their son has had a battle with drug addiction which has caused a lot of problems for them all.

Trying to cope with and care for him and her daughters left Babita exhausted and feeling hopeless but she refused to give up.

When Railway Children started working in the local community she found a network of support. Through our counselling sessions her confidence has grown enormously while her talents in writing and poetry have been encouraged, giving her self-esteem a much-needed boost.

Our teams helped the family tackle financial problems and Babita’s natural leadership skills soon began to show.

A role model for women in her community

Now she has a new role, after completing a workshop in the community, and is part of an organization selling and distributing sanitary pads to women in the area. This is a vital role that gives women the freedom and confidence to take control of their lives when it is not always easy without the necessary products.

We’re so proud of the progress Babita has made and of how she has flourished to such an extent that she is now inspiring and supporting other women in her community.

In difficult times it’s great to hear positive stories like this one. You can find out more about how we work in India’s slum communities with families like Babita’s here.

Her success, and that of all the women we work with, is only possible thanks to supporters like you so we hope you also feel proud of the difference your generosity is making this International Women’s Day.

Thank you,

Chitwan Tomar

Programme Manager

Railway Children India

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Christian Aid
7 March 2022 2:07 pm

Robert,

Put your best foot forward with Christian Aid’s 300,000 steps in May challenge and help raise vital funds for people like Jessica in Zimbabwe.

Jessica Mwedzi relies on her farm to grow food and earn a living. But it hasn’t rained in her village for so long. Now drought is pushing her family into hunger.

‘My children crave a decent meal, but I can’t provide. It pains me to send them to bed hungry.’

No mum should have to face this heartbreak. But Jessica won’t give up. ‘My children give me the power to go ahead,’ she says. ‘I pray they have a better future.’

Love never gives up, and neither will we. We’ll keep walking and praying for a world where everyone can live a full life, free from hunger.

You could help give Jessica drought-resistant seeds. She could grow fresh food on her farm and see her children grow up healthy and happy. And she’ll know she’s not alone, because she’ll have kind neighbours like you, right by her side.

This May, Christians across Britain and Ireland will come together for Christian Aid Week and stand with people like Jessica. You can be part of this life-changing week too by taking on the 300,000 steps in May challenge.

This sponsored challenge clocks in at just under 10,000 steps a day and is a great way to get fit and do good all at the same time. You can go it alone or take part in a team, supporting each other to reach your goal. You can adapt the challenge in a way that suits you, and even invite little ones along.

Let’s move one step closer to a world free from poverty this May. Sign up to the 300,000 steps in May challenge today.

Christian Aid

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Joanne Balaam (Chief Executive Officer) - Mercy Ships UK
7 March 2022 1:17 pm

Dear Robert,

Today Mansare can run like the wind. This energetic football-mad 7-year-old loves football so much that his mum has to go out and find him to bring him home. He says, “I love football. I just want to play all the time.”

But this wasn’t always the case.
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Something stood in his way – not just his enjoyment of football, but everyday activities like standing and walking. You see, Mansare suffered from a debilitating condition of severely bowed legs. The physical pain he experienced was only matched by the taunts and unkind words of the other children in the neighbourhood. Through no fault of his own, a condition known as rickets, worsened by malnutrition had caused his legs to bow.

His mother Simone said, “My heart broke every time I saw him like that.”

The situation seemed hopeless….

But then, you stepped in…

Thanks to your support and kindness and the expertise of our volunteer medics, our hospital ship the African Mercy was able to sail to Guinea. Surgeons and nurses made Mansare’s dream of having strong, straight and healthy legs come true. Your love and compassion found a way to reach little Mansare and gave him a new future.

And right now, you can help someone else like him to take their first steps towards a pain free life with your gift today.

Here is my gift
“Thank you so much for helping my son”, says Simone. “Your generosity and kindness have changed our lives. Mansare is no longer crippled by pain and sadness. I wake up every morning and I still cannot quite believe what has happened. Every time I see my son walk; I am overjoyed.”

Will you give that gift of joy to another mother or father who is waiting to see their child or loved one healed?

Yes, I will give the gift of joy today
Your generous gift will enable us to provide life-changing operations to children and adults who desperately need urgent medical care in some of the poorest parts of Africa.

With immense gratitude,

Joanne Balaam,
Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Ships UK

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Head of Humanitarian - Christian Aid
7 March 2022 1:14 pm

Hi Robert,
As you’ll likely have seen on the various news channels, more than half a million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine. Leaving behind jobs, belongings and loved ones, they need shelter, food and water.

It is predicted that 7.5 million people will be displaced. This would make it one of the biggest movements of people in Europe since World War II.

Heavy fighting, shelling and air strikes across Ukraine have had devastating consequences. Lives have been lost and families torn apart. Homes have been destroyed, Schools, health facilities, water and food supplies have been destroyed or damaged and many roads are blocked.

If, like many of us, you’re wondering what you can do to help, here are three ways you can provide support.

Donate today ►

Our response

We’ll be working with partner organisations in the ACT Alliance, a global faith-based coalition, to offer assistance to Ukraine refugees fleeing deadly violence.

So far, 2 of our ACT partners have distributed 28 tonnes of food supplies and other lifesaving essentials to people on the Ukrainian borders.

Read more ►

Sign the petition

Co-sign a change.org petition launched by Together With Refugees member, Freedom From Torture. It’s calling on the government to provide humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine, and asking for urgent concessions on the bill.

Sign the petition ►

Join us in prayer

Finally, you can join us as we pray along with Dr Justin Thacker for the people of Ukraine.

With sincere thanks,

Signature
Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian

Christian Aid

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Head of Humanitarian - Christian Aid
7 March 2022 1:12 pm

Hi Robert,
Thank you for your gift of £150 to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Thanks to your generous donation, we’ll be working with partner organisations in the ACT Alliance, a global faith-based coalition, to offer assistance to Ukraine refugees fleeing deadly violence.

So far, two of our ACT partners have distributed 28 tonnes of food supplies and other lifesaving essentials to people on the Ukrainian borders.

If you have a moment please share our appeal with your friends and family on social media using the links below.

Once again, thank you so much for your generous gift.

With warmest wishes,

Michael Mosselmans signature
Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian

Christian Aid

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Peter Kerridge (Chief Executive, Premier)
7 March 2022 1:11 pm

Dear Robert,

It’s so vital that Premier Praise stays on the air as a beacon of hope, speaking life into people’s hearts through worship. Reminding people of God’s sovereignty amidst so much fear and conflict in the world.

In just 28 days time Premier’s financial year draws to an end. Your support is vital to ensure a £712,500 funding gap is closed by that time.

Today, I’m asking you to step up with your very best gift to close the gap.

And as my way of showing how much your support matters, I’d love to send you a copy of Matt Redman’s brilliant book.

I know you believe in the power of worship. So I know this faith-lifting book will inspire and encourage you as you read beautiful stories of faith and courage, even during seasons of trials and testing.

As Matt writes,

“All of these people have something in common: even though they were inside the storm, they would not allow the storm to get inside of them…”

10,000 Reasons is my way of thanking you for your gift of £50 or more today. But this offer is only open until midnight. So please respond now – I don’t want you to miss out.

Thank you for your generosity – for helping to close the urgent funding gap and for uniting with the Premier Praise community of worship at this critical moment.

Peter Kerridge

Chief Executive, Premier

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Dr Mathilde Merridale-Punter (Veterinary Programmes Advisor)
7 March 2022 1:10 pm

Dear Robert,

Around the world today, more than 200 million working animals provide invaluable support to some of the world’s poorest communities. Tragically, many of these hardworking animals will suffer from malnutrition, exhaustion, disease or injury, which have been worsened by the long-term economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the growing impact of climate change.

But there’s a wonderful way you can help to ease the pain and suffering of these animals – by sponsoring our stables today.

We treat hundreds of sick and injured working animals every day at our busy stables. As a Stable Sponsor, you will help ensure some of the world’s most vulnerable animals can receive the food, shelter, and lifesaving veterinary treatment they desperately need.

Whether it’s a horse seriously injured in a road traffic accident, a donkey suffering with tetanus, or a mule with a badly infected wound, with your help, our teams will be there to care for working animals when they need us most.

Sponsor our stables today

As a Stable Sponsor, you’ll receive:
An exclusive welcome pack
A personalised certificate of sponsorship in a design of your choice
Two Stable Sponsor updates a year, which you can choose to receive via post or email. These will keep you up to date with the animals that are feeling better thanks to your sponsorship and support.
Most importantly, you’ll receive the comfort of knowing you’re making a difference to working animals who desperately need help.

On behalf of working animals worldwide, we would be extremely grateful for your support. Will you sponsor our stables today?

Thank you so much for your compassion and kindness.
With warmest wishes,

Dr Mathilde Merridale-Punter
Veterinary Programmes Advisor

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Supporter Care team
7 March 2022 11:10 am

Dear Robert,

Thank you so much for your recent donation of £150.00 to the British Red Cross DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (reference ICCB00703646).

Your gift will be processed over the next 5 working days.

Please don’t hesitate to call our supporter care team on 0300 456 11 55 if you have any queries in the meantime or if we can assist you in any way.

Thanks again for your kind support of our vital work.

With best wishes,

Supporter Care team

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Kristyan Benedict (Campaigns Manager, Amnesty International UK)
7 March 2022 11:07 am

Dear Robert,

As you have undoubtedly seen, on the morning of 24 February Russia launched an invasion on Ukraine. Russian troops crossed the borders and launched attacks on major Ukrainian cities.

Today is the ninth day into this unjustified act of aggression. We have been warning for weeks that further armed conflict in Ukraine would have devastating consequences for the human rights of millions and our teams have been preparing in the event of an invasion.

Since the invasion began, we have been documenting the escalation in violations of humanitarian and human rights law. Hundreds of civilians have been killed after Russian forces indiscriminately attacked residential neighbourhoods, hospitals and schools.

According to the UN, one million people have fled Ukraine already and are seeking shelter in neighbouring states. And this number continues to climb.

At Amnesty International, we have been mobilising our resources to protect human rights and lives in Ukraine. This invasion is not only a violation of the United Nations Charter, but also an act of aggression that is a crime under international law. In response to these severe acts of aggression, Amnesty International crisis investigators have been on the ground to document and verify human rights abuses as they happen.

As the situation continues to unfold, we will be calling on our government as well as the international community to protect civilians in Ukraine and their human rights as they struggle through the worst humanitarian catastrophe in recent European history.

In the next weeks and months, we will be calling on you for support in our campaign to protect civilians in Ukraine and those forced to flee for their lives.

What we are calling for…
UK Government:

As the Ukrainian refugee crisis unfolds across countries bordering the embattled country, we call on the UK government to both urgently ensure people fleeing the conflict can find sanctuary in the UK and immediately abandon measures in the Nationality and Borders Bill which will do serious damage to the UK’s asylum system.

Humanity first:

We call on countries across Europe to put humanity first, ensuring anyone fleeing Ukraine is given protection without discrimination.
Humanitarian agencies must be allowed to access and facilitate assistance to civilians affected by the hostilities.

Accountability:

All involved in crimes under international law to be held accountable.
The international community must support the investigation led by the International Criminal Court.
Accountability around the invasion of Ukraine requires concerted and innovative efforts from the UN and nations.

Thank you Robert, for your ongoing support. We will be in touch very soon.

In hope,

Kristyan Benedict
Campaigns Manager
Amnesty International UK

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Shannon Walajtys (Program Director, Disaster Response and Risk Reduction, IFAW)
1 March 2022 11:43 am

Dear R,

On 24 February, Russia invaded Ukraine following days of gathering its forces along Ukraine’s border. As the Director of Disaster Response at IFAW, I’m reaching out to you today because two local animal shelters in Ukraine urgently need our help:
Shelter Pif, located in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Evacuation is not an option for shelter staff and the over 800 dogs in their care. The staff are frightened as are the dogs, but they are committed to sheltering in place.
The Holivka Shelter, located in Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine. Staff are not allowed to cook hot food for their dogs because the fire could draw unnecessary attention to the shelter. They desperately need to buy dry food for the 300 dogs in their care.
IFAW is rushing emergency aid to provide pet food, veterinary supplies, and wages for daily care staff to both shelters. Will you make a gift today to support these efforts and help protect animals in need around the world?

A staff member shelters in place with an injured dog at Shelter Pif
A staff member shelters in place with an injured dog at Shelter Pif in eastern Ukraine. © Shelter Pif
IFAW developed strong relationships with both of these shelters during the 2014 Russia-Ukraine conflict. We have remained in touch over the years as they slowly rebuilt their homes, shelters and lives.

During frantic evacuations, families are sometimes separated from their pets or forced to leave them behind. Unfortunately, the shelters were overwhelmed with abandoned dogs and cats following the last conflict, and are still over capacity today. It’s likely that more dogs and cats will be abandoned and injured in the coming days, and will need help.

As we see so often, when people suffer, animals suffer too. These animals in Ukraine, like in so many other places, urgently need us.

I know it can feel hopeless to watch these events unfold and not know how to help. With a gift today, you CAN help these frightened dogs, their brave shelter guardians and all the animals that need you.

Sincerely,
Shannon Walajtys
Program Director, Disaster Response and Risk Reduction, IFAW

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the Farm Africa Team
1 March 2022 11:36 am

Dear Robert,

Welcome to your February Farm Africa update. We bring you worrying news from eastern Africa this month, as a back-to-back three season drought has hit the region due to poor rainfall. The southern and eastern pastoral areas of Ethiopia, northern and eastern parts of Kenya and a large part of south-central Somalia are the worse affected areas, with an estimated 28 million people needing urgent humanitarian food assistance.

Drought and hunger in eastern Africa
Millions of people across eastern Africa are facing a severe hunger crisis as an ongoing drought causes the driest conditions seen in decades and worsens widespread food shortages.
“Yet again, we are witnessing how the burden of climate change is borne the most by those globally who have done the least to contribute to it.” – Anastasia Mbatia, Senior Technical Manager for Agriculture at Farm Africa.

Discover how Farm Africa is working to avert a crisis

From the Field Spring 2022
In our latest edition of the From the Field newletter, discover the difference your support makes. The stories in this issue are full of hope for the future, success and resilience.

From a successful young vegetable farmer in Kenya, to a lucrative chilli export business that is growing in Uganda, Farm Africa’s expertise is bringing sustainable change to farming communities across eastern Africa, thanks to you!
Read From the Field
In other news, Farm Africa isdelighted to share the outcome of our goat rearing project Livestock for Livelihoods which has boosted nutrition and economic empowerment amongst pastoralist women. You can also discover more about our work in Dodoma in Tanzania through young farmer Gerald Jackson’s empowering story of growing against the odds.
With warmest wishes

the Farm Africa Team

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Robert,

Put your best foot forward with Christian Aid’s 300,000 steps in May challenge and help raise vital funds for people like Jessica in Zimbabwe.

Jessica Mwedzi relies on her farm to grow food and earn a living. But it hasn’t rained in her village for so long. Now drought is pushing her family into hunger.

‘My children crave a decent meal, but I can’t provide. It pains me to send them to bed hungry.’

No mum should have to face this heartbreak. But Jessica won’t give up. ‘My children give me the power to go ahead,’ she says. ‘I pray they have a better future.’

Love never gives up, and neither will we. We’ll keep walking and praying for a world where everyone can live a full life, free from hunger.

You could help give Jessica drought-resistant seeds. She could grow fresh food on her farm and see her children grow up healthy and happy. And she’ll know she’s not alone, because she’ll have kind neighbours like you, right by her side.

This May, Christians across Britain and Ireland will come together for Christian Aid Week and stand with people like Jessica. You can be part of this life-changing week too by taking on the 300,000 steps in May challenge.

This sponsored challenge clocks in at just under 10,000 steps a day and is a great way to get fit and do good all at the same time. You can go it alone or take part in a team, supporting each other to reach your goal. You can adapt the challenge in a way that suits you, and even invite little ones along.

Let’s move one step closer to a world free from poverty this May. Sign up to the 300,000 steps in May challenge today.

Christian Aid

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Pavla Holubova - Project Worker
28 February 2022 1:25 pm

Dear Robert,

My name is Pavla and I have been working with Railway Children in the UK since we opened our fourth project in July last year, expanding our work despite the challenges of the pandemic. Now that our safety network stretches across the transport system linking Manchester, Leeds, London and Birmingham, our teams are able to work with even more vulnerable young people found at risk on the rail system.

In 2021 we took 952 referrals from British Transport Police of children they felt were in danger.

I joined Railway Children as a Project Worker when we launched in Birmingham and I would love to share with you a typical day in my role. Click the link below to find out what it is like to be working with vulnerable children on the frontline, and making a difference to their young lives every day.

I joined Railway Children as a Project Worker when we launched in Birmingham and I would love to share with you a typical day in my role. Click the link below to find out what it is like to be working with vulnerable children on the frontline, and making a difference to their young lives every day.

With your ongoing support I will be able to keep reaching young people that need our help.

Thank you,
Pavla Holubova
Project Worker

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John Jones - Campaigns, Policy and Research Manager
28 February 2022 1:24 pm

Robert,

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics closing ceremony is about to begin and the verdict is surely in: these Games have been a failure for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the International Olympic Committee.

Thanks to your efforts, governments stayed away from the opening ceremony, sponsors were noticeably quiet and viewership numbers are looking to be the lowest in modern history. We have shown that if sports events are given to regimes like the CCP, there will be a price to pay.

But even as the Olympics end, the CCP’s abuses remain. So, as the closing ceremony of the Games is broadcast, we are calling for one last effort: a Twitterstorm to bring home the message that the CCP must be held to account.

Thank you,

John Jones
Campaigns, Policy and Research Manager

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Anna and David - Event Fundraisers (Amnesty International UK)
28 February 2022 1:23 pm

Hi Robert

Gear up for the RideLondon-Essex 100 with Team Amnesty. You can apply for one of our limited charity places or join the team using your ballot place, if you were lucky enough to get one. Either way, we’ll provide you with plenty of support as you prepare for this fresh and exciting challenge and raise funds for human rights.

What you need to know to join the RideLondon-Essex 100 with Team Amnesty:

Date: 29 May 2022
Distance: 100 miles on traffic-free, closed roads
Route: start and finish in London passing through Essex
Minimum Team Amnesty charity place fundraising target: £450
Charity place reg fee: £30
Minimum age: 18

Sign up and secure your place with Team Amnesty
The event will start on London’s Victoria Embankment and finish at Tower Bridge, passing through some of Essex’s most beautiful countryside and villages in between.

What we’ll give you

Join our friendly team and we’ll support you as you ride for rights with:
regular updates and support from a dedicated Team Amnesty contact
fundraising ideas and materials
Team Amnesty cycling jersey or t-shirt
a private Team Amnesty Facebook group to get to know your fellow team-mates
exclusive Amnesty goody bags for top fundraisers

If you were lucky enough to secure a place in the RideLondon ballot, you can join our team with your own place and receive all the support above and set your own fundraising target.

We hope we can welcome you to Team Amnesty as we work together for a safer, fairer and more just world along the way.

If you have any questions, please get in touch by email at team@amnesty.org.uk.

Thank you so much for your support.
Anna and David – Event Fundraisers
Amnesty International UK

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Eilidh Macpherson (Amnesty International UK)
28 February 2022 1:22 pm

Hi Robert,

A little while ago you supported our appeal to help Zhang Zhan, a Chinese citizen journalist detained in Shanghai’s women’s prison with a gift to Amnesty International UK.

Thank you so much for your generosity.

We wanted to update you about Zhang Zhan’s situation with some positive news.

As you may remember, Zhang Zhan was unjustly imprisoned in December 2020 after trying to expose the truth about coronavirus. Zhang Zhan went on to start a hunger strike in protest at her incarceration and unfortunately her health began to deteriorate significantly.

On 28 January 2022, Zhang Zhan was able to speak to her mother through a 20-minute video call. Zhang Zhan told her mother that she had stopped her hunger strike and that the authorities were no longer force feeding her.

Zhang Zhan’s health is no longer in a critical condition. Her health has improved, and she is able to walk without assistance.

Thank you once again for your support. Zhang Zhan is still in prison and so the fight is not over yet, but it is because of supporters like you that we can continue to campaign for her freedom.

Yours in solidarity,

Eilidh Macpherson
Campaigns Manager – Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International UK

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Matt Zeqiri, Trust and Grants Officer
28 February 2022 1:21 pm

Dear Robert,

We’re delighted to announce that we will soon be hosting our very first Q&A event from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This will allow us to bring you closer to our work on the ground in East Africa and you can find out exactly how your support changes lives.

The event will be recorded on Wednesday 2nd March during my first overseas project visit since I started with Railway Children two years ago.

I want to give you the opportunity to meet key members of our East Africa Project Team and find out more about what we do and ask the questions that are most important to you.

Perhaps you want to discover what it has been like for the teams in Tanzania during the pandemic, or find out most common reasons why young people are on the streets.

Thank you,
Matt Zeqiri

Trust and Grants Officer

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
28 February 2022 1:20 pm

Dear Mr McIver,

I hope you have been keeping well this winter and are managing to stay safe and warm despite the storms.

Since the beginning of the year, we have been seeing increasing numbers of people coming to us struggling to cope with the rise in cost of living. These are difficult times but be assured we are doing everything we can to help whether that be employment support, food parcels or providing fuel vouchers.

This month, I would love to share with you our annual review video below which showcases The Salvation Army’s work over the past 12 months. We have been able to help transform thousands of people’s lives throughout the year and only with your support has this been possible.

Below I have also included stories from around the UK including: how we supported rough sleepers during Storm Eunice, the Sally Ann Memory Café in Great Yarmouth which has opened its doors to people with dementia and brain injuries, and the inspiring story of the Leeds Central Salvation Army which has served over 15,000 meals since the beginning of the pandemic.

I recently received a heart-warming message from the drop-in centre in Leeds which I wanted to share with you. It’s from a man aged 30 who was struggling with homelessness. He told me, ‘I had been sleeping on the streets and The Salvation Army was the first place I came to for help. I don’t know where I would be without them. It wasn’t just for the food, but for the social side of it, and it makes me feel calm being here. It really helps with my mental health.’ This was very affirming to hear; we are continuing to support him and help him off the streets.

Thank you for your ongoing support of The Salvation Army and of our many projects supporting people in need.

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant

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James Isiche (Regional Director—East Africa, IFAW)
28 February 2022 1:18 pm

Dear R,

I’m writing to you from East Africa, where lions are facing a crisis that could put them on the path to extinction.

Widespread habitat destruction and poaching have dramatically decreased lion populations in the wild. Over the last 100 years, almost 90% of the world’s lions have been killed off.

We must act now, before wild lions are gone forever. That’s why we’ve set a goal to welcome 3,500 members by midnight on Friday, 25 February. IFAW members are instrumental in helping us to protect lions and other vulnerable animals around the world. Your support could help bolster our work to expand lion habitat, train wildlife rangers who protect lions from poachers, and stop the illegal wildlife trade. When you make a special gift today, you’ll get access to exclusive IFAW membership benefits.

R, lions are being poached for their bones and teeth by ruthless wildlife criminals. They’ve lost 80% of their natural habitat, which forces them out of wild areas and into conflict with farmers and villagers. These clashes often lead to more lions being killed. At this rate, wild lions could be gone in 30 years!

Your support could help IFAW provide more equipment and training for rangers, who work tirelessly every day to remove traps and snares hidden in the bush.

These cruel devices are one of the main ways poachers capture and kill wild lions. They can cause deep wounds, amputations, and deadly infections for animals caught in them and are a major reason lions are at risk of extinction.
Gif of animal trap
Rangers remove snares like the one above from protected national parks daily, but there are always more the next day—it’s a seemingly unending process. To protect lions and other animals in Africa’s national parks, rangers need help: They need supporters like you.
make a special gift
On behalf of the IFAW team here in East Africa and around the world, thank you for helping us stand up for lions and other animals in jeopardy.

With gratitude,

James Isiche
Regional Director—East Africa, IFAW

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Amnesty International
28 February 2022 1:16 pm

Dear Robert,

Apartheid is happening again.

Amnesty International has gathered significant evidence that Israel is perpetrating the crime of apartheid, throughout Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and against Palestinian refugees.

We simply cannot allow this to continue. We need your help to campaign for a future where Palestinians are no longer subjected to state-sponsored discrimination and the organised theft of their land and resources.

Will you donate £150 to support our campaign to dismantle apartheid? By donating today, you could help Amnesty International UK to put pressure on governments, businesses and others with influence to demand that Israel ends its measures of discrimination, segregation and oppression against Palestinians.

Palestinian families are randomly, yet regularly targeted by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). The IDF uses live ammunition, stun grenades, rubber bullets, pepper spray and armoured vehicles spraying jets at any time of the day or night.

No Palestinian is currently safe from discrimination, violence, arrests, torture and death.

Please join forces with Amnesty International UK and millions of other Amnesty International supporters around the world today. You can help change the world. Will you please give £150 now.

Tawfiq Abu Jame’, a Palestinian father, told Amnesty International:

“…I had resigned myself that there would be no justice in my lifetime for the crime committed against my daughter Asil (killed in an IDF bombing raid) and many other Palestinians.

No justice will be achieved through Israeli courts. Victims like us have become faceless numbers, but it’s time for our voices to be heard and for our suffering to be recognised.”

Thank you for everything you do for people suffering brutality, injustice and discrimination. Please support the Palestinian dream that apartheid will end in their lifetime.

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Peter Kerridge Chief Executive, Premier
10 February 2022 9:56 am

Dear Robert,

Today is Internet Safety Day, and you can do something vitally important to protect children from dangerous online pornography.

If you haven’t signed our petition to ensure that age verification is included in the Online Safety Bill when it comes to Parliament, then I would urge that you do so today.

If you have signed up to our campaign already, then thank-you. Your voice is being heard and your letters and e-mails to MPs are already making an impact.

The Digital Minister today announced that there will be a new legal duty requiring all pornographic websites to put age verification measures in place to ensure their users are 18 years old or over.

This is great news – and it’s thanks to the representations you have made. But we need to keep the pressure up to make sure that the measures are robust and that they are enforced as soon as possible.

Once you sign our campaign petition, Premier will send it directly to your MP, asking them to include the promised safeguards in the Online Safety Bill and protect children from accessing pornography.

Up to 62% of children aged 11 to 13 are seeing pornography for the first time in their lives – without even looking for it or wanting to see explicit material. This must stop.

Yours sincerely,
Peter Kerridge
Chief Executive, Premier

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Supporter Engagement Manager | Railway Children
9 February 2022 12:54 pm

Dear Robert,

Last year we faced ongoing challenges, but thanks to you, we achieved some incredible things. Your support has changed the lives of thousands of children around the world who had no-one to protect and care for them throughout difficult times.

Together we’ve made sure they face better, brighter futures and with you by our side we will keep doing that for the year to come.

You have transformed these lives, and so many more, over the last year and we hope you feel as proud of that as we do.

Find out more about the impact of your support here and keep an eye on the website and our social media channels for more stories from the children whose lives you’ve changed.

Thank you for everything you do,
Helen
Supporter Engagement Manager
Railway Children

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Dear Robert,

“If I wasn’t sponsored with Compassion, I would be dead right now,” says Jey from Kenya.

Jey grew up in Mathare, a community in the Kenyan capital where crime and drugs are commonplace. Jey was vulnerable for the simple reason that his family lived in poverty. As their family situation worsened, Jey began begging on the streets and it wasn’t long before he was stealing and dealing drugs.

At the age of nine, he was thrown into prison for stealing a purse on the streets of Nairobi.

In jail, Jey called out for help to the only person he could think of – God – and his prayers were answered. On his release, he was registered into the Compassion project at his local church.

He remembers the day he was registered vividly: “Everyone was rejoicing,” Jey says with happiness. “Compassion gave me the life that I didn’t have.”

Pressure on the family was immediately eased. Sponsorship meant school fees were paid, uniforms were provided and Jey could access health check-ups. Extra supplies were even sent home for his family.

“The first time I heard the words ‘I love you’ were from my sponsor,” he says with a smile. “These things started speaking into my life and encouraging me. My sponsor gave me love, education, and the word of God.”

Jey has now completed a degree in youth ministry but he’s never forgotten that frightened little boy he once was. “We didn’t have role models in Mathare Valley, so I want to be a role model for the kids there,” he says passionately.

As a DJ, Jey now uses music to connect with young people and share his faith. It’s his way of thanking those who supported him and ensuring their legacy lives on.

“Sponsorship is about more than just the money. It’s about God calling you to change a life.” Jey, Kenya

Thank you for partnering with us to change the lives of children in poverty.
Yours in Christ,

Justin Dowds
Chief Executive
Compassion UK and Compassion Ireland

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Charles Taban - Christian Aid South Sudan
9 February 2022 9:49 am

Hi Robert,

Warmest greetings from South Sudan! It’s a joy to be writing to you today about our work to tackle malnutrition among children and babies, and to thank you for all you’ve shared.

I’m also thrilled to share uplifting news from your neighbours in other parts of the world. None of this work could have happened without wonderful people like you. I hope you’ll feel so proud of what we’ve achieved together.

As you may know, malnutrition can leave children weak and very vulnerable. For under-fives, it can limit physical and mental development in ways that cause life-long suffering.

That’s why we and local Christian Aid partners set out to support families in two regions of South Sudan, where conflict and climate chaos have left tens of thousands of families without enough food, and many young children dangerously malnourished.

Families across these regions are now armed with practical knowledge on nutrition, and the vital importance of breastfeeding for babies, and a varied diet for children.

Families, like Adut Anet Achen’s (pictured), are also more able to make better diets a reality – for example, through growing a wider and more nourishing range of crops like sesame and sorghum.

‘With my farming activities, I am able to pay school fees, buy clothes for my children and also pay for their medical treatment,’ she says.

This is what your loving kindness helps achieve. Together, we uplift each other.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Taban
Christian Aid South Sudan

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Sacha Deshmukh Interim CEO, Amnesty International UK
9 February 2022 9:31 am

Dear Mr McIver,

Thank you so much for your kind donation of £75 to Amnesty International UK.

Your gift could help Amnesty International UK fund crisis investigations using satellite imagery, studying verified video footage and finding ways to speak to journalists and human rights defenders on the ground. So we can keep identifying human rights abuses and holding those responsible to account – even when it’s too volatile for us to be on the ground.

Without people like you, we simply wouldn’t be able to carry out our vital research into human rights abuses, or continue campaigning for better treatment and protection of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and around the world, so thank you.

The people of Afghanistan have the right to live, work and learn in safety and with dignity – no matter their age, gender or religion. Together, we’re helping to expose attacks on basic freedoms and are showing everyone – even groups like the Taliban – that we won’t let them get away with violating people’s human rights.

As part of our movement at Amnesty International UK, you’re helping to make change happen. We will do everything in our power to fight the erosion of human rights in Afghanistan and around the world, and we are so grateful that you make our vital work possible.

Thank you once again for your generosity.

Sacha Deshmukh
Interim CEO, Amnesty International UK

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Dear Robert,

I hope you’re keeping well and thank you so much for your latest donation. We are immensely grateful.

Last year, Practical Action launched a scheme in Bangladesh to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the local environment and oceans, whilst supporting low-wage rubbish collectors to ensure they benefit via the creation of new jobs, improved working conditions and higher wages in Faridpur and other urban areas.

The project was designed with a Finnish environmental clean-up company, a Faridpur-based community organisation and the Danish Government, using cutting edge technology to collect and process low-grade plastic from the most polluted parts of the Padma River and in landfill sites, marketplaces and from households. Low grade plastic from rivers is one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution in the seas and we hope to be able to repeat this approach in other polluted rivers across Asia. 

We can of course only develop these ground-breaking projects with your support, which we greatly appreciate.

With very best wishes from us all at Practical Action – and thank you again.

Ian Derbyshire

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant On behalf of The Salvation Army
11 January 2022 4:23 pm

Dear Mr McIver,

Firstly, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope that you had a restful Christmas without too many changes to your plans.

In 2021 The Salvation Army helped tens of thousands of people across the UK from a variety of backgrounds, all facing challenging circumstances. We helped to put food on the table of struggling families, provided lunches and companionship for lonely older people, gave employment advice to people struggling to find jobs and helped homeless people take their first steps to rebuilding their lives. And at Christmas our efforts increased to ensure no one was alone if we could offer friendship, no child was without a present if we could provide one and no homeless person at our centres was without a hot meal.

You will see below that I have included a thank you video from our service users who you have so kindly helped to support. I hope that their messages show you just how grateful they are of your support. I have also included some heart-warming stories and information on how you can write your Will for free with The Salvation Army this New Year.

While there are still many unknowns ahead, please be assured that The Salvation Army will be here to support vulnerable people throughout the year ahead. I look forward to sharing more stories with you about the good work we undertake in our local communities across the UK.

With warm regards,

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
On behalf of The Salvation Army

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Dear Robert

Thank you so much for your generous gift of £75 from Aerial Services Scotland Ltd toward the work of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). All of us at MAF are so grateful for your continued prayer and financial support. Your partnership with us enables our life transforming flights to reach some of the world’s most isolated communities.

In December, MAF flew the last Kilimatinde mobile clinic of 2021 in Tanzania. Each month, MAF flies medics from Kilimatinde Hospital to the remote villages of Dabia, Chidudu and Mahaka. This three-day clinic provided vaccinations & post-natal care to women and their children.

Thank you for helping MAF demonstrate that people living in remote places are valued and worthy of love and care.

With warm regards
Paul

Paul Dunning
Partnership Manager & Speaker
MAF UK
Office: (01303) 850 950
Direct: (01303) 851 946
MAF UK | First Floor | Castle House | Castle Hill Avenue | Folkestone | Kent | UK | CT20 2TQ

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Dear Mr McIver

Every year, I am simply blown away by the kindness shown to street children by our amazing supporters. I cannot thank you enough for your donations to give street children the most incredible, life-changing gift for Christmas this year – their birth certificates.

Christmas is an exceptionally busy time for all of us, so I hope this email catches you at a time when you can pause, perhaps with a cup of tea, and reflect for a moment about the happiness you have helped to bring to children’s lives this year.

I can’t think of a more joyful moment than when a child is first registered with their birth certificate. Some of my favourite photos to receive from the team in Guatemala are those of children proudly holding their brand-new birth certificates for the very first time. You really can see just how much it means to them.

I’m not sure it’s possible to capture just how joyful this moment truly is – but I think some of the photos and videos we recently received do a pretty good job. I do hope you enjoy watching the video below.

Thank you for your support this Christmas!

Once again, thank you so much for the incredible response to our Christmas Appeal so far. For children who have just received their birth certificates this Christmas, the new year marks the start of their new lives – with legal identities, official names, birthdays, and full and happy futures to look forward to. I think that is definitely something worth celebrating!

On behalf of all of Team Toybox, I sincerely hope you had a blessed and peaceful Christmas and wish you the happiest of New Years. May God bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe in 2022.

Yours,

Lynne Morris
Chief Executive

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Christian Aid | Micheal Mosselmans
10 January 2022 11:13 am

Hi Robert,
Thank you very much for your supporting our DEC Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. Your donation of £150 really will make a difference.

Right now, we’re working tirelessly with our longstanding local partners in Afghanistan to be ready to support people of all faiths and none. We’re acting fast to bring emergency food, hygiene kits and shelter to vulnerable people, especially women and girls who are most at risk.

If you have a moment please share our appeal with your friends and family on social media using the links below.

Once again, thank you so much for your generous gift.

With sincere thanks,

Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian
Christian Aid

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iFaw - International Fund For Animal Welfare
10 January 2022 11:12 am

Dear R,

I am an elephant keeper at the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery Project—an IFAW-supported programme that rescues, rehabilitates and re-wilds orphaned elephants. I spend each day with our herd of 15 elephants, walking with them as they forage in the bush. Our goal for every elephant is that they will one day integrate with a wild elephant herd and return to the wild. But it can take many years.

That’s why the first time I saw wild elephants interacting with our elephants on one of our walks, it was so amazing. It showed me in my heart what I knew in my head—that all animals truly belong in the wild.

Right now IFAW is running a #BackToTheWild fundraising campaign to help animals like our elephants in Zimbabwe. When you make a gift, it will go twice as far for animals, thanks to a £150,000 Matching Gift Challenge from Munchkin.

When a young elephant is orphaned, it is very unlikely that they will survive on their own. It can take years of care before they’re fully grown and ready to join a wild herd. They also must learn how to bond with other elephants.

Something beautiful that happens here is that the orphaned elephants who are rescued bond with each other; the herd becomes a family. They move together in the bush and protect each other. The older elephants look after the babies.

One of our newest elephants is Moses. He joined us about four months ago and I am happy to tell you that he is making incredible progress—feeding well and drinking milk.

One of the older female elephants, Nkanyezi, is acting as his adoptive mother, making sure he is safe in the bush. And he’s become great friends with Chipo, a female calf, who is like an older sister to him.

My hope is that someday Moses—and all of the elephants here—will return to the wild. Your support is part of what makes that possible. If you can, please make a gift to IFAW’s #BackToTheWild Drive while it can still go twice as far, thanks to the Munchkin match challenge.

Thank you very much for supporting Moses and the other 14 elephants that we have here, and for all you do for animals around the world.
Sincerely,
Paradzai Mutize
Head of ZEN Re-Wilding —Wild is Life-ZEN

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Emma - Blue Cross
10 January 2022 11:10 am

Hi Robert

This new year, as we reach our 125th anniversary, we’re asking pet lovers to take on our 3,125 Sit-ups in February Challenge to help us continue to provide the vital advice and specialist care that vulnerable pets and people need

Join an amazing community of fundraisers and register for your official FREE 3,125 Sit-ups in February t-shirt.

Do it wherever and however you like. It’s FREE to take part and there’s no maximum sponsorship amount for you to raise, we only ask that you raise as much as you can to help pets like Rocky who needed emergency care to save his life. Read Rocky’s story here.

Have you got what it takes to complete 3,125 Sit-ups in a month? Or do you know someone who has – if so, why not forward this email on to them and see if they’re up for the challenge too. Together, we will change lives.

Best wishes

Emma Ransome
Events Manager

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Helen Shepard | Railway Children
10 January 2022 11:08 am

Dear Robert,

2021 was not an easy year, but your amazing support and generosity has made life better for thousands of children around the world.
Your help has been invaluable through challenging times and we can’t thank you enough.
We just know 2022 is going to be an even better year and that together we will reach and protect even more vulnerable children and families that need us. We’ll be in touch soon to show you the incredible impact you’ve had on their lives in 2021 and to share our plans for an exciting year ahead.
For now, we just wanted to say Happy New Year and thanks again for everything you do.

Helen Shepard
Supporter Engagement Manager

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James Sawyer, UK Director, IFaw
10 January 2022 10:37 am

Dear R,

Elephants still need our help…

We have been campaigning for a long time to protect elephants and other ivory-bearing species. In recent weeks we have seen significant improvements to their protection and I wanted to update you on the news.

In December the European Union, one of the largest exporters of ivory in the world, finally passed strict restrictions on the ivory trade. This was a monumental victory which we hope will reduce the demand for ivory, and therefore the number of elephants illegally killed for their ivory. We’re so proud of the supporters who have backed our campaigns to help make this possible.

Meanwhile, in the UK we received yet another delay to the Ivory Act. It’s now more than three years since Parliament passed the legislation, but the Government has announced a further delay of two months due to “technical issues”. You can read more about the delay and our concerns here.

We have been campaigning for a long time for this vital legislation to be enacted, but as this delay shows, the fight is still not over. We need your help to ensure that what the Government brings into force will be as effective as possible. We are concerned that what has been proposed could continue to risk elephants and other species being poached for their ivory. Please tell the Government: The ivory trade is cruel and barbaric. The Ivory Act must be made as effective as possible.

Our research last year showed that a significant amount of ivory continues to be legally bought and sold in the UK every single day. Our 12-day snapshot of research discovered 913 items of ivory available for sale online, averaging around 76 items a day.
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The legal ivory trade provides a smokescreen for illegal trade and with elephant populations already decimated by the poaching crisis, time really is running out. With thousands of elephants a year still being poached for the ivory trade, it’s vital that our Government implements a strong UK ivory ban urgently. Join us in urging the UK Government to make the Ivory Act as effective as possible.

Your action today could help save thousands of elephants from being mercilessly slaughtered by ruthless poachers and put an end to the cruel ivory trade once and for all.

Thank you.

-James Sawyer, UK Director, IFaw

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Dear Robert,

When Mafoudiya was born, her mother, Mabinty, couldn’t truly enjoy her child’s bright eyes or sweet smile because of a worry that consumed her.

Her daughter had been born with a cleft lip, and Mabinty knew that without access to medical help, her little girl would forever be burdened by her condition.

As Mafoudiya grew the other children in her community would mock her, even calling her a demon.

This broke her mother’s heart, but without access to surgery, there was nothing she could do.

Then the family learned about a hospital ship coming to their country.

Mother and daughter set off on a long journey from their village to be seen by a team of medical professionals onboard the Africa Mercy.

After volunteer surgeons onboard the hospital ship repaired her cleft lip, Mafoudiya’s radiant smile shone even brighter than before.

Mabinty shared the joy of her little girl’s healing.
“I waited for this for so long. I am so grateful and so happy,” she said.

Your partnership makes this possible. Your support means children like Mafoudiya are able to find the healing they so desperately need!

-Mercy Ships

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World Villages for Children
24 December 2021 11:45 am

Dear Mr McIver,

2021 has been a challenging year, but thanks to your support we have been able to continue educating and caring for 19,000 of the world’s poorest children in the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras and Tanzania.

The Sisters of Mary have visited many of the most deprived communities during the year and together we have welcomed nearly 5000 new children into our care. With your help we have protected these vulnerable boys and girls and provided the vital support needed to help them thrive.

Our schools continue to be places of warmth and laughter with the children loving their lessons, studying hard and passing exams. We have adapted our teaching, going online when face to face classes were not possible and the children have graduated from school with valuable skills and most importantly found jobs so they can help themselves and their families onto a better life.

Education is the key for the poorest children. In our care these boys and girls are healthier, happier and more loved because of you and they now have the skills to give them hope for a brighter future.

From each of us here at World Villages for Children, the Sisters at the programmes worldwide and all the children in our care thank you Mr McIver for all your support in 2021.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Nicola, Paul, Collette and Callum

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The Railway Children
17 December 2021 10:06 am

Dear Robert,

A few weeks ago, as part of our #GrantOneWish Christmas campaign, we told you about 13-year-old Jamal* who we found on the streets in Mwanza. Our team gave him and his family the support they needed to grant his wish for a safe and happy home.

I have been working closely with his family and visited recently to see how they were getting on. Jamal has been living safely back at home now for several months since we reunited the family and I want to share the update with you. It is a very different household to the one we first visited.

Both Jamal’s parents are feeling really positive and have learnt to deal with their conflicts in a calm and constructive way through the therapy sessions provided.

Jamal’s mother said: “I have learned to manage my emotions, especially when I am angry. Just recently I had a misunderstanding with my husband we managed to listen to each other and resolved the issue positively. Our children no longer witness us parents fighting, our family relationships have all improved, and our children are closer and more open with us.”

Jamal himself has settled back into school and mum told us: “The teacher says Jamal has potential and he is working hard at school.” At the same time both parents are now making enough money to support the children as well as pay for extra essentials.

She added: “Thanks to your help we are now providing school materials for the children and making sure they get three meals a day.”

We are so proud of the progress this whole family has made. Thanks to your donations they have a brighter future ahead and will continue to grow and thrive together.

Thank you,
Mary Gatama

Programme Manager Tanzania

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Michael Mosselmans
17 December 2021 10:02 am

Hi Robert,
The severe crisis in Afghanistan is pushing 8 million people to the brink of famine. In this freezing winter, vulnerable women, men and children urgently need your help.

You may have recently received our Christmas appeal letter and emails, but I am writing to you again as a matter of urgency.

Millions of families are hungry, homeless and heartbroken. Will you send a gift today to help people facing this crisis?

For many years, I’ve been working on Christian Aid’s response to emergencies, and this is one of the gravest humanitarian crises I have ever seen. My colleague in Afghanistan reports that “We are witnessing suffering like never before”. That’s why we’re joining forces with DEC charities to respond to this disaster. With your help, together we can save lives now.

Right now, we’re working tirelessly with our longstanding local partners in Afghanistan to be ready to support people of all faiths and none. We’re acting fast to bring emergency food, hygiene kits and shelter to vulnerable people, especially women and girls who are most at risk. But we need your help. If we don’t act now, many lives will be lost in this freezing winter.

With sincere thanks,
Michael Mosselmans
Head of Humanitarian

Christian Aid

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Dear Robert,

My name is Amadou and I’ve been SPANA Country Director in Mali since 2003. You may have heard the story of Amou recently, one of thousands of hardworking donkeys my team have seen in Ségou, Mali. If her story moved you to send a gift, thank you so much on behalf of working animals like Amou.

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to donate, please do give what you can today to help build a new veterinary centre in Ségou and provide treatment for more than 60,000 working animals a year in Mali.

Every month, the mobile veterinary team travels the 150 miles from our centre in Bamako, Mali’s capital, to rural Ségou. Owners and their working animals wait to be seen for everything from infectious diseases to dangerous weight loss. Our two veterinary technicians in Ségou can only respond to local urgent cases on motorbikes. They can only do so much with the limited kit they can carry.

Will you save the lives of working animals by helping to build a new veterinary centre in Mali?

Regards,

Spana

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World Villages for Children
16 December 2021 11:58 am

Dear Mr McIver,

This week, thanks to you, we smashed our target in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, raising £20,081 to provide sewing machines for our new training centre in Tanzania!

The team at the programmes in Tanzania are absolutely thrilled and we couldn’t have done it without all our wonderful supporters. So from all of us here at World Villages for Children and on behalf of the young women in Tanzania who will benefit from this new centre, thank you.

With our sincere thanks,

Nicola Lawson
UK Manager and Trustee

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
16 December 2021 9:57 am

Dear Mr McIver

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve been working tirelessly to make it a joyful season for everyone who turns to us for help. But we can’t do our vital work without you.

There is still time to help us to bring kindness to people in need. Please, if you can, donate to our Christmas Appeal to provide life-changing support for someone who is homeless, hungry or alone.

If you have already supported us, thank you so much for your generosity.

We want to make Christmas a special time for everyone, and we will be doing all we can to spread love and bring friendship to people in desperate need. Here are just some of the ways we’ll be helping this Christmas:
We’ll be bringing the joy of Christmas to struggling families by delivering parcels of festive food and toys for the children.
We’ll be providing a Christmas dinner and the warmth of friendship for people who are lonely.
And for those who are homeless at Christmas, we’ll be providing shelter and support to help them make a fresh start.
Making Christmas special starts with the kindness of individuals – whether it’s a Salvation Army officer, staff member, the volunteers in our centres, or kind friends like you whose support helps to make Christmas happen.

Please give what you can, so that we can continue bringing joy into people’s lives this Christmas.

May God bless you for your support, and my warmest Christmas wishes to you.

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
On behalf of The Salvation Army

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Dear Robert

Thank you for your recent gift of £75 from Aerial Services Scotland in support of the work of MAF. I have enclosed a receipt for your records. I must apologise, I think that your previous gift of £75 did not get acknowledged. I have enclosed a receipt for this gift also.

Your continued support at this time enables our life transforming flights to reach some of the world’s most isolated communities. I hope this recent story encourages you to see the work made possible through your support.

Our weekly flights in South Sudan are vital to the In Deed And Truth (IDAT) hospital in Tonj. Not only do our planes provide safe transport for supplies, IDAT staff and patients, but they also allow our engineers to provide vital support for the hospital.

MAF South Sudan Maintenance Manager James Mollenhauer always knew his skills would come in handy on the mission field, but didn’t know he’d be fixing breathing apparatus for newborns. “We’ve got people at MAF with skills and this is how we can serve our partners,” James explains. “Before coming to South Sudan, I used to fix a lot of appliances – my favourite thing is fixing things!”

Because of your support, we were able to fly four broken oxygen concentrators to the MAF base in Juba. James was then able to fix and return them to IDAT’s hospital, ready to help babies struggling with TB and pneumonia.

Dr Jonathan Macleod considers MAF to be an essential support to IDAT’s ministry, pointing out that, “Road transport to Juba isn’t an option for us due to distance (three days’ driving), lack of proper roads and a high risk of ambush from rebels. Having a weekly shuttle from Juba has massively improved our effectiveness. It’s been such a privilege to watch God grow the hospital over the past seven years.”

Thank you for partnering with MAF in this way.

Kind regards
Paul

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To Robert and all of the staff at Aerial Services Scotland

Thank you for your recent gifts to MAF. Your continued support at this time enables our life transforming flights to reach some of the world’s most isolated communities. I hope this recent story encourages you to see the work made possible through your support.

Our weekly flights in South Sudan are vital to the In Deed And Truth (IDAT) hospital in Tonj. Not only do our planes provide safe transport for supplies, IDAT staff and patients, but they also allow our engineers to provide vital support for the hospital.

MAF South Sudan Maintenance Manager James Mollenhauer always knew his skills would come in handy on the mission field, but didn’t know he’d be fixing breathing apparatus for newborns. “We’ve got people at MAF with skills and this is how we can serve our partners,” James explains. “Before coming to South Sudan, I used to fix a lot of appliances – my favourite thing is fixing things!”

Because of your support, we were able to fly four broken oxygen concentrators to the MAF base in Juba. James was then able to fix and return them to IDAT’s hospital, ready to help babies struggling with TB and pneumonia.

Dr Jonathan Macleod considers MAF to be an essential support to IDAT’s ministry, pointing out that, “Road transport to Juba isn’t an option for us due to distance (three days’ driving), lack of proper roads and a high risk of ambush from rebels. Having a weekly shuttle from Juba has massively improved our effectiveness. It’s been such a privilege to watch God grow the hospital over the past seven years.”

Thank you for partnering with MAF in this way.

Kind regards
Paul Dunning

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Azzedine Downes President & CEO, IFAW
7 December 2021 2:01 pm

Dear R,
Wildlife heroes come in many forms—from dedicated IFAW supporters like you to wildlife rescuers, veterinarians, rangers, and animal carers.

As the holiday season approaches, I’ve been thinking about how thankful I am for all of IFAW’s wildlife heroes, and I hope you’ll help me spread the gratitude: Send a thank you note to a wildlife hero and we’ll deliver your message to our teams in the field!

2 IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue team members support a rescued common dolphin in the water
Jane Hoppe, IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue & Research Stranding Coordinator, and response intern, Jenny Camerlengo, support a rescued common dolphin in the water to re-acclimate just before it swims off at its release.
IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue & Research team rescues stranded marine mammals, releases them back into the wild whenever possible, investigates the causes of strandings, and shares their expertise around the world. The innovations of this team have revolutionised how stranded dolphins are evaluated and treated in the field. Now, nearly 80% of stranded dolphins are able to be released back into the wild — a 5x increase since 1998.

Wildlife rescuers save lives—help us say thanks

An IFAW Vet treats a sick albatross
IFAW supports the veterinary staff at the Bonorong Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary in Tasmania where vets like Kim Meijer, pictured above, treat injured or sick wildlife like magpies, wombats, lizards and Tasmanian devils. Veterinarians provide the critical care these animals need in order to be released back into the wild.

Veterinarians are wildlife heroes—help us say thanks!

IFAW Team Lioness Rangers: Anastacia Kupayi, Beatrice Sailepu and Eunice Peneti
Wildlife rangers, like these brave women in Kenya, serve as the first line of defence against the poaching and retaliatory killings of elephants, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, and other iconic wildlife. In 2019 IFAW helped create Team Lioness: one of the first all-women ranger units in Kenya. This brave team of rangers is protecting animals while defying constraining social norms and creating new opportunities for women in Kenya.

Wildlife rangers risk their lives for animals—help us say thank you!

Elephant Keepers like Elvis Lisibi care for orphaned elephants at the IFAW-GRI Elephant Orphanage Project in Zambia. Keepers take orphaned elephants out for regular walks, put them on a consistent feeding schedule, and watch over them while they sleep. They give young elephants the care and attention they need in order to someday return to the wild.

Say thank you to dedicated carers like Elvis!

Last but not least, thank you for all you do for animals, people and the place we call home.

Azzedine Downes
President & CEO, IFAW

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The Freedom from Torture Team
7 December 2021 12:57 pm

R – this is so inspiring.

Since I emailed on Giving Tuesday, over 1,000 people have already bought a gift for a refugee, to help them through the winter. Thank you so much.

But with so many torture surivors facing unbearable hardship, we need all hands on deck. Without support from their families, and with little access to resources, many will be facing heartbreaking decisions this winter.

We need your help to make sure that this winter, no one has to choose between keeping warm and buying essentials for their child.

R, with just three weeks to go until Christmas, will you buy a heartwarming gift for a torture survivor? It only takes a minute.

Every child deserves toys – but someone living on £5 a day might struggle to buy them

Give a new parent a box of baby essentials, like nappies

Help a torture survivor get specialist support – in their mother tongue

The festive season is a time to be with our loved ones – but many torture survivors will be spending the season separated from their family. Trauma, isolation and financial worries only add to the strain.

By sending them a gift today, you could help make sure a refugee has everything they need to make it through their first winter in the UK – and show them they’re not alone.

Help us send a gift and winter essentials to every torture survivor we support – it only takes a minute.

Thank you, R.

The Freedom from Torture Team

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Eilidh Macpherson Campaigns Manager– Individuals at Risk Amnesty International UK
7 December 2021 9:02 am

Hi Robert,

Giving Tuesday is over for another year and I wanted to say thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for their generosity.

I wanted to let you know the excellent news that almost 500 Amnesty supporters came together on Giving Tuesday, and altogether raised more than £13,000! What an achievement!

We are still living in uncertain times and donations really do matter more than ever, so thank you. Every show of solidarity and act of kindness makes a difference.

Because of supporters like you Robert, we can and will make change happen. We can make more noise, be more powerful and make sure humanity wins.

Remember, Giving Tuesday takes place every year on the Tuesday following Black Friday. We can’t wait to see what next year will bring.

Eilidh Macpherson
Campaigns Manager– Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International UK

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Hannah Watts, Guide Dog Mobility Specialist
6 December 2021 1:56 pm

Dear Mr McIver,

I know it sounds daunting, but it is estimated that over 4 million people will have visual impairment or sight loss by 2050. We’re here to help, but we can’t do this without you. Your support could give the people I work with the life-changing gift of a guide dog, and bring someone with sight loss independence, and a best friend to support them with everyday challenges.

Chris was born with a degenerative eye condition which over time worsened, so he became very dependent on other people to help him with day to day tasks and felt uneasy and unsafe when he was out and about. That was until we matched him with his guide dog Jaeger! With Jaeger by his side, Chris is loving life. Jaeger helps Chris safely navigate the outside, enabling him to pick his daughters up from school, and enjoy an active social life. He’s living so much more and that is all thanks to supporters just like you.

Chris and his guide dog Jaeger
“I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year. Jaeger will no doubt be helping me do the Christmas shopping (as long as he doesn’t peek when I’m picking out his present)!”

“In 2019 alone, generous supporters enabled Guide Dogs to support 4,800 partnerships like mine with Jaeger. This is what you could make possible, for more people, with a gift this Christmas.”– Chris

Yours Sincerely,

Hannah Watts, Guide Dog Mobility Specialist

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Hi Robert,

Meet Mary Ajoung, she lives in the village of Biet in Northern Bahr El Ghazel, South Sudan. She is the sole breadwinner for her family of nine children, six boys and three girls.

Farming had always been tough for Mary. As her family’s sole breadwinner, she had no other choice. But last year, it became impossible. Floods washed away all Mary’s seeds, tools and animals. It was a disaster:

‘We harvested nothing. It was all destroyed, and the loss pained our hearts’ — Mary Ajoung

From floods to droughts, severe weather is battering Mary’s community in South Sudan more often. Mary can’t stop the climate crisis. Yet with a different approach to farming she can bounce back – again and again.

She already has, thanks to training she and other mums in her community have received through Christian Aid’s local partner SPEDP. A morsel for each or more food for one? With your support, mums like Mary won’t have to choose.

With warmest wishes,

James Wani
Country Manager, South Sudan
Christian Aid

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Mary - Samaritans
5 December 2021 1:52 pm

Dear Mr Mclver,

At the end of a year when going back to ‘normal’ hasn’t always been easy, Samaritans are helping people find light on their darkest days.

Stephanie felt like she had been carrying around a ‘dark cloud’ for years, but opening up to a Samaritan helped change her story.

“After the call, I just felt this huge rush of relief. I’d told someone how I was really feeling”
Any one of us could find ourselves struggling to cope and that’s why it’s so important that Samaritans are there to help people like Stephanie find the strength to carry on.

Every call we answer could be the one that saves or changes someone’s life, and we couldn’t do it without your support.

Your kindness could help someone who’s struggling see brighter days to come.

Be a Samaritans Christmas Star and donate today
Thank you and Merry Christmas

Mary
Samaritans volunteer

P.S. I will be one of over 1,500 volunteers giving up their time to answer calls on Christmas Day. Just £5 could fund a call for help from someone like Stephanie.

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World Villages for Children
1 December 2021 10:14 am

Dear Mr McIver,

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now open and this year we are raising vital funds to equip a new training centre for impoverished young women who are out of education in Tanzania.

The challenge lasts from noon today, Tuesday 30th November and finishes at noon on Tuesday 7th December.

All donations which we receive online via the Big Give website during this time will be matched by our funding Champion. This means that all your donations are doubled in value, but only for one week.

We hope to raise a total of £20,000 to fully equip the new training centre in Kiluvya, Dar es Salaam, with sewing machines and tailoring equipment to teach tailoring, clothing technology and garment design to 120 young women each year.

With these new skills the young women will be able to find work locally or set up their own businesses to support their families. The workshop is desperately needed in the region and will serve the most deprived local women in the community for many years to come.

The new training centre will teach young women like Casta, valuable skills to help them find work.

Taking part in the Big Give challenge is an incredible way to support our work and last year your generous support for our Big Give 2020 appeal helped us raise £15,000 to equip a new electronics teaching workshop for our girls’ school in Guatemala.

The workshop has now been completed and equipped and is in constant use. It is making a huge difference to all the girls in this school. With the right tools and equipment, they can now study hard and develop the technical expertise they need to find a good local job when they leave school.

Education is the key to ending poverty and thanks to you these girls from the poorest families will now be qualified for work and able to make a better future for themselves and their families.

Thanks!

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Blue Cross For Pets
1 December 2021 10:11 am

Hi Robert,

Sometimes wishes do come true. But if you want to win an incredible £10,000 in our Christmas Wishes Raffle – you need to enter very soon.

Just imagine what you could do with £10,000! There may be a new kitchen or bathroom on your wish list. Or you might want to treat someone special to a luxurious short break.

There are 102 guaranteed prizes in total, including a second prize of £500, 10 third prizes of £25 and 90 runner-up prizes of £10.

It’s only £1 per ticket to enter our Christmas Wishes Raffle – so why not enter today?

You can make wishes come true for pets like Pomegranate

Do you remember Pomegranate, the sweet kitten born with a rare condition that meant she couldn’t walk? Well, thanks to daily physio at our rehoming centre, Pomegranate’s legs grew stronger and soon she was able to walk and run. Now, she’s enjoying a healthy, happy life with a loving new family.

That’s the difference you can make to pets in urgent need when you play our raffle – but you’ll need to hurry! The closing date is 10 December to return your ticket stubs in the post or you can enter quickly online by 14 December.

If you’d prefer to speak to our team, you can call us on 01628 511 703 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Good luck!

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Mercy Ships UK | Joanne Balaam
30 November 2021 4:13 pm

Dear Robert,

Today is Giving Tuesday, and we have some exciting news to share with you. Thanks to a generous friend, any gift you send today will DOUBLE. That means twice the hope, twice the healing, and twice the lives transformed.

This Giving Tuesday give hope to children just like Marie.

​Marie loved school and was eager to learn. She wanted to become a doctor. However, a severe disability was likely to cut that short. Marie’s legs started to bend backwards, and she developed a painful limp. She could only walk very slowly and awkwardly, and with increasing pain. But then you helped provide the surgery she needed (you can watch her video here LINK). Will you help give the most hope this holiday season with a generous gift today?

None of this would be possible without you — thank you so much for changing lives today!

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Eilidh Macpherson - Amnesty International UK
28 November 2021 12:59 pm

Hi Robert,

Did you know that every year on Giving Tuesday, charities and people all around the world come together for one common goal? That goal is to support the good causes that mean so much to us all.

This year, Giving Tuesday is taking place on 30 November. You can do whatever you’d like to celebrate and take part, whether that’s volunteering, donating or campaigning for causes you care about the most.

It’s a day to give back by supporting a cause close to your heart. Maybe give back the cost of your shop-bought cup of coffee, or if you’re working remotely, how about maybe the cost of your commute you have saved? Just some ideas to get you going.

You can do whatever you like Robert – just remember to put 30 November in your diary!

You can be part of the change you want to see this #GivingTuesday. We’ll be in touch with ways you can support Amnesty International UK on the day.

Thank you for your ongoing support and everything that you do.

Yours in solidarity,

Eilidh Macpherson
Campaigns Manager – Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International UK

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Caleb | Free Tibet
26 November 2021 10:07 am

Robert,

I’m writing to you from Lausanne, Switzerland, the morning after Free Tibet and its friends carried out another huge action for the No Beijing 2022 campaign.

This time, we brought our message to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which continues to back the CCP’s Winter Olympics, despite its atrocious human rights record.

This month saw the IOC sink to a new low – collaborating with the CCP in its attempts to downplay its horrendous treatment of tennis star Peng Shuai, while saying nothing about her allegations of sexual assault by a senior CCP official.

We had to take urgent action.

Yesterday, Tibetan activist Chemi Lhamo and former political prisoner Golog Jigme delivered powerful speeches condemning the IOC’s string of broken promises on human rights and called on governments and Olympic associations to boycott Beijing 2022.

This was followed by a mock funeral for the IOC and the Olympic values it has failed to uphold. Those present proclaimed that the IOC should be buried, while expressing their hope that it may be one day be reborn as something better. The IOC was clearly rattled by our peaceful protest, calling the police who moved us along moments after the mock funeral was held.

The IOC has betrayed Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hongkongers and Chinese, and proven that it can no longer be trusted to do the right thing. It now falls upon governments and Olympic bodies to boycott the Games.

On 10th December, Free Tibet will be handing our petition to boycott the Winter Olympics to the British Olympic Association in London. We have already achieved so much, but now is the time to ramp up the pressure. Please sign our petition so we can say NO to Beijing 2022.

The IOC is no longer fit to defend Olympic values, but associations and governments can still do the right thing and boycott Beijing 2022.

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Mercy Ships UK
25 November 2021 2:59 pm

Dear Robert,

Next week is Giving Tuesday! This special day dedicated to charity is an excellent way to kick off the Christmas season by sending hope where it’s needed most.

For more than 40 years, Mercy Ships supporters, volunteers and partners, have worked to bring safe surgical care and medical training to those in need. People like Marie, who desperately needed orthopaedic surgery.

Marie loved school and was eager to learn. She wanted to become a doctor. However, a severe disability was likely to cut that short. Marie’s legs started to bend backwards, and she developed a painful limp. She could only walk very slowly and awkwardly, and with increasing pain. But then you helped provide the surgery she needed (watch her video here).

None of this would be possible without your support. And this year, you can double your impact, at no extra cost to you! Thanks to a generous friend, any donation given this Giving Tuesday will be doubled.

By partnering with us this Giving Tuesday, you can help give the most hope and healing to the many children and adults who have felt burdened and defined by their conditions for so long. The need is great, but we believe that together, we can make a world of difference, one person at a time.

This Giving Tuesday, will you give the most hope to change lives forever?

Thank you so much for your kindness,

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Guide Dogs Events Team
25 November 2021 2:56 pm

Dear Mr McIver,

Get into the festive spirit this December and help make Christmas Wishes come true by joining us for our Christmas Wishes Concert, proudly supported by Royal Canin – 2021’s most heart-warming celebration.

You are in for a treat, as this year the Concert is hosted by presenter and journalist Nicky Campbell, featuring performances from pop legend Heather Small, 2019 Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery, Brit nominated classical sensation Carly Paoli and CBBC’s Molly Rainford, who was one of Britain’s Got Talent’s youngest ever finalists, as well as Christmas Wishes favourites, twin sopranos Hannah and Naomi Moxon who are Classical Reflection and more!

Get involved by coming along to the live concert at St Mary’s Church, Marylebone, London on Tuesday 14 December or cosy up on the sofa and watch a special recording that will premier online for virtual ticketholders on Tuesday 21 December.

How your ticket could make a difference…

£8 could support a working guide dog partnership for a day
£20 pay for a child to attend one of our Guide Dogs Experience Days
£125 buys a Starter Kit for a new guide dog owner
£237 could buy a child with a vision impairment and iPad to help them with their education
Get your ticket for the live event for £20, or £10 for the virtual event which you can watch at a place and time that suits you, and this Christmas you’ll help us reach even more people with our life-changing services, making Christmas Wishes come true now and for years to come.

Best wishes,
Guide Dogs Events Team

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Robert Marsland
19 November 2021 9:29 am

Dear R,

Scotland’s Parliament has started the legal process of closing loopholes in the law to prevent the cruelty of fox hunting from taking place. However, as the Bill progresses, we need your help in ensuring that promises are met, that the new legislation will have the means to really protect foxes from being chased and that the Government do not let needless time pass as Scotland’s ten hunts once again are out there in pursuit.

How you can help:
Allow us to be one signature closer to creating a more compassionate Scotland for foxes by joining over 21,000 likeminded people who have already demonstrated to the Government that the time to really ban fox hunting is now.

Thank you for your support,

Robbie Marsland
Director, League Against Cruel Sports Scotland

PS: Every signature really does make a massive difference. Please forward this email to anyone who wishes to really ban fox hunting here in Scotland.

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Free Tibet | Sean Watt
15 November 2021 5:03 pm

Dear Robert,

20% of the world’s population could be without water because the Tibetan Plateau is melting. Now you know, will you help?

The Tibetan Plateau is the world’s third-largest source of glacier water and unless we act now two-thirds of that water will be gone, risking the lives of 1.4 billion people across Asia.

For centuries Tibetans have lived off their land, sustaining their families from Tibet’s glaciers. But the climate crisis is hitting Tibet hard and the Tibetan way of life is being washed away. Will you help?

China is plundering Tibet’s natural resources, intensifying the crisis and destroying its ecosystem through industrial projects. Every day, Tibetans risk their lives to protest against the theft of their country’s resources.

We need to give the power back to Tibetans and funding from our monthly donors has enabled huge strides for Tibetan climate justice.

Tibet Water Resources Ltd is a Chinese company that extracts and bottles water from the Tibetan glaciers. In 2017 Liverpool Football Club signed a sponsorship deal with them. The Chinese Communist Party enjoyed much of its profits whilst the people of Tibet remained powerless. Funding from our monthly donors put a stop to this and in 2018, after our campaign, Liverpool FC ceased the sponsorship deal with Tibet Water Resources Ltd.

Tibetans have the right to determine their own future and fight to protect their homeland. Last week Tibetan communities were active in raising awareness and in joining global climate strikes during COP26. We know that the Tibetan climate crisis will not be solved in a day but now is the time to act. Will you join us?
Become a regular donor today
Thank you,

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Dear Mr McIver,

Join us for our Christmas Wishes Concert, proudly supported by Royal Canin – 2021’s most heart-warming celebration! – And this year we’re live and online, so you can attend in person or from the comfort of your own home.

Get into the festive spirit this December and help make Christmas Wishes come true.

Enjoy a wonderful night of yuletide cheer hosted by presenter and journalist Nicky Campbell, featuring performances from pop legend Heather Small, 2019 Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery, Brit nominated classical sensation Carly Paoli and CBBC’s Molly Rainford, who was one of Britain’s Got Talent’s youngest ever finalists as well as Christmas Wishes favourites, twin sopranos Hannah and Naomi Moxon who are Classical Reflection and more!

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Andy | League Against Cruel Sports
15 November 2021 4:59 pm

Dear R,

As we approach the Christmas season, we often reflect on the year that’s passed. Spending more time outdoors this year has brought my family and I so much joy and hope at a time of worry and uncertainty. I’m sure you too have felt the calming influence of nature.

As we all seek to redefine what’s important in our lives, we can – and must – hold on to that incredible feeling of joy we get from our natural world. And by spreading the message, ‘Be Kind’, we have a unique opportunity to raise our collective voices for animals like never before. Will you choose to be kind R?

For every kind, you will always find kindness
This is true of humankind and animal-kind. You can see it if you’re lucky enough to catch sight of foxes playing together in the snow, deer keeping each other close and warm on a winter’s evening or when your beloved companion affectionately rests their head on your lap by the fire.

But I don’t need to tell you this R. As an animal advocate you already understand our special bond with animal-kind. This is the time to share our message with a strong and clear voice, to inspire all those around us to stand together as one against cruel sports.

So, will you R, show your kindness this Christmas by making a donation to help us achieve our aim of protecting animals from cruel sports?

Your act of kindness could enable us to:

Create educational materials for school age children for teachers to access through our League of Animals.

Echo the compassion of our supporters by creating new supporter groups across the country to educate others in our communities.

Educate policy makers about the truth of cruel sports through our campaigning and research efforts.

I choose to be kind

Together, I know we can build a better world for us all. Let’s all show kindness this Christmas.

Wishing you the very best this festive season,

Andy

Andy Knott, CEO

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This Christmas, give the gift of freedom with a Gift for Human Rights.

Share your passion for freedom by buying a Gift for Human Rights today and help give strength and hope back to the Tibetan people this Christmas.

Stand in solidarity and show them you care. As the perfect Christmas present for someone special, our unique range of Gifts for Human Rights brings Free Tibet’s work to life. Every Gift for Human Rights bought will support powerful campaigning, lobbying and the self-determination of the Tibetan people.

Together we stand for a brighter future for Tibet, free from oppression.

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Dear Robert,

As a valued friend of Farm Africa, we are delighted to invite you to join some fantastic Farm Africa fundraisers over the next few months. Please read on to see what we have in store…

Attend our virtual carol concert on Wednesday 15 December for an evening filled with festive entertainment and cheer in the comfort of your home. Carols will be sung by the London African Gospel Choir, with special guests pictured below…

Date: Wednesday 15 December
Time: 7.00pm GMT
Location: Online, at home
Cost: Free

Special guests include:
Michael Palin
Farmer Will Evans (host)

NFU President Minette Batters
In keeping with the Christmas season, the concert is free of charge but should you wish to make a donation, you can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win some fantastic prizes! Every £10 donated counts as one entry. Any donations at the value of £50 or more, will be thanked by offering a special mention of your name during our virtual concert.

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Robbie Marsland | League Against Cruel Sports Scotland
3 November 2021 12:03 pm

Dear R,

We all thought fox hunting was banned, but our courageous League Against Cruel Sports fieldworkers have filmed invaluable evidence revealing that sadly this is not the case.

While 87%* of Scottish people think fox hunting should be illegal, we ask why is this cruelty still taking place on our doorstep?

The truth? Because of gaps in the law. But together, we can change this and really ban fox hunting in Scotland.

How you can help:
Convincing the Government of the loopholes in the law through evidence, Scotland’s Parliament has started the legal process of closing these gaps. However, the process to really ban fox hunting will take time and with Scotland’s ten hunts now out there once more in pursuit, we cannot let needless time pass by.

Your help is vital during this time to ensure promises are upheld. The new law must meet the desires of the Scottish people who wish to end this cruelty. Your signature will communicate that the time to ‘really’ ban hunting is now.

Thank you for standing on the side of animals.

Robbie Marsland
Director, League Against Cruel Sports Scotland

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Hi Robert,

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to have a special pet in your life, you’ll know that their love for you goes on and on. That’s what’s so wonderful about pets, and it’s also what’s so wonderful about supporters like you – you’re helping pets get the care they need to recover and find loving new homes.

One of the pets who’s benefited from your support is Snowy – that’s her in the picture. When Snowy was just eight weeks old she found herself homeless. She had been bought by a family who had underestimated the time a young puppy demands and knew she needed far more than they could give. We’re so grateful that they did the best they could for Snowy by contacting Blue Cross for help, as many other puppies like her sadly end up advertised online and can fall into irresponsible hands.

When Snowy came into our care, she had also started to suffer with an infection which had left her wheezing and needing urgent vet treatment to avoid any complications. We noticed she was very snuffly and a vet check showed that she had an upper respiratory infection. She was then put on meds to help her get better.

It’s so important that we’re able to keep making a commitment to pets like Snowy, that we’ll give them the love, care and time they need to recover and find a new home. But to do this, we rely on supporters like you.

Will you show your lasting love for pets, by making a commitment to be there for them in the long term? Will you give £3 a month to help pets like Snowy find their own lasting love?

We are so grateful for everything you’ve already done to help pets and having your committed regular support would make a huge difference, allowing us to be there for pets who – like Snowy – depend on us to be there for them when they need us most.

Despite her breathing difficulty, Snowy was a happy pup who was soon able to start her search for a new home. She’s an absolute sweetheart and we all loved her to bits straightaway, so we knew she wouldn’t have to wait too long to find a loving family. And after a month in our care, during which time Snowy went from strength to strength, she found a loving home where she is now thriving.

A love for pets really is a love that lasts throughout our lives –from a family dog we might have had while growing up, to a feline friend who could keep us company as we get older. That’s why it would be so wonderful if you could support us each month – because it shows the lasting love you have for pets.

Thank you so much for all you do,

From all the pets and people here at Blue Cross

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Chris Luffingham | National Trust
1 November 2021 1:18 pm

Dear R,

On Saturday, another significant blow was struck against the hunts as we won an historic victory in the fight to end fox hunting for good.

At the National Trust AGM, members voted to ban ‘trail’ hunting on its land. This is a major victory and one the National Trust Board must take notice of.

In the past few weeks, the hunts have suffered two huge blows. First, as Mark Hankinson was found guilty, we heard trail hunting described as a sham and a fiction in court, and now National Trust members have voted to deny them access to the land of the UK’s biggest private landowner. The tide is turning in our favour.

None of this would be possible without you and your fellow League supporters standing up for animals.

Hundreds of thousands of emails have been sent, tens of thousands of leaflets have been handed to National Trust members, and countless conversations had with friends and family.

It is your efforts that have delivered this victory.

But the campaign does not end here.

Where the National Trust leads, others will follow. Many major landowners have already paused trail hunting on their land, but we need them to go further and ban it permanently.

Use your voice to help protect our wildlife and tell them that enough is enough.

Best wishes,

Chris Luffingham

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World Villages for Children
29 October 2021 3:21 pm

Dear Mr McIver,

Your generous support for our Water Well appeal earlier in the year has helped us to begin construction of the new well at our Girls’ school in Guatemala, Zona 13.

With your help, we will be able to provide the girls with access to clean water for drinking and sanitation.

The well also provides a long-term cost saving as we no longer need to buy water for the girls during the dry season. This means more of your vital donations can go towards educating even more children.

On behalf of our girls in Guatemala, thank you for making this sustainable solution a reality.

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Dear Robert,

I’m delighted to share with you our new edition of SPANA News. Inside, you can read the latest stories about our ongoing efforts to help working animals in times of crisis. We are also very excited to introduce our new Chief Executive, Linda Edwards, who shares her ambition to help even more animals in need.

Our special appeal in this issue, found on page six, focuses on the devastating impact of ocular conditions on working animals. Across the world, thousands of animals are suffering from preventable eye problems due to the harsh climates and hazardous environments in which they live and work.

A scratch from a low-hanging branch or a small piece of dirt from a dusty road can escalate into a serious infection and even lead to permanent sight loss.

Donate now to help save animals from devastating sight loss

By supporting our sight loss appeal, you can enable our vet teams to act quickly and prevent minor and easily treatable eye problems from developing into debilitating illnesses. Your support can help equip SPANA centres and mobile clinics with vital sight-saving medication. With your help, our dedicated vet teams can prevent suffering and save the sight of working animals.
While you are reading SPANA News, please remember that our work is only made possible thanks to compassionate people like you. Every story of a suffering working animal who was treated by SPANA vets and is now fully recovered can only be told because of our generous supporters. To you and every one of our supporters, I offer my heartfelt thanks.

With warmest wishes,

David Bassom
Director of Fundraising and Marketing

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant | Salvaltion Army
26 October 2021 1:10 pm

Dear Mr McIver,

If you’ve been reading the news recently, you might have heard that the £20 universal credit top up has ended despite the continuing need. We did all we could to convince the Government not to go ahead with the cut while at the same time we made preparations to ensure that we could meet the increased need from people already struggling. We currently are and will continue to provide food parcels, employment advice and debt advice from many of our centres across the UK.

Anti-slavery Day took place earlier this month and at The Salvation Army, supporting the survivors of modern slavery is one of our key areas of work. I wanted to share just one story of someone we helped out of modern slavery. Watch the video below to hear Dan’s story and see how we were able to help him.

Dan said: ‘They saved my life completely. With everything from being housed, clothed, sometimes even at first, fed. Everything The Salvation Army did for me was amazing.’

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your ongoing support over the past year, your support has been invaluable.

With warm regards,

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Azzedine Downes | President & CEO, IFAW
26 October 2021 11:44 am

I hope you saw my colleague’s message about the devastation and suffering in Yemen’s zoos. These animals desperately need our help to survive and thrive.

We have just two days left to reach our £70,000 goal to help animals in Yemen and around the world. We haven’t quite reached the goal yet—can you help?

When you make a gift today, you could help lions and critically endangered Arabian leopards in Yemen, as well as vulnerable animals around the world.

If you can, I hope you’ll make this important gift before our deadline at midnight Wednesday.

—Azzedine Downes
President & CEO, IFAW

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Dear R,

Online and postal votes are now in. The final opportunity to speak to National Trust members is outside the AGM on Saturday 30th October.

Trail hunting has been exposed as a lie! Mark Hankinson, a director of the Master of Foxhounds association has been found guilty of intentionally encouraging or assisting others to commit an offence under the Hunting Act.

It is time the National Trust ends hunting on its land and bans it for good.

Whether you are a National Trust member or not you can join us for our peaceful demonstration outside the National Trust AGM in Harrogate on the 30th October. We will provide all the materials you need to make a big impact including flags and T-shirts.

Our supporters have made a huge impact in this campaign already and your presence outside the AGM could make all the difference.

Best wishes,

Nick Weston

Head of Campaigns

PS: Have you asked major landowners to end hunting on their land?

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Dear Aerial Services Scotland,

I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch, I’m emailing from Refugee Action as you have set up a gift for £50 through the Work for good website.

First, we want to say a huge thank you. By supporting Refugee Action, you’ve joined a movement of big-hearted people who believe that refugees deserve better.

While the global refugee crisis rages on, we are working tirelessly to make sure that people seeking safety in the UK can get justice, live free from poverty and rebuild their lives. Every day, our frontline staff are helping people to escape homelessness, find work and build a new life for themselves. The money you have donated to us is making that happen.

I’d love to hear more about why you chose to support us, and whether there is anything I can do to support you, or any information you’d like on our work here at Refugee Action.

Thank you again for your generous support of our work. Together we can show the world that humanity can win.

Huge thanks and speak soon,

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Dear Mr McIver,

I hope you are keeping well and are enjoying the change in seasons.

I’m sure, like me, you’ve been seeing the heart-breaking scenes unfold in Afghanistan. Over the last few weeks, Salvation Army officers across several of our centres have been working hard to support Afghan refugees. In Northampton, The Salvation Army are working with other organisations in the town to support 155 Afghan refugees. Our centre has opened its doors to support the immediate needs of the refugees. We’re providing clothes and offering a safe space for children to play and for people to sit and enjoy refreshments and get to know each other. We’re also providing longer term support by helping the group adapt to their new home by signposting them to services including education and jobs. At The Salvation Army we always support people in need in whatever way we can.

I hope you enjoy watching our latest video below which looks at our annual appeal called The Big Collection. The video explores various areas of our work and shows how the help of generous supporters like you enables us to support individuals and communities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9wlvguUl_I

Thank you as always for your ongoing support of The Salvation Army.

With warm regards,

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Dear Robert and all at Aerial Services Scotland

We really appreciate your kind gift of £75 to help continue the MAF’s life-saving work. I have attached a receipt for your records.

Our weekly flights in South Sudan are vital to the In Deed And Truth (IDAT) hospital in Tonj. Not only do our planes provide safe transport for supplies, IDAT staff and patients, but they also allow our engineers to provide vital support for the hospital.

MAF South Sudan Maintenance Manager James Mollenhauer always knew his skills would come in handy on the mission field, but didn’t know he’d be fixing breathing apparatus for newborns. ‘We’ve got people at MAF with skills and this is how we can serve our partners,’ James explains. ‘Before coming to South Sudan, I used to fix a lot of appliances – my favourite thing is fixing things!’

Because of your support, we were able to fly four broken oxygen concentrators to the MAF base in Juba. James was then able to fix and return them to IDAT’s hospital, ready to help babies struggling with TB and pneumonia.

Dr Jonathan Macleod considers MAF to be an essential support to IDAT’s ministry, pointing out that, ‘Road transport to Juba isn’t an option for us due to distance (three days’ driving), lack of proper roads and a high risk of ambush from rebels. Having a weekly shuttle from Juba has massively improved our effectiveness. It’s been such a privilege to watch the hospital grow over the past seven years.’

Thank you for enabling us to continue this wonderful partnership.

With best wishes.

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Lina Baki | Amnesty International UK
3 September 2021 4:41 pm

Dear Robert,

Thank you so much for your contribution of £50.

We’re so grateful you’ve chosen to show your support to people suffering injustice around the world. Without you and other wonderful supporters, we couldn’t drive human rights change.

Thanks again for your amazing support – and for helping us to ensure HUMANITY WINS!

Best wishes and fingers crossed…

Lina Baki

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Hi Robert,

Right now, tens of thousands of vulnerable people in Afghanistan are at serious risk, including women’s rights defenders, journalists, academics, and civil society activists. Desperate to escape violent retribution from the Taliban, they are relying on governments, including the UK Government, to help them before it’s too late.

Help support our emergency petition demanding that the UK Government plays its full part in securing safe passage for people at risk of being targeted by the Taliban. Will you donate today?

Responding to the unfolding crisis, Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “What we are witnessing in Afghanistan is a tragedy that should have been foreseen and averted… Foreign governments must take every necessary measure to ensure the safe passage out of Afghanistan for all those at risk of being targeted by the Taliban.”

There have already been reports of brutal murders by the Taliban, despite their promise that they would seek no revenge. Many Afghans are too terrified to leave their homes, others have gone into hiding, whilst many others are desperate to flee the country.

Amnesty International UK is meeting with members of the UK Government to demand that they improve and expand their relocation scheme. And we have launched an urgent online campaign asking supporters and the public to call on our government to respond to our demands. Can you support our campaign to mobilise people to take action with a donation today?

Your donation could help protect the people at most risk in Afghanistan. Please if you can, give today so that we can put pressure on the UK Government to take immediate action, and ensure that Afghan civilians at risk can reach safety.

Thank you for your support. Together we can help those most in need in Afghanistan and around the world.

Kristyan Benedict
Campaign Manager – Crisis & Tactical
Amnesty International UK

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Dear R,

I’m Katie, IFAW’s Deputy Vice President of Animal Rescue. During my time at IFAW, I’ve been privileged to help rescue animals around the world—from responding to typhoons in the Philippines, to rescuing elephants in Zambia and rehabilitating Siberian Tigers in Russia. And I’m reaching out today because Malawi’s ONLY wildlife rescue centre needs your help.

The dedicated staff at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in Malawi are truly wildlife heroes—rescuing injured animals, caring for them and releasing them back to the wild. But caring for so many animals has caused wear and tear on the facilities, resulting in the the need for emergency repairs and upgrades for animal enclosures and clinical spaces.

We’ve set a goal to raise £50,000 by midnight on 31 August to support the rescue centre and protect animals in need around the world. When you help with any amount you can give today, not only will you have the knowledge that you’re helping precious wildlife, but you’ll also receive this special tote as our way of saying thanks!

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LEAGUE Against Animal Quality
20 August 2021 10:13 am

Dear Rob,

One of your fellow League Against Cruel Sports supporters, Sheila Burkitt, has done exactly that. From the tender age of eight, to her present and magnificent 90 years of age, Sheila has been helping animals. Be it rescuing them, protesting at hunts, organising petitions or writing directly to individuals and institutions, she has always put them first. Sheila has also been a member of the League for over a quarter of a century, and incredibly, along with her friends, she still campaigns on the streets for us.
Thus, it was my great pleasure to visit Sheila last week to present her with the prestigious Lord Houghton Award; a tribute to her outstanding service to animal welfare.
The award was initiated in 1980 to mark the work of Lord Douglas Houghton of Sowerby, the Labour cabinet minister, MP and Peer who actively campaigned for changes in legislation to bring about improvements in animal welfare. Recipients of this prestigious award have included Linda McCartney, Caroline Lucas MP, Ricky Gervais, and Vanessa Mae.
These are big names, and they do great work. However, I think it’s people like Sheila that are the real heroes, tirelessly toiling out of the spotlight to protect animals.
I spent the afternoon with Sheila, a true, selfless, inspiring champion of animals who is so richly deserving of this prestigious award. In my own working life, I cannot remember having met someone with Sheila’s dedication, energy and humility. She said she felt very privileged to have been recognised for her efforts and she was clearly very touched. She was certainly not the only person in the room with tears in her eyes when she received the award, which is given on behalf of us all.
Campaigning for animals is not easy and occasionally we should take the time to recognise the work we do. So please, give a nod to Sheila, but also to yourselves and your fellow League supporters. You are all heroes in my book and hearing about your actions for animals always leaves me and my team inspired and our batteries fully charged.
As you know, there are so many ways you can use your voice for animals – I added the most popular for you below – and your commitment gives me and the team the motivation to do our utmost for the persecuted animals that need us.

Thank you, every single one of you, for all you do.

Best wishes

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Dear Rob,

I am writing to express my gratitude for your ongoing support which we greatly appreciate.

The global challenges we face today demand bold ambitions. We believe that the work we are continuing to undertake – around clean energy, sustainable agriculture, healthy cities and resilience in the face of climate change – is making a genuine difference to the lives of millions of people each year. One example is our programme to provide renewable energy to refugees and give them the opportunity to make good use of their skills and build a better future for themselves. Chantal, a tailor in Gihembe refugee camp, Rwanda, recently told us,

“I believe that if there was electricity in this camp my business would grow. That would
mean better opportunities for me and my son. I would be able to pay for him to get a good education and have a brighter future.”

We’re now supporting the provision of renewable energy in this camp and seeing a real transformation in people’s lives. I wanted to thank you for your support which does mean so much to us and to those we serve.

With very best wishes from us all at Practical Action – and thank you again for your support.

Ian Derbyshire

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Hi R,

I hope you received my recent letter telling you Rocky’s story. As you may recall, four-month-old Rocky was in a terrible way when he was rushed through the doors of our Victoria animal hospital in London.

His head was swollen with a nasty wound. His leg was limp and appeared to be broken. Worse still, he was struggling to breathe. Our vet team got to work straight away and fought for Rocky’s life.

Every day, our vets and nurses provide emergency medical care to sick and injured pets like Rocky. But we can only continue to fight for their lives with your kind support.

With your support, we will continue to fight with all our might to save lives and turn the worst of times into the best of futures.

And that’s exactly what I intend to give Rocky after everything he’s been through. This little boy has changed my life – and it’s so wonderful to see him fully recovered and happily bounding around my garden.

We will never give up on pets like Rocky, but we can only fight for pets in urgent need with your support. Anything you can afford to give will make a huge difference.

With my warmest wishes,

Amanda Rumball
London Welfare Officer, Blue Cross

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Hi, again
Did you know that less than 2% of Africa’s population are fully vaccinated?

In fact, 8 out of 10 COVID vaccine doses have gone to people in higher-income countries. The World Health Organisation alerted the world that during July, coronavirus deaths rose rapidly in Africa, surging by 80 per cent in four weeks, as the Delta variant takes a grip on the unvaccinated. This is why Mercy Ships is contributing to the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations, vaccine training and PPE for frontline health workers as well as doses for the most vulnerable across the West and Central Africa region, focussing especially on Benin, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Please help support us today!

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Dear Robert,

You may have heard about Jamil recently, the donkey who was hit by a horse cart. He had such a massive wound on his rump that one of our vets could fit his entire hand inside it.

Thanks to kind supporters like you, we were able to treat Jamil’s terrible injury and save his life.

Sadly, many other animals are suffering from serious wounds and have nowhere to turn. From surgery in the field to weeks of attentive care in our centres, we want to be there for every animal who needs us.

We can only do this with your support. Another kind donation from you today will help make sure our veterinary teams can treat animals when they have suffered a serious wound and need urgent care.

If you can, please donate today to help provide emergency treatment for working animals with serious injuries.

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Dear R,

We treat hundreds of sick and injured working animals every day at our busy stables. But in the 25 years I have been working for SPANA, demand for food and veterinary supplies has never been higher – not only here, in Chemaia, Morocco, but across all SPANA centres. We urgently need more Stable Sponsors to help us treat animals who have nowhere else to turn.

By signing up to become a Stable Sponsor, you will be protecting some of the most vulnerable working animals in Chemaia and around the world. You’ll help ensure they can take shelter, receive expert veterinary care, and know they are safe and loved. Giving animals a haven where they can receive lifesaving treatment, and rest in peace and comfort, has never been more important!

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Dear R,

It takes strength to be a wildlife ranger. They risk their lives to protect our world’s most vulnerable animals—from critically endangered elephants and rhinos to giraffes, lions and cheetahs.

Surrounding Kenya’s Amboseli National Park lies nearly 150,000 hectares of community lands shared by both people and wildlife. The Olgulului-Ololarashi Group Ranch (OOGR) is within the country’s richest area of biodiversity, making it particularly vulnerable to threats like poaching, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife trafficking.

From seven bases and one mobile unit, Olgulului Community Wildlife Rangers protect and patrol this area. Part of this group of rangers is Team Lioness, one of Kenya’s first all-women wildlife ranger units. These brave women are not only the first line of defence against poachers—they’re also forging a new path for women rangers in Kenya. This past year was especially challenging, as poaching activities in African parks increased due to the economic effects of COVID-19. For four months, Team Lioness rangers were quarantined and separated from their families to ensure the safety of wildlife and the community land they protect.

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Thank you so much for your contribution of £50 in response to our mailing about the Amnesty International UK Summer Raffle 2021.

The Amnesty raffle programme raises more than £200,000 every year for our vital work protecting human rights, and really does help to make a difference for people who desperately need us. We are so grateful for your support.

Our research, campaigns and petitions for individuals have enabled so many to walk free from unfair and often abusive imprisonment over the years – and long may this continue! Over the last year, you and other Amnesty International supporters have helped secure the release of Joaquín Elo Ayeto, and many others.

It is so satisfying to share good news with you, and I hope you feel the same when you receive it. When we stand together to protect human rights, we really do make a difference to people’s lives.

I can confirm that your address was updated at the end of May, but because our mailings are prepared around 6 weeks in advance, there is often residual post which arrives at the old address during that period. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope that this will stop soon.

Thank you again for making our work possible.

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Dear R,

There aren’t many people who have witnessed firsthand the threats that giraffes face at the hands of poachers. Sadly, I have. In the last 30 years, giraffe populations across Africa have declined by a whopping 40%—and I’ve been on the front lines of their fight for survival as IFAW’s Regional Director in Southern Africa.

Many species of giraffes are quietly teetering on the brink of extinction, including the Thornicroft giraffes of Zambia’s Luambe National Park.

IFAW’s rangers are working tirelessly to protect these giraffes from poachers, but we need your support. I hope you’ll make a gift today, and help IFAW reach our £10,000 MATCH fundraising goal by our fiscal year end on 30 June. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all donations will be matched, up to £10,000! Your gift today will help us protect giraffes and other animals in danger.

Neil Greenwood
IFAW, Regional Director – South Africa

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Lisa - Samaritans caller & volunteer
28 June 2021 4:53 pm

Dear R,

Thank you so much for requesting a copy of our free listening guide Simple ways to become a better listener and for helping us launch the Online Chat service.

Since you’ve made your donation we’ve already responded to 15,000 new callers!

I hope you’ll find the listening guide useful in your conversations. The guide is based on the training we receive as listening volunteers. I really appreciate your interest in being a good listener too.

Thank you so much again for your support, R. Online chat is becoming a lifeline for more and more people, and that’s all because of people like you.

Thank you so much for your support
Lisa

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Mercy Ships UK
25 June 2021 11:05 am

Dear Robert,

You are critically important to making our patients dreams of healing come true. That’s because our life-changing surgeries only happen when caring and generous people like you partner with us.

A few days ago, I wrote to you to tell you about little Houleye. Like any other child she had a dream. Her dream was that the disfiguring tumour on her face would miraculously disappear.

Every morning when she looked at her face in the mirror, she would be filled with sadness. Because the tumour was still there. And it kept getting bigger and becoming more painful.

When Houleye’s dream seemed out of reach, friends like you and our volunteers made her dream come true. By giving generously to Mercy Ships you made it possible for Houleye to receive free life-changing surgery.

Your kindness and generosity fuel everything we do. Removing painful tumours and performing other desperately needed surgical interventions are only possible because of you.

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Selina Kleinsmith - Donor Care Manager
16 June 2021 10:59 am

Dear Aerial Services

Thank you once again for your support of our work – it is greatly appreciated.

Since our last emailer we have been hard at work around the country. Today I have the pleasure of updating you on how your support and kindness has made a difference in the lives of young children around South Africa.

While we have placed many structures since we last shared an update, I particularly wanted to highlight four of our recent projects. Stop and Play Care Day Centre in Kaya Sands, Gauteng received a container kitchen that was met with much joy by the educators and children. This centre’s old kitchen was destroyed in a fire and they were desperately in need of a hygienic and safe place to cook in. One of our most recent placements was in Noupoort in the arid Northern Cape. Zingce Ume Kakuhle Educare Centre received a full early childhood centre, consisting of two classrooms, a kitchen and toilet, which was funded by a generous donor.

We also celebrated the launch of a container classroom for Nikithemba Educare Centre in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The little ones could hardly contain(er!) their excitement as they entered their new learning space.

Our most recent launch was at Mkhanyiseli Primary School in Nyanga, whose children received a prefabricated library. It was a cold and wet day, but this did not deter anyone from expressing their gratitude in song and dance.

These are just a few updates on your generosity in action, and I look forward to sharing even more in the coming months.

Our feeding programmes continue in some of the most impoverished communities in the Western Cape. We launched a special campaign for World Hunger Day, called the #Havemylunch fundraising campaign to help fund a 1,000 sandwich drive on 16 June 2021 at Woman Impacting a Nation in Delft, a feeding kitchen currently supported by Breadline Africa.

We thank you for your continued support.

Please take care.
Warm wishes,

Selina Kleinsmith
Donor Care Manager

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Maggie Davies
7 June 2021 3:18 pm

We are writing to thank you for your generous donation of £50 to Farplace Animal Rescue, which we received. Farplace Animal Rescue was set up to rescue and care for those who have been rejected, neglected or abandoned by their owners and supporting our vital work.

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Thank you so much for your kind donation to our recent Easter appeal. Thanks to you, we’ll be able to commit to funding even more cancer kits this year, providing cancer support to children and adults when they need it the most. Children like Finley who was just seven years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. So thank you once again for your support – it means the world to everyone at Cancer Support UK – and especially to all the children and adults we support.

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Dear Aerial Services Scotland,

I just read comments of people and I became very happy and emotional that we still have HEROS like You guys amoung us. The job you have done and you are still doing, is really remarkable. I just wanna say Thanks a lot. I don’t have any words for your appreciation.

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Lynne Morris
4 April 2021 12:18 pm

Dear James,

In the last 12 months, the number of children left destitute on the streets of Guatemala City has increased.
These children, who should be safe at home, are now trying to fend for themselves in one of the most dangerous environments on earth. Every day, they are at risk of violence, abuse and other hideous forms of exploitation.
Their situation became even harder during pandemic restrictions, when being on the streets was criminalised despite children having nowhere else to go.
Toybox have been working alongside our partner in Guatemala City to help provide temporary shelter, medical assistance and food vouchers to meet street children’s immediate needs. But if we are truly to help these children, we need to help them leave the streets behind for good.
Our outreach teams can help make this happen, but they are running short on the supplies they need to do their job properly.
This Easter, now that our outreach workers are allowed back on the streets, please will you help provide the five crucial items we need to reach the most vulnerable children and set them on the road to recovery?
The items we are asking you to buy this Easter, if you can, will help street children in two ways. First, they will meet children’s immediate needs and help keep them safe right now. And, second, they will help us earn children’s trust so we can work with them to get them off the streets forever.
I can’t stress how important this is. If we don’t reach these children – especially those who are new to living this way – then other people will reach them first. In Guatemala City, these other people are often violent gangs, or predatory adults who seek to exploit and abuse vulnerable children.
To choose which essential item, or items, you would like to buy, please visit our website. You can buy one item, a combination of items, or even an outreach bundle which contains all five items for children – whichever you prefer. Alternatively, you can get in touch with Jenny on 01908 360 080.
From all of us here at Toybox, we hope you have a blessed Easter and thank you so much for all your support.

Yours,
Lynne Morris
Chief Executive

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
2 April 2021 12:44 pm

Dear James,

On this blessed day may I wish you, on behalf of everyone at The Salvation Army, a very happy and joyful Easter.

Easter is about forgiveness and new life, it’s about light overcoming darkness and hope overcoming despair. And with the arrival of Spring, and the unlocking of the UK, we are seeing the welcome signs and symbols of hope and new life.

Through loving kindness and practical help, The Salvation Army continues to help people find light in these especially dark times. In many cases, our loving support is not just life-changing, but life-saving. We are only able to shine the light of kindness into people’s lives with your support, so thank you.

I would like to share with you a special Easter message video on behalf of everyone here at The Salvation Army.

On behalf of The Salvation Army
Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant

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Rosie Leatherland - Campaigns Manager – Individuals at Risk Amnesty International UK
5 March 2021 11:38 am

Dear James,

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your kind donation of £50 in response to our Spring Raffle mailing, and a further £50 in response to our appeal about Gustavo Gatica in Chile.
Your donation could help Amnesty to put pressure on Chile and other governments around the world that use violence and police brutality to suppress freedom of expression.
Without you and other generous supporters, we simply wouldn’t be able to carry out our vital research into human rights abuses, or continue campaigning alongside people like Gustavo.
The people of Chile need to be able to live without fear of violence, just for speaking their minds.
Together, we’re showing governments that we won’t let them get away with violating the human rights of their citizens.
With you alongside us as part of the collective power of Amnesty International UK, I am confident that things can change, and that more prisoners of conscience will be released and able to live free from intimidation and persecution.
Thank you once again for making our vital work possible.

Rosie Leatherland,
Campaigns Manager – Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International UK

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Jenny Baker, Supporter Relations
24 February 2021 5:21 pm

Dear James,

Thank you so much for the kind gift of £50.00, from Aerial Services Ltd, in response to our recent Street Life supporter magazine. Your donation will help change the lives of children like Eva.

Ten-year old Eva’s family’s struggles worsened during the pandemic when her father lost his job and her mother fell ill. With her mother in hospital and her father out looking for work, Eva took on the responsibility of caring for her four younger siblings at home and struggled to keep up with her studies.

Fortunately, thanks to support like yours, Eva has been supported by our partner to attend online classes and continue learning at home – which has been a vital lifeline for her. Eva said, “I want the pandemic to end soon so that I can go to school and study freely! I miss my friends and my teachers.”

Thank you so much for standing alongside us to change the world for street children. I know that these are challenging times that we find ourselves in so please be assured that now, more than ever, your support really does mean so much.

Best wishes

Jenny

Jenny Baker
Supporter Relations

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PDSA Saving Pets, Changing Lives
26 January 2021 11:30 am

Dear Aerial Express,

On behalf of the thousands of pets PDSA has helped with your generous support, we’d like to say thank you.

Regards,
PDSA

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Robert and all the staff at Aerial Services Scotland
As we embark on another year of flying light aircraft to the most remote parts of the world your gift enables us to bring hope to isolated people living in poverty. With your help we can reach them to provide basic needs; food, shelter, water and sanitation, medical services, educational support and so much more. Thank you.

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Maxine Carter The Donkey Sanctuary
30 December 2020 12:04 pm

Dear Aerial Express,

Thank you for being part of our family and for putting donkeys at its heart. Your support has helped achieve so much during this unpredictable year, providing love and care to the donkeys and mules who need it most.

You have ensured our resident donkeys and mules continue to receive expert care, a warm safe stable to rest in and countryside to explore and graze.

To show our thanks, click here & watch this special video and see how we have all come together for donkeys, with you as part of our family.

Thanks again,
Maxine Carter, The Donkey Sanctuary

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Dear Robert,

What can I say other than thank you, thank you and thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. I am simply overwhelmed and humbled by the kindness you have shown to street children this Christmas.
Thanks to support like yours, children on the streets have been able to receive the best Christmas present of all this year – their birth certificates. It really is incredible to think of the absolute joy these children will have felt at receiving this treasured piece of paper – a document that proves that they officially exist, that they matter and that they will be protected from now on. What a truly happy way to end the year!
For children who received their birth certificates this Christmas, the new year marks the start of their new lives as officially recognised and registered citizens. How amazing is that! If you would like to learn more about our birth registration work, you can tune into the latest episode of our Stories from the Street podcast, available on all good podcast channels including Apple podcasts, Spotify, or by clicking here.

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Bryan Stevenson Executive Director
22 December 2020 11:58 am

Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting the Equal Justice Initiative. Your generosity makes our work possible and we are grateful. We are pleased to share a report on our activity this year. Click here to view the report.

With thanks,

Bryan Stevenson
Executive Director

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Carly Robb - Watson
17 December 2020 6:08 pm

Aerial Express Scotland Ltd.,

Thank you for your recent donation of £50. Like Mercy Ships, you believe that everyone deserves access to safe, affordable healthcare no matter where they live. You are helping to make a real, lasting difference to so many people.

Thank you.
Carly Robb-Watson

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Dear Aerial Services Scotland,

Thank you so much for your kind gift of £50 to help bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to people all over the world. You are helping create a world where clean water, soap and good hygiene will be normal for every health centre, and every community. Thank you so much for your support.

Best wishes,
Charley Day
WaterAid

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Geoffrey Dennis - Chief Executive SPANA
16 December 2020 11:33 am

Dear Aerial Express,

Thank you very much for your generous donation of £50. We are so grateful that you chose to support SPANA with this gift, especially during this incredibly difficult time.

With kind regards,
Geoffrey Dennis
Chief Executive SPANA

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Cancer Support UK
16 December 2020 10:34 am

Dear Aerial Express,
There are lots of things I’d like to tell you today, but let me start with two words: thank you. You generosity has helped fund 3,529 Cancer Kits in 2020. These have provided a comforting and distracting boost to children and adults going through the emotional and physical roller of cancer treatment.

Cancer Support UK

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Andy Milligan - National Director Mission India
15 December 2020 9:19 pm

Dear Aerial Services Scotland,

Thank you for your generous gift of £50 we received on 15th December 2020 to help give children in India the chance to be part of a Children’s Bible club for an entire year!

God Bless and Merry Christmas
Andy Milligan
National Director

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Biswajit Pal - Field Officer, Cox's Bazzar Baitush Sharaf Hospital
15 December 2020 4:19 pm

Dear Aerial Express,

I am writing to thank you for your generous gift of £50 in response to my recent letter, which Orbis received on 10th December 2020. Thanks to matched funding your gift will go towards helping double the number of people who need vital eye care.

Biswajit Pal
Field Officer, Cox’s Bazzar Baitush Sharaf Hospital

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John Savage - Director, The Bible Network
15 December 2020 12:28 pm

Aerial Express,

Thank you so much for your generous gift of £50 to bring the Bible’s peace, hope and joy to children living in the hardest of circumstances.

John Savage
Director, The Bible Network

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Kelly Muller Supporter Care Manager
27 November 2020 11:55 am

Thank you for being part of the movement to end hunting, shooting, snaring and animal-fighting. Your generous donation of £50 that you sent to us has gone a long way to helping persecuted animals.

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Dear Friends,

With Black Friday around the corner and Giving Tuesday next week, it’s the best time to get your Christmas shopping in and support our work at Christian Aid. Don’t spend your hard-earned cash on the same old gifts – who needs another pair of socks, or an ugly Christmas jumper? Instead you can give a gift that sparks generosity and transforms lives this Christmas. With our Charity Gifts, your special recipient receives a cheerful card that spreads the Christmas message and could help marginalised families and communities around the world.

Have a browse through the Christian Aid Charity Gifts website and you’ll find the perfect present ideas you need for all of your friends and family.

It might be cocoa saplings for your sweetheart; or you could send clean water to that friend of yours who loves a drink. Or maybe you’ll buy some fruit trees for a green-fingered relative.

Whatever you choose, we guarantee you’ll be giving a gift that will surprise and delight – and bring the chance of a brighter, healthier future for children and families in some of the world’s poorest communities so click here: https://charity-gifts.christianaid.org.uk/

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Paul Dunning Partnership Manager
24 November 2020 3:54 pm

Thank you for your recent gift of £50 from Aerial Services Scotland. MAF Tanzania Chief Pilot and Director of Operations Kirstein Combrink recently shared his account of the positive outcome of a difficult decision the team had to make during the Covid-19 crisis. Again, thank you for helping to provide the recourses we need to help us save lives in low income countries around the world.

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Thank you for your generous gift of £50. It helped us to provide Relief Kits for families in India so they can stop relying on child labour.

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Dear Robert,

Thank you for signing up to receive updates from Christian Aid. We look forward to keeping you up to date with the latest news about our work in the UK and around the world in our fight against poverty. In the meantime, please watch our video or visit our website to learn more about our latest projects and events.
Christian Aid

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John Savage Director, The Bible Network
19 November 2020 9:32 am

Thank you so much for your special Christmas gift of £50.

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Thank you so much for your recent donation of £50 in response to the Autumn edition of BookMark newsletter. As you discovered in the newsletter, your support has helped children from some of the most isolated and marginalised communities across Africa continue learning despite suffering from an interrupted education this year

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We want to say a big thank you for your generous support of WaterAid. Your £50 will help us transform the lives of vulnerable communities around the world.Thanks to you, we can give more communities access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, and change lives for good.

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Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your £50 donation and supporting Amnesty International UK’s campaign towards ending financial support for the illegal settlements and de-legitimising the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories.

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On behalf of The Salvation Army thank you for your support, your donation helps to transform lives

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I wanted to thank you for sending a gift of £50 and supporting our efforts to make the world a better place for animals in need.

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Lieu-Colonel Dean Pallant
3 November 2020 2:17 pm

What a warm & welcome joy it was to receive your donation of £50 the other day. Thank you so much for supporting my recent appeal for funds. It means a lot.

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Thank you for supporting us again with your recent kind gift – it is much appreciated by all here at The Donkey Sanctuary. Your gift really will make a difference, helping to change the lives of donkeys across the world.

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Dear Mr McIver,
A huge thank you from me and everyone at RNIB for your kind support. As Director of Services, I know first – hand how your donations had a life-changing impact on the lives of people with sight loss during the coronavirus crisis. As someone who’s been blind all my life, I know how important it is to feel connected, so my thanks to you really does come from the heart.

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Tezera Kifle Desta
21 September 2020 12:58 pm

Dear Mr R McIver,
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I am writing to thank you for your generous gift of £50 in response to my recent letter, which Orbis receiver on 16/09/2020. As you’ll know only too well from your personal experience, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, it hid hard. Orbis was challenged like never before, worried we would not be able to deliver our vital care safely, we desperately called for help. Because of your contribution, Mr McIver, we will be able t meet this challenge head on.
Best wishes,
Tezera Kifle Desta

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Thank you so much for your generous support to people who have survived torture. Thanks to amazing supporters like you, they had finally found something that helpem them cope with their trauma. Thank you!

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Thank you do much for your generous gift of £50. It is such an encouragement to know that you are partnering with us each day. I see this as a wonderful sign of God’s grace and favour You are enabling Premier to reach more and more people with the Gospel by helping Christians live out their faith, each and every day.

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Dear Mr McIver,
Your gifts in support of our humanitarian work since 2012 have given so much hope to the most impoverished children, and their families, around the world. Each year, your support helps us to maintain these programmes and provide for the daily needs of 20,000 of the world’s poorest children.

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Dear Mr McIver,
Thank you for your recent generous gift of £50. It brings me great joy to know you continue to think of others during a difficult time for us all. Your generosity in providing desperately needed Bibles to those who long for the comfort of His Word speaks volumes about your kindness and compassion. Your generous gift will make a huge difference in so many lives.

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All of the staff at Aerial Services Scotland
Thank you for your continued support for the work of MAF. Your recent gift is timely. The global coronavirus outbreak has dramatically affected everyone, and charities will be facing a reduction in income. At the same time the work that we are doing to reach out to the most isolated people in the world is more vital than ever. Thank you for your encouragement from all of us at MAF UK.

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Thank you for your generous gift of £100 from Aerial Services Scotland Ltd towards the work of MAF. I emailed a receipt for your records. In Papua New Guinea, Wewak based MAF pilot Wilfred Knigge flew almost 10,000 kilos of school supplies from Vanimo to Telefomin. We are so grateful to Wilfred for his commitment, which will help provide a better future for the children in PNG. We could not do it without the support of people like you.
With our blessings for you, your family and your business.

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Dear Mr McIver,
Thank you for supporting ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your kind donation of £50 to Amnesty International UK, which has now been processed. Without you and other generous supporters, we simply wouldn’t be able to carry out our vital research into human rights abuses like those we’re seeing in Xinjiang.

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Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM
2 February 2020 5:10 pm

Dear Mr McIver,
They say that it’s the thought that counts, but your action changes lives. Thnak you for putting your thoughts into action with your donation of £50 after receiving your copy of Zulu Mission News. Your gift has been gratefully received as the beginning of any year somehow brings with it unexpected needs and costs. Your generosity will help to meet them.

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Thank you for helping to grow the impossible. Your generous gift of £50 will help some of the poorest communities in the world to overcome the effect of climate change. In North Darfur, Sudan, we are already working alongside communities to re-green arid desert land, turning it into lush fields and forests. On behalf of the families and communities we work with in Sudan and around the world – thank you!

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Thank you for being part of the story. I am visiting your website to say thank you for your generous gift of £50. Your support is what allows our volunteers, like Bob, to be there every day of the year for people like Sophie, who you will have read about in my last letter to you. Even on Christmas Day, somebody who is struggling to cope will call Samaritans, That call will be answered by one our dedicated volunteers, but it only thanks to supporters like you that this can happen. You make the connection possible.

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Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant
23 December 2019 6:10 pm

If nobody else says this to you today, (and I hope they do), I’d like to say that you are indeed a wonderful person, a Christmas Star! We’ve just received your donation of £50 to our Christmas appeal and I wanted to say a really warm and deeply sincere ‘Thank you’ for your kindness and generosity on behalf of The Salvation Army.

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Thank you for supporting Nasrin and women in Iran. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your kind donation of £50 to Amnesty International UK, which was processed today. Your donation could help Amnesty International pile pressure on the Iranian authorities through publicity and campaigning. It is only with your support that we can call human rights abusers to account and secure the release of prisoners of conscience like Nasrin. Thank you once again for making our vital work possible.

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Thank you so much – your Christmas gift of £50 has helped bring Juliette’s hopes for her grandchildren even closer to reality.

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Janine Moorcroft
1 November 2019 5:07 pm

When I sat down to write this comment, thanking you for your generous gift of £50, I found myself wondering: where are right now, as you read these words? Your great gift will help us to build six new flats in Stourbridge. But this is about more than bricks and mortar. You’ve played a part in giving six new community members a home of their own. Thank you again on behalf of Camphill Village Trust.

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Thank you for your generous contribution of £50 you gave on 10/10/2019 towards our ministry programmes in India. This is such an encouragement. It will help us to reach more lives with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Your faithfulness and partnership means lives will be transformed.

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Thank you for making a huge difference to children with brain injury. Thank you for your gift of £50 to The Children’s Trust and for supporting children with brain injury and neurodisability, like Maeva whose story you will have read about in inspire.

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Thank you so much for your recent donation of £50 received on 11 July 2019. Thanks to your generous gift, more midwives like Betty in Sierra Leone can now find the life-saving information they need to help pregnant women and new mothers in their communities. Civil war and Ebola shattered Sierra Leone’s healthcare infrastructure, contributing to the present day’s high mortality rate. Last year we sent 7,072 medical books to healthcare workers on the front line in Sierro Leone. Each book can help save a life.

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You’ve made me very happy! Your donation of £50 to my appeal letter was kind and thoughtful and I would like you to know just how much I appreciate your generosity. Thank you!

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Please accept my warmest thanks for your gift of £50 to provide God’s Word where it’s needed most. Thanks to Aerial Services, God’s Kingdom is advancing one life at a time, all around the world as more people hear the gospel and respond with their hearts. Once again, thank you so much for the part you are playing in sharing His Word – you are making a difference for eternity.

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Thank you for the time and care you have shown for others with this gift of £50 from Aerial Services Scotland Ltd.

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Thank you for your generous contribution of £50 you gave on 08 March 2019 towards our ministry programmes in India. This year around 6 million children will be reached through our network of Bible Clubs across India. Many will then go on to enjoy our year-long clubs where their new faith will be strengthened. Thank you again for your kind gift and prayers which means we can see God do great things in the beautiful country of India.

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Humanity & Inclusion would like to thank you for your kind donation towards our work in Yemen.
Thanks to your support, we will be able to continue to help disabled and vulnerable people, by meeting their basic needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Thank you once again for your support!

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Thank you so much for your generous donation of £50 to our Christmas Appeal. I hope your Christmas was happy and restful.

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I just wanted to let you know that you are amazing. I am so grateful for your recent donation of £50 to our Christmas Appeal – you generosity will help us to give even more street children in Latin America the opportunity to receive their birth certificate, with just a print of their fingertip. Thank you.

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Thank you for doing something wonderful today. Your kind donation of £50 will make a real difference to working animals and the owners that depend on them in some of the world’s poorest communities. Like you we believe that every working animal deserves to be treated with humanity and kindness. Together with Aerial Services we are working towards a day when animal suffering ceases to exist. Until then, thanks to you we will be there for them when they need us.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful gift you sent us to help children with cancer across the country. Thanks to supporters like you, we can be there for families throughout their cancer journey, ensuring they can spend as much time together as possible.
Your kind gift of £50.00 could help the vital welfare projects we fund, which would not be possible without the kindness of our supporters, and we can’t thank you enough.
On behalf of all of us here at Children with Cancer UK I want to say a massive thank you for your continued support.
Best wishes,
Lizzie Ball
Supporter Care Team

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From everyone at Action Against Hunger, I wanted to extend a huge thank you for your kind donation. Your support allows us to fight child malnutrition around the world!

Thanks!

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Todd Bridgland
5 September 2018 9:23 am

Thank you to everyone at Aerial & Satellite Express for your kind donations to Samaritans. Your donations will help ensure we are there for anyone struggling to cope in the future.

Many thanks
Todd Bridgland
Supporter Care Officer

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Breadline Africa’s primary goal is to help children in under resourced communities do better in school by ensuring that they have safer spaces to learn in. Generous supporters like you allow us to fulfill this goal. On behalf of Breadline Africa’s beneficiaries, we would like to thank you for your continued support.

Nyasha Njela
Breadline Africa
Marketing Manager

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Breadline Africa’s primary goal is to help children in under resourced communities do better in school by ensuring that they have safer spaces to learn in. Generous supporters like you allow us to fulfill this goal. On behalf of Breadline Africa’s beneficiaries, we would like to thank you for your continued support.

Nyasha Njela
Marketing Manager
Breadline Africa

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On behalf of Samaritans I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone at Aerial Services Scotland for their continued support. Over the years your support has enabled us to fund 85 calls to Samaritans. We know that each call has the capacity to change or even, save someone’s life so we can’t thank you enough for the difference you will make to the lives of the people that we support.

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Today a child can look forward to a brighter future
And it’s thanks to you.

It’s hard to put into words what it means to know you are there for children, standing up for their rights and helping to shape a brighter future they can look forward to.

Your support, through your gift of £50.00 gives real security and comfort to vulnerable children and families across Scotland. You give a child in need someone to turn to, a chance to share their worries and the support they need to move forward.

You bring families together; you give them hope and you help them feel stronger.

You change children’s lives and we can’t thank you enough.

Yours sincerely,
Colette Glynn
Supporter Care Team

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Thank you to everyone at Aerial & Satellite Express for generously supporting disabled young people across the UK to live more independent lives for so many years, and getting them connected to their communities!

my AFK (formerly Action For Kids)

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Thanks so much for your kind donation to World Animal Protection, we really appreciate you helping us move the world to protect animals.

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Thank you so much for your kind donation to emerge poverty free. Your gift will transform the lives of farming families in Burundi, where we will be able to provide a holistic package of support, including agricultural training for struggling farmers. As you may be aware, Burundi is one of the hungriest countries in Africa with 58% of the population suffering from the effects of malnutrition. Your support will help to establish a programme in Burundi, giving many families the seeds and tools they need to get started. With the new skills they learn, they could be harvesting fresh vegetable just weeks after sowing.

Thank you for giving a helping hand to those who need it the most.

Cecilia Eggleston
Supporter Relationship Manager
emerge poverty free

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Thank you for supporting Network for Animals. Your support is invaluable and helps us save countless animal lives throughout the World.

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Thanks to your valued support, Children with Cancer UK is one of the UK’s leading funders of research into childhood cancer. Your support enables us to invest millions of pounds every year into vital research and welfare programmes and also helps us to raise awareness of childhood cancer. On behalf of everyone at the charity and, more importantly, the children who will benefit from your support – and their families – our heartfelt thanks again for your kindness.

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Thank you so much for your recent donation to the Guide Dogs for the blind association, which will be used to help people who are blind and partially sighted across the UK to have the same freedom and independence as everyone else. We are so grateful for your generosity.

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Thank you so much for your recent donation to Guide Dogs for the blind association. This will be used to help people who are blind and partially sighted across the UK to have the same freedom and independence as everyone else. We are so grateful for your generosity.

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On behalf of everyone here at Humanity & Inclusion, thank you for your generous donation to our emergency appeal to help Rohingya refugees who have been affected by the recent floods and landslides that have devastated the camps.
Thanks to the donations of kind supporters like you, we have sent more than 350 lorries of supplies, filled with food rations, hygiene kits, mobility aids and accommodation kits to families living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Thank you once again for your support!

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Whale and Dolphin Conservation would like to thank you for your generous support throughout the years!

We are the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins and you have helped us to defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue.

We hope we will continue to make waves together and count on your kind support! Thank you!

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Thank you very much for your donations which aid the Animal Health Trust’s vital research. Your support funds important projects researching illnesses which continue to cause distress and suffering to many animals: cancer, eye disease, and epilepsy in dogs and cats; equine grass sickness, flu and strangles in horses – to mention just a few. By teaming your ongoing support with our skills and expertise, together we can continue to help countless more animals for years to come.

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Nooranna Sikder
13 August 2018 10:40 am

On behalf of Smile Train UK, thank you for your donation and support for many years now. We appreciate your efforts to help us change the world one smile at a time!

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Thank you so much for your kind donation to Mission India. We really appreciate your continued support, it is making a huge difference in the lives of people all across India

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Thank you for another gift, it will help us support children with brain injury and neurodisability over the summer and give them the chance to take part in fun activities like petting animals at a visiting farm at The Children’s Trust. All with the specialist care and support they need.
And by helping children have fun for an hour, a day or weekend you are giving their exhausted parents a little break as well, helping them recharge their batteries, get some sleep, and support their child with renewed energy and determination.
Thank you again on behalf of everyone at The Children’s Trust.
Best wishes,

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Dear Mr McIver
Thank you for your another very kind gift , it will help us support children with brain injury and neurodisability over the summer and give them the chance to take part in fun activities like petting animals at a visiting farm at The Children’s Trust. All with the specialist care and support they need.
And by helping children have fun for an hour, a day or weekend you are giving their exhausted parents a little break as well, helping them recharge their batteries, get some sleep, and support their child with renewed energy and determination.
Thank you again on behalf of everyone at The Children’s Trust.
https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/about-us
Best wishes,

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Free Tibet is extremely grateful for your support of our work. Your donations continue to make a very real difference to the lives of Tibetans.

With best wishes
http://www.freetibet.org

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On behalf of everyone at Practical Action and the communities we work with, thank you so much for your support. Last year we helped transform the lives of 1.7 million people living in poverty – this simply wouldn’t be possible without supporters like you. Thank you!
https://practicalaction.org/

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Dear Robert

Thank you ever so much for Aerial Services’ faithful support to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF UK).

Your gifts enable our light aircraft to fly help, hope and healing to people living in isolation – whether medical teams, vaccines and building materials, or Bibles and mission staff.

We can only continue our work around the world thanks to supporters like you – thank you, and please keep up the good work!

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Thank you for your donation to African Children’s Fund, your continued support makes a real difference to the lives of impoverished children in Africa, helping them off the streets and into education.

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Thank you for your continued support of Camphill Village Trust. Your long-standing generosity is enabling adults with learning disabilities to lead fulfilled lives, enjoying everyday opportunities that so many of us take for granted. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Asha Chadeesingh
9 August 2018 10:23 am

From everyone here at WaterAid, thank you so much for your kind donation. Your support means communities around the world will gain access to life changing clean water and decent sanitation. Thank you!

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We are very grateful for the support given to The Bible Network.
Your help is making a big difference in so many peoples lives.
http://www.thebiblenetwork.org.uk

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On behalf of the children here at The Children’s Trust, l would like to thank you for your donation. Your continued support makes a difference to the children in rehabilitation from a brain injury. Thank you again.

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Dear Aerial Services Scotland,

Thank you so much for all your generous support to Mercy Ships over the years; you are making a huge difference and we really do appreciate it.

Two-thirds of the world’s population cannot get access to safe surgery when they need it. As a result, 17 million people die every year from conditions requiring surgery. This is higher than the number who die from TB, malaria and HIV/Aids combined. Mercy Ships is working to tackle this crisis. We operate the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, delivering free, safe medical care to some of the world’s least-developed countries. This “floating hospital” is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who give their expertise for free to help treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and various other conditions.

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has visited 55 countries, providing services worth more than £1 billion that have directly helped more than 2.5 million people. We have also trained 40,000 local professionals in their areas of expertise to leave a legacy that lasts.

http://www.mercyships.org.uk

Very best wishes,
Holly Summers
Supporter Services Team Leader, Mercy Ships UK

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