Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to create a powerful new organisation. Age UK help improve the lives of millions of people in later life both at home and overseas.
Almost 1 in 5 of the UK's population are pensioners, which means there are now more people over the age of 65 than there are under 16. Age UK is the largest provider of services for people over 50 - touching the lives of over 327,000 people every week.
Age UK provides a vast range of services, depending on what's needed in a particular area. So from subsidised transport to day centres, training schemes to counselling, there'll be plenty of projects that Wilkinson can help with near your store.
This includes the handy person scheme, which enables older people to remain independent for as long as they can by helping them out with everyday tasks. The scheme includes all of these jobs - as you'll see they're all just the kind of thing our products could help with!
Changing light bulbs
Fixing leaking taps
Assembling flat-packed furniture
Age UK is one of the three charities we're supporting over the next three years. They'll be our charity of the year in 2011, when we'll be asking you to get behind them by taking part in lots of different fundraising events. We'll also be giving them between £35,000 and £50,000 every year to invest in ongoing activities and projects.
"As I suffer from anxiety it's not easy for me to ask for help, but I found I could be confident with him (the handy person) in my home! Things that are part of everyday life for other people are big problems for me, and I appreciate the service and the staff you have who are very special people."
Mrs Clapham, London
To find out more about Age UK please visit www.ageuk.org
Being told your child will die before you do is every parent's worst nightmare. But that nightmare is a reality for an estimated 25,000 families across the UK. Children's hospice services are there to help children, young people and their families in these situations to deal with the emotional and physical challenges they face and to make the most of life. They welcome the whole family for a break in friendly, homely surroundings and provide practical help in people's own homes.
Children's Hospices UK is the national charity that gives voice and support to all children's hospice services. It is their vision for every child and young person who is not expected to reach adulthood and their family to have access to the highest standards of care and support close to home. The charity brings together over 40 children's hospices across the country. Their work includes: care development, awareness raising, fundraising, campaigning and lobbying.
Children's hospices offer a wide range of services including specialist care, 24-hour telephone support, advice, information and bereavement support for all family members. The nurses and healthcare professionals who make up the care team play a vital role in providing this support. The money your store raises will be allocated to the cost of nursing care at your local children's hospice - supporting the direct delivery of care to children and families in your community.
"When we took Dean to Little Havens Children's Hospice, we didn't expect to see him out of bed again, but because of the care of the staff there, he was able to do so many things. It was a home from home for him, he was able to go swimming and be out in the garden - it's a place that makes memories. Every penny you raise does make a difference. Thank you." Sharon (Dean's Mum)
To find out more about Children's Hospices UK please visit www.childhospice.org
In 1971, Anthony Nolan was born with a rare condition called Wiskott Aldrich. The only known cure was a blood stem cell, or bone marrow, transplant, but there was no process or system to find a matching donor. 1973 saw the first successful bone marrow transplant between unrelated donors - previously, matches had only been made through relatives. His mother Shirley had a vision: to start a register that would connect potential donors with people like her son, who desperately needed a transplant. Though Anthony didn't find a match, Shirley's determination and vision continues to inspire people and has left a legacy that has saved and continues to save thousands of lives.
Today, someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer every 23 minutes, and for many their only chance of survival is a blood stem cell transplant. Anthony Nolan uses its register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their stem cells to those in need of a potentially lifesaving transplant.
Anthony Nolan currently has over 400,000 people on their stem cell register, but they can only find a matching donor for half the people who come to them in need of a potentially lifesaving transplant. They aim to grow the register to one million potential donors so they can double the number of lives that they can save. They are particularly trying to recruit men aged 18-30, as they are the most likely to come up as a match
Anthony Nolan and Wilkinson aims to raise over £1million for the charity so they can grow the Anthony Nolan register, raise awareness of their lifesaving work and to encourage team members, customers and suppliers to join the register.
Wilkinson team members will undertake a range of fundraising initiatives throughout the year long partnership between May 2010 to May 2011 which will include team members fundraising, cause related marketing and a series of national and regional events in the 350 Wilkinson stores across England, Scotland and Wales
In addition to fundraising, Wilkinsons are planning a series of awareness raising activities for team members, customers and local communities, to encourage new donors to join the Anthony Nolan register and potentially save a life.
If you would like more information on Anthony Nolan or to join their register online please visit www.anthonynolan.org