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23/12/2015, 12:00
Thank you. You’re helping light up Christmas for disabled children. This Christmas, more than 4,000 families will turn to Scope for support. Many will call the Scope Helpline soon after learning their child is disabled. Thanks to your support, we plan to be there for each and every one of them. No one is better placed than Harry’s mum, Jenny, to explain the difference your generosity has made in helping support these families. Jenny found out Harry had cerebral palsy just before Christmas and it came as a huge shock. “The consultant told me I must have fallen when pregnant, scarring his brain....
23/12/2015, 11:52
Portmore Lough nature reserve outside Aghalee, in Northern Ireland, has been proving itself as a global wildlife haven this year, as a flurry of threatened species have turned up. Recent surveys have revealed that the redshank has taken up residence at the RSPB NI reserve! As the name suggests, redshanks' most distinctive features are their bright orange-red legs. These wading birds need damp places to feed and breed – making Portmore the perfect spot. Sadly, redshank numbers have declined significantly in recent years and they are now amber-listed (of medium conservation concern) in the UK and Ireland, making the sighting of a breeding...
22/12/2015, 15:41
One of the best ways we can protect children is by helping their parents. The right support means that parents can give their children the best possible start in life, and a childhood free from abuse. We couldn’t do it without you. This is just one of the ways your support is helping new parents. Photography by Tom Hull.  Child pictured is a volunteer. Baby StepsPregnancy and the first months of a child’s life are crucial – laying the foundations for their future. But parents who most need support at this time are unlikely to get any. Their own circumstances and past...
22/12/2015, 15:19
After a surge of violence in Myanmar, over 700,000 people have been forced to flee their homes with nothing. Families endured treacherous journeys, and many lost loved ones along the way. Those who survived are now living in the world's largest refugee camp, much of which was destroyed in the recent monsoon season. Meet Minara. Minara is one of the survivors of the violence in Myanmar. She was heavily pregnant with her first child on the day her village was attacked.     © A J Ghani/British Red Cross "We knew they were coming. At around midnight, we heard them shouting, then we could hear the...
22/12/2015, 14:22
Christmas is supposed to be a joyful season, when we enjoy the companionship of our closest friends and family. But for some older people who are lonely, it can be a desperate time of year: they might not receive a phone call, a card or a present. Sadly, it’s not just Christmas when loneliness is keenly felt. More than a million older people haven’t spoken to anyone for over a month and over four million older people cite the television as their main form of daily company. ©Age UK Mary’s StoryEarlier this year, one of our advisers answered a call from a lady...
04/09/2015, 15:26
The number of older people who have difficulty with basic tasks such as getting out of bed, washing and dressing but who get no help has now soared to over one million (1,004,000).Each and every day over one million older people who need care are left to the stark reality of battling on alone – over 100,000 more than last year.  These figures reveal the extent to which older people are being left stranded, with nearly a third (31.1 per cent) of all those who have difficulty in carrying out one or more essential activities of daily life not receiving...
04/09/2015, 14:04
Located just 4 miles (6 km) from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath is an island of beautiful countryside, accessible to millions of people. The Heath features lesser spotted woodpeckers, bullfinches, stag beetles and grass snakes.In 2012, The RSPB brokered a partnership with The City of London Corporation, who manages the Heath; English Heritage, owners of Kenwood House; friends group Heath Hands, and the Camden Community Consortium to run Wild About Hampstead Heath.The overall purpose of the project is to encourage local communities to explore the natural world. They can do this by taking part in 30-minute guerrilla interpretation activities from mobile...
04/09/2015, 13:29
David Tait, an NSPCC Trustee and one of the charity’s most inspiring fundraisers, is on his way back from his attempt to climb K2 for the first time, unfortunately cut short due to safety reason. Having climbed Mt. Everest 5 times previously for the NSPCC, David embodies everything you would expect from a fundraising hero: spirit, tenacity and a desire to test the limits. But unfortunately, this has not always been the case. David suffered sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a family friend. His abuser threatened David, leaving him too terrified to tell anyone what had...
04/09/2015, 13:15
Hollie is just like any other teenage girl who loves music and dancing. Back in 2017, she was excited to see the Ariana Grande concert with her mum and auntie. But as you'll remember, this happy occasion was to become the scene of the worst terror attack in the UK since the London bombings in 2005. © Percy Dean/British Red Cross We don't need to remind you of how lives were lost and changed forever. Hollie was left with broken bones and serious internal injuries. Heatbreakingly, her Auntie Kelly lost her life. Read Hollie's story here.Hollie had to overcome so much. Her phsyical...
17/07/2015, 11:49
The 100th pair of white-tailed eagles has nested on Hoy - the first white-tailed eagles to nest in Orkney for 142 years.  This milestone comes in a year of significant anniversaries for the re-introduction programme. It is 40 years since the first young white-tailed eagles from Norway were released on Rum in 1975 and 30 years since the first wild chick fledged on Mull in 1985. Image: Ian McCarthy The re-introduction programme run by RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), released 82 young eagles over 10 years on Rum. It marked the return of white-tailed eagles, also called sea eagles, to...
17/07/2015, 11:29
Charli-Mai is a real daddy’s girl. She and her dad Mark have lots of fun playing together and if there’s anything Charli-Mai needs, her dad is the first person she asks for.Mark describes his eight year old daughter as “feisty and independent.” But when he held his newborn baby for the first time, he was filled with worry about Charli-Mai’s future.During the second trimester of pregnancy, Mark and his wife Sarah discovered they were going to have a child with Down’s syndrome. They were told over the phone. After Charli-Mai was born, they were assigned a health visitor but she’d...
17/07/2015, 10:53
Ageing doesn’t come with a manual. There are often times when we may face difficult and challenging situations and have no-one to turn to for help. For thousands of older people and their carers, our advice line experts provide friendly and professional guidance on a range of issues.By 2020 one in five people will be over 65, and as the number of older people increases there will be a greater need for our help and advice. Thanks to the ongoing support of people like you, we are planning ahead to meet this challenge.Age UK’s Advice Line is a critical part...
17/07/2015, 10:31
As exam season gets underway, ChildLine can reveal that for the first time ever school and education problems emerged as a top concern among those contacting the helpline in 2013/14.ChildLine carried out 34,454 counselling sessions mentioning school and education problems with a 200% increase in counselling about exam stress specifically. There were also more than 87,500 visits to ChildLine’s webpage about the issue.Major themes include: • not wanting to disappoint their parents • fear of failure • general pressures linked to academic achievement.Stresses about exams can affect young people's ability to sleep, trigger anxiety attacks, depression and tearfulness, and eating disorders....
16/07/2015, 15:43
Imagine rushing your loved one to the hospital, to find the building destroyed. There is nothing left. There are no doctors to help you. In Yemen, this is the situation people are facing right now. Millions are caught in the world's largest humanitarian crisis. And with over half of Yemen's hospitals and medical facilities damaged or destroyed, innocent families are finding they have nowhere to turn.  © Maria Korkunc/Norweigan Red Cross From crisis... Fatima found herself in a horrifying and impossible situation in her ninth month of pregnancy, when complications started to show. "I didn't know what to do. The pain was so severe", she...
01/05/2013, 12:21
Jamie Love is 17. With support from staff at Scope’s Craig Y Parc School in Wales and the right technology, he’s getting the skills he’ll need to live independently when he grows up. Here Jamie talks about how these skills have transformed his life.  “The fact that I can tell you my story at all shows what amazing stuff this school can do. When I first came here, I couldn’t even tell my left and right. Before, I wasn’t very awake or alert. I was a bit dead really. I didn’t feel like I was part of the world. Now everything’s...
13/06/2012, 12:09
The risk of falling increases as we grow older. Falls can compromise independence and lead to isolation, damaging confidence as well as health. But the good news is that most falls are preventable. There are all sorts of measures that older people can take to reduce their risk of falling - from addressing the factors that make them so common to combating their damaging effects. Thanks to the committed support of people like you, we're fighting back against falls. Falls facts• About 30 per cent of all people over 65 fall each year, rising to about 50 per cent for...
13/06/2012, 12:07
RSPB Scotland is championing six areas of sea around important seabird colonies to be designated as Marine Protected Areas. The waters directly around seabird colonies are important to our most familiar sea-faring species like puffins and kittiwakes - this is where they preen, wash, clean and carry out courtship. The Scottish Government has already protected the waters under 31 internationally important 'seabird cities' but our nationally-important colonies of seabirds remain unprotected when they head out to sea.We hoped that when the Marine (Scotland) Act came into force in 2010, these vital areas for 'Scottish specialties' would be among the first...
13/06/2012, 12:06
Over a third of adults feel lonely, without anyone to turn to, a recent study found. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to help more people who feel isolated, whether they are bereaved, retired, a new parent or dealing with an illness or condition that limits their ability to get out and about.  © Joel Redman/British Red Cross   With your support, we're able to help people like Andy, a 52 year old cancer survivor in Bristol. You may have seen his moving story on Youtube, where he equates the physical pain of cancer to the pain of loneliness. "All I kept thinking was...
13/06/2012, 12:04
For some children who have been abused, 'talking' is impossible. They may not have the words, or understanding. They may be too afraid. For these children, there are a range of creative therapeutic approaches that may help them to express their feelings.Amy's story: Amy was 13 when she was referred to the NSPCC. Throughout her childhood, domestic abuse between her parents had been a constant feature of family life. She had also been physically and emotionally abused by her father. When he finally left the family home, Amy told her mother that her father had also been sexually abusing her...