My 24 Charities

The following are the 24 charities that I personally fund & support, many of which are beneficiaries of my annual £10,000 Birthday donation {made on my birthday, as my gift to animals, humans  and the globe}.

If you’re interested in any of the below simply click on their image to be taken directly to their respective websites to see what they do and how you can help them do the amazing work that they do.

Amnesty International

I used to send postcards when I was at university to the wrongly imprisoned, political prisoners, or those mistreated by their Governments. Today I use my 5 different email addresses to sign the online petitions and I’d encourage you to do the – they’re the most crucial emails you & I will ever send. Today I’m proud to be a donor and am always delighted to be at private events and meetings seeing, up close, just how significant their work is. 

British Red Cross – Caring for people in crisis

I make regular donations to The British Red Cross as I love their advert showing that UK crisis of loneliness and mental stress are just as important as overseas disasters.

Barnardo’s – Caring for Children for over 150 years

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I loved their Autumn 2016 advert highlighting the immense talents of young people, despite their upbringing, so became a donor. I simply had to sponsor this charity who ensure 91p in every £1 goes directly to the children who need it and with over 170,ooo children in need of foster care in the UK today, we have much work to do.  

 Center Point – Sponsor of rooms for young homeless Londoners

I sponsored 3 rooms per month for young homeless Londoners, giving them the safety & practical support they need to turn their lives around, for just £12 per room. It’s one of my greatest blessings to have a warm, safe home, a hot shower and a clean warm bed to get into each night, so I’m glad I can help others achieve that same basic human right and be off of the streets. 

Doreen Virtues Animal Rescue Ranch, Hawaii

I became vegan in 2016 as a direct result of seeing the beautiful rescued animals that Doreen Virtue & Michael save from slaughter each week.With over 300 and counting at this dedicated rescue ranch, these animals will live a long and full life just as they were meant to, so I’m honored to be a donor.

 Friends of the Earth – protecting this beautiful earth, and all it’s inhabitants

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I’ve been involved with Friends since my university days but only recently starting making regular donations (as part of my 2017 £10,000 Birthday  donation). It’s been great to be active with their campaigns and know every email and every penny counts

 Greenpeace – People who are passionate about protecting the Earth through positive action

I make regular donations to Greenpeace and monthly ones as well because humans, animals & tress can live together in harmony, if humans just stop, think and replenish what we use. I’m always delighted to be invited to private events, focus groups for Greenpeace  and to be kept up to date on what’s happening, in fact I closed a bank account specifically because of a Greenpeace notice of the banking group endorsing deforestation . . .and I told the bank exactly why I closed that account. Their advert in 2018 Aquarium is so worth watching, pure genius.

Horse World – rescuing, rehabilitating then re-homing horses & donkeys
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 I’ve adopted two Donkeys – Benjamin Bathtub & Bluebell and a gorgeous pony Bingo each & every year at Horse World, supporting them and their furry friends.
 
 
Here are some other vital animal charities I support with my time, energy and money, I hope you can too
 
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I was proud to become a Viva! Life Member, May 2017 and in 2018 I adopted the beautiful orphaned bull, Rudy to my collection of animal  adoptees
 
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I’m proud to be able to fund projects every month by funding the rescue of all animals, big ones like bears, elephants, big cats rescued from circuses and zoo’s or small animals like abandoned and abused domestic cats and dogs. I know my monthly donations to both World Animal Protection & Fours Paws works well as I get the regular updates on how rescued animals are re-habilitated and well cared for.

Kitrinos – Helping Refugees in Greece

I have always been appalled at how ineffective the EU has been in supporting one of it’s member states, Greece, in aiding the refugees since the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria almost a decade ago. I’ve applauded Greece, a financially insolvent country for, once again  behaving on a humanitarian manner {Greece were the only country to give Germany a interest free loan after the Second World War} . Under the direction of Dr Siyana Shaffi, who started working in Greek refugee camps in October, 2015, Kitrinos now have two mobile ambulances, fully equipped clinical rooms and access to a portable ultrasound machine and ECG. I heard about this in May 2018 via a vegan facebook page which was donating its May Bank Holiday meal profits to the charity, within the hour I’d donated £80 myself to such a worthy cause.

 Lend with Care –  loans to those who need a little investment

As an self-made entrepreneur I never needed loans of any kind but I’m always happy to lend money to global entrepreneurs to achieve their own goals. On the day I won £125 I saw an advert for lend with care and donated the final £15 needed for Abdul Rehman, 24, of Pakistan to reach the £195 he needed to build his hairdressing, barber shop, salon which is the only income for himself, his wife and his parents. I went on to fund Zeeham Aslam(to repair his taxi) & Imitaz Begum (jeans clothing business) with £75 given to me by Co Operative Group.

Mango Tree – Child Sponsorship in Goa

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I sponsor two children so they get a valued education and it’s the best £15 per child I spend or in some years £250 ad hoc donation .

 Mind – putting mental frailty first

 
 I make regular donations to Mind, having originally wanted to fund “Time to Change” a mental health charity I learned alot from at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium as a fitness professional. As “Time for Change” didn’t have a facility to accept online donations, I started donating to Mind, it’s partner charity, being invited to their Stratford offices for private donor tours and meetings.
 

National Trust

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For me, there are few things more important than preserving & protecting this green and pleasant land, just as one of my hero’s Beatrix Potter did a century ago.

Oxfam – created in Oxford, to help the world

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 Like Amnesty this is a charity I’ve supported since I was a teenager and am proud to continue to do so being one of the very first  global charities post war and still doing amazing work. I enjoy funding  Oxfam on both and ad hoc and a monthly basis as their videos show how far the world has progressed {3/4 of world poverty was eliminated from 2000-2015}. It shows me that we do and have made a real difference in the lives of others and that makes me an avid supporter eager to support more.
 

 Royal British Legion

 
 A charity I support annually and was privileged to be sent a cardboard poppy to write my own message on then have it placed at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres, Belgium on November 11th 2016. The Menin Gate is the only place to stop traffic and play the Last Post in honour of the fallen at 20.00 every evening. 
 

Royal Historical Palaces

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Supporting our historic palaces for generations to come is vitally important for educational, heritage and national reasons . I was delighted to become a Life Member of RHP in 2016 as I love visiting Hampton Court, Tower of London & Kensington Palace at least twice a year
 
 

  Samaritans Purse – Gifts to needy displaced children worldwide

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 I love getting gifts so fitting as many small gifts into a shoe box for a child who’s displaced, scared or alone, is guaranteed to bring them a little joy & pleasure. I came across this in 2013 when a man was handing out tea to strangers at Leytonstone bus stop. I didn’t take the tea but thanked him,gave him a hug and took his newsletter which had an article about Samaritans Purse  . . . the rest is history
 
 
 

  Sight Savers – Restoring Sight to those who’d otherwise be blind

I love these adverts showing how amazing sight restoration is so I make both monthly and ad hoc donations to Sight Savers to give the precious gift of sight to those who’d otherwise be unnecessarily blind. For many blindness makes them a social pariah, meaning even more isolation, bigotry and unhappiness. I’m always grateful for my sight so it’s a pleasure to ensure others have theirs too.

SOS Children’s Villages

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I donate as part of my Birthday £10,000 donation and would I recommend sponsoring a child for just £15 per month,  you can even choose the country or continent you’d like them to be in. It’s amazing to see photos, videos and updates on exactly how effective your donation has been to these amazing children.

 WaterAid  – the gift of fresh clean water