My name is Kate and I am delighted to be promoting Give as you Live via my blog at http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com as part of the BritMums #mums4good initiative.
My blog is quite diverse covering parenting, women’s rights, bargain-hunting and recipes amongst many other things. I share a lot about myself in a down-to earth and often humorous way. So how does that fit in with Give as you Live?
I have worked in voluntary and community sector for over 20 years from small local organisations to national bodies. I know a lot about the pressure facing good causes as they strive to offer a quality service to members of the public. I also know that resourceful charity workers will make the most even of the smallest amount of money coming into them. Every penny counts. So when I heard that Give as you Live has facilitated millions of pounds going to a diverse range of fabulous charities, they had my attention.
In these recession-hit times, funding to charities from government and corporate bodies are decreasing. However, in the current economic and social climate, the need for charitable services and campaigns is increasing. Kind-hearted folks would like to help but often find that their own family’s needs are hard enough to maintain without dipping their hand in their pockets for charity. It is a very tough situation that really threatens the most vulnerable people in society including children, the sick and the elderly.
Give as you Live provides real hope as EVERYONE who shops online with even ONE of thousands of retailers can make a difference at no cost to themselves. The retailers will give a percentage of what you spend to a charity of your choice. That might be a local charity, one that is close to your heart for personal reasons, your school or an international aid organisation.
I have decided to support the Royal British Legion. I am doing this because it is a charity that is helping service and former service people and their families in multiple ways every day of the year. It is there for the woman who finds herself a widow through operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is there for her children. It is there for the older veterans from World War Two. It provides a listening ear, respite care and essential goods where people do not have the funds to pay for them. Things like mobility scooters, white goods and, sadly, in the current climate, food parcels and help with basic housing costs. You can find out more at www.britishlegion.org.uk.
I am a Yorkshire lass and it is often said that those from my county love “owt for nowt”. How much more that applies when we know the something we are getting is going to a cherished good cause? Here is the link to my Give as you Live page, www.give.as/kateonthinice.