Charities across the country are celebrating the start of UK Charity Week (#UKCharityWeek).

#UKCharityWeek, which is this year sponsored by TheGivingMachine, is a campaign designed to give the people of the United Kingdom an opportunity to place awareness and fundraising for charities high on the national agenda, at a time of the year when people are statistically at their most giving.

#UKCharityWeek is always held within the first full week of December.

UK Charity Week founder Lee Rayment

Lee Rayment, the founder of #UKCharityWeek, said: 

“There is a real sense on our streets that society and community spirit in the UK has taken a big hammering with so much negative media and other influences taking its toll on morale. This year, we want to work to bridge that divide and to remind people that our communities cannot thrive without unity, and here we have so many charities playing a pivotal role on our behalf.

“I hope that come to the end of the campaign that people can see that unity is the way forward, not hate or division. There’s a lot we are not in control of, but how we choose to respond is 100% within our control. Let’s put our differences aside and show what can be done by working together.” 

Among the Official Partner Charities leading the way are:

Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund
Adopt A Child
CNI Network
Strode Park Foundation
Matthew’s Friends
Teamwork Trust
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
Dementia Adventure
Mental Health Foundation
Smile Train
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Fund
Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
Autism All-Stars
Francis House Children’s Hospice
Shropshire Cat Rescue
Just4Children
Donate4Refugees
Talkback
TheGivingMachine
Spinal Research
Chilterns MS Centre
Carr Gomm
Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust
ClearSky
Anxious Minds
Internet Watch Foundation
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Boxing Futures UK
Hestia
Together For Animals
MCKS Charitable Foundation UK
The Sreepur Village
The Disabilities Trust
C3 Foundation Europe
Dog A.I.D
GreenCorridor
Headway, Preston and Chorley
POhWER
International Stress Management Association ISMA
Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
Scottish Cot Death Trust
Freshfields Animal Rescue
The Hummingbird Initiative
Kids Run Free
Campden Home Nursing
Clothe Me – Thank You
Action Medical Research
Me2Club
Pledge
Shai’s Smile
The Haven Wolverhampton
Barnardo’s
Animal Health Trust
Care for Children
Carers Worldwide
Heartburn Cancer UK
Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK
Rainbow Living
Spectra

For more information, please visit www.ukcharityweek.co.uk