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Top 6 UK children’s charities

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Children’s charities in the UK not only safeguard the children of the nation, but also look out for the best interests of children all over the world, and closer to home provide many of the social work jobs available in this country.

I am happy to regularly donate to charity. I like to give to other less fortunate than myself and my family and like to see how our raised funds can go to changing someones life.

I’ve listed below the top six charities, as ranked by the size of the donations they have received, and their mission statements about how they use the money they raise.

1. Save the Children

Save the Children say that their vision is: “A world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation,” and their mission is: “To inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.”

2. National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

The NSPCC describe their charity as: “the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands.” They help children who have been abused rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.

3. UNICEF UK

UNICEF defends the rights of the child as laid out in the UN convention of the same name. UNICEF says: “These rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.”

4. Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s describes its purpose as a charity today as being: “to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.” They say: “We believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.”

5. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

GOSH has been dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses since its formation in 1852. It describes its mission as being: “to provide world-class clinical care and training, pioneering new research and treatments in partnership with others for the benefit of children in the UK and worldwide.”

6. Children in Need

Children in Need states that its vision is: “that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, happy and secure, and allows them the chance to reach their potential.”

I feel incredibly lucky that my Son and our family have not had cause to need intervention from these wonderful charities but I know the good work that these charities do is immeasurable in terms of how helpful they can be to those in need.

Do you give regularly to children’s charities? Do your eyes leak whenever the appeals come on the television seeking help? Thankfully, you’re not alone and these children need our help. You never know when it might be us that needs their help.

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