In November/December we launched an appeal with our UK stockists to raise money for a young boy named Ethan Blore. Diagnosed with Limbic Encephalitis at just 2 years old, Ethan lives almost permanently in hospital, unable to walk or talk without help and on a cocktail of drugs to ease his pain. We decided to support his family's efforts to raise money to build a special soft area where Ethan can lie safely without fear of hurting himself when he seizures.
We provided prizes for Christmas raffles to be held by our independent retailers who wanted to be involved. We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us in this cause, total donations to be announced in the New Year.
In May, we teamed up with one of our online stockists, My Mini Monsters, to help in their challenge to run the Bupa Great Manchester Run. This 10k run was broadcast live on BBC for the first time and in anticipation we promised to double the total amount raised by the MMM team. They bravely took up the 10k challenge on May 16th and as promised, we matched every penny raised.
In total, My Mini Monsters and Izziwotnot raised over £850 for local children’s hospice, Derian House, who offer extensive and invaluable support to families of children with a terminal illness.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare inherited condition in which there is a build up of phenylalanine in the body. Phenylalanine is a natural substance; it is a building block of protein. PKU is looked for in all newborns in the United Kingdom by measuring phenylalanine levels in the heel-prick blood test. All babies should have this test as it allows treatment to start early in life. The NSPKU exists to help and support people with PKU, their families and carers. Formed in 1973, the NSPKU actively promotes the care and treatment for those with PKU and works closely with medical professionals in the UK. The NSPKU also sponsors medical research into PKU.
In December we raised £150 for the NSPKU from the annual Izziwotnot Christmas raffle.
Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. The annual telethon is one of the highs of the BBC calendar, with plenty of activities taking place at this time of year across the UK, helping to raise crucial pennies to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Every penny raised by Children In Need is donated to organisations that work with children who may have experienced mental, physical or sensory disabilities; behavioural or psychological disorders; are living in poverty or situations of deprivation; or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.
In November we raised £440 from the Izziwotnot cake sale, fancy dress day and raffle. Sales rep, Iain, visited customers across the North East all week dressed as Bob the Builder. Check out our Facebook page to see the snaps!
For all those people affected by breast cancer, this charity offers support and information through a range of services. From practical advice and information to just needing a helpful chat, Breast Cancer Care's local support services provide a chance to meet others affected by breast cancer in your area. The organisation also provides specialist support for young women affected by breast cancer, as well as those dealing with secondary breast cancer.
In November, Izziwotnot sponsored an exciting local charity event, 'Girls Night In', including donations of promotional material, prizes and a substantial financial donation. The whole event raised over £500 for Breast Cancer Care. You can see photos from the event on our Facebook page!
In the past we have also made charitable donations to the following organisations: