Mumsnet supports Rape Crisis
5 Jun 2015
Mumsnet to matchfund users’ donations during a dedicated week of charity fundraising
Second annual Mumsnet Giving Week in partnership with JustGiving launches next week
Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest website for parents, is hosting its second annual Giving Week, in partnership with JustGiving. A week-long fundraising drive powered by the huge Mumsnet community and supported by JustGiving donation tech, Giving Week aims to raise as much money as possible for five charities and organisations nominated by Mumsnet’s users, including Rape Crisis England & Wales - and Mumsnet HQ will matchfund donations up to a maximum value of £25,000.
Lee Eggleston, Chair of Rape Crisis, said:
“We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Mumsnet’s charities for Giving Week 2015. Rape Crisis organisations are currently facing unprecedented demand for their specialist support and advocacy services from sexual violence survivors throughout the country. The support and co-ordination we provide these organisations is more vital than ever at this moment. Likewise, raising awareness and understanding of sexual violence has never been more crucial. We’re so grateful that the Mumsnet community is supporting the needs and rights of sexual violence survivors in this way.”
Mumsnet Giving Week will be live from next Monday, 8 June. As well as Rape Crisis England & Wales, the organisations chosen from Mumsnet users’ nominations are:
● Abortion Support Network (https://www.abortionsupport.org.uk/), a charity that provides financial assistance, accommodation and confidential, non-judgemental information to women forced to travel from Ireland and Northern Ireland and pay privately for abortions in England.
● Count the Kicks (http://www.countthekicks.org.uk/), a charity raising awareness of the importance of unborn babies’ movements to try to reduce the UK’s current stillbirth and neonatal death rate.
● IPSEA (https://www.ipsea.org.uk/), Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) provides a unique range of free services across England with one shared aim: getting the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and/or disabilities.
● SWAN UK (http://undiagnosed.org.uk/) (Syndromes Without A Name), is the only dedicated support in the UK for families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions.
Justine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO and Founder, said:
‘This is our second Giving Week, and the discussion we had with our users about which organisations to support was a powerful reminder of how many incredible charities and causes there are. We’ve got a wonderful shortlist and lots of plans for encouraging donations from the Mumsnet audience and beyond, so, we’re very much hoping to smash last year’s total.’
Helen Dagley, Communications Manager at JustGiving said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting Mumsnet in their Giving Week, helping connect their community to the causes that they care about. The response from the Mumsnet community was fantastic last year, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the impact of this second Giving Week on the five brilliant charities that have been chosen.”
Mumsnet Giving Week will begin on Monday 8 June, run for seven days, and use the hashtag #MNGiving
Mumsnet is the UK’s largest network for parents, with over 70 million page views and over 14 million visits per month. It has 180 local sites and a network of 6,500 bloggers. It regularly campaigns on issues including support for families of children with special educational needs, improvements in miscarriage care and freedom of speech on the internet.