I’m not a political campaigner, I don’t understand politics, never tried. To be honest I have no interest. I am a decent person, I do what I say I am going to, if I can’t I don’t say it and I am a mother, I like children to be warm, fed and safe.
The International aid from the UK has made some significant improvements in helping millions of children from a life sentence of hunger. My Lil H is 5 years old, the number of children across the world not making it to that milestone has fallen from 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2011, but we can’t stop, we have to keep bringing this number down year on year on year.
The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour have all committed to pledging 0.7% of our national income to international aid by 2013, this is a promise upheld in the current government’s coalition agreement. Honouring this commitment to the poorest children will ensure progress continues. I wrote to my MP, who happens to be George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. I sent it by post and emailed it too and guess what? He replied!
2012 is tough year, a tough era for everyone, its not a reason to not do anything though and if you are reading this chances are you blog or are social active online in some way, you and your little mouse with a few clicks can help to spread the work and make a difference and keep children mortality rates falling. Take two minutes to watch the video below. During the two day G8 Summit that starts tomorrow, more than 14,000 children will die as a result of malnutrition. Don’t know that and do nothing.
Please help end hunger and malnutrition. Share this message and encourage the government to name a day for a global hunger summit here
Help to break the chains of hunger, share this message and encourage the government to name a day for a global hunger summit here
Any working family knows the emotional and financial cost of juggling life with childcare and the associated costs. This post is a call for support from people in Cheshire and the North West from Save the Children. They are launching a campaign about the cost of childcare this Thursday 8th September.
Responsibility for this falls under the remit of George Osborne, my very own MP and yours too if you live in Tatton. To highlight the importance of this issue a photo will be taken outside George Osborne’s constituency office in Knutsford.
Tatton Conservative Office
Cheshire. WA16 0LT
The request is for people to arrive at 11.45am for the photos to be taken at 12 noon. This will be a holding up placards that say ‘Make Work Pay’ & ‘Childcare Costs Jobs’ and the photos will help raise the profile of the issues and the campaign in local press.
Ironically / to illustrate the point, I can’t make it as have to work Thursday as it is the only day my mum can look after Baby G but I wanted to help spread the word. There is no doubt the high and raising cost of childcare is preventing many families from earning enough to raise a family and some parents are even considering giving up their job. Hope some of you can make it.
It’s pancake day and across the UK frying pans will be heating, batter will be made, some will be ruined, others successfully tossed, fillings will be piled on and fun will be had. But … they wouldn’t taste very nice without the egg would they? They wouldn’t be pancakes, would they?
I was going to post our favourite receipes for fillings and then last week I heard a radio interview with a mother talking about how she has to send her child to school with pancakes made of just flour and waterbecause she can’t afford the egg or milk. This family doesn’t live in Africa, they live in Manchester. Please just spare a moments thought for the 1.6 million children in the UK that live in severe poverty, getting by on less than £134 per week. That made me want to dedicate this post to all those who eat pancakes because they are cheap not because its pancake day. All those who eat pancakes made from just flour and water where ever they are in the world because they have no choice.
Are we having pancakes? Yes we are and yes we are putting an egg in the batter. In fact we are filling them most probably with ham, cheese & spinach then nutella, banana & ice-cream pancakes for dessert. I am also giving time to reminding others that there remains a severe child poverty issue here in the UK. If you want to do the same with your pancake post that would be amazing too, feel free to use this content with my pleasure.
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Last weekend I attended a blogging conference at Save The Children offices in London. To be clear this was a completed self funded conference I went because I wanted to see how as a blogger and online socialiser I could help support their efforts as a charity. I’d blogged back in January when the earthquake hit Haiti and I blogged and tweeted to support the Blogladesh campaign in the Summer.
I’m going to share lots of what I learnt at the conference about why the blogosphere and social media can be so powerful for causes like save the children, why and how any and every blogger can help. But first a do you know … ?
Save The Children would like to see if they can arrange a life swap with a child or young person from a fortunate lifestyle and a child or young person in poverty. For the two to spend some time together, video their experiences, like “How the other half live” the Channel Four documentary. Save the Children can then use the video content to raise the profile of the severity of the poverty gap and the issues. Ideally we would like the more fortunate child to be from the Tatton constituency as the goal is to raise awareness with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne who is my MP for Tatton. I had hoped to attend one of his surgery to raise the issue and discuss it but apparently he doesn’t do surgeries – George, if you’re reading this and want to have a coffee to discuss I’d be delighted!
Do you know a child or young person that would be interested in taking part? Please contact myself, Claire or Gareth from Save The Children:
lancaster [dot] claire [at] gmail [dot] com
g.jenkins [at] savethechildren [dot] org [dot] uk
Let me explain why I want to you to help with this, I was so very naively surprised that Save the Children are very active in the UK. I was even more horrified to learn that in the UK, 3.9 million children live in poverty. Many don’t have access to warm winter clothing, nutritious food, decent housing or education. I live in the North West, 8 miles south of Manchester city centre, Manchester and Tower Hamlets in London, have the highest levels 27% of severe poverty. This means that just down the road from me there are children going to sleep cold and hungry
I’m off to pimp this post this everywhere I can and tweet it – please can I ask you to re-tweet it, send it you anyone you think may be interested, if you live in the Tatton area stick a link to it on your Facebook page. Please and Thank you!