Charity Corner: ASH Wales

Welcome back to Charity Corner. This is my new series where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. Today’s Charity Corner, I speak to Emily Cole, the Digital Communications and PR Officer at ASH Wales, a charity which aims to confront the deleterious caused by smoking.

What is the mission of Ash Wales?

ASH Wales is the only organisation in Wales whose sole focus is tackling the harms of smoking. We help make new laws, we run campaigns to educate adults and we work with lots of young people to help them quit smoking or to not even start in the first place. We’re not just ASH Wales though… we also run a youth project called The Filter Wales  and an online community for adults to quit smoking, Smokefree Me.

What’s the story behind the creation of your charity?

Back in the 1970s when ASH first started here in Wales, most people were only just learning about how bad smoking really was for us. 46% of the UK’s residents smoked back in the 70s too, so that’s where we came in – to teach people about the harms of tobacco and to support them to kick the deadly habit.

What outcomes has ASH Wales seen through its work?

From when we launched in 1976 to now there’s been 400,000 less smokers in Wales – that’s something big to be proud of. Most recently, we launched our youth project called The Filter, back in 2012. Since then we’ve worked with thousands of Wales’ young people and smoking rates among teenagers has continued to decrease from around 13% to 9% in just 5 of years – that’s a huge leap.

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Charity Corner: Help Harry Help Others

It’s a new year and I’ve decided to create a new series. Different to other series that I work on, ‘Charity Corner’ is where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. There are so many in existence and while some are lucky to have the privilege to advertise nation-wide or even internationally, there are also so many smaller causes but equally as important that deserve the chance to spread the word of their actions.For the very first Charity Corner, I’ve spoken to Georgie Moseley, founder of Help Harry Help Others, a charity who aims to fund vital brain tumor research.

What is the mission of your charity?

Our mission is simple. To ultimately find a cure for brain cancer, We offer grants to families suffering financial hardship directly as a result of a cancer diagnosis. We also offer adults and children with any type of Cancer any support that is needed outside of cancer treatment- all from under one roof.

In a ‘home-from-home’ environment, we offer time, understanding, empathy, advice, as well as social activities.

We strongly believe that no one should face cancer alone, or feel isolated. We offer accessible support in the community to adults and children affected by any type of cancer. No referrals are required – we are here to help!

What’s the story behind the creation of ‘Help Harry Help Others’? 

My son, Harry, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2007.  In 2009 after undergoing intensive radiotherapy Harry met a fellow patient (Robert Harley who was 55 years old). When Harry heard his friend was deteriorating, he had a vision, a vision to help all those with affected by cancer following him seeing a fellow patient deteriorate.  With a brain tumour himself, my incredible boy raised over £750,00 for good causes via his famous bracelet making idea until he passed away in 2011, aged eleven.

Due to the impact that cancer had on our family, I saw gaps for areas of support and decided that I needed to continue with Harry’s great work and ensure other families had the support they needed. Therefore, in 2012, I established HelpHarryHelpOthers, a unique local cancer charity servicing those affected by cancer. Then in 2015 we also opened the Birmingham drop In Cancer Support centre which,  in a ‘home from home’ environment offers every inch of support outside of treatment from under one roof.

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Blogmas Day 7: A Helpful Hamper

Christmas is about giving and it’s important to remember not just your friends and family, but those in need, too.

Normally at Christmas, I would do a hamper either for my uncle who live alone or my dad or even my step brother when he was at uni, but with circumstances changing, this year we have decided to create a hamper for someone in need. These could be for absolutely anyone you feel would benefit, but this year we will be giving it to the local food bank for those who need it.


While it looks extravagant, this cost us so little as we would put one or two items at a time in with our shopping and didn’t really affect the costs at all. It doesn’t have to be branded – it could be the store’s own (ie: ASDA Smart Price), anything really is beneficial.

Of course, Christmas is very close to us now, but if you could pick up even five pounds worth on your Christmas shop. Perhaps in the new year, you could make it a resolution to buy one or two tinned items or food that isn’t dated to save and then make a hamper for someone. An elderly neighbour, someone who isn’t as fortunate financially or unable to get to the shops. If you donate to your local food bank, they usually have a list of what they typically run out of most. Any donation is hugely appreciated and the warmth you feel for helping someone is truly a special Christmas gift alone.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Blogmas Day 2: 5 Gifts That Keep On Giving


Giving presents are great, but what about giving presents that keep on giving? If you’re a bit stuck on what to give this Christmas, I’ve picked a couple of special gifts that will keep on giving to others…

Toms Shoes


Not only are you giving one pair of shoes to someone this Christmas, but you are giving another free pair to someone less fortunate who needs them. “TOMS offers brand new, made-to-order shoes in a variety of styles to meet the needs of the children our Giving Partners serve.” As of right now, the company has given over 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need. For more information about the project, check out the website.

Adopt a TIGER


Adopting a tiger for someone this year means your monthly donation will help the WWF protect tigers as well as the world we live in. In return,  as an ‘official Tiger Protector’ you will receive a personalised tiger certificate, regular tiger news, a fact pack and a personalised story book ‘The Tiger Protector’ featuring a child and adult of your choice in the story.

For more information, click here

Sponsor a Dog

With personal experience from this, I can tell you this was such a fun gift growing up. When my dad’s dog passed away, he was too ill to get another and so he used the money he spent on Jasper to sponsor a dog for me. My dad’s choice of charity was ‘Dogs Trust’ and I loved getting regular updates from my sponsor dog, Smudge, as well as little gifts and a certificate. There are multiple charities who do the ‘sponsor a dog’ for different causes.

For more info on Dogs Trust’s sponsor dogs click here, for more info on Guide Dog’s sponsor dogs click here, or for info on sponsoring a Hearing Dog click here.

Gift of Emergency Supplies To Help A Syrian Child


For some people, giving materialistic gifts is not of much worth to them, so how about this year instead of gifting to one another, you donate to a worthy cause? Of course, there are millions of charities who offer gift options, but one in particular that caught my attention was this UNICEF one. For just £18, you can send emergency supplies to help a Syrian child.

UNICEF offers many different gifts. For more info, click here.

The Gift of equipment for a Traditional Birth Attendant


The gift of equipment for a Traditional Birth Attendant is a donation to provide the funds for training materials a basic set of sterile equipment and kit bag for an IMPACT-trained Traditional Birth Attendant.

TBAs safeguard the lives of mothers and babies during pregnancy, birth and beyond. IMPACT gift tokens are presented in an attractive gift wallet and come packaged with details of the gift; newsletter; and a tea towel designed by the artist Jilly Sutton, which was inspired by her visit to IMPACT’s projects in Bangladesh.

For more info, click here.

So this year, instead of gifting something that may not be too appreciated or end up soon in a skip or on eBay, I hope that many of you will choose a gift which keeps on giving.



Day One: Christmas Tag

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Band Aid 30: Better than the original?

Christmas 1984 saw the movement and release of Do They Know it’s Christmas? By British supergroup Band Aid. Founded by Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, the aim of Band Aid was to raise money for anti-poverty in Ethiopia.

Fast forward to today, 2014. It’s Band Aid’s 30th anniversary and we are facing a new crisis. Earlier this year, the world watched as it witnessed Africa suffer the devastating outbreak that is Ebola. According to the World Health Organisation, the outbreak has reached over 5,000 in the death toll.
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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.