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Small Charities Week

We're a small team at ingenie, so we tend to know quite a lot about each other's passions and problems. Usually we'd offer a cup of tea and a chat but this week we're doing more.

For Small Charities Week, we each chose the charity that's closest to our heart - because they're local, they've helped us in some way or they're doing something we really believe in.

Read some of our stories, find out more about our charities and cick to donate.

Karen gave to Momentum

"Momentum are a charity very close to my heart - they look after families of children with cancer and life threatening illnesses in the local area.

"They were so good to my son Daniel when he was going through treatment, regularly sending him gifts to cheer him up, arranging days out and also music lessons at home which he loved. They always remembered and made a fuss of my daughter Lucy, too.

"They also redesigned and refitted the parents' room and playroom at Epsom hospital where Daniel and I spent weeks at a time over the last 3 years."

Donate to Momentum

 

Ben gave to Surfers Against Sewage

"I've surfed all over the world and there's a reason people want to go to Hawaii more than Cornwall (besides better waves): our beaches in the UK are a mess.

"Surfers Against Sewage is a charity that deals with all kinds of beach and ocean pollution. From climate change to toxic water quality and marine litter, SAS is doing everything it can to fight against environmental destruction and keep the UK's beaches beautiful."

Donate to Surfers Against Sewage

 

Charlotte gave to Epsom Playhouse

"My mum works with a local nursery school called Epsom Playhouse. They work really hard to raise money for the children to have toys and equipment by running fairs and raffles.

"You see a real community spirit with the staff, parents,friends and family coming together to help raise as much money as possible so the children can have the best care. The staff's main focus is the children and getting them ready for big school."

Donate to Epsom Playhouse

 

Honor gave to Ministry of Stories

"I first heard of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies a few years ago. They sell - seriously - supplies for monsters. If you're a vampire needing blood or a werewolf after liquid misery, that's where you go.

"The shop is a delightfully silly front for Ministry of Stories, a charity that gets young people into storytelling and creative writing. It was founded by Nick Hornby and is a lovely way to grow children's imaginations.

"And you get to it through a secret door in the monster shop. Very cool."

Donate to Ministry of Stories

   

Mike gave to Naomi House & Jacksplace

"I originally became aware of this charity through a friend of a friend whose son had been looked after there. Jacksplace is the only hospice for young adults in our region, offering the care and support they need but also giving them the independence they often crave.

"They achieve this through 24-hour nursing care alongside activities and social events both at the hospice and further afield.

"To support the charity, I completed the Charity Clarendon Way Walk, which runs between Salisbury and Winchester - 26.2 miles or 54,981 steps (and one blister, as it turned out!)"

Donate to Jacksplace

 

Katey gave to Contact the Elderly

"Contact the Elderly is a charity that tackles loneliness and social isolation among older people. It's heart-breaking that growing old is a huge fear for vulnerable people and that we live in a time where we barely know our neighbours - so this is a worthy cause.

"It's run by volunteers who hold monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for those in need of a cuppa, a catch-up and some Victoria sponge.

"The goal is that, over time, these meetings become more and more frequent and strangers become good friends."

Donate to Contact the Elderly

 

Savina gave to Nightline

"Nightline is a student-run helpline I volunteered with during my years at uni. They offer a free talking service for students that runs every night 6pm until 8am.

"Mental health is a really important facet to our wellbeing and it is so important to get everyone talking about it as much as possible. Everyone thinks the years at uni are one big party but that's not always the case. Being a sounding board to those who are feeling really vulnerable and offering a chat at the loneliest of times - at night - is a saviour for some."

Donate to Nightline

 

James gave to Action for Carers

"Action for Carers Surrey is a charity that aims to raise awareness of carers' needs. They work alongside health and social care teams to ensure carers are well supported.

"There are around 108,000 carers in Surrey and for most carers it can be an unexpected role to take on. Due to its high demands they can often be unaware of the benefits and other help available to make their lives easier. Action for Carers also has a specialist support network for 18 to 24-year-olds, which offers a chance to go out for a free meal and access to an online community."

Donate to Action for Carers


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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