The Charities

Here are my charity choices and some information about them to help you decide who you would like to donate to. Please remember that it can be as little as £1! Every little helps and I am grateful for every penny donated. 

Home-Start Guildford

My mum is a volunteer for Home Start Guildford, they are a charity that help young struggling families. The woman my mum helps once a week has she said that having my mum's help has made such a difference to her life, because not only has it given her confidence and enabled her to get out and do things, but also it has given her a friend. This charity does amazing work, and is run by volunteers who are mothers themselves. It costs Home Start £30 to give a family a volunteer, so please donate generously!

Catherine Lux is fundraising for Home-Start Guildford

Tommy's - The baby charity
Tommy's, the baby charity, is a well known charity for their research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth. 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy, and they are constantly working to try and lower this number. This is a charity very close to home for everyone, as I'm sure many of you will know people who have lost babies or had to go through a premature birth. Knowing people who have gone through the loss of a baby, I feel Tommy's is a well deserving charity, and they need all the help they can get. After all, no parent should have to lose a child, no matter how young. So again, please dig deep and give generously!

Catherine Lux is fundraising for Tommy's, the baby charity

Lupus UK.
We've just had one of those awful phone know the one where you can tell something's wrong by the look on your mum's face as she talks to the person on the other end of the phone..the one where the tv gets muted and everyone listens wide eyed...the one where as soon as a name is spoken everyone listens in for the next part...the one where as soon as you hear the word 'dead' your eyes fill with water, your heart beats faster and faster and you feel like you're going to throw up...the one where you want to run to your room and scream into your pillow...the one where you're filled with regret because you didn't text the person to arrange that catch up you'd been discussing for ages, or you kept reminding yourself to text them to check if they were ok but kept forgetting because other things came up.
And then you get the phone call. And it changes everything. Suddenly this person has gone. You will never be able to talk to them again or see them again...and it feels like someone's punching your heart over and over.
So in memory of my Step Aunty, I'm also going to be fundraising for Lupus UK, so please PLEASE give generously to this charity so that others like her do not have to lose their lives! She suffered from Lupus disease and Hughes syndrome, and died in her sleep in the early hours of this morning at just 36 years old.

Lupus is an auto-immune disease which causes the immune system to attack the body's cells and tissue, resulting in tissue damage and inflammation, thus damaging vital organs and the nervous system. There is no cure and it can be fatal. It occurs nine times more often in woman than in men, yet there is no specific cause.
Lupus UK is the only national registered charity supporting people with Lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis. They also operate a grant programme for research purposes.

Catherine Lux is fundraising for LUPUS UK

Hughes Syndrome Foundation.

I am already supporting Lupus UK, in memory of Nakita, but I have made the decision to also support Hughes Syndrome, as she suffered from both Lupus and Hughes syndrome, which combined, caused her early death. Hughes syndrome is also known as 'sticky blood', and can be fatal if not caught and controlled early. I have chosen to support this charity as I believe people need to be more aware of what Hughes syndrome is and what it does, as it is not a very well known disease. We need to raise awareness, as Nakita's sister Petrina said, 'to stop any other family go through what we've been through'. 

'Hughes syndrome is an autoimmune disorder which can present many clinical features, some of which can be life threatening, including strokes and thrombosis, and it can also be the cause of recurrent miscarriage. The good news is that, once diagnosed, Hughes Syndrome is potentially treatable; the bad news is that, as the condition is relatively new, it often goes undetected or misdiagnosed. With your help we hope to raise the profile of Hughes Syndrome so that we can discover more about its causes, prevalence and treatment.'

So to not only raise awareness of this relatively new and rare disease, but to prevent any other family losing a loved one, please dig deep and sponsor me generously by donating to the Hughes Syndrome Foundation!

You can find out more about the charity from their website; 

Listen to Nakita's sister Petrina's radio chat;

And of course donate;

My target is to raise at least £1000 for each charity. That is £4000 in please please invite your friends, colleagues, family members etc...send them the link, tell them what I am doing, and of course donate yourselves! It doesn't matter what the amount is, it can be anything from £1 upwards....every little helps. I would rather lots of people donate a small amount, than just a few people donating a larger amount. I am grateful for every penny that is given! So far I have raised just over £741, so we still have a long way to go. Please help these very deserving charities by donating any amount you can :)
And if you are a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid it for free!

My 3rd Birthday - 1994.  Grandad, Me and Nakita. 
“If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, 
I'll stay there forever” 
Rest In Peace Nakita - Gone far far too soon x