We at Happy Smile understand the ethos of charitable giving and work quite closely with a number of charities, producing fund raising items and providing support, insight and donations in order to help them achieve their individual goals.
A number of the organisations we work with and support are ones that we have an affinity with – either we have been individually impacted by their work in our personal lives or we feel strongly about their causes and all of the work that they do. We want to try our best to widen their impact and give them the best chance of receiving the support they need and deserve.
Below is a brief description about some of the charities that we have been involved with:
It’s Good 2 Give officially came to life in April 2010 and to date have raised more than £180,000 for local young people and their families in the Lothians who are living with cancer. They are energetic and hardworking, and their goal is to raise £1m to build a purpose-built retreat for young cancer sufferers and their families. But in the meantime, they also provide masses of support on a day-to-day basis, including providing hospital packs and practical workshops to improve patients’ confidence and quality of life. They may be a small charity, but they have big goals.
Parcels 4 Troops does exactly what it says on the tin. They send boxes of goodies to our forces stationed in operational theater around the globe, which provides a little bit of home to the frontline. But they do more than just that – they also provide support to the families and loved ones that are within our communities. They are funded purely from donations and fundraising events and they are predominantly ex-service personnel, so they understand the needs and challenges of the troops and their families.
Race For Life: In 2009, Happy Smile lost one of our directors, Tania, to ovarian cancer. Every year our family and friends join forces to run as a team (“Forza Bella”) in her memory and to raise funds for Cancer Research. Race For Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event. To date, over six million women have raised over £457m for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.
Bobby Moore Fund: In 2010, we lost a relative of the Happy Smile family to bowel cancer, and this fund helps to increase awareness of the disease and funds research into it. Nearly £19m has been raised since it launched, and over £2m is raised each year through events. As part of our efforts to support this cause, part of the donations we received for our Movember 2011 campaign were donated to the fund.
The RMCTF is the overarching Royal Marine charity. Quite simply, they will help when others cannot. They raise money for a wide array of purposes, probably the widest of any service charity, including providing help for the wounded to begin their transition back into civilian life. Sadly, but importantly, the RMCTF also provides a grant to the next of kin of those who die in service within 48 hours of their passing.