Our Partner Charities

Heart UK


HEART UK is an acronym. It stands for Hyperlipidaemia, Education, Atherosclerosis, and Research Trust UK.

Six of ten adults in the UK have raised cholesterol and 120,000 have an inherited high cholesterol condition called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). People with FH are born with the condition and most will have double or triple the normal level of cholesterol, left unidentified and untreated these people are likely to have a heart attack, stroke or sudden death in their 20s, 30s and 40s and in more complicated cases, teenage years.

Cholesterol is a silent killer. It is one of the UK’s biggest modifiable risk factors for heart disease and there are no symptoms, often the first sign of a problem is a heart attack.

The charity’s vision is that by 2016, the majority of UK adults will know their cholesterol levels, understand the impact and to be taking any necessary action.

HEART UK is here for anyone affected by raised cholesterol. HEART UK brings people together, provide information, support, education and campaign for improved identification & standards of care.

HEART UK – The Cholesterol charity is committed to:

  • Raising awareness about the risks of high cholesterol
  • campaigning for better detection of those at risk
  • funding research into improved treatments
  • supporting health professional training
  • promoting healthier lifestyles

HEART UK has campaigned successfully in a number of areas.

Recent achievements include:

  • Campaigning for a national disease prevention programme, which helped lead to the NHS Health Checks programme
  • Successful lobbying for the retention and implementation of the NHS Health Checks programme
  • Improved recognition of the need to rollout NICE Guidelines on Familial Hypercholesterolaemia
  • Positively influencing health policy through participation in Government consultations and meetings programme
  • Direct involvement in developing and advising on NICE Guidelines on cardiovascular issues
  • Developing influential publications and resources in areas including cardiac rehabilitation, acute coronary syndrome and familial hypercholesterolaemia.


Colostomy UK is a registered charity (number 1113471) and a company limited by guarantee (company number 05623273).


From the beginning the charity’s mission has been to listen, to inform and to be your voice.

What is the role of Colostomy UK?

The primary role of the Colostomy UK is to represent the interests of people with a colostomy. They are experts in living with a colostomy and that experience is available to all colostomates, via personal contact with their volunteers.

Colostomy UK is here to provide support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who has or is about to have a colostomy. The charity strives to raise awareness of what it’s like to have a stoma and what it means to live with a colostomy and by doing this, the charity hopes to address the general lack of public knowledge.

The ultimate goal of the charity is to champion issues that affect colostomates, their families and their carers.

How the mission is carried out

The organisational structure of the Colostomy UK is made up of seven Trustees, a General Manager and other full time staff who are fully trained and responsible for the administration of the Association. The charity also has a number of highly valued volunteers who give their help and support.

The head office is based in Reading, Berkshire and our office hours are from 9am-5pm Mondays to Fridays. The Helpline is available 24/7 and we aim to have a colostomate online able to listen and discuss your concerns. The 24h free helpline is 0800 328 4257.

Covering the country are over 100 trained and experienced contact volunteers who are colostomates. Contact volunteers are dedicated individuals who bring a human touch in what can sometimes be a delicate and emotional time. Our contact volunteers are often asked to talk patients before their colostomy surgery, and afterwards in hospital, usually at the request of the stoma nurse. Home visits by contact volunteers can also be arranged at request.

Colostomy UK has a range of advisory literature, written by colostomates and nursing professionals, readily available on request. Plus the quarterly magazine “Tidings”.

Colostomy UK attends organised stoma care nurses’ “open days”, where anyone can come and learn more about the colostomy in a friendly atmosphere and discuss any problems, questions or just enjoy the company.

Colostomy UK also attends manufacturers’ and suppliers’, open days and exhibitions, where you can see what stoma bags, accessories and services are available. It’s a real opportunity to meet and share experiences with other colostomates.

For more information about the work of The Colostomy Association, please visit


Do not delay

Do Not Delay! Project by Nedelsk

Do Not Delay! Breast Cancer Prevention Project (founded by the Public Institution NEDELSK, non-profit organisation based and registered in Lithuania, reg. number: 303047766, reg. address: 4A M.K. Paco Street, Vilnius, Lithuania) is an important project that provides information and screenings for women in Lithuania, to help prevent breast cancer.

Do Not Delay! was started by Agnė Zuokienė. It runs the Pink Bus, a mobile breast cancer screening unit that travels all over Lithuania, even to the most remote areas, to take the important message about regular breast screening to all the women it can reach.

The Pink Bus run by Do Not Delay has already reached 445 towns and cities in Lithuania and over 40 000 women have been screened for breast cancer with the help of the special equipment carried by the Pink Bus. A fifth of those examine had benign breast tumours but 473 were found to have breast cancer. Their cancer was diagnosed earlier than it would have been and potentially life-saving treatment has been started.

Do Not Delay! and its Pink Bus can help many more women and reduce the death rate from breast cancer in Lithuania even further. But running the Pink Bus and providing the breast screening equipment is expensive. This is why the funding by the partnership with Intersecond Ltd is so vital.

You can now book your collection for Do Not Delay! for a convenient day and time at



Mercy ShipMercy Ships UK global charity

Around the world, billions of people live in fear and desperation, with impure water, inadequate food, and little or no access to health care. More than 1.2 billion people live on less than £1 per day. Most of Africa’s population has no access to a hospital or doctor. More than 6 million children die each year from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.

Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Their mission is to bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor.

In 1978, Don and Deyon Stephens began the process of finding a suitable vessel to fulfill the dream in their hearts of a hospital ship serving the world’s poor. Don and Deyon began recruiting crew to staff the ship and raising the funding to bring the Mercy Ship into compliance with international standards. Ongoing efforts resulted in the transformation of the passenger ship into a hospital ship that served for almost 30 years.

In 2009 the Variety Club International Humanitarian Award, whose previous winners include Sir Winston Churchill and Audrey Hepburn, was awarded to Don and Deyon Stephens in London. Don Stephens has received the Two Hungers Award and the Religious Heritage Award.

Programmes & Services

Mercy Ships programmes promote health and well-being by serving the urgent surgical needs of the world’s forgotten poor and empowering developing communities. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has provided services in developing nations valued at more than £537 million, including the following:

  • Performed more than 47,000 life-changing operations such as cleft lip and palate repair, cataract removal, orthopaedic procedures, facial reconstruction and obstetric fistula repair.
  • Treated over 422,120 patients in village clinics with more than 456,400 procedures performed.
  • Treated over 95,800 dental patients with more than 228,100 dental procedures performed.
  • Trained over 15,300 local health-care professionals who have in turn trained many others.
  • Taught 125,800 local people in basic health care.
  • Completed over 1,085 community development projects focusing on water and sanitation, education, infrastructure development and agriculture.

For more information or to make a monetary donation that will make a real difference to the world’s forgotten poor, please visit



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