Charity Choices

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Assisi Animal Charities Foundation – why support one animal charity when you can help five?

  • The Blue Cross
  • The Mayhew Animal Home
  • World Horse Welfare (formerly ILPH)
  • Animal Health Trust

Assisi brings together five different animal charities, working in various ways to help thousands of animals in both the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Helping Assisi means that you will be helping five charities instead of one, making it a unique way of helping to save thousands of animals from a life of abuse, neglect and disease.

Registered Charity Number:  1102985

Back Up

Every 8 hours, someone’s life is changed forever in the UK. 

At Back Up we know a spinal cord injury can be devastating but we believe that it shouldn’t prevent anyone from getting the most out of life.

Our services include mentoring, wheelchair skills training, rehabilitative residential courses and getting back into work or school after an injury. Back Up provides peer led tailored support to help people adjust to a spinal cord injury by inspiring independence and confidence for a positive future.

We help people to get their lives back, achieve their goals or simply to feel positive about their future.

“Before my accident I would get satisfaction out of helping people and that’s something that has been missing in my life.

The course allowed me to feel part of a team once more. For the first time I felt that I was equally contributing to the group whether it was putting things on my lap to take to the car or by using my power chair to push other people in chairs who were struggling to get up hills. I was able to encourage people to push their boundaries and they helped me to push my boundaries.”

Andy Walker who now plays Steve Kelly in ITV1’s Soap, Emmerdale

Registered Charity Number: 1072216 and SCO040577

British Red Cross

We are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities.

And when the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.


In 2010 the British Red Cross:

  • helped 950,000 people in vulnerable communities in over 20 countries to prepare for disasters
  • responded to 2,000 fires, accidents, water shortages and other emergencies across the UK
  • supported 439,600 people in the UK with health and social care services
  • responded to 25 overseas disasters
  • trained 335,500 people in first aid

Registered charity number:  220949 (England and Wales) SC037738 (Scotland)


BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) believes everyone, no matter what their background or where they live, should have the opportunity to experience the natural environment.

Working with local volunteers, we rescue, restore and protect the local parks, woodlands and green spaces which matter to people. Our volunteers create places for nature to thrive, children to play and people to relax, unwind and experience the natural world.

Registered Charity no.(261009) and Scotland (SCO39302)

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs’ will not rest until blind and partially sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

We aim to do this by delivering a world class guide dog and other mobility services, and working to break down barriers.

Since the Charity's inception 80 years ago, Guide Dogs’ has enabled tens of thousands of blind and partially sighted people to get around independently through providing guide dogs.

As well as significantly increasing the number of guide dog partnerships, the near future sees us reaching out to many more thousands of blind and partially sighted people by increasing our overall range of services to include Buddy Dogs, My Guide – the sighted guide service and improving mobility in children and young people.


Registered Charity Number: 209617 (England and Wales) SC038979 (Scotland)

Help the Hospices

Every moment is precious. That is why every year hospices help 360,000 people affected by life-limiting and terminal illnesses – adding life to days even when days cannot be added to lives.


Help the Hospices is the leading charity supporting over 200 hospices across the UK that care for adults, children and young people with illnesses such as cancer, chronic heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Care is given completely free of charge and is open to all, including patients’ families and friends.


By donating to Help the Hospices through your pay, you will be helping hospices to continue providing vital care to patients and their families in your local community.

Make A Wish UK

2011 is Make-A-Wish’s 25th Anniversary, and in those 25 years we have granted more than 6,700 magical wishes to children and young people living with life-threatening illnesses.

Just £5 a month through the Big Change adds up to £60 over one year, which lets us buy the special uniform for a boy who wishes to be a soldier or fireman for the day.

And if you can give £10 per month, we will actually receive £12.50 per month because your donation is untaxed – so no extra expense for you.

Please help us to grant magical wishes with your payroll gift.

Boy on a tank

Family photo

Charity Registration Nos. 295672/SC037479


Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

A learning disability affects the way someone learns, understands and communicates. Someone has a learning disability all through their life.

Together, we fight for equal rights, we campaign for greater opportunities and we challenge attitudes and prejudice. We also provide advice and support to meet people's needs throughout their lives. Mencap believes that everyone with a learning disability has the right to live their lives the way that they want.

Child playing

Registered charity number: 222377

Meningitis Now

Meningitis Now is committed to the fight against meningitis helping to save lives and rebuild futures of those affected, through research, awareness and support. With more than 500,000 people living in the UK right now who have had meningitis, our on-going work is much-needed.

Giving regularly through your salary enables us to plan and carry out our vital work, safe in the knowledge that our funding is secure. In this way we can offer support for life for those affected by meningitis, whenever it is needed, for as long as it is needed.


Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity

In our affluent nation, tens of thousands of people wake up every day in housing that is run-down, overcrowded, or dangerous. Many others have lost their home altogether. The desperate lack of decent, affordable housing is robbing us of security, health, and a fair chance in life.

More than one million people a year come to us for advice and support via our website, helplines and national network of services. We help people to find a keep a home and we campaign for decent housing for all.

We need your help to continue our work. Please support us by setting up a Payroll Giving Gift.


Registered in England and Wales (263710) and in Scotland (SC002327).

Teens and Toddlers

Since 2001 Teens and Toddlers has transformed the lives of over 7500 disadvantaged children

One in five children lives in a household where no-one is working. With low self confidence and poor basic skills, they despair about their chances of gaining a good education, finding work and achieving their dreams.

Nearly one million 16–24 year olds in England are NEET (not in education, employment and training).

With no hope, NEET young people fall prey to crime, drug addiction and teenage pregnancy, which have a major impact on their communities.

Teens and Toddlers addresses the underlying issues which cause young people to drop out and become NEET. We run a range of programmes, which are focused on inspiring young people to achieve the skills, qualifications and self belief they need to succeed in education, work and life, and to contribute positively to their communities.

"Life is like being on a football pitch and being expected to score goals without knowing the rules. Teens and Toddlers taught me the rules and now I am scoring goals all over the place."

Tiana is a Teens and Toddlers beneficiary. She is now at University and training to be a Teens and Toddlers facilitator.

Our ultimate aim is to inspire young people to be everything they can be.

Registered Charity Number: 1099782


WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is looking for supporters who share our passion for protecting whales and dolphins and their underwater environment.

With your help we can:

stop commercial whaling for good

free whales and dolphins from a life of captivity

fund vital conservation projects worldwide.

Join us in our mission to secure a safer future for these magnificent creatures.

Whales and dolphins need your support. Please help with a regular donation through your payroll – together we can keep them safe.

Photo by Scott Portelli

Registered charity number: 1014705


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