Disability Rights International (DRI) is the leading international human rights organisation dedicated to protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities worldwide.
Established in 1993, DRI has worked tirelessly for over two decades, across dozens of countries, to expose deplorable human rights abuses against innocent children and adults with disabilities, who are segregated from society in abusive institutions, robbed of their basic human rights and left to languish for a lifetime. Holly Candy has been a DRI Ambassador for over 14 years and is a passionate campaigner for the charity’s work and mission.
“Nick and Holly are the most caring and loving people who are deeply supportive of our work. They have been committed to the human rights of people with disabilities for over a decade. They shine a light on darkness and give hope to the hopeless.”
Laurie Ahern, President, Disability Rights International
The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injuries.
Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. Many children make a good recovery, but thousands have to live with long-term physical or learning difficulties. Thousands more children are born with brain injuries or develop severe disabilities as a result of degenerative conditions.
Over the last 30 years, The Children’s Trust has provided expert rehabilitation, education, therapy and care services at its national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, supporting children and families in communities across the UK.
“We are so grateful to Nick and Holly for their generosity and fundraising efforts over the past five years. They are helping hundreds of children with brain injury and neurodisability to live their best possible lives.”
Dalton Leong, Chief Executive, The Children’s Trust
Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity. They have been supporting bereaved children and young people since 1992 and continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK.
Winston’s Wish provides emotional and practical bereavement support to children, young people and those who care for them. Their expert teams offer one-off and ongoing bereavement support and also provide online resources, specialist publications and training for professionals.
Embrace is the only UK charity focused solely on helping children and young people recover from the trauma of serious crime. Research has shown that young victims of crime wait months to access counselling services after a terrible trauma – if the services are available at all.
Embrace works with and alongside police, schools, teachers and domestic violence support workers to bridge gaps in local services to ensure vulnerable children who have suffered terrible trauma are able to access the help and support they need, when they need it most.
Starlight Children’s Foundation is a UK-wide charity that uses the power of play to make the experience of illness and treatment better for children and for their families. This is achieved by making the experience of hospital more positive and by creating opportunities for social connection.
The resource needed to deal with physical illness can sometimes mean that childhood activities are overlooked and which can have a serious, long-term impact on children’s development. Starlight helps to reduce anxiety and isolation, and help children to communicate and meet developmental milestones.
The Music in Secondary Schools Trust is a charity that works with secondary schools throughout the country with a disadvantaged intake. It aims to transform the lives of young people through an outstanding classical music education. MiSST currently works with schools in London, Dagenham, Bedworth, Middlesbrough and Oldham and has reached over 10,000 young people to date.
Woman’s Trust specialist is a domestic abuse mental health charity providing free specialist trauma informed therapeutic services tackling the emotional and mental health damage caused by domestic abuse. The charity is the largest provider of this kind in London, supporting women through 1-1 counselling, support groups, workshops, webinars to rebuild their lives, improve their mental health, live productive lives, free from fear of abuse.
The Percy Hedley Foundation is a charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne who are passionate about helping people develop their abilities, live the life they want, and be happy. It supports individuals who need specialist help so that they can flourish and live their best lives. Founded in 1953, The Foundation now supports over 650 disabled people and their families each year through school, college, residential care and lifelong learning opportunities.