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Charity of the Week

SPOUTS of Water

Communications Officer

SPOUTS of Water provide Ugandan communities with increased access to safe drinking water by manufacturing and distributing affordable ceramic water filters. Direct health implications from drinking dirty water are tackled with the use of locally manufactured and cheap water filters!

Grace House North East

Communications Officer

Grace House North East is a local charity which provides a friendly and safe environment for young people living with challenging illnesses. Last year: Duck awarded this charity with £600 towards the training of nurses. This year, DUCK is hoping to continue supporting the work of local charities in actively supporting local communities.

This year DUCK's jailbreak event will be raising money for local non profit organisations in Durham. Applications to take part in this hitchhiking challenge will open soon! How far can you get away from Durham in aid of the surrounding communities?


Communications Officer

beat is the UK's leading eating disorder charity, providing information, help and support for people with eating disorders and their families.

Beat’s vision is that eating disorders will be beaten. Beat’s aims are:

• To change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders
• To improve the way services and treatment are provided
• To help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be beaten

They do this by:

• Challenging the stereotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders face
• Campaigning for better services and treatment
• Providing information, support and encouragement to seek treatment and recovery


Communications Officer

Barnardo's is the UK's largest children's charity: running over 960 services in local communities. Their work includes reaching and helping children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. They find loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care.

Last year Barnardo's helped transform the lives of more than 240,000 of the UK’s children, young people and families. They helped many more by campaigning to change policy and public opinion.

Barnardo's representatives will be at this year's DUCK Charity Fair on Tuesday 9th February


Communications Officer

GI ASCO - Get Involved with the African Street Children Organisation is one of our Formally Lost charities!

Get Involved with the African Street Children Organisation (GI ASCO) provides accommodation and support for 30 street boys, aged 7-17 years, in Jinja, Uganda, most of which have been orphaned, abandoned or have absconded due to family breakdown, reconstitution or abuse. This lead them to a life of homelessness, on the streets, where the boys survived by begging and were malnourished with poor general health. GI ASCO provides a safe, loving and nurturing home environment where the boys can develop physically, socially, educationally and emotionally and are offered educational opportunities and receive support and counselling in regards to their personal experiences. We have recently opened a transition home for boys who have reached the age of 18 and are now being supported in higher education or to get a job within the community. Our next step is to open an assessment and rehabilitation centre to be able to support children who are now living on the streets, to help them cope with the transition from street life to either residential care or reunification with their family.

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Help in Suffering- Jainpur, Rajasthan-India

Communications Officer

Help in Suffering- Jaipur, Rajasthan-India is a registered Indian charitable trust working for the benefit of the animals of India. Help in Suffering was founded in l980, on two acres of land in south Jaipur and has grown into a large animal welfare organisation with a number of projects based in the compound. A new specialised Camel Rescue Centre has been built at Bassi, a village on the Agra road, to serve draught camels.

Jaipur is the state capital of Rajasthan, and the Help in Suffering shelter-hospital there employs about thirty-five staff and has three rescue ambulances and two mobile clinic vehicles. Six separate animal welfare projects are conducted, each headed by a vet.

Inside the peaceful, garden-like grounds of our compound, Help in Suffering provides refuge for many animals, works as a veterinary hospital treating all species, and aims to re-home as many animals as possible.

Just for Women Centre Stanley

Communications Officer

Just for Women Centre Stanley received a grant of £700 from DUCK's Allocation Fund last year. The funding went towards a counselling service. 

'We are seeing a major increase in historic, sexual and physical abuse cases, these are some of the most serious and damaging to both men and women in our society. The impact can be devastating and traumatic, physically for the rest of lives. We at the centre support these women from the disclosure to after the court case if they bring the perpetrator to justice. In some cases there is no-one to account for crime as the person/persons have deceased. So whatever the women’s situation is we give her emotional support and counselling for her to live a better life and to help to get closure.

When the women initially attend the centre they feel so isolated and alone. We have cases where women have told no-one they have been sexually abused as a child, lived their lives in secret, which has caused in some cases severe mental health problems.

We help to look at ways for the women to ease some of their more complex needs with counselling/support, one to one and then we engage when women are ready to go into group work.'

Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain rescue Team

Communications Officer

Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team operates 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. They provide a mountain, search and rescue service for the whole of County Durham, from the high fells in the west to the coastal communities of the North Sea. The Team responds to requests by the Police to a range of incident types, from injured or lost people in the hills to vulnerable missing people in urban settings. The Team's skills and resources continue to grow to keep pace with our developing role.

Support this charity through our Three Peaks Challenge this June!

Stray Aid

Communications Officer

Stray Aid is a charity based in Coxhoe, Durham. Their mission is to rescue, re-unite or rehome the lost, abused, abandoned or unwanted dogs found on the streets in the North East of England. 

Last year, our annual DUCK Allocation Fund supported Stray Aid and contributed to the purchase of dog food, beds, treats, collars, leads and toys

Childreach International

Communications Officer

Childreach International focuses on access to healthcare, education and child rights and protection across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the UK and relies on using local talents and local resources to help pull communities out of poverty. Among the many projects in place, Childreach International has been responsible for building many semi-permanent classrooms in Nepal following the earthquake and is currently running a worldwide campaign for all children to be #taughtnottrafficked

Childreach International is one of the charities you can support through Tough Guy Email with your full name to sign up. 

MTV Staying Alive Foundation

Communications Officer

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s mission is to stop the spread of HIV before it starts. It’s a 100% donor-funded charity that works to protect vulnerable young people around the world from HIV and educate them on sexual health. They run two grants and training programs that support innovative, culturally relevant youth-led organisations working in at risk communities. They also produce MTV Shuga, a multimedia behaviour change campaign centred on HIV and sexual health messaging. They’re always looking for new ideas from the future generation of non-profit leaders and fundraisers to help combat the spread of HIV and AIDS. For more information, please see here and here

Help The Heroes

Communications Officer

Help for Heroes (H4H) helps provides better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. In the 12 months leading up to March 2015 H4H have helped over 4,000 Veterans and military personnel - and their families - through their network of Recovery Centres. For more information visit their website: here

H4H is one of our charities you can choose to support through our Tough Guy Event

Age UK

Communications Officer

Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. From health care to money issues to creating communities, find out more here: 

Our DUCK Durham Rag Raid, on Sunday 13th December, will be in aid of Age UK County Durham. 


Communications Officer

RTProjects is a small local, passionate, high impact, charity. Founded on the belief that creativity is fundamental to a fulfilled life, they deliver projects which focus on positive mental wellbeing. Their beneficiaries are facing overwhelming emotional difficulties in the form of anxiety disorders or depression.

DUCK has supported RTProjects on several occasions in recent years but most recently awarded £699.95 to purchase a PC for their administrator.

International Animal Rescue

Communications Officer

DUCK is supporting IAR this year as one of our suggested charities for Jailbreak: (Follow here for the Facebook event)

IAR saves animals from suffering around the world. Their work includes cutting free and caring for dancing bears in India, rescuing primates from captivity in Indonesia and sterilising and vaccinating stray dogs and cats in developing countries. Wherever possible they return rescued animals to their natural environment but also provide a permanent home for animals that can no longer survive in the wild.

Save a Child's Heart

Communications Officer

Save a Child’s Heart provides life-saving cardiac surgery and other lifesaving procedures. Theirr doctors and nurses also hold preoperative and follow up cardiology clinics throughout the world on a weekly basis. Save a Child’s Heart offers a comprehensive training program for doctors and nurses from developing countries, and leads surgical and teaching missions. To date, they have saved the lives of over 3,700 children from Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and throughout the Middle East. By mending hearts, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, or financial status, they contribute to a more peaceful and productive world; a happier, healthier world, and a better world for all children, and their families.

Save a Child's Heart is one of DUCK's suggested charities for Jailbreak this year. Find out more here.

Amnesty International

Communications Officer

Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights with over 7 million members and supporters around the world. Through Disco DUCK this Friday, we'll be supporting Amnesty International and their many campaigns.

One of AI's campaigns involves the rights of refugees and migrants:

'The list of human tragedy grows day by day – people crushed by lorries, drowned on our shores and denied shelter at our borders. It is a damning charge against European leaders and their failure to provide safe routes for those fleeing war and persecution.

The latest statement by the Prime Minister offers some hope for Syrian refugees but it’s only the first step. Now, we must keep up the pressure and make sure more is done for the thousands of Syrians and others stranded in makeshift.'

Find out more about the issues Amnesty International are tackling here:

East African Playgrounds

Communications Officer

East African Playgrounds

East African Playgrounds aims to enhance the lives of children across Uganda by developing children’s learning opportunities, creativity and environments through building playgrounds and running arts and play sessions. In doing this they aim to provide high quality training and employment through their playground building workshops.

East African Playgrounds is one of the many charities DUCK supports through our summer expeditions. As well as Uganda, we work on animal conservation, community outreach and child engagement in Colombia, Peru, Tanzania, Cambodia, Borneo, India, Costa Rica and Thailand. The Durham City Expeditions Fair is next Saturday (24th October) in the DSU:

Wear Valley Riding for Disabled Association

Communications Officer

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a federation of Member Groups dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of opportunities for riding and/or carriage driving

Through the commitment of volunteers, RDA North Region helps to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities in Cumbria, Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland by delivering a real and lasting therapy that not only benefits mobility and co-ordination but encourages confidence and self-worth achieving their goals whilst having fun. 

For the past two years, DUCK Allocations have supported Wear Valley RDA through large donations.Last year, Wear Valley R.D.A. used the money to pay for their annual public liability insurance costs. This is a major expense for them each year so being awarded a grant for it was very helpful. The money they saved was spent on new equipment to benefit their disabled riders and carriage drivers.