Christmas – two packs of chicken or a life?

Earlier this month I was invited to visit the UNICEF supply division in Copenhagen to see what goes on there, and why. Sadly I wasn’t able to make it but I am able to fill you in on what is going on over there.

Christmas in many ways has become hideously commercial; it’s all about the shiny gadgets and designer names. When you take a step back and think about those who will be fighting for their lives on Christmas Day due to malnutrition or the women who will die in childbirth due to having no medical supplies to help with birth, it put a different slant on things.

This year, instead of buying another box of chocolates and smellies, why not buy a friend an inspired gift from UNICEF. Inspired gifts are life-saving supplies and tools sent to areas in need. The Copenhagen centre is the hub from which essential supplies are sent around the world to those in need.

Forget the ribbons and wrapping, this year why not send something different in lieu of a gift to someone else, or just one small Inspired Gift from your family, to those in need.

You don’t have to break the bank either….


Click to enlarge and read how Inspired Gifts really work

With the help of consumers around the world UNICEF bought $1.955 BILLION worth of supplies in 2010 and delivered them to 190 countries by boat, plane, truck, van, donkey, bicycle and on foot. What a huge achievement, thanks largely to people like yourself who give a little and help a lot.

Buy someone an alternative *inspired* gift this year or request one yourself instead of a wrapped gift.


UNICEF’s full range of Cards, Gifts and Inspired Gifts* are available exclusively online here or by calling 0844 888 5505.

If you really do want to help but prefer to have something wrapped up to give, then have a look at the Unicef shop which packed with beautiful ethically made gifts. It all helps.

Give a little if you can this Christmas, or ask for one of your presents to be an inspired gift this year and you can quite literally save lives.


* Each UNICEF Inspired Gift purchase comes complete with an exclusive Gift Card, which can be personalised and delivered to your choice of UK postal address.

Anguish, Loss, Suffering… Happy Mothers Day? Not for some.

Anguish, Loss, Suffering… Happy Mothers Day? Not for some.

What does Mother’s Day mean to you? In my house it means a lie in, breakfast in bed, lots of kiddie cuddles, homemade cards (and whatever has been made at school!) and Roy generally being my slave. It wasn’t until I received some information recently about the plight of some Mothers; that I realised how much I take for granted.

I want to tell you briefly about the problems faced by many woman in Liberia. My first though was “Where is Liberia? I know where Libya is…?”. Well,

Liberia- Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone on the West, Guinea on the north, Côte d’Ivoire on the east, and the Atlantic Ocean on the south. It is still recovering from a civil war and the ensuing economic problems.

The maternal mortality ratio is one of the highest in the world, with roughly 990 women die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 live births, with 1 in every 20 women at risk of dying during pregnancy or child birth.

Call to action: UNICEF believes it is wrong that women in Liberia are still dying during pregnancy and childbirth and is working in the country to try and help put this right but we need your help.

This Mothers Day please help us save ‘1,000 mums lives’ and make sure no child is born without their mother, by buying the ‘Deliver a Baby’ pack, which contains all the medical equipment needed to safely deliver a baby and help keep a mum safe during the birth. It costs £23 and includes medicines and delivery sterilisation and resuscitation equipment.

Visit here to find out more and purchase one of these life-altering packs.

About UNICEF: UNICEF, the worlds leading children organisation, supports children and their mothers in over 190 countries, working to combat deadly illnesses such as malaria and tetanus, protecting children from exploitation and violence, ensuring that mothers can deliver their babies safely and supporting families affected by emergencies.

What are Inspired Gifts: UNICEF Inspired Gifts such as the ‘Deliver a Baby pack’ are real supplies – like vaccines, medicines, food, ware containers, and education materials – that are delivered directly to those women and children who are most in need, so this Mothers’ Day, your gift for your own mum can help keep a mother living miles away safe and healthy.

For many people £23 is a chinese takeaway for two & a rented movie, less than an Xbox game, 4 packets of cigarettes, a new top…. for the women in Liberia, it can mean the difference between life & death. Some people however may not have a spare £23 floating around, which is fair enough, but you can do your bit too – share this information, post it on Facebook & Twitter, let your friends know. One pack at £23 could save a life.

Thanks to RosieScribble for opening my eyes about this worthwhile campaign, as harrowing as the statistics are.