The Candis Big Give Christmas Challenge Charities 2023-2024

You can help to create magical memories and make dreams come true for many across the UK by taking part in the 14th annual Candis Big Give! Make a special donation during The Candis Big Give Christmas Challenge (28 November-5 December), which will be doubled by our match-funding pot while funds last. 

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Action for M.E.

What they do: Create a greater awareness and understanding of M.E. and ensure that those affected by the condition get the care and support they need.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will help the charity to give much-needed to support to people with ME – which is a long-term neurological disease that has a huge impact on the lives of more than 280,000 children and adults in the UK – via its helplines, peer support services, advocacy support and healthcare, and to invest in critical research to improve treatments and understanding.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £100,000

Bowel Cancer UK

What they do: Save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer by funding research, campaigning and supporting those affected by the disease.

Candis Big Give project: To hire two paid Volunteer Coordinators to develop the charity’s volunteer programme and recruit, train and support more volunteers to raise awareness of bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable when diagnosed early. The volunteers will help save lives by signposting the public to the charity’s services and health information and encourage uptake of screening.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £60,000

Child Bereavement UK

What they do: Help children, parents and their families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

Candis Big Give project: To help children and families through its Child Bereavement UK Helpline, which offers emotional and practical support via calls, emails and LiveChat accessed through its website. The Helpline team offers people time to explore their situation, as well as providing information, signposting, referrals, and support as necessary tailored to each individual.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £40,000

The Children’s Trust

What they do: Deliver rehabilitation, education and community services to children with a brain injury and neurodisability.

Candis Big Give project: To provide specialist play activities for children and young people with acquired brain injuries from across the UK who they care for at the charity’s specialist rehabilitation centre in Tadworth, Surrey. These activities will support the children to develop and learn physical, cognitive and social skills, while giving them the opportunity to express their feelings and have fun.

Location: Surrey

Fundraising target: £100,000

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

What they do: Raise funds to improve patient experience and promote research at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, which is a UK leader in the delivery of cancer care.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will help the charity deliver a personalised digital home-based physical activity programme for patients receiving immunotherapy treatment at The Clatterbridge Centre, as a new collaboration between Clatterbridge Cancer Centre clinicians and Liverpool John Moores University clinical exercise physiologists. Side effects of immunotherapy can be significant, including fatigue and tiredness, so this exercise programme will help patients to prepare for treatment and to reduce tiredness and improve the way they feel while they are having treatment, helping to reduce its side effects.

Location: Cheshire and Merseyside

Fundraising target: £20,000

Downright Excellent

What they do: Empower, inspire and support children with Down syndrome to maximise their potential.

Candis Big Give project: To offer life-changing early intervention opportunities and specialist teaching methods to nearly 100 children aged 0-18 in small groups, supporting them with communication and basic skills, life and employability skill and socialising opportunities, helping to unlock amazing potential. The charity will also work with schools and families to ensure shared knowledge of the children and strategies for learning and coping.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £10,000


What they do: Change young lives by taking children with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

Candis Big Give project: To help send 192 children with a serious illness or disability on a 10-day trip to Orlando. The money will cover the cost of tickets into six theme parks in Orlando, for all 192 children. The trip gives them a much-needed opportunity to have fun, build their confidence and develop lifelong friendships on the holiday of a lifetime.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £70,000

The Florence Nightingale Foundation

What they do: Support nurses and midwives to improve care and save lives.

Candis Big Give project: To fund the charity’s Nightingale Frontline® service, which was launched in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide emotional well-being support for nurses and midwives across the UK. Today the service remains in very high demand. The money raised will fund Nightingale Frontline for two of the most challenging months of the winter, providing a psychological safe space for 120 nurses and midwives. This will also benefit patient care, as research shows a strong connection between the quality of patient and health care and the emotional and mental well-being of health and care staff.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £20,000


What they do: Provide support and information to those affected by high cholesterol.

Candis Big Give project: To continue to provide expert support and information and raise awareness of the risks of high cholesterol and inherited blood fat conditions like familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), which can cause high cholesterol levels, and a risk of premature death from heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia. The money will also go towards running its specialist helpline, where advisors provide information and support to enable people to better understand their condition and the treatment available, and how to take appropriate action to ensure they live a healthy lifestyle.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £12,000

Kidney Care UK

What they do: Provide support to kidney patients and work to improve health and social care services for patients, their families and carers.

Candis Big Give project: To provide emergency grants to support kidney patients facing immediate financial hardship, helping them through difficult times. These grants can help put food on the table, pay an outstanding energy debt or help replace an important piece of household equipment, which can make a massive difference to someone living with kidney disease. Kidney disease can have a devastating effect and make life incredibly challenging. It can cause exhaustion, nausea pain and anaemia which makes it hard to stay warm. As well as emergency assistance to make a difference now, the charity also provides longer term help through its expert Patient Support and Advocacy team who offer tailored guidance on how to navigate the benefits system maze, and help people access funds and resources they are entitled to.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £14,200

Lymphoma Action

What they do: Offer support and information to people affected by lymphoma, which is the fifth most common cancer.

Candis Big Give project: To fund the charity’s new preparing for treatment programme, which aims to prepare people affected by lymphoma for treatment. The programme will support people to improve their physical and mental well-being in readiness for the challenges of cancer treatment.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £20,000


What they do: Support people affected by MS on every step of their MS journey.

Candis Big Give project: To fund the charity’s national helpline that provides information and emotional support to anyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) – which is a neurological condition affecting approximately 130,000 people in the UK and causing a wide range of symptoms including visual disturbances, neuropathic pain, chronic fatigue and mobility problems – via telephone, email, WhatsApp or LiveChat. The charity will aim to support at least 800 people with more than 1,200 contacts, providing access to emotional support and trusted information about lifestyle changes, mental health, symptom management, welfare rights and aids and adaptations.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £10,200

Neuro Therapy Centre

What they do: Provide support to people with long-term neurological conditions and their carers.

Candis Big Give project: To increase the size of the centre, grow its exercise and counselling services, and support more people with exercise, physio and mental health services for people with neurological conditions. The charity’s life-changing services are tailored to individual needs to support quality of life and maintain independence, giving people with neurological conditions tools to manage the physical and mental symptoms of their condition and live well.

Location: Cheshire

Fundraising target: £20,000

Parkinson’s UK

What they do: Raise awareness, fund ground-breaking research and provide information and support to anyone affected by Parkinson’s.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will be used to fund at least five new Allied Health Professional posts from 2023 to deliver immediate benefits to people with Parkinson’s, to attract strong candidates to apply for the posts, and to up-skill existing health professionals and develop new resources, to help counteract the ongoing difficulties around workforce retention and recruitment and ensure that everybody living with Parkinson’s has access to the expert care they need. This includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, who along with Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists work as an integrated team so that people with Parkinson’s can receive the right care from the right professionals at the right time.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £75,000

PTSD Resolution

What they do: Provide treatment to armed forces veterans, reservists and families suffering from mental health problems, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Candis Big Give project: To fund therapy for armed forces’ veterans, reservists and families suffering from mental health problems, including military trauma. Trauma can cause flashbacks, nightmares, anger and depression, which can lead to substance abuse, job loss, family breakdown and suicide. Some 4,000 people have been helped to date through this treatment.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £40,000

SeeAbility (The Royal School for the Blind)

What they do: Support people who have learning disabilities or autism, who may also have sight loss, to live ambitious lives and achieve things they never thought possible.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will buy an Innowalk Pro for the charity’s Heather House, which is home to young people with life-limiting, rare, neurodegenerative conditions. The Innowalk Pro is a robotic rehabilitation trainer that will have a massive impact on their physical and mental health. The young people supported at Heather House will be able to experience the wonderful sensation of independent standing and movement, improving their health and extending their quality of life for as long as possible.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £40,000

Together Co

What they do: Help people make connections through befriending, social prescribing and volunteering services.

Candis Big Give project: To match more people with people to create friendships. The charity’s befriending team will aim to facilitate 20,467 visits and 15,000 hours of support, with volunteers befriending isolated older and younger people, often with a physical or sensory disability. The money raised will also help the charity to increase access to monthly socials across the city and increase resources within its Connector work to support 100 people. A Connector is a trained volunteer who provides practical and emotional support for one to six sessions, going with people to places and activities that matter to them while they build confidence to connect with the outside world and their community.

Location: Brighton and Hove

Fundraising target: £30,000

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