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You'll find some of UKandSpain.com's favourite websites below, they're all excellent websites, mostly based either in the UK or Spain. This page is viewed by almost 80,000 visitors a week, so hopefully their entries on this page will help the websites below to gain more prominence to a wider audience. If you would like your website to appear here totally free of any charges, details are further down below, near the bottom of this page.

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5 A Day
Click on the link below for some of the best advice on healthy eating :
www.5aday.nhs.uk

Action For Children
Action for Children is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK break through injustice, deprivation and inequality, so they can achieve their full potential.

Action For Children - UK

A proud heritage - Action For Children have been working with the UK's most vulnerable children since 1869.
Action For Children were originally called the National Children's Home, or NCH, until September 2008 when we changed our name to one that better describes what we do and what we value - Action for Children.

Passionate about potential - we believe all children and young people have unique potential and that they should have the support and opportunities they need to reach it.

Action for Children helps nearly 170,000 children, young people and their families through nearly 450 projects across the UK. We also promote social justice by lobbying and campaigning for change.
Changing lives - today, Action for Children is the leading UK provider of family and community centres, children's services in rural areas, services for disabled children and their families, and services for young people leaving care.
The website for Action for children is www.actionforchildren.org.uk

Afghan Heroes
The mother of a soldier who died in an explosion in Afghanistan in July 2009 had the idea to set up a charity to provide support for those directly involved in the conflict.

Afghan Heroes was launched by a group of mothers with the aim of helping the UK service personnel Afghan Heroes - British Troops - UKdirectly on the front line; the families of those who have fallen and our returning service personnel who have witnessed these horrific losses of their fellow comrades.

Afghan Heroes is independent of other charities in the UK. It deals specifically with members of the British forces and their families that have been affected by the military operations in Afghanistan now and into the future. The intention of the Afghan Heroes, is to operate until a minimum of five-years from the cessation of our military presence in Afghanistan.

Afghan Heroes will deliver support through:
1. The "thank the troops" initiative.
2. The provision of home comforts to those serving in Afghanistan.
3. Motivational and morale boosting support directly to our forces on the front line via your letters and news letters.
4. A support network for the families of the fallen, creating an open environment where families can give support to each other.
5. Supporting the many returning soldiers who have witnessed these horrific atrocities in the course of performing their duties.
The website for the Afghan Heroes, is www.afghanheroes.org.uk

Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for the nation to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, and from veterans to cadets. Armed Forces Day - UK - England - Britain

Across the country people are getting involved: communities are holding local events and businesses are showing their support for the UK's armed forces.

Armed forces day in the UK is usually held at various locations in the UK on the last Saturday in June every year and to find out how to get involved, what's going on in your area, plus find out how you can celebrate Armed Forces Day in support of our nation, just click on the link below.
The website for the Armed Forces Day, is www.ArmedForcesDay.org.uk


Army Benevolent Fund
About The Soldiers' Charity - The Soldiers' Charity gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it's just doing their job.

In return, the charity provides financial assistance when they are in real need. That's what they've been doing for 66 years. UK Army Benevolent Fund - Soldiers Charity

They have seen a 30% rise over the past two years in applications from soldiers who have taken part in previous and current conflicts and currently raise £7 million a year to meet this need.

As a result of Current Operations it is anticipated that the requests for assistance will rise significantly in the coming years. It is the aim of The Soldiers' Charity to increase fundraising to £14 million a year by 2015 to be sure that we can help each and every soldier that needs our help. We depend entirely on your donations and goodwill to do this.
The website for the Army Benevolent Fund, is www.SoldiersCharity.org


British Cycling
British Cycling - one of the best organisations for cycling in the UK.

British Cycling - UK

British Cycling - An Overview

- British Cycling is the national governing body for cycle sport in the UK
- British Cycling helps everyday cyclists enjoy riding more through the Everyday Cycling scheme
- British Cycling works throughout the sport - from delivering Olympic medals to encouraging people to get on a bike for the first time
- British Cycling is the fastest growing cycling organisation in the UK, with 25,000 members
- British Cycling was involved with 3,000 affiliated events in 2008
- British Cycling encourages and develops children's cycling talents: the Go Ride scheme is expected to deliver up to 90,000 opportunities in 2008/09
- British Cycling is funded by membership, UK Sport, Sport England and British Sky Broadcasting.- British Cycling administers the sport in the following disciplines: BMX, Cycle Speedway, Cyclo-Cross, Mountain Bike, Road and Track.
- British Cycling has a five year strategy (2005-2009) for the development of cycling, the UK Wide One-Stop Plan

As the governing body of cycling, British Cycling has a range of responsibilities, which, for operational purposes, the organisation groups under two main headings:

Excellence - British Cycling runs the lottery-funded GB Cycling Teams in road, track, mountain bike, cross-country and paralympic cycling and is offering an increasing amount of support to the GB team in non-Olympic disciplines. More details of Excellence can be found in the GB Team section of the website.

Participation - British Cycling members have access to an extensive events programme, racing licences and a range of benefits. British Cycling underpins cycling with programmes focusing on Facilities, Major Events, Coaching, Volunteers, Club Development and Grass-Roots participation.
The website for British Cycling is www.britishcycling.org.uk


British Forces Broadcasting Services
BFBS Radio's unique mix of programmes for the British Forces is available on DAB Digital Radio all across Great Britain.

BFBS - British Forces Broadcasting Services UK

British Forces community in the UK, with friends and families overseas, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Germany to the Falklands, Cyprus to Canada - not to mention our FM stations in Northern Ireland. Many of our programmes are heard simultaneously in the UK and across the Forces' world, some will come from our studios in operational areas or Germany and all of them will feature our brilliant mix of music from the 60s to the present day.
www.bfbs-radio.com

British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation in the UK has some excellent advice on how to help you keep a healthy heart.

The British Heart Foundation in the UK

Just click once on the following link for some of the best advice on helping yourself to have a healthy heart :
www.bhf.org.uk

Care Directions
The internet's unique resource of empowering information for older people in the UK. Care options - knowing your rights, exercising your choice. Care Directions - UK

The majority of the population, both older and younger people, are able to lead healthy, active lives. However, for many people there comes a time when, either for themselves or for someone close to them, there is a critical need to know what is available in the way of care or living support and how it can be accessed - for short or long term needs.

In this situation, people are often faced with very little choice. Often, they are told that a care home is the only option. A home may be an excellent choice for some people but, as this site will show, there are lots of other possibilities and options to think about.
For more details on the Care Directions based in the UK, go to :
www.caredirections.co.uk

Change 4 Life
These days, 'modern life' can mean that we're a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. Which means that 9 out of 10 kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease - so it's really important that we do something about it. Change 4 Life - Good Health - UK

We all know it can be hard these days to live a happy, healthy life but Change4Life can help. After all, none of us are perfect. The way we live in modern society means a lot of us, especially our kids, have fallen into unhealthy habits. Even the best of us can make small changes.

Would you like loads of ideas and help to give your family a happier, healthier future? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life. As part of Change4Life, you will receive tons of helpful information, games, tools, tips and a free welcome pack. You can also search for what is happening in your local community. We'll update the site all the time so don't miss out - come back and see us regularly.

Where will I find Change4Life?  In a word - everywhere! Making a Change4Life is really important, so we're going to be talking to you through your telly, your radio, your parks, your local halls, your supermarkets, in your children's schools and, with any luck, in your home too. And that's just for starters!
The website for Change 4 Life is - www.nhs.uk/change4life

Childline Children's Charity
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call us on 0800 11 11 to talk about any problem - our counsellors are always here to help you sort it out. Childline Children's Charity in the UK

Since it was launched in 1986, ChildLine has saved children's lives, found refuges for children in danger on the streets, and given hope to thousands of children who believed no one else cared for them. ChildLine has now counselled well over one million children and young people.

ChildLine is the UK's free, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger. Trained volunteer counsellors comfort, advise and protect children and young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn.

Almost 1,400 volunteers provide a counselling service, supervised by a team of professional supervisors and managers. Every day around 4,500 children call ChildLine, but lack of funds means that only 2,500 of them will get through to our counsellors for comfort, advice and protection.
www.childline.org.uk

Children's Hospices UK
Children's Hospices UK is the national charity that gives voice and support to all children's hospice services. Children's Hospices UK's vision is for every child and young person who is not expected to reach adulthood and their family to have access to the highest standards of children's hospice care and support close to home. ChildHospice charity in the UK

It's work includes:
Care development, helping children's hospices to keep on improving the care and support they provide to children, young people and their families Awareness raising, making sure that children, young people and families know about the wide range of support available in children's hospices and at home Fundraising for children's hospice services, helping them to continue to provide their services free to those that need them Campaigning and lobbying on behalf of children's hospice services, ensuring their voice is heard by government.
www.ChildHospice.org.uk

DogsTrust
About The Dogs Trust - founded in 1891, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.
DogsTrust - UK

Here's what we do in a nutshell.

Each year we care for around 16,000 dogs at our nationwide network of 17 Rehoming Centres. No healthy dog is ever destroyed.

We run subsidised neutering campaigns in areas of the UK with the most acute stray dog problems.

Our Education Officers give thousands of classroom presentations every year. Free teaching resources are made available to all schools in the UK.

Our FREEDOM Project helps pet owners who are fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals while they start a new life.

The HOPE Project gives preventative veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people.

We advise government on any matters concerning dog ownership.

The largest dog welfare charity in the UK.
The website for The DogsTrust is www.dogstrust.org.uk

Essential Health Ltd
Independent Healthcare Insurance Specialists
Based in the South of England, Essential Health reaches out to customers the world over. Independent Healthcare Insurance Specialists - UK and Spain

Originally focusing on medical benefits for individuals and corporations, our business approach has moved to a more holistic view when considering health insurance for our customers.
Long gone are the days of one policy covering all aspects of need, today we live a more demanding lifestyle and require the same from our insurances. Looking at both the financial consequences of ill health as well as the point of need can often make the difference for many. It's great to be able to pay the private consultants' bills, but no good if you can't afford to pay the household bills as a result.

As your needs change throughout your lifetime, so does the need of protection insurance, so we often recommend a more flexible approach, allowing customers to adjust and review dependant upon their needs and budget.

Family - Essential Health Ltd can take care of all of your insurance needs for you and your family.

Company - Essential Health Ltd have many years experience of helping companies to take care of all of their insurance needs.

International - Increasingly, more of us are moving overseas to new and exciting opportunities, whether the far east or closer to home, understanding the legalities of a new country can be a challenge. Sourcing a reputable and compliant policy in keeping with your budget can also be an uphill climb and so much easier with someone on side to assist.

Wherever you are in the world, Essential Health Ltd can help you with all of your insurance needs.

Whether you are travelling, for business or pleasure, enjoying a second home in the sun, or making the jump to a new life. just drop us a line.  We manage all aspects of health insurance, travel, property and medical services, so whatever you are looking for, just let us know.
Website for Essential Health - www.essentialhealthltd.co.uk

European Cyclists' Federation - (ECF)
The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) is pledged to ensure that bicycle use achieves its fullest potential so as to bring about sustainable mobility and public well-being. To achieve these aims, the ECF seeks to change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the European level. The ECF will stimulate and organise the exchange of information and expertise on bicycle related transport policies and strategies as well as the work of the cyclists movement.
(ECF Annual General Meeting, 21.06.98, Trondheim)

European Cyclists' Federation - (ECF)

The Aims and Objectives of the European Cyclists Federation:

  • To promote and encourage cycling in the countries of Europe as an economic, efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly means of transport and recreation. The ECF shall act as a federation of member groups throughout Europe.
  • To raise the status of cycling and to promote recognition of the benefits of cycling for both individuals and society as a whole.
  • To encourage consideration of cyclists' needs in Europe in all aspects of transport planning and management, environment, safety and health, and promote cycle-friendly conditions throughout Europe.
  • To support member groups on matters of national and international importance relating to the aims of the ECF.
  • To undertake research on matters relating to cycling, transportation, environment and safety.
  • To enhance the information and advice available to member groups and thus assist in their activities nationally and internationally.
  • To promote the exchange of information and expertise between member organisations.
  • To make available services of member organisations to individual members of member organisations in other countries.
  • To hold conferences on a regular basis in Europe in order to discuss matters relating to cycling, transport, environment and safety.
  • To provide information and expertise in order to raise the awareness of specific groups: international bodies and institutions, politicians, planners, manufacturers/trade groups, bicycle holiday agents/tourism authorities, environmental and transport groups with regard to cycling and its benefits and needs.

The website for the European Cyclists' Federation is www.ecf.com

Forces Pension Society
We exist to ensure that serving and retired members of the Armed Forces, their widows, widowers, surviving partners, civil partners and dependants receive the pension to which they are entitled and which they deserve.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we value our independence, which gives us the freedom to campaign objectively on behalf of our members and of members of the Armed Forces generally.

Forces Pension Society

We campaign on behalf of all ranks of all Services and their dependants to improve the benefits of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme. Unless you are a fully qualified Pensions expert, the complex and constantly changing nature of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme needs explanation and guidance.

If you have any niggling doubts concerning your understanding of the full implications of your pension situation, now is the time to join us and ensure you get the best pension to which you are entitled. It could save you (or your dependants) a lot of needless hassle, or money, or both.
The website for The Forces Pension Society is www.forpen.org

Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital treats more than 90,000 patients each year - children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. They receive the best medical care that money can buy, but the NHS funding cannot meet these ever-rising costs, and that's where the hospital's charity, GOSHCC, steps in. Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK

GOSH - the Hospital - GOSH offers the widest range of paediatric specialties under one roof in Britain, and pioneers new treatments and drugs through its research body, the Institute of Child Health. Come on our hospital tour, or find out more about the Hospital's inspiring work at www.gosh.nhs.uk

Great Ormond Street Hospital is the largest paediatric research and training centre in Britain. All areas of the hospital take part in research, including a particular focus on research by nurses and professionals allied to medicine.

Among their many achievements, our researchers have devised mini-bone marrow transplants for children too sick to have a full-blown BMT (bone marrow transplant), the development of a hepatitis C vaccine and ground-breaking gene therapy trials. New drugs have also been pioneered for the treatment of epilepsy, arthritis and HIV, while new techniques for cardiac surgery have made it safer and more effective.

Family accommodation - Great Ormond Street Hospital houses 1,000 parents each week on site. It aims to give a bed for the night to one parent of every inpatient, and both parents of intensive care patients. Number 3, Powis Place, was recently purchased for £350,000 to house parents of children in the Intensive Care Unit.

The website for the Great Ormond Street Hospital, is www.gosh.org

Help For Heroes
Help for Heroes has become, in the words of the Prime Minister, a 'National Institution' and it is hard to believe that the Help for Heroes charity was only started in October 2007. Since then they have raised millions of pounds to help support our servicemen and women injured in the current conflicts.

Help For Heroes - UK

This is not about politics, there's no need to criticise or complain, why moan about it being dark when you can light a candle? This is about ordinary decent people wanting to to do their bit to help, to raise money by joining in and so creating something that has become rather wonderful.

Over the last few weeks we have seen this support building into a a huge, unstoppable wave. The RFU hosted the Rugby Challenge Match at Twickenham and 52,000 of you cheered on the Rugby Legends and raised over £1.3m. A business man decided to do his bit and paid £1.5m to fly with the RAF's Red Arrows. The finalists of Simon Cowell's X Factor joined in and sung Hero which has become the fastest selling record of the decade. Even James Bond has signed up with over £500,000 raised for H4H and the Poppy appeal at the Royal Premier of Quantum of Solace.

There are thousands of events happening all over the country as people decide to show their support, people who are prepared to get on and do something, to light a candle in the dark. All of us at Help for Heroes are staggered by the support and would like to say thank you to all of you who have made this work..... Now keep going!

The website for Help For Heroes is www.HelpForHeroes.org.uk

Horsham Information
Giving information for Horsham, in West Sussex. The website for Horsham Information is www.HorshamInformation.com

International Animal Rescue
Countless animals suffer in silence. The International Animal Rescue are here to free them from pain and make their lives worth living. Without us, their misery will never end.

International Animal Rescue

At International Animal Rescue we do exactly what our name says - we save animals from suffering around the world. We cut free dancing bears in India, rescue primates from animal traffickers in Indonesia and treat stray dogs and cats around the world. And so much more... Whenever we can, we release rescued animals back into the wild. and if that's not possible, we give them a safe haven for life.

The website for International Animal Rescue is on the link below :
www.InternationalAnimalRescue.org

MABS - Cancer support group in Spain
MABS - Cancer support group in Spain

The Group was founded in 1999 by five women (4 British and 1 Austrian), all of whom had had breast cancer. Originally named MARINA ALTA BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, their aim was to provide support to cancer patients and their families on the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol. News travelled fast and the medical profession was soon referring ALL types of cancers to the Group for support, so the name was changed to CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (MABS) to reflect this.
www.mabsmazarron.com

NCH Children's charity
The NCH is one of the UK's leading children's charities, helping children achieve their full potential. Through our services we support some of the UK's most vulnerable and excluded children and young people.

NCH was founded in 1869 and known for many years as the National Children's Home. They are now known as NCH, the children's charity. NCH Childrens charity in the UK

The children, young people and families we work with face difficulties such as poverty, disability and abuse.

The NCH believe all children and young people have unique potential and that they should have the support and opportunities they need to reach it.

They have been working to make this vision a reality for over 135 years.

NCH runs more than 500 projects for some of the UK's most vulnerable and excluded children and young people, and their families, supporting over 140,000 people at children's centres throughout the UK.
www.nch.org.uk

Nowzad Dogs
In Southern Afghanistan, where desert meets mountains, lies the small rural market town of Now Zad. Here during late 2006 a group of Royal Marines attempted to give shelter to several stray dogs. The choice of leaving them to fend for themselves was not an option, the dogs were scared, lonely and in a poor state of health. The dogs became the Marines' companions for the 3 months they spent in the small town facing the daily threat of attack. Nowzad Dogs

An Afghan stray dogs life is not good at the best of times All the money that is donated goes directly towards helping the animals in need while raising awareness of the problems that homeless animals, (in war zones), can and do face.

The Nowzad Dogs charity was formed by supporters who believed in what those few Royal Marines had started back in that remote Afghan town. The charity continues to help those dogs, and other animals of Afghanistan that have no hope and nobody to care for them. We realise we cannot transport all of the stray dogs of Afghanistan to loving homes, but we will do our best to promote animal welfare and to assist in the vital animal aid work that is carried out by the small Afghan stray animal rescue.

We realise we cannot transport all of the stray dogs of Afghanistan to loving homes but we will do our best to promote animal welfare and to assist vital animal aid work that is carried out by the Afghan rescue centre.

We are working hard to provide a sustainable plan for training and educational programs to train the Afghan vets of tomorrow as they just don't have the adequate educational facilities in place and to promote the benefits of animal clinics. It will be a long slow road but I hope that you will stay with us for the journey.

Nowzad Dogs

We keep all administration costs to a minimum - the Nowzad Dogs team are all volunteers!

The website for the charity Nowzad Dogs, is on the link below :
www.nowzaddogs.co.uk

NCPCC - Childrens charity in the UK

The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that we can make a difference for all children. That's why we aim to end cruelty to children in the UK. Even if it takes many generations to realise it, we achieve much more for children by having this inspirational vision.
The way we work:
The NSPCC needs to deliver the biggest impact it can, but our limited resources are only a fraction of the government and voluntary sector's budget for children.
NSPCC - Childrens charity in the UK So all of our service, advice, support, campaigning and education activities are driven by these four principles:

  • focus on areas in which we can make the biggest difference
  • prioritise the children who are most at risk
  • learn what works best for them
  • create leverage for change.

When we have an idea we think will reduce harm to children, we test it. We measure it carefully to ensure that it works. If it does we tell others, in order to make sure that these new ideas and services are taken up by them to help other children.
Our priorities:

The NSPCC's local services will concentrate on seven important issues and groups of children most at risk:

  • those who experience neglect
  • physical abuse in high-risk families (those families with violent adults, alcohol and drug abuse and mental health issues
  • those who experience sexual abuse
  • children under the age of one
  • disabled children
  • children from certain black and minority ethnic (BME) communities
  • looked after children

Putting it into practice

When we have an idea to reduce harm to children, we will test it. We'll measure it to ensure it works. If it does, we'll do everything we can to make sure that these new ideas and services are taken up to help other children.

To help end cruelty to children in the UK we:

  • create and deliver the services that are most effective at protecting children
  • provide advice and support for adults and professionals worried about a child
  • work with organisations to ensure they effectively protect children - and challenge those who do not
  • campaign for changes to legislation, policy and practice in order to keep children safe

The website for the NCPCC - www.nspcc.org.uk

PDSA
Our Mission - To care for the pets of people in need by providing free veterinary services to their sick and injured animals and promoting responsible pet ownership.

PDSA - UK

Our Priorities - The fundamental long-term priorities for PDSA are:
1. To maintain PDSA PetAid charitable services in every community in which they are available on a stable, sustainable and long-term basis.
2. To expand PDSA PetAid charitable services in line with a clear and controlled business plan as widely as funds and circumstances permit.
3. To raise the public's perception and awareness of the work of PDSA in order to increase understanding and encourage funding for our work.
4. To deliver a varied programme of pet health initiatives that complements and supports the delivery of PetAid services.
The website for the PDSA - www.pdsa.org.uk

Phil Packer
Help our wounded Phil Packer - Help for Heroes - UKserviceman and women
Can you support Phil Packer to raise £1 million in support of Help for Heroes?

Major Phil Packer, was injured in an incident following a rocket attack in Basra on 19 Feb 2008. Sadly, as a result of the accident he lost the use of his legs and is now a paraplegic with what are classed as catastrophic injuries. He was originally told he would never walk again, however there have been positive improvements and it is his intent to walk the London Marathon on the 26th April this year over a two week period on crutches.

He continues to serve in the Army and until he returns to work, is determined to assist others and provide information on sport to the disabled community; he believes it is his responsibility to do so. He has also pledged to raise £1 million for Help for Heroes as Phil hopes to make a difference to fellow injured servicemen and women.

Phil needs support to make his quest a success. He is supported by family, friends, colleagues and those that hear about his story. To enthuse and inspire others, Phil has laid down the gauntlet for any challenges, events or sports to participate in, that will assist him in reaching his target. Amazingly, within a year of his injuries, he rowed the English Channel with Al Humphreys in just over fifteen hours.

Phil rowing the English Channel with Al Humphreys on the 14th February 2009

How can you help?
Phil also has a website called www.philpacker.com which is becoming something of a focal point for inspiration and support for others and is a selfless quest. If you can give a donation through his secure website and spread the word, then you will join others that are showing their support for this remarkable man. Your support will show that people do believe in what he is trying to achieve.

If you want to donate to Phil's £1Million quest, his secure link is on the following website page : www.justgiving.com/philsmillion or details for sending a cheque can be found on his contact page. This is really all about him gaining support nationally and us spreading the word; if you can help in any way, it will be sincerely appreciated and will assist in his unique journey to benefit others.

Whilst Phil is walking his 52,400 steps over 13 days on his inspirational quest to complete the 2009 Flora London Marathon, your support to help Phil could really make his dream £1million for Help for Heroes happen.

Please click on the link below, to find out how to easily help Phil Packer :

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Royal British Legion
About the Legion - The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. We are one of the UK's largest membership organisations and recognised as custodians of Remembrance. We also run the annual Poppy Appeal.

Who we help - The Royal British Legion help serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Not just those who fought in the two The Royal British Legion - UKWorld Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today.

What we do - We provide welfare services, campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people, are custodians of Remembrance, raise funds through the annual Poppy Appeal and we are a membership organisation.

Legion Values
* Reflection - through Remembrance of past sacrifice in the cause of freedom
* Hope - by remembering the past, a younger generation has the chance of a better future
* Comradeship - through shared experience and mutual support
* Selflessness - by putting others first
* Service - to those in need and in support of the whole community.

The website for The Royal British Legion - UK, is below :
www.britishlegion.org.uk 

RSPCA - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is the leading animal welfare charity. That's because we have the experience and knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of animals. From rescuing a single baby fox cub to successfully changing the law - and with it, the lives of millions of animals. RSPCA - UK

We're proud of who we are and what we do. We've come so far, and in this section we hope to answer all of your questions and curiosities about us.

You can learn all about our heritage, and find out about the people who put our mission into action - and what they really do.

Plus you can keep your thirst for knowledge well watered and stay informed with our natty newsletters and magazines.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
www.rspca.org.uk

SAT Animal Rescue
'Sociedad Protectora para Animales de Torrevieja' (or S.A.T) is a registered charity whose aim is to alleviate the local stray and abandoned dog problem. It was formed in 1992 by likeminded people and became registered in Valencia as Charity no: 3463. It is also registered with Torrevieja Town hall.

S.A.T was founded in 1992 by a group of people of all nationalities who saw the need for a sanctuary for the abandoned dogs that roamed the streets of Torrevieja. Today, with its kennels at Dolores which can home up to 70 dogs, it is still a multi-national organisation and a registered charity with the Valencian Community. SAT animal rescue on the Costa BlancaOur aim is to prevent unnecessary suffering and rehome the many abandoned dogs within the Costa Blanca area. No longer do we only cover Torrevieja, we have cries for help from as far as Murcia and as far inland as Pinoso and Sax. Luckily for us, there are now more places like ours that take in abandoned animals and we can deal with the immediate problems in the Vega Baja area more readily.

We have a huge amount of volunteers who do just about anything to make the stay of our 'guests' at Dolores a happy one. Dog walkers, shop workers, fundraisers and general all round helpers all help to ensure that the SAT Animal Rescue runs smoothly.  The SAT animal rescue can always do with more help though and volunteers are always needed, but especially to help in our SAT shop at Guardamar, at the Sunday sales at San Luis and San Miguel, and to fundraise, as these are our only sources of income, this side of SAT is all important. If you can help in any way please contact the kennels on (0034) 966 710 047 and they will put you in touch with the right person. Remember though, there is an answer machine so please follow the instructions on the message should the kennel staff be elsewhere working and not answering the phone at that time.

The SAT animal rescue centre at Dolores only caters for dogs but SAT also helps other animals when necessary. We work closely with other charities and individuals dealing with many different types of animals so although we cannot house them we can advise as required.
SAT animal rescue on the Costa Blanca, in Spain
www.satanimalrescue.com

Save the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway
www.SKLR.NET

Support Our Soldiers
Here at Support Our Soldiers we fill a particular and very important role, and that is helping on a day to day basis our Servicemen and women serving overseas. We don't question the reasons for them being there, we simply do our very best for them and their families.

Support Our Soldiers

It should never be underestimated what a big difference a care package or thank you note can make to a soldier thousands of miles away from home, nor a kind word to a mum who's sick with worry whilst her son or daughter is away on tour.

Through Support Our Soldiers you can let our brave men and women know just how proud you are of them and thank them for the dedication, commitment and sacrifices which they make for us. So please do take a look through the site, check out the many ways in which you can help, and see how together we can make a difference.

Supporting the British Troops on overseas operations and their families at home :
www.supportoursoldiers.co.uk

UK Sports
Leading the UK to sporting excellence.

Established by Royal Charter in 1996, UK Sport works in partnership with the home country sports councils and other agencies to lead sport in the UK to world-class success.

UK Sports

UK Sport is responsible for managing and distributing public investment and is a statutory distributor of funds raised by the National Lottery.

Accountable to Parliament through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK Sport's work is directed by the board, which meets every two months.

UK Sport will work in partnership to lead sport in the UK to world-class success.

For more details on this excellent cause, just go to UK Sports website :
www.uksport.gov.uk

Velo-city - Promoting more use of bicycles
Objectives of Velo-city 2009
* Present high-standard cycling infrastructures.
* Recognition for cycling to be incorporated in a sustainable, intermodal transport policy.

Velo-city - Promoting more use of bicycles

* Ensure that greater consideration is given to cycling in all transport-related policies, particularly in urban environments.
* Recognition of the positive impact that cycling has on health and the environment.
* The signing of the Charter of Brussels, in which European cities undertake to continue to invest in cycling policy, as well as the involvement of the European Commission.

We Are The English
For anything to do with being English, whether for merchandise, clothing, history, culture, news and views, just click once on the image below.

We Are The English

We Are The English website :
www.wearetheenglish.com

WSPA - World society for the protection of animals
WSPA's vision is of a world where animal welfare matters, and animal cruelty ends. WSPA has been promoting animal welfare for more than 25 years. Our work is concentrated in regions of the world where few, if any, measures exist to protect animals. WSPA - UK

WSPA's work is focused on four priority animal welfare areas :
* Companion animals - responsible pet ownership, humane stray management and cruelty prevention.
* Commercial exploitation of wildlife - intensive farming and the cruel management and killing of wild animals for food or by-products.
* Farm animals - intensive farming, long distance transport and slaughter of animals for food.
* Disaster management - providing care to animals suffering as a result of man-made or natural disasters, and thereby protecting people's livelihoods.

The website for the World society for the protection of animals, is :
www.wspa.org.uk

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