Yasmin Qureshi MP leads hunt for charity champion

As #givingtuesday – the world’s biggest day for charitable giving – draws closer, local MP Yasmin Qureshi is calling on people in Bolton South East to help to choose the UK’s ultimate charity champion.

The campaign is searching for someone who has shown an extraordinary commitment to charity and who has the potential to be the UK’s face of the global #givingtuesday campaign.

#givingtuesday is led in the UK by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and will take place on Tuesday 28th November.  It calls for people to ‘do good stuff’ for causes, and the #givingtuesday champion will serve as an ambassador for the campaign.

Previous winners of the campaign include Andrew Davies, who raised £150,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Courtney Hughes who has launched her own charity to distribute Christmas presents to people in care homes in Oxfordshire.

The winner of the champion search will be given a platform to share their story to inspire others, and to show why people should come together on #givingtuesday to do good stuff.

Yasmin Qureshi MP said:

“We all know people who go above and beyond the call of duty to support charity – this is a chance to celebrate those who make such an important contribution to our daily life in Bolton South East

“Let’s get behind #givingtuesday and find a champion who embodies our great commitment to charity.”

Ben Russell, Director of Communications at CAF said:

“The next #givingtuesday champion will help to inspire millions of people across the country to do good stuff.  Help us find someone who stands out from the crowd and can represent the best of Britain on the global stage.”

Nominations can be made online (http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/know-givingtuesday-champion/)  Entries will close on Friday 27 October and a shortlist will be announced on Monday 30 October.  The winner will be revealed on Tuesday 7 November. Entrants need to aged 16 or over and reside in the UK.

Household names including Cancer Research UK, Sue Ryder, Movember, Sainsbury’s, BT, Facebook and ASOS Foundation are supporting #givingtuesday 2017.

Last year the event was the top trend on Twitter throughout the day with more than 53,000 mentions using #givingtuesday.

Celebrities and politicians including Stephen Fry, JK Rowling, Emma Watson, Miranda Hart, Gary Lineker, Lily Allen, David Baddiel, Peter Andre and David Tennant backed the day.

It broke a Guinness World Record in 2016 for the most online donations in 24 hours as people gave away £38 million to good causes globally. Online donations raised £6,000 a minute for UK charities with more than 1,600 charities and businesses connecting with the movement which reached hundreds of thousands of people.

#givingtuesday now runs in over 70 countries around the world including the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Tanzania, Russia and Ireland.  Charities and businesses can sign up to be part of the event at www.givingtuesday.org.uk or connect via Twitter (https://twitter.com/givingtuesdayuk) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/givingtuesdayuk)

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is one of the largest charitable foundations in Europe and amongst the largest providers of philanthropic products and services to charities, donors and companies worldwide.

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