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The joy of giving back

Here are four organisations doing amazing work for the planet, people and poverty

There’s no feeling quite like the one of warmth you get from helping others, and charities are a first port of call for showing kindness to those that need it most. Although there are many important causes out there, we have rounded up four that we think are well worth supporting.

British Heart Foundation

You’re probably already familiar with the work of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) who fund research to beat the world’s biggest killers – heart and circulatory diseases. Yet we’re keen to draw attention to their The Big Stitch campaign taking place throughout July. The charity is calling on all fashionistas and creative minds to get crafty and personalise a clothing item they have found in a BHF shop. In other words, the charity is inspiring people to upcycle. Shoppers will be encouraged to post before and after photos of their design work to BHF’s social media with the hashtag #TheBigStitch to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. With over 550 clothing shops nationwide, the BHF is the UK’s largest charity retailer, making it super easy to get involved and find a store near you. Each year, BHF shops raise around £30 million which goes towards finding out more information about heart disease, diabetes, stroke and vascular dementia. Last year alone, the BHF saved 78,000 tonnes of items from landfill, including 17,000 tonnes of pre-loved clothes.

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About Be Kind

Hello, When I was little, my parents had a new fridge-freezer delivered. It was a very exciting time because, after a lot of begging, I was allowed to keep the box and I had big plans for it. I became all-consumed with my project – rushing home from school to colour in a panel, pin up a picture or paint numbers on the door. I transformed this brown cardboard cuboid into my own little office, complete with seat, desk and window, and I remember feeling totally satisfied with the finished article. I’d taken something drab and boring and, with a lot of imagination, turned it into something I deemed wonderful. What has my funny little box office got to do with saving the world? Well, this issue we are looking into how with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, we can change things for the better. There are brilliant companies who are taking plastic bottles and making them into swimwear, people that are using their crafty skills to make items for those that really need them, such as blankets for refugees, and a whole bunch of talented social media stars who can help you upcycle the items you no longer love into things you really do. We also look at the incredible benefits of indulging your creative side and how, just like when you were a kid, you should regularly set your imagination free. If you need me, I’ll be decorating my office. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor