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Jim Fitzpatrick MP has showed his support at a Westminster event today (Wednesday 10 December) for Care2Save.co.uk, the newly-launched shopping site that will help raise funds for charities across Poplar and Limehouse when people shop online.

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Online spending over Christmas is predicted to reach an all-time high of £13bn[1]. If just 5 per cent of purchases are made through Care2Save.co.uk, £19.5m could be raised for good causes this festive season.

The briefing enabled MPs to learn how Care2Save.co.uk provides a new income stream for hospices and charities in the UK. Donna Air – actress, designer and supporter of Care2Save – was also at the event, having recently revealed that her grandfather is suffering from dementia and is being cared for in a hospice.

Care2Save is unique in the UK, as it is the only charity owned and run shopping website that gives 100% of the money that it makes through commission directly to the charity sector.

The site offers over 12 million products from over 2,000 UK-based high street retailers, making it a one-stop shop for Christmas shopping whilst giving commission from all purchases to charity – without costing the customer a penny. 80 per cent of the commission generated through each purchase goes to a registered charity of the shopper’s choice, and the remaining 20 per cent goes to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which supports hospice and palliative care in the UK and globally.

This enables people to support their chosen charity this Christmas and each time they shop in the future. It also provides much-needed funds for the hospice sector: a service which most families will need at some point.

There are more than 220 hospices in the UK, which collectively care for around 360,000 people each year.

Representatives from Care2Save, including the founders, were on hand at the briefing to explain how the website works and demonstrate how much money it could raise for charities this Christmas.

Commenting on the event, Jim Fitzpatrick MP said, “It was great to attend the Care2Save event today and to find out more about hospice care in my constituency. I am delighted to support care2save.co.uk and can’t believe how easy it makes it to raise funds for our local hospices – and in fact for all local charities this Christmas.”

Andrea Fragata Ladeira, CEO, Care2Save: “Hospice care will touch all of our lives at one point or another; whether for ourselves or those close to us. Together through Care2Save we have the opportunity to transform the hospice sector and to raise significant sums for other charities in the process. The support of MPs is vital, and we sincerely hope that the MPs who kindly joined us today and as many people as possible will now join us in making Care2Save.co.uk their shopping website of choice for Christmas and beyond.”

Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Donna Air Unite to Support New CARE2SAVE Shopping Website set to Benefit Hospices and Charities in Poplar and Limehouse

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has showed his support at a Westminster event today (Wednesday 10 December) for Care2Save.co.uk, the newly-launched shopping site that will help raise funds for charities across Poplar...

Jim Fitzpatrick MP invites Poplar and Limehouse’s designated drivers to claim their reward for keeping the roads safe this Christmas. As part of a national campaign run by Coca-Cola in partnership with the Department for Transport’s THINK! campaign, designated drivers can enjoy a “buy one, get one free” offer on Coca-Cola, Diet Coke,  Coca-Cola Zero as they celebrate the festive period in local pubs and bars. For the first year Schweppes is also included in the offer.

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Now in its seventh year, the campaign is bigger than ever and will be on offer in more than 12,500 pubs and bars across Great Britain. The programme will run throughout the entire month of December in pubs across Poplar and Limehouse and all over the country, as part of an ongoing partnership with the Department for Transport’s THINK! road safety Campaign.

Last year, over one million free soft drinks were given away in more than 8,000 venues across Great Britain. For the first time ever this year’s campaign is supported by a nationwide radio campaign across 240 radio stations across the country.

The Designated Driver scheme follows the launch of the 50th anniversary campaign from THINK! last month, which demonstrated how attitudes towards drink driving have changed in the last half century since the first public information film was shown. This research showed that 92% of the British public would be ashamed to drink and drive.  This was supported by new research commissioned by Coca-Cola Great Britain, which found that the vast majority (83%) of people surveyed said they would never be tempted to encourage the designated driver to have a drink once inside the pub on a night out.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP invites Poplar and Limehouse Designated Drivers to celebrate Christmas with Coca-Cola

Jim Fitzpatrick MP invites Poplar and Limehouse’s designated drivers to claim their reward for keeping the roads safe this Christmas. As part of a national campaign run by Coca-Cola in...

Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs has condemned the Mayor of London’s announcement that tube station ticket offices in Tower Hamlets would close from March next year alongside huge cuts to staffing levels. Despite Boris Johnson’s election pledge not to close any of the tube network’s ticket offices, it was announced last week that all of Tower Hamlet’s ticket offices will be closed by December 2015 resulting in hundreds fewer tube staff in stations.

The closures timeline announced by TfL means that the process for closing the ticket offices in 12 stations in the borough will start in March next year. The closures will also see almost 900 staff cut from the tube stations. John Biggs has expressed particular concern about the impact the staff cuts will have on disabled and elderly passengers.

Despite the reduced staff service planned for tube stations, fares are once again due to go up just a month before the closures start, this will mean fares have risen 40% since Boris Johnson became Mayor.

John Biggs AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said: 

“More people than ever are using the tube network yet Boris Johnson’s cuts will mean hundreds fewer staff there to help passengers. It is outrageous that just a month after Londoners face another round of fare rises, Boris Johnson plans to cut the service they are offered. It’s a real case of the Mayor asking Londoners to pay more and get less in return.

“This fight isn’t about whether staff are based in ticket offices or on platforms, it’s about whether there are enough staff overall to provide customers with a good service, particularly the elderly and disabled.

“Before he was elected Boris Johnson promised voters that he would not close any of the capital’s ticket offices, now he is set to axe them all. Londoners will have to ask how much the Mayor’s word is really worth.”

Tube ticket offices in Tower Hamlets set to close from March

Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs has condemned the Mayor of London’s announcement that tube station ticket offices in Tower Hamlets would close from March next year alongside huge cuts...

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