Good Causes Supported by Sarah Mac

Working for yourself means you have the opportunity to give something back. The following is a selection of good causes that I hope will benefit in some way from their presence on my website:

The Osborne Partnership
The Osborne Partnership is a charitable organisation that strives to offer the best possible work opportunities to people with learning difficulties in Barking and Dagenham through work experience, training and education. Their pro-active projects include TOP textile recycling collection service; The Green Team and Harpers Cyber Cafe: all initiatives that not only work for the benefit of adults with learning difficulties, but also for the local community, and the environment.

Corbets Tey School
Corbets Tey School is a forward looking school for pupils with Complex Learning Needs. It is based in Upminster, Essex and supports children and young people aged 4-16 from the London Boroughs of Havering, Barking and Dagenham, and occasionally other areas. The school has a very warm but purposeful atmosphere and a highly committed staff and I have had the absolute pleasure to visit them all on a number of occasions. I urge anyone to support the school's fundraising efforts in any way possible.

Andrew Douglas-Smith and The Behçet's Society
Behçet's (pronounced Betjets) is a complex, rare and life-long inflammatory disease caused by disturbances in the body's immune system. Andrew's mother has lived with Behçet's for the past fourteen years and has recently been taking part in a drugs trial for Alpha Interferon. The drug has been shown to be succesful after tests in Germany and the USA but it's costly: 
a 26-week course has a price tag of £1200. The Behçet's Society has provided funding for 70 patients to take part in the trial. However if the trial is to reap successful results then many more people need to be involved in the testing process, hence the reason for Andrew's fundraising efforts. Donations can be made via the above link.

Courtney's Appeal
Courtney is from Dagenham, Essex and was born in 1998. Late in 2006 Courtney was taken ill and in January 2007 she was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital and subsequently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at stage 4a: a very rare and aggressive childhood disease. Following her admission to hospital, Courtney endured a series of tests and a plan of action was formulated to attack the disease. After weeks of complicated diagnostic procedures, brave Courtney started on a course of medication and chemotherapy. Her website has been created to provide well wishers with updates on her progress and wellbeing as well as to enable donations to be made to her appeal. Please offer your support by visiting the website via the link above.