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Centrepoint gives homeless young people a future. Here, two people share their story of how the charity has supported them   Cia Robinson*, 19 With her mum regularly working abroad, Cia often had to stay at her grandmother’s house, but frequent arguments led to their relationship breaking down and Cia was told to leave. I […]

Blake Mycoskie A Goal of Giving Back

 “We are all human beings and I believe that we all should have equal rights” Early life for Blake Mycoskie included much of that of any other kid: school and sports. But Mycoskie, born in Texas in 1976, quickly developed an intuitive business sense that set him apart. He attended Southern Methodist University in Texas […]

We Support Extreme Abilities

  Extreme Abilities is an innovative group of disabled people whose taste for adventure and desire to explore and travel the world drove them to create opportunities for themselves and other people living with disabilities.   The disability world is rapidly growing. With all the new advancements in disability aids, inspirational philosophies and brilliant sporting […]

Hair today

  Since 2003, the ‘N’ in November has been replaced with an ‘M’. Men the world over hide their upper lips with facial hair in a bid to raise awareness about men’s health. This year, The Best You encourages you to join the trend.   The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to […]

We support the Anti-bullying Alliance

  The Anti-bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.   We welcome membership from any organisation or individual that supports this vision. ABA also supports a growing network of almost 1,000 schools and colleges across […]

We want to break through

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a disease that claims the lives of 1,000 women each month in the UK alone. The Best You chatted with Yinka Ebo, the Health Information Lead at Breakthrough Breast Cancer to find out more.   What is Breakthrough? Breakthrough Breast Cancer is the UK’s leading breast cancer […]

We Support Breakthrough Breast Cancer

  Breakthrough Breast Cancer is determined to stop breast cancer from taking the women we love. Our cutting-edge research is focused entirely on breast cancer. We’re discovering how to prevent it, how to detect it earlier, and how to treat it more effectively.   We’re taking on breast cancer at every stage and for every […]

We Support: The National Literacy Trust

  This month is National Literacy Awareness Month. Illiteracy isn’t something that only affects people in the developing world. The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK.   One person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy. This holds them back at every stage of […]

What Makes Pharrell Williams HAPPY?

  Pharrell Williams has gone from being the man behind a thousand hit songs to being a globally recognised frontman for feel-good summer sounds and inspirational initiatives.   There is a longstanding Internet joke that Pharrell Williams is a vampire. How else can his agelessness be explained? Well, maybe it’s happiness. His baby face belies […]

We Support: Time to Change

  Time to Change is England’s biggest programme dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination people with mental health problems face daily. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief, and Big Lottery Fund.   In a given year, one in four […]

We Support: Elton John AIDS Foundation

    At the Elton John AIDS Foundation we believe that AIDS can be beaten. Our goal is to create an AIDS-free future for everybody in this world. With enough support, love, and creativity, we know this is possible.   AIDS is the most devastating disease the modern world has ever known. By the end […]

Rocking For a Good Cause by Teenage Cancer Trust

  Back at the helm of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, Roger Daltrey CBE, announced this year’s stellar line up for the shows, which took place from 24 to 30 March 2014. The line up included The Cure, Suede, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, and more.   Teenage Cancer Trust patron and The […]

We Support OnePlusOne

  OnePlusOne is a leading research charity that has been investigating what makes couple relationships work or fall apart for more than 40 years. Penny Mansfield, director of OnePlusOne, tells us a bit more about the organisation.   Relationships matter and investing in them is investing in families, children and the employees of tomorrow. It’s […]

King of the world – Leonardo DiCaprio

  With his latest movie, The Wolf Of Wall Street, shocking and impressing in cinemas worldwide, The Best You looks at the titanic phenomenon that is Leonardo Di Caprio.   Perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio was always destined to be involved with the arts. The first time his mother Irmelin felt him kick in her womb, she […]

We Support: Great Ormond Street Hospital

  Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare.   Together with our research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), we form the UK’s only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics. Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to children’s healthcare and to […]

Gates of Success

  The Best You discovers the character traits of the world’s wealthiest man, computer genius, and philanthropist Bill Gates. When William Henry Gates III was born in 1955, the Computer Age was just sparking into life. Back then, a few huge computers were confined to university campuses and big businesses. Their future as a tool […]

We support: Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

  With the passing of Nelson Mandela last month, we are dedicating this issue to him, and his legacy. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund is a large part of his legacy and they do a lot of good for many children in need.   The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund was established by Mr Mandela when […]

The joy of giving by Bernice Bowmaker-Falconer

  Some say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. People like receiving, but they like giving too. Bernice Bowmaker-Falconer, serial charity giver and all round do-gooder, tells us the benefits of giving around this time of the year.   Shopping is terrifying for me. Shopping malls intimidate me: I never find what I […]

Make Love Your Habit by Wayne W. Dyer

  It’s true that the Yuletide is a time for giving, but that doesn’t mean giving has to be confined to this time of the year. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer had an experience while in Turkey that changed his attitude to one of gratitude.   On the recent Hay House Mediterranean cruise, “In the Wake […]

We support: Operation Christmas Child

  It’s not too late for people across the country to help Operation Christmas Child send gift filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world this Christmas!   Operation Christmas Child is a global children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes containing school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement […]

We Support Diabetes UK

  Diabetes UK is there to make life better for people with diabetes or at high risk of developing the condition.   Diabetes UK provides information and support to help people manage their diabetes. They are one of the largest funders of diabetes research in the UK and also work alongside the NHS to ensure […]

Watsi the big idea? An interview with Chase Adam

We all know how effective crowdfunding can be at kickstarting dream projects. But what makes Watsi different is that it’s saving lives. The Best You chatted with Watsi founder Chase Adam about how it all began and what makes it different from other charities.   Travel is an important part of self-growth. We discover things […]

We support Bobby’s Breakthrough

  Have you always wanted to sit down face-to-face with Tottenham Hotspur Manager Andrew Villas-Boas? Or enjoy a lunch with Bill Nighy? How about watching a Real Madrid vs. Barcelona game as a guest of Kieron Dyer? Well, now you have the chance to do it all and much more in what is possibly the […]

We Support: Juconi

  The JUCONI Foundation started in 1989 thanks to the efforts of Sarah Thomas MBE, Joanna Wright de Serra and Gabriel Benitez. Together, they teamed up to transform their vision into a reality.   The JUCONI Foundation’s vision to create a highly professional programme for street children in the city of Puebla, Mexico. JUCONI quickly evolved […]

We Support: Rainbows Hospice

 Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life. Families and staff at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People want to thank kind-hearted donors who have honoured the memory of Susan Taylor by […]

It could be you: The National Lottery is making a difference

  It has created more than 3,000 millionaires. 3,270 children of Lottery winners will grow up to become millionaires. It’s great news, but who else wins in the UK’s National Lottery? The Best You investigates.     Since it started in 1994, the National Lottery has raised over £28 billion for good causes in the […]

We Support: The SMA Trust

The SMA Trust’s objective is to be active and progressive in the search for a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The SMA Trust is involved with numerous research projects in the UK, on the Continent and the USA. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a muscle wasting disease that affects thousands of people in the UK, of all ages, […]

We Support: Challenge for Life

  Set up by the late Elise Roberts in July 2010, Elise for Life aimed to raise money to help the hospital she was at with research, and the treatment, care, and support of so many people affected by cancer.   On 4 January 2010, just 11 days after she got engaged, Elise Roberts was […]

For a healthy heart

The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity. They are pretty much a household name, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need our help. This month they are hosting the London Runs, so if you’re in London in May, get active and help save lives. Coronary heart disease is the single biggest […]

War Child

  Children don’t start wars. But their homes, schools, families and communities are torn apart by war. These are the very things kids rely on for protection and the chance to build a life free from poverty.   War Child was founded in 1993 by British film-makers Bill Leeson and David Wilson, when they returned […]

Caught Red-Nosed

After a record breaking night in which £75 million was raised for charities in Africa and Britain, Best You looks back over 25 years of Comic Relief. Every other year at the end of another British winter, as people begin to grumble less about the cold and look forward to the spring, a sudden burst […]