As we continue to take in your parcels and distribute them where they are most needed, I wanted to take the opportunity to reiterate that Give and Make Up is a philanthropic initiative based solely around the hard work of our volunteers and supporters. We do not ask for money because at this stage - we do not need it.
It was brought to my attention yesterday that a US based organisation has opened a 'chapter' in London and plagiarised our content in every way possible. This organisation had previously contacted us last year suggesting they 'help us fundraise'.
Whilst I wholeheartedly support any group that works to bring relief to agencies similar to Refuge and Women's Aid, I personally felt uncomfortable liaising with this organisation as they make no official reference to being a registered charity anywhere on their site or literature - whilst simultaneously asking for monetary donations.
At a time when funding for domestic violence support has been hit very hard by Central Government cuts - in some cases cut off completely, I would politely suggest that if you are able to make a contribution to either Refuge or Women's Aid you make that payment directly to them.
They have the resources, infrastructure and expertise to enable them to quickly direct your money to where there is the most need.
If and when Give and Make Up liaises with any other agency/charity/initiative or starts accepting donations you will hear it directly from me via this site.
In the meantime, thank you once again for your continued support, every single item is much needed and brings a little relief and aid to women and children in crisis.