Thursday, 17 February 2011

A message from our Founder

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.

Caroline Hirons

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Donation Update - Beauty Bay Offer Has Now Ended

Due to the sad demise of HQ hair we have had to rethink the collections in East London.  Until we have a viable solution Beauty Bay have very kindly stepped in and offered the following:

As part of their continuing commitment, will be offering FREE postage on all Give and Make-Up donations until 1st March 2011. will supply a free delivery label to stick to all parcels, simply email to receive a copy.
Note: these labels will have a 2kg weight limit so if you’re sending more than 2kg, please split in to suitable weighted parcels.

To say thanks for all donations, a 10% discount code will be sent to each person who sends a donation via these labels (it will be emailed across after the parcel has been received). If you have any questions, contact BeautyBay via

So not only do you feel good about donating - you get discount too!

Thanks so much Beauty Bay - hugely appreciated.