The  logo

Making a difference

Welcome to making a difference! Here you will find charitable requests, other requests, drug donations, resources and much more.

Feel free to get in touch with your requests for sponsorship and suggestions.


Cartoon world with children around it (Freud/ fundraising requests

Charity swim for The British Heart Foundation and Evelina London Childern's Hospital

After recovering from heart surgery (see Letters), Gill Harris, as part of her rehabilitation, will do a charity swim to raise funds for The British Heart Foundation and Evelina London Children's Hospital. She will be swimming 100+ lengths front crawl non-stop. She aims to swim about 2,000m, hopefully in under 1.25 hours. The swim is on 25 January 2014 at Nizels Golf and Country Club in Hildenborough, near Sevenoaks. She has a link through “Just giving”. See for more information
(Posted 17 December 2013) 

Pharmaceuticals in Africa
Pharmacists are invited to share their experience of rural medical facilities in developing countries, including advice on equipment and pharmaceutical requirements for a viable basic operation of a small clinic in an Ethiopian village, and the feasibility of accessing a reliable supply chain operated by a major pharmaceutical company. Please contact

Trek for cancer

Action for Charity is seeking individuals to take part in a five-day trek in the Atlas Mountains of Morroco to raise money for two cancer research organisations, Wellbeing of Women and Prostate Action.



Harrow Carers sets up display stalls at pharmacies in Harrow to identify carers who could benefit from the charity's services. Further information from the website.

The WHO UNESCO FIP Pharmacy Education Taskforce aims to catalyse actions to develop pharmacy education around the world.

Lloydspharmacy donates computers for use in African schools, universities and libraries (November 2009)


Drug donations

A chief pharmacist who travelled to Pakistan to work with the World Health Organization highlights pharmacy’s role in international crises (PJ, 11 September 2010, p263)

Pharmaceutical companies in the EU pledge aid for Pakistan floods (PJ, 21-28 August 2010, p178)

International Health Partners (PJ, 11 July 2009, p49)

Drug donations cause health and economic problems (PJ, 7 January 2006, p4)

World Health Organization guidelines for medicines donations

Intercare collects medicines for Africa (see also letter)

Letters in The Pharmaceutical Journal

- Communication is essential (22 January 2005, p86)

- Not a dumping ground (1/8 January 2005, p12)

- Let us get it right (15 January 2005, p54)



Global fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

Computers 4 Africa

Department for International Development

Drug Donations

European Community

Hunger Task Force

Médicins Sans Frontières

MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International)

Pan American Health Organization - disasters and humanitarian assistance

The Sphere Project

World Health Organization - essential drugs and medicines policy



The Co-operative Pharmacy raised £100,000 for UNICEF at a charity dinner on 24 September 2010. UNICEF UK ambassador, Ewan McGregor, thanked The Co-operative Pharmacy for supporting the charity and helping to champion the issue of sanitation through its involvement with a UNICEF community development project in Togo, West Africa.

Humanitarian assistance: who should provide it and what does it involve? (PDF 60K)

Recycling Appeal - would like to receive any old mobile phones or printer cartridges

Charity work in Africa - developing a dispensary in rural Tanzania


Past fundraising requests

Tour de Moor
Pharmacist Graham Parsons cycled the St Luke's Hospice Plymouth Tour de Moor on Sunday 9 October 2011. Donate at

Pharmacist's marathon effort

Pharmacist Alastair McMurray ran 30 half-marathons in 30 days in September in aid of leukaemia/lymphoma research. Donate via Follow him on Twitter @MarathonScot  

Pharmacist support 

Paulette Storey and Kate Westbrook ran the Bupa Great Manchester Run on 15 May 2011 to raise money for Pharmacist Support. Donations via their JustGiving page.

St Giles Hospice

Pharmacist Anthony Cox ran the Berlin Marathon on 26 of September 2010 to raise money for St Giles Hospice. Donations via the JustGiving website.

Maggie's Centres

Lyndon Braddick completed the Pedal for Scotland charity bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh (51 miles) on 12 September 2010 to raise money for Maggie's Centres. Donations via the JustGiving website.

Great Ormond Street Hospital 

Tony Mottram, managing director of Numark, is took part in the London to Paris bike ride in September to raise money for Great Ormond St Childrens’ Hospital Trust. Donations via the JustGiving page.

Anthony Nolan Trust

Members of the pharmacy department at Ipswich Hospital took part in the Suffolk Coast bike ride on 8 August to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Their efforts are in honour of their friend and colleague, pharmacist Tina Islam (nee Burton), who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2007 and was recently found a donor through the charity. Donations via the JustGiving page. 

London marathon 2010

Martin Sawer, executive director of the
British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers, ran the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Donations via the JustGiving website.

Mary Boucher, prescribing advisor for NHS Wandsworth, ran the London marathon to raise money for the Deafblind charity ‘Sense’. Donations via the Money giving website.

Medical donations for Haiti appeal

Pain killers, antibiotics and bandages are in urgent demand to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake, according to International Health Partners that provides donated medicines to areas of most need around the world

Pakistan appeal

Leila Taheri, news writer for The Pharmaceutical Journal climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (16–25 October 2009) to raise money for Friends of The Citizens Foundation. Donations via the Just Giving website.


Roy Henstock, community pharmacist from Huddersfield ran two half marathons (20 and 27 September 2009) for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Donations via the Just Giving website.

Great Ormond Street Hospital

John D’Arcy, commercial director of Rowlands Pharmacy cycled from London to Paris (5–7 September 2009) to raise money for Great Ormond St Childrens’ Hospital Trust. Donations by cheque, payable to GOSH, sent for the attention of John D’Arcy to: Rowland & Co, Rivington Road, Whitehouse Industrial Estate, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 3DJ.

Locum pharmacist Lia Curren ran the Adidas Women's 5K Challenge in London's Hyde Park on 6 September 2009. Donations can be made via her Just Giving website

The Stroke Association

Pharmacist Anil Gandecha climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2009 in aid of The Stroke Association. Donations via the Just Giving website.