Laptops and Lipstick business networking group and local charity
Each year, Laptops & Lipstick awards a free annual membership to a local charity. The membership is worth nearly £500 and enables the charity to join our monthly meetings where they can meet and network with a range of local businesses. As a group, we also commit to organising a fundraising event (historically a quiz but we're open to new ideas!) and to supporting the charity's own fundraising ideas.
Since our inception in 2011 we have supported four different local charities and raised thousands of pounds. In addition to taking part in dragon boat races, walks over the O2, sponsored runs, sky dives and more!
Our 2021/22 Charity partner
The EHE Rare Cancer Charity (UK) was established in 2015 to support patients diagnosed with Epithelioid Haemangioendothelioma (EHE), and to ultimately find a cure to prevent loss of life from this disease. EHE is an ultra-rare cancer that predominantly affects young women. Together with a small group of independent foundations in other countries, we are connecting EHE patients globally through our social media sites while also raising funds and driving critical research into EHE, seeking to develop new treatments that can control and ultimately cure EHE.
Our patient support and advocacy activities, with over 2100 members in 77 different countries, have established an almost unique connectivity between patients of such a rare disease. We have raised nearly £1million in the UK to date and have invested this to support the first ever EHE-targeted research programmes in the UK and Europe. We have also successfully established collaboration between clinicians in the UK, Europe and the United States.
We have made great progress to date but there is still a huge amount to do. Our research success is leading to greater understanding of the disease, but with that comes even greater research demand. We are working tirelessly therefore to raise the funds we need to deliver this critical research going forward. We hope that our relationship with Laptops & Lipstick can help contribute to these programmes, something that we think is inspiring as we battle a predominantly female cancer. Together we believe we can make a difference.