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It is sometimes hard to find the time or motivation to help your favourite charities, particularly during the winter months when all we want to do is drink cups of tea and stay warm inside. To help, we’ve come up with 10 ways you can help charity without even leaving the house. Amazing!

Donate online at GoRaise
Come on guys, this one is a no-brainer! The easiest way to help a charity without even getting off the sofa is to make a quick donation to them while you shop online at GoRaise. And remember we don’t charge so you can be sure all of your money is going right where you want it to.

Telephone counselling
Spending too much time on computers can be bad for your eyes, but why not spend some time by the phone instead? Charities such as ChildLine and Samaritans depend on volunteer counsellors to reach out to those in need, so why not consider picking up the phone and getting involved on a one-to-one basis?

Help to cure cancer
Cancer Research have developed an interactive website called Cell Slider, and want everyone to get involved to help them find a cure. At the moment, cancer samples are given special stains that highlight certain molecules that could reveal how a patient will respond to treatment. But the process of analysis can be very slow. Cell Slider has turned these samples into a format that can be easily analysed by the public. By getting as many people as possible to take part, more samples can be analysed faster and more effectively, which frees up scientists to carry out other cancer research. It takes just a few minutes of your time to analyse real life cancer data. Anyone can do it, and everyone will make a real difference.

This might sound a bit active, as volunteering often involves being out and about, but charities also need volunteers who can get things done without coming into their offices. This might include something like giving a charity a free website redesign, or doing some online admin for them. Look for charities to volunteer for here.

Get campaigning
People often argue that one vote never makes a difference in the grand scheme of things, but when it comes to charity campaign efforts, that’s simply not true. Charities across the UK rely on signatures on petitions to help them achieve things like amending government bills, changing corporate policies, or getting the extra funding that will allow them to provide frontline services. One vote can make a difference, and in the right place it can help change the world, so start backing the causes you believe in.

Spring clean
Everyone has stuff at home that they don’t really need or use. Round up those books you aren’t going to read again, the clothes you haven’t worn in years, or the TV that’s just gathering dust, and offer them to charity. Find a charity to donate to here.

Put your English to the test
Free Rice is an online quiz run by the UN World Food Programme, which aims to help people improve their English and also ease world hunger. The site works through having sponsors and is so simple that anyone can do it – just answer multiple choice questions and for each correct answer, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to people in need. Before you know it you’ve donated a meal to someone who really needs it without even leaving your chair.

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Fundraise indoors

You can get involved with your charity by becoming a fundraiser on the Charity Choice website, and keeping this indoors isn’t as hard as you might think. You could invite your friends to a coffee and cake (don’t forget Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning coming up on 29th September), grow some facial hair for Movember, or even do something messy like bathing in baked beans! Get started by signing up as a fundraiser here, and don’t forget to share photos of your triumphs on your event page.

Plan for the future
It isn’t something most of us like to think about, but making a will means that both your family and any charity you want to leave a gift to can have a better idea of what is in their future. There are even tax breaks based on leaving a gift to charity!