Help the Animals at Christmas 2019 is a week of special programming broadcast on Channel 5 from Monday 2nd December - Friday, 6th December. We will be highlighting the vital activities and inspirational work of UK animal welfare charitable organisations, including the type of work carried out by our 5 incredible charity partners.
This is Channel 5’s and the UK’s second ever TV event that will help raise awareness and much-needed funds for animals who need treatment or help. following last year’s successful launch, which raised a grand total of £831,901 towards funding and awareness of UK animal welfare charities, including the vital work carried out by the five British animal charities involved: RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross, The Donkey Sanctuary and Wildlife Aid Foundation.
We are helping to raise awareness and much-needed funds for animals in need of treatment or help.
We are raising funds and awareness for UK animal welfare, highlighting the work of five amazing British animal charities.
What charities will benefit from the appeal?
All funds raised go towards Help the Animals, the working name of Maecenas (charity number 1132363). Help the Animals will support activities of UK animal welfare charitable organisations and the vital work carried out by the nominated 5 animal charities.
- RSPCA(charity number 219099)
- Scottish SPCA(Scottish charity number SC 006467)
- Blue Cross(charity number 224392)
- Donkey Sanctuary(charity number 264818)
- Wildlife Aid Foundation(charity number 1138944)
How to Donate by Phone
0330 678 10 55
Standard geographic charges will apply from both landlines and mobiles
Full terms channel5.com/helptheanimalsterms
How to Donate by Text
To donate £10
Text Help10 to 70028
To donate £20
Text Help20 to 70028
To donate £30
Text Help30 to 70028
All texts will cost your donation plus 1 message charged at standard network rate. Please obtain permission from the bill payer before sending a text message. If you are under 16 years old, you must have your parent or guardian’s permission to send a text donation to us.
For full terms and conditions go to channel5.com/helptheanimalsterms
How to Donate Online
Go to channel5.com/helptheanimals
and click on ‘Donate Now’
Can I donate to a specific charity/I want my donation to only go to charity X?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this in relation to the Help the Animals appeal. You are of course welcome to donate directly to any of the charities whose work you have seen featured in the programme through the usual channels.
Is my donation divided equally amongst the charities?
Your donation will go to Help the Animals. Once we know how much money has been raised, Help the Animals will look to support those charitable programmes that deliver the greatest benefit to animal welfare and most effectively alleviate animal suffering, including some of the initiatives highlighted during the programme.
Is Help the Animals a charity?
Yes - Help the Animals is charity and its charity number is 1132363.
Who do I contact if I want to make a complaint about the charity?
[Channel 5 in the first instance ?]
Who do I contact if I want to make a complaint about the content/Telethon?
Channel 5 Viewer Enquiries: email us direct via email@example.com or call 020 3580 3600 Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:30pm or Fridays 9:00am – 4pm). Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider’s call package.
I was upset by the imagery/don't think it’s appropriate; why did you show this?
Refer to Channel 5 Viewer Enquiries: email us direct via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3580 3600 Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:30pm or Fridays 9:00am – 4pm). Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider’s call package.
Will the charities involved try to contact me?
The only contact you will receive as a result of making a donation will be either to confirm your donation has been processed, if there is a problem with your donation, or in relation to any gift aid claim that you have indicated the charity can make as a result of your donation. The charities featured in the programme will not contact you.
Will I get a thank you letter/email?
You will get an email if you donate online.
I want to help / volunteer; how else can I do this?
We suggest that you contact the individual charities directly. There will be information available on their web sites about how you can get involved.
What happened to 'Animal X' from the appeal; are they okay now?
All animal stories will be concluded during the shows themselves. If there are any further queries, email us direct via email@example.com or call 020 3580 3600 Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:30pm or Fridays 9:00am – 4pm). Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider’s call package.
About the charities
The RSPCA, specialise in animal rescue and improving the welfare of all animals, whether they are pets, farm animals, lab animals or wildlife.
The Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, rescues, rehabilitates, rehomes and releases abused, abandoned and injured animals across Scotland. As the only animal charity in the UK recognised as a reporting agency to the Crown Office, their inspectors enforce the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
Wildlife Aid Foundation is dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. Established in 1980, the charity’s veterinary wildlife hospital in Leatherhead, Surrey deals with more than 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year. Our dedicated aim is to return every patient to the wild once they have recovered
Blue Cross is a national charity that has been helping sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets for over 120 years. We help thousands of pets in need every month by providing veterinary care, expert behaviour help and find them loving homes. We also offer education for current and future pet owners plus pet bereavement support for those who have lost their pet companion. Pets help us in so many ways and they depend entirely on us, with your support we can give back to more pets in need. Pets change lives. We change theirs.
For more information visit bluecross.org.uk
The Donkey Sanctuary is the world’s largest equine welfare charity. Our vision is a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We run 10 sanctuaries around the UK and Europe, giving lifelong care to more than 7,000 donkeys and mules. Our hospital treats sick donkeys and trains vets both nationwide and worldwide. Our donkey-facilitated learning programme helps vulnerable children and adults develop key life skills by connecting with donkeys on an emotional and physical level. Worldwide, the charity operates programmes for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation, and those used in the production of meat and skin.