Annual Charity Appeal

Our Annual Charity Appeal focuses the fundraising efforts of our members throughout the UK to one chosen charity each year as part of our commitment to social responsibility.

Supporting charitable causes and getting involved in community activities is an essential part of the Society's work. Our values as a mutual organisation provide us with a platform upon which we can give something back to the wider community.

Each year the Society’s President nominates a charity of their choice for the Annual Charity Appeal, and this provides a national focus for the fundraising efforts of our members and complements the many local charities that our branches and Areas support. Our 2018/2019 charity, chosen by our President Andrew Pooley, is Action on Hearing Loss.

Action on Hearing Loss


Founded in 1911, Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is a national charity, working locally in the community. The charity supports people confronting deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, through providing care and support, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality.

Deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss can devastate lives. There is no cure; there are no breaks or moments of escape. The effect on someone’s quality of life, relationships, job prospects and education can be devastating:

  • People with hearing loss have a significantly increased risk of developing dementia 
  • Deafness and hearing loss have been linked to isolation, depression and cognitive decline
  • Some people with tinnitus have been driven to suicide because of the unceasing noise in their head or ears
  • People are more likely to be unemployed, and many are forced into early retirement because of their deafness or hearing loss.

New research has uncovered strong evidence that wearing hearing aids is associated with better cognition and may reduce the risk of developing dementia.  There is also evidence that hearing loss is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and obesity.

Action on Hearing Loss’ community-based services make a difference in the following ways:

  • Improve people’s health and well-being through better management of their hearing loss
  • People with hearing loss feel empowered to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action to improve their hearing
  • People regain confidence and skills, so they are better able to retain their quality of life and their independence
  • Increased self-esteem and participation in more social activities in their community

Visit the Action on Hearing Loss website for more information. 

Action on Hearing Loss also run a helpline providing information and support. Call 0808 808 0123 or Textphone 0808 808 9000 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Action on Hearing Loss is the trading name of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 454169. Registered Charity Numbers 207720 (England and Wales) and SC038926 (Scotland).

What we're doing to support Action on Hearing Loss 

Our members will be taking part in lots of fundraising activities throughout the year, including:

  • Foresters National Quiz night – the quiz night will be held in a number of locations across the country on Saturday 17 November 2018
  • The sale of merchandise and jewellery to support Action on Hearing Loss
  • Numerous raffles and individual donations
  • Dress down Fridays for staff at the Head Office

Find out more and get involved

For more information about the above events please contact the Foresters branch helpdesk on 0800 101 8310.

You can support our appeal by clicking here to donate online. Please ensure that you select 'I am a part of Foresters Friendly Society' when it asks what motivated you to donate.

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Previously supported charities



Amount raised


Association of Air Ambulances Charity

Over £70,000


Canine Partners



Alzheimer’s Research UK

Over £85,000


Sense UK

Over £55,000


Barnardo's Children's Charity

Over £88,000


Macmillan Cancer Support

Nearly £60,000


 Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as part of the appeal for Guide Dogs ‎



Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Nearly £70,000


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society



Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association

Nearly £60,000


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