Charity

FOP turns children into human statues. A healthy mind locked inside a frozen body. Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is one of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine, causing bone to form in muscles and other connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments.  Bridges of extra bone develop in many cases across the joints, progressively restricting movement and forming a second skeleton that imprisons the body in bone. FOP Friends of Oliver funds research into a cure for FOP and related conditions. www.fopfriends.com

Stockport Samaritans took its first call over 40 years ago . The service is needed as much today as it was all those years ago, as a listening ear for our local community, with ordinary people supporting those struggling to cope, round the clock, every single day of the year. If something's troubling you, get in touch: Telephone our branch: 0161 432 1221 (local call charges apply). www.samaritans.org

The Together Trust has been providing care, special education, support and improved life opportunities for young people and adults in the North West region since it was established in 1870. Today, the charity helps more than 1400 young people and adults each year, who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or social difficulties, physical and learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions. www.togethertrust.org.uk