Now and then: Examples of the inventive ways our supporters raise money

15 January 2014

You’ll have seen from the news round-up blog that we’re about to launch our new fundraising campaign, DO something.

To give you a few ideas of what you can DO, here’s a selection of activities our wonderful supporters have been doing recently to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people.

Mad as a hatter

Sue Langley from Worcestershire organised a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at her home. Guests came in fancy dress. They played games, ate some delicious food and collected £700 for The Children’s Society.

Mad as a hatter

Photo: Sue Langley (left)

Half marathon

Having been a young carer for his father, who suffered with Crohn’s Disease and cancer, Callum Davis was very affected by the stories of our work with young carers he heard from one of our speakers.  So much so, that he signed up to run the Birmingham half-marathon for us in October. He even roped in his girlfriend Danni to run with him! Together they raised over £400.

Callum and girlfriend Danni

Photo: Callum and his girlfriend Danni

Brownies and Bishops

The Bishop of Chester’s house was the setting for the Chester Committee’s annual Garden Party, which raised £650 towards our work.  Guests were entertained by the choir from The Firs School while they browsed the stalls, one of which was run by a local Brownies group, and tried their luck with the fairground games.

Bishop of Chester and committee members

Photo: Keith Anderson (left) Chair of Chester Committee with the Bishop of Chester and other committee members

School sports

Pupils at Heighington Primary School raised the grand sum of £4,128 from a day of sponsored sporting activities. Every pupil in the school took part by walking, running, cycling or scooting around the school-playing fields, doing laps sponsored by their friends and families.

Heighington Primary School pupils

Golden bake and brew

A big thank you goes to the Harpenden Committee, which held a Bake and Brew event and collected £677 for our work. One committee member had put up a marquee in her garden for her golden wedding anniversary celebrations and, the following day, donated its use for fundraising purposes. The focal point was a demonstration by local baker and cake decorator Liz Thompson from Queen of Herts.

Bake and Brew

Cathedral abseil

Courageous supporters once again took part in the Liverpool Cathedral abseil in August and saw their local city from a whole new perspective! Valerie Hunter (who took part to mark her 70th birthday), Brenda Ellis and Nigel Kirkwood braved the 150ft descent of this historic building and raised over £1,500 in the process. If you would like to take part in next year’s abseil, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0300 303 7000.

Abseil participants outside Liverpool Cathedral

Photo: Brenda (left) Nigel and Valerie

Fashion babes

BB Boutique, a babywear shop in Solihull, raised nearly £660 when it organised a fashion show during the summer to showcase their selection of luxury baby wear and children’s wear in support of our work.

BB Boutique fashion show

Collection for Children 

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our annual Collection for Children and helped us support vulnerable children. We’ve extended this year’s campaign to three weeks, 29 March – 19 April. Please look out for our mailing, which should arrive soon. You’ll see we’ve produced new posters and are offering volunteer speakers to visit community groups to help promote the appeal. If you’d like to get involved in 2014, please visit our decidicated webpage or call 0300 303 7000.

Fundraisers

Some things you can DO to support us

• Walk across the Great Wall of China;

• Take part in the 100-mile Prudential Ride London cycle event;

• Free-fall at 120mph from 10,000 feet in a tandem skydive.

For more information about these and other challenge events in 2014, please contact Supporter Care on 0300 303 7000.