How You Can Support Us To Prepare for Post-Lockdown
The latest Government announcement has extended the lockdown for a further three weeks. After this, there’s still no guarantee of when we will go back to life as we knew it, but we do know that eventually, things will start to return to ‘normal’.
As a charity, we have had to put a number of fundraising activities on pause, from challenge events to family fun days. The impact this will have is changing as the weeks roll on, but the loss from closing our stores and stopping our community fundraising is no doubt going to be substantial. However, although we’re fortunate to have reserves for a short period that allow us to continue providing our services, the work that will be required post lock down is going to be full on, and that’s where you come in!
There are ways, external to monetary donations, that will massively help us once we’re able to return to our shops, office and business as usual. So, if you can support us with any of the following, take comfort in knowing that you’ll also be helping to save lives;
One of the biggest and best tools out there for raising awareness, creating change and showcasing the important stuff is social media and we are present on all of them. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are regularly updated with what we’re up to from our Mission updates to sharing stories from our Patients. By following our channels, like and sharing our posts, you can be a part in spreading the message to others about the amazing work we do both locally and nationally.
We always post our fundraising initiatives, whether it’s the latest raffle or our next big quiz night, you get first information on how to support and help us to spread the message to others – something that will be invaluable over the coming months, and costs nothing!
Want to know the detail of our latest news or hear what’s coming up in the month ahead? By signing up to our newsletter you support us by getting ahead of what’s happening in the charity. It also means you can continue to share with those closest to you to make them aware of any goings on within your area. As well as day to day news you’ll hear from previous patients to see what difference funding makes to us, as well as charity updates which help us to bigger and better than before.
With many events being postponed until later in the year, there’s various runs, climbs and abseils that we’re excited for people to join and fundraise for in aid of us. If you’re fed up of being inside and can’t wait to be back out in the open then why not set yourself a challenge by signing up to one of our many Events that will get your heart pumping, such as the 2.6 challenge. This event is being hosted on 26th April, the day the London marathon would have been, with the aim to try and save UK charities by asking people to take part in activities relating to the number 2 and 6. Read more about how you can get involved here.
If this isn’t for you take the time to prepare for later in the year, whether it is doing laps around the garden, using your 1x outing of exercise per day to get your miles up, or even just getting fit with a workout video in the comfort of living room, now is the perfect time to set a goal whilst helping a charity.
You can’t avoid seeing the volume of people having clear-outs whilst spending so much time at home but this can often mean perfectly good items are destined for the rubbish. Well, support us by donating the items that are simply unwanted, despite being perfectly wearable, useable or sellable. Our shops may be closed but our donation banks are well and truly open. Find your nearest bank, bag up the clothes you no longer want and rest assured that you’re supporting our stores for when we welcome shoppers back.
Is your local bank full? Get in touch and let us know. Our team are working on limited staff but we will aim to get out and make sure the bank is emptied, but please don’t leave items outside of the bank as these may get damaged and often unsellable due to weather.
For any furniture or bigger items, we encourage you to let us know you wish to donate these and if possible put aside and we’ll be in touch when we’re back to collecting items based on Government Guidance.
If you’re keen to support us, please get in touch if there’s anything you think you could do and if you’re already supporting us thank you, you help us to keep saving lives.