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  • 26 Mar 2014
    Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    1082 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    Mar 26, 2014 1082
  • 02 Apr 2014
    We listened to you and added new features to Localgiving.com’s charity accounts to improve your experience on our site and to help you increase awareness and funds for your great work. Here is an overview of all the exciting new features that are now available to you: Dashboard This is a new landing page that will give you a quick status update, including information about overall activity and activity that has happened since you last logged in. To make sure that you are getting the right advice and support we also added lots of helpful tips. My Webpage To connect with you on social media platforms and better support you we’re now collecting your social media information. We’ve updated the volunteering section, so that you can tell us what skills you need and how many hours are needed each month from your volunteers. We’ve added the ability for you to provide details for a financial contact at your organisation; this means that we can also send them important financial information, such as donation payment emails. We’ve updated the cause and beneficiary categories to make them more inclusive and to ensure donors can search by causes that are important to them. My Donations You can now filter the donation information by date, type (one-time, regular or via a fundraising page) and whether you’ve sent a thank you. We have added thank you buttons to the list of Direct Debit Agreements so you can thank your ongoing supporters as soon as they set-up their donation. The updated reports now provide better information for you and the people that do your marketing and finances. My Fundraisers You now have a new section about supporters who created fundraising pages for you; this includes an overview of all fundraising pages and the ability to look at more information about each specific page. All changes we made are based on feedback we received from you. And as always we are keen to hear what you think about the new features we introduced, so log into your account today and please send us your feedback by emailing feedback@localgiving.com. Watch out for our video showing you how to get the most out of your new charity account that we will be sending to you soon. In the meantime, happy fundraising, The Localgiving Team
    1512 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • We listened to you and added new features to Localgiving.com’s charity accounts to improve your experience on our site and to help you increase awareness and funds for your great work. Here is an overview of all the exciting new features that are now available to you: Dashboard This is a new landing page that will give you a quick status update, including information about overall activity and activity that has happened since you last logged in. To make sure that you are getting the right advice and support we also added lots of helpful tips. My Webpage To connect with you on social media platforms and better support you we’re now collecting your social media information. We’ve updated the volunteering section, so that you can tell us what skills you need and how many hours are needed each month from your volunteers. We’ve added the ability for you to provide details for a financial contact at your organisation; this means that we can also send them important financial information, such as donation payment emails. We’ve updated the cause and beneficiary categories to make them more inclusive and to ensure donors can search by causes that are important to them. My Donations You can now filter the donation information by date, type (one-time, regular or via a fundraising page) and whether you’ve sent a thank you. We have added thank you buttons to the list of Direct Debit Agreements so you can thank your ongoing supporters as soon as they set-up their donation. The updated reports now provide better information for you and the people that do your marketing and finances. My Fundraisers You now have a new section about supporters who created fundraising pages for you; this includes an overview of all fundraising pages and the ability to look at more information about each specific page. All changes we made are based on feedback we received from you. And as always we are keen to hear what you think about the new features we introduced, so log into your account today and please send us your feedback by emailing feedback@localgiving.com. Watch out for our video showing you how to get the most out of your new charity account that we will be sending to you soon. In the meantime, happy fundraising, The Localgiving Team
    Apr 02, 2014 1512
  • 03 Apr 2014
    Helping young people to be active members of a community and enhancing their health and fitness are the key goals of the Whixley and District Cricket Club. Richard Watson, Chair of Trustees, who has seen the community-led sports club grow over the years, sees it as an integral part of the community’s future and the money raised through Localgiving is a crucial support to sustain it. “Like all charities, Whixley Cricket Club depends on donations and with over £11,000 raised through Localgiving we are now able to further expand our work and positive impact on the community. Localgiving has allowed us to appeal to a wider range of donors; and the opportunity to participate in match funding provides impetus in our fundraising programmes as we encourage supporters to realise our vision for the club. It’s a win-win situation where the community directly benefits from the investment they put into it. I have always been involved in community activities and have seen several of these local organisations cease to exist. We are determined to never let this happen, because without the club, rural life in Whixley would lose one of its remaining treasures. Seeing countless young people from a range of backgrounds engage with each other in a friendly and competitive sporting environment, through which they’ve developed into mature and responsible community members, gives me and our team of leaders, deep satisfaction. One of our members even qualified as a cricket coach and has now has his own business providing training sessions to schools and holiday clubs. Whixley CC has continued to thrive due to the enthusiasm and commitment of its members. We are bound together in sustaining a thriving community that contributes to everyone’s wellbeing. I think this is worth valuing, supporting, and working for.” Learn more about Whixley CC on their Localgiving page
    1522 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Helping young people to be active members of a community and enhancing their health and fitness are the key goals of the Whixley and District Cricket Club. Richard Watson, Chair of Trustees, who has seen the community-led sports club grow over the years, sees it as an integral part of the community’s future and the money raised through Localgiving is a crucial support to sustain it. “Like all charities, Whixley Cricket Club depends on donations and with over £11,000 raised through Localgiving we are now able to further expand our work and positive impact on the community. Localgiving has allowed us to appeal to a wider range of donors; and the opportunity to participate in match funding provides impetus in our fundraising programmes as we encourage supporters to realise our vision for the club. It’s a win-win situation where the community directly benefits from the investment they put into it. I have always been involved in community activities and have seen several of these local organisations cease to exist. We are determined to never let this happen, because without the club, rural life in Whixley would lose one of its remaining treasures. Seeing countless young people from a range of backgrounds engage with each other in a friendly and competitive sporting environment, through which they’ve developed into mature and responsible community members, gives me and our team of leaders, deep satisfaction. One of our members even qualified as a cricket coach and has now has his own business providing training sessions to schools and holiday clubs. Whixley CC has continued to thrive due to the enthusiasm and commitment of its members. We are bound together in sustaining a thriving community that contributes to everyone’s wellbeing. I think this is worth valuing, supporting, and working for.” Learn more about Whixley CC on their Localgiving page
    Apr 03, 2014 1522
  • 03 Apr 2014
    York Tornadoes, a community-run basketball club, provide a flexible and affordable way to get involved in sport. They aim to give people in their local community a place where they can play basketball in a safe and fun environment. Andrew Johnson, the Coordinator of the club, has seen it grow and develop over the last year and thanks to successful fundraising during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match fund they received over £4,500 to build more teams. “I feel very proud of how the club has come along. It has grown from just 5 players to 120 and we now have people from 11 to 40 years and 10 nationalities represented. I am passionate about making basketball more accessible and more affordable so that people, who had previously given up the sport, can return to playing. The great success we had during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match Fund allows us to further the club’s reach in the future as well as added legitimacy for our cause. The money gained through match funding, will help ease the financial constraints against us and we can expend to build our 1st, 2nd and 3rd team, as well as provide the girl’s team with kits. It will also help towards a much needed minibus for the club. But that is only the start. We want to progress further by currently building links with junior boys and girls sides and a local wheelchair basketball club to ensure that no matter what age you are, you can be active through basketball in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere.” Find out more about the York Tornadoes on their Localgiving page
    1328 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • York Tornadoes, a community-run basketball club, provide a flexible and affordable way to get involved in sport. They aim to give people in their local community a place where they can play basketball in a safe and fun environment. Andrew Johnson, the Coordinator of the club, has seen it grow and develop over the last year and thanks to successful fundraising during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match fund they received over £4,500 to build more teams. “I feel very proud of how the club has come along. It has grown from just 5 players to 120 and we now have people from 11 to 40 years and 10 nationalities represented. I am passionate about making basketball more accessible and more affordable so that people, who had previously given up the sport, can return to playing. The great success we had during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match Fund allows us to further the club’s reach in the future as well as added legitimacy for our cause. The money gained through match funding, will help ease the financial constraints against us and we can expend to build our 1st, 2nd and 3rd team, as well as provide the girl’s team with kits. It will also help towards a much needed minibus for the club. But that is only the start. We want to progress further by currently building links with junior boys and girls sides and a local wheelchair basketball club to ensure that no matter what age you are, you can be active through basketball in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere.” Find out more about the York Tornadoes on their Localgiving page
    Apr 03, 2014 1328
  • 22 Apr 2014
    Before the charity began in 1995, bereaved children were being referred to mental health services for support unnecessarily. Penhaligon’s Friends started running groups, memory days and offering advice to parents and carers and is the only children’s bereavement charity within Cornwall. Without them, the responsibility would fall on health, education and social care whose services are already stretched. Over the years their services have grown to offer support through groups, 1-1 and schools, helping 596 children and young people last year. “We offer support at no cost to our families and offer transport to make it accessible to all.” Hoping to raise the full £2,000 of matched funding available in the Charity Begins in Cornwall campaign, Julie Parker, manager of Penhaligon’s Friends explains how they would use the money. “We would use the funds to continue to support our children, young people and families ensuring there isn’t a delay in our services. The support that we offer can make a significant difference to the way a child manages their grief.” Peter's story “We were able to support Peter, age 11, when his mum and sister were killed in a car crash, he was also a passenger in the car. Peter broke both his legs in the crash. Peter had some family and 1-1 support in the early days to help him come to terms with the loss, and then a few years later was able to come to a memory day with his Dad. He went on to attend our teens support group and he is now a 17 year old young man, with an apprenticeship in a local garage. Peter and his Dad wanted to acknowledge the support we had offered them and completed a local sponsored walk to raise over £1000 for us. Peter was then selected to take part in BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge in November 2013, cycling 500 miles!” One of the biggest challenges the charity faces is raising awareness of their cause. Through the Localgiving.com campaign, Penhaligon’s Friends are hoping to create bigger profile for themselves as the only charity of its kind in Cornwall and raise money which goes directly to those it is intended for. “We provide local support throughout the whole of the county and our services are mainly led by trained volunteers. Our employed staff are funded through grants so any donations go directly to supporting bereaved Cornish families.” For more information about Penhaligon’s Friends, please go to their Localgiving webpage.
    1115 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Before the charity began in 1995, bereaved children were being referred to mental health services for support unnecessarily. Penhaligon’s Friends started running groups, memory days and offering advice to parents and carers and is the only children’s bereavement charity within Cornwall. Without them, the responsibility would fall on health, education and social care whose services are already stretched. Over the years their services have grown to offer support through groups, 1-1 and schools, helping 596 children and young people last year. “We offer support at no cost to our families and offer transport to make it accessible to all.” Hoping to raise the full £2,000 of matched funding available in the Charity Begins in Cornwall campaign, Julie Parker, manager of Penhaligon’s Friends explains how they would use the money. “We would use the funds to continue to support our children, young people and families ensuring there isn’t a delay in our services. The support that we offer can make a significant difference to the way a child manages their grief.” Peter's story “We were able to support Peter, age 11, when his mum and sister were killed in a car crash, he was also a passenger in the car. Peter broke both his legs in the crash. Peter had some family and 1-1 support in the early days to help him come to terms with the loss, and then a few years later was able to come to a memory day with his Dad. He went on to attend our teens support group and he is now a 17 year old young man, with an apprenticeship in a local garage. Peter and his Dad wanted to acknowledge the support we had offered them and completed a local sponsored walk to raise over £1000 for us. Peter was then selected to take part in BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge in November 2013, cycling 500 miles!” One of the biggest challenges the charity faces is raising awareness of their cause. Through the Localgiving.com campaign, Penhaligon’s Friends are hoping to create bigger profile for themselves as the only charity of its kind in Cornwall and raise money which goes directly to those it is intended for. “We provide local support throughout the whole of the county and our services are mainly led by trained volunteers. Our employed staff are funded through grants so any donations go directly to supporting bereaved Cornish families.” For more information about Penhaligon’s Friends, please go to their Localgiving webpage.
    Apr 22, 2014 1115
  • 16 May 2014
    The one-day ‘unconference’ On Tuesday 13th May, the sixth one-day Fundraising Camp took place at Shine in Peterborough. Now for most of us, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word camp is tents. But I can assure you that there were none in sight! Instead a room filled with people excited to share their fundraising know-how and learn from others. Some had years of experience and a bank of knowledge and others new to fundraising were also able to share their challenges and ask questions. Howard Lake, of UK Fundraising, came up with the idea of Fundraising Camp. He felt that often at conferences, valuable things are learnt from others attending, but only during the tea or lunch break. He sought to turn regular conferences on their head and instead gets the audience to become the speaker at the event. Order of the day The day started with a blank timetable. We were asked to note a few topics we wish to discuss and before we knew it, the day’s agenda lay there before us. Fundraising Camp allowed us to decide what we wanted to discuss and lead the sessions. Topics of the day ranged from ‘How to use social media to fundraise’, ‘Fundraising for unpopular causes’ and ‘Community Foundations’ to name a few. The day ended with a session on ‘What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising’. As someone new to fundraising, it was comforting to hear that those with a wealth of experience had once faced the same challenges we had addressed during the event. Key themes and questions addressed Unpopular causes What is your cause fulfilling? Think about what would happen if you didn’t provide your service? Community Foundations They are there to help connect people invest and support their local communities. Practical use of social media There are different tools available to help better manage social media such as Hootsuite and Buffer. (Log in to your charity account to check out our Hootsuite guide) Capital projects/ appeals Do they distract from continuous giving? Think them through thoroughly What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising Look at fundraising from the donor’s perspective: you are not your donor! Start-up Fundraising Seek sponsorship from local businesses who may be interested in supporting your cause long-term Funders and grant makers Think of using a talking- head. Get people you’ve worked with to do a 1 minute video. It provides your cause with credibility and can be used time and time again! Last words… The great thing about Fundraising Camp was learning from each other. We all went away feeling that not only had we learnt something new, but helped another with something that came easier to us. I’d definitely recommend it to other charities. Read more about the day here
    1052 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • The one-day ‘unconference’ On Tuesday 13th May, the sixth one-day Fundraising Camp took place at Shine in Peterborough. Now for most of us, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word camp is tents. But I can assure you that there were none in sight! Instead a room filled with people excited to share their fundraising know-how and learn from others. Some had years of experience and a bank of knowledge and others new to fundraising were also able to share their challenges and ask questions. Howard Lake, of UK Fundraising, came up with the idea of Fundraising Camp. He felt that often at conferences, valuable things are learnt from others attending, but only during the tea or lunch break. He sought to turn regular conferences on their head and instead gets the audience to become the speaker at the event. Order of the day The day started with a blank timetable. We were asked to note a few topics we wish to discuss and before we knew it, the day’s agenda lay there before us. Fundraising Camp allowed us to decide what we wanted to discuss and lead the sessions. Topics of the day ranged from ‘How to use social media to fundraise’, ‘Fundraising for unpopular causes’ and ‘Community Foundations’ to name a few. The day ended with a session on ‘What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising’. As someone new to fundraising, it was comforting to hear that those with a wealth of experience had once faced the same challenges we had addressed during the event. Key themes and questions addressed Unpopular causes What is your cause fulfilling? Think about what would happen if you didn’t provide your service? Community Foundations They are there to help connect people invest and support their local communities. Practical use of social media There are different tools available to help better manage social media such as Hootsuite and Buffer. (Log in to your charity account to check out our Hootsuite guide) Capital projects/ appeals Do they distract from continuous giving? Think them through thoroughly What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising Look at fundraising from the donor’s perspective: you are not your donor! Start-up Fundraising Seek sponsorship from local businesses who may be interested in supporting your cause long-term Funders and grant makers Think of using a talking- head. Get people you’ve worked with to do a 1 minute video. It provides your cause with credibility and can be used time and time again! Last words… The great thing about Fundraising Camp was learning from each other. We all went away feeling that not only had we learnt something new, but helped another with something that came easier to us. I’d definitely recommend it to other charities. Read more about the day here
    May 16, 2014 1052
  • 30 Jul 2014
    Marcelle Speller, Chairman and founder of Localgiving, returned to the University of East Anglia last week to receive an honorary PhD in Civil Law. Marcelle was one of the first BSc graduates from the now prestigious School of Environmental Sciences and has continued to take a keen interest in its progress over the years. During her speech she imparted her wisdom to the new graduates, 43 years after her first graduation. She happily shared her top three important things to do in life; to use your talents, to have fun and to “put a brick in the wall” - make a difference. When asked what the honorary PhD meant to her, Marcelle responded, “It was a great joy and honour to be welcomed back by the University of East Anglia to receive this doctorate. It is amazing to see how the University has grown, and how the School of Environmental Sciences has developed into a global leader on climate change. I am so proud to have been involved with the school from the very beginning and look forward to continuing to follow its fantastic work.”  
    1208 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Marcelle Speller, Chairman and founder of Localgiving, returned to the University of East Anglia last week to receive an honorary PhD in Civil Law. Marcelle was one of the first BSc graduates from the now prestigious School of Environmental Sciences and has continued to take a keen interest in its progress over the years. During her speech she imparted her wisdom to the new graduates, 43 years after her first graduation. She happily shared her top three important things to do in life; to use your talents, to have fun and to “put a brick in the wall” - make a difference. When asked what the honorary PhD meant to her, Marcelle responded, “It was a great joy and honour to be welcomed back by the University of East Anglia to receive this doctorate. It is amazing to see how the University has grown, and how the School of Environmental Sciences has developed into a global leader on climate change. I am so proud to have been involved with the school from the very beginning and look forward to continuing to follow its fantastic work.”  
    Jul 30, 2014 1208
  • 29 Jun 2015
    It's been 30 days of preparing, training and campaigning for this month's fundraisers on Localgiving, all in the name of being crowned a #LocalHero and securing an extra cash prize for their chosen cause! The campaign saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. A huge thank you! With 161 groups on the platform seeing a fundraiser set up a page to raise money on their behalf, we want to give a massive thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make such a big difference to the people in their communities. Over the course of the month, we've heard some truly inspirational stories from some really incredible people, all of whom have gone that extra mile to help support a local cause. Everyone who fundraises for a local charity is a hero in our books, but it's now time to reveal who has made it into the final Top 20 and secured a share of the £5,000 prize fund for their chosen cause... And the winner is... Mick Pembleton with 157 points! Leading the race right from the start, Mick's pledge to jump out of a plane to raise money for Ability Dogs 4 Young People captured the imagination of his local community, seeing 157 people sponsor his page. Mick's prize of £1,000 brings his total raised to £3,313.25, including GiftAid, for the charity – an amazing achievement! About the charity Based in the Isle of Wight, Ability Dogs 4 Young People train assistance dogs to increase the independence and wellbeing of disabled young people and children in the local area. The ability dogs are provided free of charge and the charity fully funds the training of new puppies, as well as covering the costs of all the dog's food, equipment and vets bills throughout their working life. As well as helping with practical tasks, like picking up items, opening doors, helping dress and undress – the ability dogs also help to increase disabled young people's confidence and self-esteem. We caught up with Mick earlier this month to discuss his fundraising journey and how much he aimed to raise for the charity with his big jump. He told us: "Originally I just wanted to try and raise some money to help them out generally but now its gathered momentum I'm hoping to raise enough to buy a puppy and fund its training for the first year. It costs £5000 to buy a puppy and fund its training for two years right up to it being placed as a working Ability Dog - If I can raise a bit more money and somehow hold on to the top spot on the leader board I might reach £2500 which is exactly half of what's needed so that would fund it's first year with the charity." Huge congratulations to Mick for smashing his target and being crowned our #LocalHero 2015! The runners up Rounding out the Top 5 and each securing an additional £500 for their chosen cause, are: 2. The 2015 Footprint Walk for Bath Abbey – a team of intrepid fundraisers, taking on a 140 mile sponsored walk from Bath to London to raise money for renovation works for the Abbey.  3. Jim Strathdee for Glasgow Girls Football Club – who is raising money for a team of 22 players to go on tour and gain coaching experience in Gambia. 4. John Blackie for Bike Safe - for the Eynsham to Botley B4044 Community Path – who is raising money to go towards building a multi-purpose path for bicycles and pedestrians along a road that currently has no provision for cyclists.   5. Katie Skilton for First Days Childrens Charity – who is taking part in the Henley Mile open water swim to raise money to help the charity to support local families in need with items that cannot be donated, such as cot mattresses.  The full leaderboard See the full results of the Top 20 below. A big well done to all our winning fundraisers and charities – your prizes have now been awarded and can be seen on your fundraising page totals!  Scroll down to see more More match fund campaigns coming up! Big thanks again to everyone who took part in the campaign! #LocalHero might now be over, but we've got a whole host of match fund campaigns coming up. We'll be releasing details of the rest of our planned fundraising initiatives for 2015 – including Grow Your Tenner – in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more information!  
    2298 Posted by Lou Coady
  • It's been 30 days of preparing, training and campaigning for this month's fundraisers on Localgiving, all in the name of being crowned a #LocalHero and securing an extra cash prize for their chosen cause! The campaign saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. A huge thank you! With 161 groups on the platform seeing a fundraiser set up a page to raise money on their behalf, we want to give a massive thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make such a big difference to the people in their communities. Over the course of the month, we've heard some truly inspirational stories from some really incredible people, all of whom have gone that extra mile to help support a local cause. Everyone who fundraises for a local charity is a hero in our books, but it's now time to reveal who has made it into the final Top 20 and secured a share of the £5,000 prize fund for their chosen cause... And the winner is... Mick Pembleton with 157 points! Leading the race right from the start, Mick's pledge to jump out of a plane to raise money for Ability Dogs 4 Young People captured the imagination of his local community, seeing 157 people sponsor his page. Mick's prize of £1,000 brings his total raised to £3,313.25, including GiftAid, for the charity – an amazing achievement! About the charity Based in the Isle of Wight, Ability Dogs 4 Young People train assistance dogs to increase the independence and wellbeing of disabled young people and children in the local area. The ability dogs are provided free of charge and the charity fully funds the training of new puppies, as well as covering the costs of all the dog's food, equipment and vets bills throughout their working life. As well as helping with practical tasks, like picking up items, opening doors, helping dress and undress – the ability dogs also help to increase disabled young people's confidence and self-esteem. We caught up with Mick earlier this month to discuss his fundraising journey and how much he aimed to raise for the charity with his big jump. He told us: "Originally I just wanted to try and raise some money to help them out generally but now its gathered momentum I'm hoping to raise enough to buy a puppy and fund its training for the first year. It costs £5000 to buy a puppy and fund its training for two years right up to it being placed as a working Ability Dog - If I can raise a bit more money and somehow hold on to the top spot on the leader board I might reach £2500 which is exactly half of what's needed so that would fund it's first year with the charity." Huge congratulations to Mick for smashing his target and being crowned our #LocalHero 2015! The runners up Rounding out the Top 5 and each securing an additional £500 for their chosen cause, are: 2. The 2015 Footprint Walk for Bath Abbey – a team of intrepid fundraisers, taking on a 140 mile sponsored walk from Bath to London to raise money for renovation works for the Abbey.  3. Jim Strathdee for Glasgow Girls Football Club – who is raising money for a team of 22 players to go on tour and gain coaching experience in Gambia. 4. John Blackie for Bike Safe - for the Eynsham to Botley B4044 Community Path – who is raising money to go towards building a multi-purpose path for bicycles and pedestrians along a road that currently has no provision for cyclists.   5. Katie Skilton for First Days Childrens Charity – who is taking part in the Henley Mile open water swim to raise money to help the charity to support local families in need with items that cannot be donated, such as cot mattresses.  The full leaderboard See the full results of the Top 20 below. A big well done to all our winning fundraisers and charities – your prizes have now been awarded and can be seen on your fundraising page totals!  Scroll down to see more More match fund campaigns coming up! Big thanks again to everyone who took part in the campaign! #LocalHero might now be over, but we've got a whole host of match fund campaigns coming up. We'll be releasing details of the rest of our planned fundraising initiatives for 2015 – including Grow Your Tenner – in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more information!  
    Jun 29, 2015 2298
  • 04 Dec 2014
    Big Lunch Extras is a free programme to help people run projects that will bring about positive change in their communities –  anything from befriending schemes and festivals to community kitchens and making better use of local derelict land. Following on from the success of The Big Lunch - the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours which invites communities to come together for lunch - Big Lunch Extras is about taking your community spirit that little bit further. So if you need some help with an existing project, or have a great idea for a new one then Big Lunch Extras could be exactly what you’re looking for. It starts with a free three-day residential training event at the Eden Project, which is packed full of inspiration, workshops, practical support, and opportunities to share and develop ideas with like-minded people from across the UK. There are just a handful of camps left, so now is the time to sign up and apply for your place. So how does it work? First off, you’ll come to Eden, in Cornwall, for an immersive weekend to get inspiration, practical skills and the confidence to make real, positive changes within your community. You’ll also get the opportunity to attend regional events near you, where you’ll be introduced to others in your area. The Big Lunch Extras team will stay in touch to offer support and to hear how you’re getting on throughout the programme. What’s more, you’ll be part of a fantastic network of some 900 people on the programme who are all in the same boat as you – sharing ideas, contacts and support.   When are the Camps in 2015? February 27th February – 2nd March  April 17th – 20th May 15th – 18th  July 17th – 20th More dates to be confirmed soon – keep checking www.biglunchextras.com for updates. Camp places are funded and include accommodation and travel, so there really is no reason not to take up this fantastic opportunity. Sound good? Apply for your free place on Big Lunch Extras now! www.biglunchextras.com
    1172 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Big Lunch Extras is a free programme to help people run projects that will bring about positive change in their communities –  anything from befriending schemes and festivals to community kitchens and making better use of local derelict land. Following on from the success of The Big Lunch - the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours which invites communities to come together for lunch - Big Lunch Extras is about taking your community spirit that little bit further. So if you need some help with an existing project, or have a great idea for a new one then Big Lunch Extras could be exactly what you’re looking for. It starts with a free three-day residential training event at the Eden Project, which is packed full of inspiration, workshops, practical support, and opportunities to share and develop ideas with like-minded people from across the UK. There are just a handful of camps left, so now is the time to sign up and apply for your place. So how does it work? First off, you’ll come to Eden, in Cornwall, for an immersive weekend to get inspiration, practical skills and the confidence to make real, positive changes within your community. You’ll also get the opportunity to attend regional events near you, where you’ll be introduced to others in your area. The Big Lunch Extras team will stay in touch to offer support and to hear how you’re getting on throughout the programme. What’s more, you’ll be part of a fantastic network of some 900 people on the programme who are all in the same boat as you – sharing ideas, contacts and support.   When are the Camps in 2015? February 27th February – 2nd March  April 17th – 20th May 15th – 18th  July 17th – 20th More dates to be confirmed soon – keep checking www.biglunchextras.com for updates. Camp places are funded and include accommodation and travel, so there really is no reason not to take up this fantastic opportunity. Sound good? Apply for your free place on Big Lunch Extras now! www.biglunchextras.com
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    How you interact with your fundraiser once their event is over is crucial when it comes to converting them into a long-term supporter. In this blog we will be looking at 4 simple ways to keep your fundraisers engaged in your charity and your cause. 1. Publicly thank them for their support Use social media, emails or a newsletter to publicly thank your fundraiser for their efforts. Let everyone know how much they raised, what they did to raise it and, crucially, how much it means to your charity.  Thanking your fundraiser publicly also gives them a chance to share your message of appreciation with their personal networks, creating extra publicity for your charity and potentially inspiring a whole new group of people to fundraise for you in the future. 2. Invite them to visit you in person A great way to build a relationship with your fundraiser is to invite them to a team meeting or event and thank them face-to-face for their efforts. If possible, introduce your fundraisers to beneficiaries to remind them what their funds will be going towards and how people's lives will be positively affected. Read about how one group, York Carers, did just that for their fundraiser, Tony Ives.  3. Keep them up to date with your progress If your fundraiser was raising money for a particular project then send them updates of how it is going. Including images and testimonials from people the project has helped can be a great way of adding meaning to these updates. If you are sharing this information publicly then make sure you acknowledge which fundraiser(s) made it possible. Thanking your fundraisers in this way lets them know their efforts where worthwhile and could be the first step in turning them into a long term advocate for your cause.  4. Don’t forget to thank your donors too!  We all know that with each new donor comes the opportunity to raise further funds for your group, so make sure you thank them as well. Make a note on your database of which donors came from which fundraisers, as this will help you to better personalise your communications and provide an indication of what kind of fundraising event may appeal to them in the future.  The focus of these tips is to make sure your fundraiser feels appreciated, that their efforts have made a difference and crucially that they are a helpful part of your cause. By doing this you are much more likely to fundraise for you again and hopefully encourage their friends and family to do the same! Further Information If you are still looking for fundraisers or want to know how to support them while they fundraise for you them during then check out our previous blogs or contact us at help@localgiving.com  You can also click here to download this poster   
    1756 Posted by Fergus Simpson
  • How you interact with your fundraiser once their event is over is crucial when it comes to converting them into a long-term supporter. In this blog we will be looking at 4 simple ways to keep your fundraisers engaged in your charity and your cause. 1. Publicly thank them for their support Use social media, emails or a newsletter to publicly thank your fundraiser for their efforts. Let everyone know how much they raised, what they did to raise it and, crucially, how much it means to your charity.  Thanking your fundraiser publicly also gives them a chance to share your message of appreciation with their personal networks, creating extra publicity for your charity and potentially inspiring a whole new group of people to fundraise for you in the future. 2. Invite them to visit you in person A great way to build a relationship with your fundraiser is to invite them to a team meeting or event and thank them face-to-face for their efforts. If possible, introduce your fundraisers to beneficiaries to remind them what their funds will be going towards and how people's lives will be positively affected. Read about how one group, York Carers, did just that for their fundraiser, Tony Ives.  3. Keep them up to date with your progress If your fundraiser was raising money for a particular project then send them updates of how it is going. Including images and testimonials from people the project has helped can be a great way of adding meaning to these updates. If you are sharing this information publicly then make sure you acknowledge which fundraiser(s) made it possible. Thanking your fundraisers in this way lets them know their efforts where worthwhile and could be the first step in turning them into a long term advocate for your cause.  4. Don’t forget to thank your donors too!  We all know that with each new donor comes the opportunity to raise further funds for your group, so make sure you thank them as well. Make a note on your database of which donors came from which fundraisers, as this will help you to better personalise your communications and provide an indication of what kind of fundraising event may appeal to them in the future.  The focus of these tips is to make sure your fundraiser feels appreciated, that their efforts have made a difference and crucially that they are a helpful part of your cause. By doing this you are much more likely to fundraise for you again and hopefully encourage their friends and family to do the same! Further Information If you are still looking for fundraisers or want to know how to support them while they fundraise for you them during then check out our previous blogs or contact us at help@localgiving.com  You can also click here to download this poster   
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