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  • 13 May 2014
    Enabling children and young people to achieve their full potential through safe and enjoyable activities is the main goal for Milton Keynes charity Action4Youth. Their newest ambition is to build a fully equipped Yurt Village to develop the opportunities for disabled young people in the area and allow them to take part in adventure activities with their peers. To kick off their fundraising endeavour, the charity organised a sponsored Rowathon, where teams were challenged to row 86.3k on indoor machines. Raising £9,600 through their Localgiving fundraising pages means they beat their target by an amazing £1,600 and made a huge step towards the £80,000 they need to realise the project. Lynda Cockerell, Chief Executive of Action4Youth and second highest fundraiser explained the new facilities will be a fantastic local resource for young people. “We believe there is no other centre locally that can offer the same facilities, trained staff or adapted equipment and it is Action4Youth’s aim that these resources and opportunities are in place for the benefit of our communities”. The idea of rowing the equivalent distance of Henley to Mortlake on the Thames was inspired by the successes of their youth rowing team, and a special guest visit from Olympic Rower Sir Steve Redgrave. Sharon Robertson, the event organiser, is excited about the terrific response from the community, “We were very pleased regarding the levels of support offered for the event, either through people willing to take on the challenge themselves or through offering sponsorship and providing encouragement on the day to cheer on friends and colleagues”. The event took place at their outdoor education centre Caldecotte Xperience, which is where they will expand the facilities for the Yurt Village.  Smashing their fundraising total was a huge success for everybody who took part, but there were two rowers who far exceeded expectations. Lynda and Ken raised well over their £3,000 personal targets and made a huge difference to reaching the final goal. To raise the rest of the money the charity is organising a number of other activities throughout the year including a golf competition, an auction and a boxing show dinner. Ken Birkby, Chairman for Action4Youth and highest fundraiser, said “It was great fun and demonstratedthe fantastic team spirit of the employees of the charity and their friends and families. The money raised through the generosity of our contacts is a superb start to achieving the amount required for this amazing project.” Find out more about Action4Youth MK and other ways they will be raising funds for the Yurt Village through their Localgiving webpage.    
    1298 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Enabling children and young people to achieve their full potential through safe and enjoyable activities is the main goal for Milton Keynes charity Action4Youth. Their newest ambition is to build a fully equipped Yurt Village to develop the opportunities for disabled young people in the area and allow them to take part in adventure activities with their peers. To kick off their fundraising endeavour, the charity organised a sponsored Rowathon, where teams were challenged to row 86.3k on indoor machines. Raising £9,600 through their Localgiving fundraising pages means they beat their target by an amazing £1,600 and made a huge step towards the £80,000 they need to realise the project. Lynda Cockerell, Chief Executive of Action4Youth and second highest fundraiser explained the new facilities will be a fantastic local resource for young people. “We believe there is no other centre locally that can offer the same facilities, trained staff or adapted equipment and it is Action4Youth’s aim that these resources and opportunities are in place for the benefit of our communities”. The idea of rowing the equivalent distance of Henley to Mortlake on the Thames was inspired by the successes of their youth rowing team, and a special guest visit from Olympic Rower Sir Steve Redgrave. Sharon Robertson, the event organiser, is excited about the terrific response from the community, “We were very pleased regarding the levels of support offered for the event, either through people willing to take on the challenge themselves or through offering sponsorship and providing encouragement on the day to cheer on friends and colleagues”. The event took place at their outdoor education centre Caldecotte Xperience, which is where they will expand the facilities for the Yurt Village.  Smashing their fundraising total was a huge success for everybody who took part, but there were two rowers who far exceeded expectations. Lynda and Ken raised well over their £3,000 personal targets and made a huge difference to reaching the final goal. To raise the rest of the money the charity is organising a number of other activities throughout the year including a golf competition, an auction and a boxing show dinner. Ken Birkby, Chairman for Action4Youth and highest fundraiser, said “It was great fun and demonstratedthe fantastic team spirit of the employees of the charity and their friends and families. The money raised through the generosity of our contacts is a superb start to achieving the amount required for this amazing project.” Find out more about Action4Youth MK and other ways they will be raising funds for the Yurt Village through their Localgiving webpage.    
    May 13, 2014 1298
  • 18 Jun 2014
      Families United Network (FUN) supporters are willing to walk on fire, jump out of a plane or swim the equivalent of the English Channel so the charity are able to keep on supporting families in Bedfordshire living with disabilities. Having raised over £7,700 in 1 year through 30 supporter’s fundraising pages, their fun and creative challenges are proving to be a huge success. £4000 from one event “Our most successful fundraising event so far was a Fire Walk back in November 2013” says Diane Rhodes, FUNs charity administrator. “Because this was an unusual event, we found that more people wanted to take part once an initial few had signed up. We were very lucky to exceed our minimum amount of people, but also with the extra help through the Grow Your Tenner match fund campaign we raised just under £4000 at this one event.” The money raised from FUN events enables the charity to provide holiday clubs, activities, trips and community outreach projects for children and young people as well as support sessions for parents and carers. Letting their fundraisers know what they are planning to use the money raised for is key in their fundraising strategy. “If there is a particular item, trip or activity that we are trying to raise monies for we let the fundraisers know to help them raise monies for the challenge they are participating in” explains Diane. The benefits of fundraising challenges The charity believe that by offering regular events and challenges that people can take part in they have been able to further their fundraising more efficiently. “Through our events we have been able to reach and engage with more donors as individual fundraisers introduce our charity to their personal networks. We have raised more awareness and funds this way than we would have done by just targeting donors ourselves.”  Each supporter that takes part in an event receives a fundraiser pack with details of the charity and the event and FUN also keeps in regular contact to support them and let their fundraisers know they are appreciated. “Our fundraisers are important to us as without them we would not achieve our goals.”  Learn more about Families United Network and their new fundraising events through their Localgiving page. 
    1044 Posted by Steph Heyden
  •   Families United Network (FUN) supporters are willing to walk on fire, jump out of a plane or swim the equivalent of the English Channel so the charity are able to keep on supporting families in Bedfordshire living with disabilities. Having raised over £7,700 in 1 year through 30 supporter’s fundraising pages, their fun and creative challenges are proving to be a huge success. £4000 from one event “Our most successful fundraising event so far was a Fire Walk back in November 2013” says Diane Rhodes, FUNs charity administrator. “Because this was an unusual event, we found that more people wanted to take part once an initial few had signed up. We were very lucky to exceed our minimum amount of people, but also with the extra help through the Grow Your Tenner match fund campaign we raised just under £4000 at this one event.” The money raised from FUN events enables the charity to provide holiday clubs, activities, trips and community outreach projects for children and young people as well as support sessions for parents and carers. Letting their fundraisers know what they are planning to use the money raised for is key in their fundraising strategy. “If there is a particular item, trip or activity that we are trying to raise monies for we let the fundraisers know to help them raise monies for the challenge they are participating in” explains Diane. The benefits of fundraising challenges The charity believe that by offering regular events and challenges that people can take part in they have been able to further their fundraising more efficiently. “Through our events we have been able to reach and engage with more donors as individual fundraisers introduce our charity to their personal networks. We have raised more awareness and funds this way than we would have done by just targeting donors ourselves.”  Each supporter that takes part in an event receives a fundraiser pack with details of the charity and the event and FUN also keeps in regular contact to support them and let their fundraisers know they are appreciated. “Our fundraisers are important to us as without them we would not achieve our goals.”  Learn more about Families United Network and their new fundraising events through their Localgiving page. 
    Jun 18, 2014 1044
  • 11 Mar 2014
      Why consider running a marathon for a local group? Sometimes support of a local charity or community groups goes beyond a donation or giving up a few hours to volunteer. Fundraising for a cause important to you is a great way to go that bit further. Sharing a cause with your friends, family and colleagues and rallying them to show their support. It’s a fantastic way to not only raise funds for the charity of your choice, but to spread awareness of the cause to your network. A sponsored run is possibly the most popular event amongst fundraisers. There are many opportunities to get involved with various marathons across the UK such as the London Marathon, Great North Run and the Brighton Marathon to name just a few. Running alongside thousands of others who have made the same decision can be inspiring. It’s a feeling that can’t be matched! So what are you waiting for? Pick a local charity, set up a fundraising page, promote it to your network, train and have a blast! Check out some of our fundraisers who have accepted the challenge here and be inspired to do the same!
    808 Posted by Steph Heyden
  •   Why consider running a marathon for a local group? Sometimes support of a local charity or community groups goes beyond a donation or giving up a few hours to volunteer. Fundraising for a cause important to you is a great way to go that bit further. Sharing a cause with your friends, family and colleagues and rallying them to show their support. It’s a fantastic way to not only raise funds for the charity of your choice, but to spread awareness of the cause to your network. A sponsored run is possibly the most popular event amongst fundraisers. There are many opportunities to get involved with various marathons across the UK such as the London Marathon, Great North Run and the Brighton Marathon to name just a few. Running alongside thousands of others who have made the same decision can be inspiring. It’s a feeling that can’t be matched! So what are you waiting for? Pick a local charity, set up a fundraising page, promote it to your network, train and have a blast! Check out some of our fundraisers who have accepted the challenge here and be inspired to do the same!
    Mar 11, 2014 808