How can we help charities?

Charlotte Paul 2019

Charlotte Paul
Marketing Coordinator, Assurity Consulting
7th April 2020

Hi everyone,

It's fair to say that COVID-19 is having an effect on every single person one way or another, be it financially, emotionally or physically. And now, more than ever, our charities and the families they care for, need our help and support to get them through these difficult times.

All of our charities rely heavily on their fundraising activities and the money raised at these events makes up a large percentage of the funds they need to offer the brilliant care to patients and their families. With all fundraising events cancelled indefinitely all charities are going to see an immediate drop in their income. If you would like to make a donation to one of our chosen charities here are some ways you can help them below:

Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House closed their doors to all children and families in their care on Monday 23rd March 2020 for the foreseeable future. Any families who visited the house for respite breaks and day visits will no longer be able to visit in line with Government guidelines. Community visits are still being offered and care for exceptional circumstances and end-of-life and bereavement support are all still available for those families in need. Many of the nurses who care for the children at Chestnut Tree House are taking up temporary positions within the NHS on the front line to help with the battle against the virus, putting themselves and their families at great risk of catching the disease!

How can we support Chestnut Tree House?
1.) Chestnut Tree House Lottery
You can join the children's charity lottery and, for just £1 a week you could win a top prize of £1,000. 2nd prize is £250, 3rd prize is £100, plus there are 10 chances to win £10 and 10 more chances to win £5. You’ll be helping to raise vital funds that will help provide much needed hospice care, helping children and their families live life to the full, however short that time may be. The Lottery draw takes place every Friday and the results can be found here.

If you would like to join the children's charity lottery you will find all the information you need here.

2.) Online shopping with Easyfundraising
Sadly, as the Chestnut Tree House charity shops are classed as non-essential retail stores all of their shops have closed indefinitely. Despite not being allowed to visit the high street any longer at the current time we can still shop online and have our purchases delivered to us in the comfort of our own home.

Have you heard about easyfundraising? Easyfundraising allows you to shop online at certain stores and raise money for your chosen charity. And how does it work? You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to easyfundraising for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend goes directly to Chestnut Tree House at no extra cost to yourself. Each retailer offers a different percentage donation to Chestnut Tree House but some retailers can give as much as 15% of the total purchase value to the charity! For all the information on how to sign up click here.

3.) Easysearch
Around 6.4 million people use a search engine every day, but did you know you could raise money for Chestnut Tree House whilst you search? easysearch combines the results of several search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing and Ask ensuring you can always find what you're looking for. But, every time you search through easysearch half a penny is donated to Chestnut Tree House. That means if we searched 15 times a day by the end of the year we'd have raised £25 for Chestnut Tree House through doing nothing! All of the information on easysearch can be found here.

4.) Donate through JustGiving
Alternatively, you can make a single or a regular donation through JustGiving. A link to their JustGiving pages can be found here.

St Catherine's Hospice

St Catherine's Hospice is still very much open and continuing to offer the care they pride themselves on to all patients on their wards. Many of their externally run services such as support groups, training courses and outpatient clinics have been suspended until further notice. Patients are still allowed visitors but extra precautions have been put in place in order to protect staff and most importantly the people in the hospices' care.

How can we support St Catherine's Hospice?
1.) St Catherine's Lottery
Since the lottery began, players have helped raise more than £12 million to provide expert care for terminally ill people and their families and friends across Sussex and Surrey. In fact, over 70p of every lottery £1 goes to hospice care services. For just £1 per week, you could be in with a chance of winning a cash prize, ranging from first prize of £1,000 and 40 runner up prizes of £20. By joining the weekly lottery you’ll be helping local people receive the care and support they need as they face death and loss. Winners are announced every Friday and will be published here. If you would like to sign up to the St Catherine's Hospice Lottery, you can find all the information you need here.

2.) Online Auction
The St Catherine’s Hospice Golf Society online auction has a number of golfing and non-golfing prizes which will be released two at a time with a two-week period to bid for each item. The draw for the first two prizes will end on Friday 10th April 2020, so you need to hurry if you'd like to make a bid on these. You can find a list of all the current prizes and when the bidding will end for each one here. If you would like to place a bid please email stcathsgolf@gmail.com. They will update everyone on their mailing list with the leading bid each week and advise you if your bid is below the current leading bid each time you place a new bid.

3.) Online donation
You can make a single or regular donation to St Catherine's Hospice through their website. Click here to set up your payment.

Springboard

Springboard have sadly had to suspend all of their Stay & Play and short breaks activities for the foreseeable future. The house is now closed to all visitors and all externally run outings have been cancelled until further notice. I have been in contact with Ben Burt, Springboard's CEO and he would be hugely grateful for any monetary support. If you would like to make a donation to Springboard please drop an email to marketing@assurityconsulting.co.uk and I can arrange the best way to go about doing this.

If you have any questions on the above or would like to discuss how we can help our charities further, please feel free to contact Charlotte Paul, Marketing Coordinator marketing@assurityconsulting.co.uk and please do let me know if you choose to support one of our charities!

Stay safe everyone!