How you can help us Fundraising The big give 2017 This year, we are applying to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise vital funds for much needed activities and breaks for carers including. Our Living Well With Dementia courses which are co-produced with the NHS. They work with someone with dementia and we work with their families to educate them on dementia, coping mechanisms and what support is available. Referrals for this service come from NHS Memory Assessement Services. The Volunteer Sitting Service which allows carers to have a few hours to themselves each week Our wide range of lunch clubs, coffee mornings and support groups that not only allow carers to discuss their situation with others living similar challenges but also empowers carers with advice on their rights and coping techniques. As part of our application, we need our key supporters to make promises of funding, called ‘Pledges’, which will be used as match funds to double online donations made to our charity during the campaign. Your commitment of funding might also help us to secure additional match funds via a Champion (sourced by the Big Give). We are aiming to raise a total of £2,500 in pledges to take part in the Christmas Challenge. Would you consider making a pledge of £100 to help us reach our target? If you would be willing to make a pledge to us, you can do so by completing this online form by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 1st September Please get in touch for more information. Full terms & conditions can be found here and of course, any support will be truly appreciated. Learn more about the Big Give What is the Christmas Challenge? The Christmas Challenge (the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign) helps UK-registered charities to raise funds for their projects by doubling donations when the campaign goes live on 29th November. You can find full details of the Christmas Challenge, and how your pledge will enable us to be part of the UK's largest Matched Funding Challenge, on theBigGive.org.uk. Research shows that 84% of donors are more likely to give in a match funding campaign and that donations are on average 2.5 times bigger so we’re very excited about the opportunity to take part. How does it work? The matching pots used to double donations for charities taking part in the Christmas Challenge are made up of a combination of funds. These are funds sourced by the charity (‘Pledges’) and funds sourced by the Big Give (‘Champions’) which are available if we are successfully selected by a Champion. The timeline for fulfilling the pledge (i.e. transferring the funds to us) is 5th December 2017 – 12th January 2018. Fulfilment of your pledge is conditional on us receiving the appropriate online donations during the campaign (28th November – 5th December). You will only be required to pay a pro-rata amount of your pledge if we don’t hit our online target - it's our guarantee to you that we are committed to raising additional donations. Please note that if you pledge to us, you will not be able to make an online donation to us in December because your pledge will be used to match these donations.