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    Help Needed please - Charity donations!

    Hi,

    I'm not sure if you know my story so here's a quick recap:

    My eldest Daughter Kiara has been very poorly for the last 18 months with a condition that gives her too much fluid causing pressure on her brain. She's now under Great Ormond Street Hospital and has had 19 Operations. Kiara is in constant pain and hasn't been able to go to school since she became Ill.

    The Illness she has (Intracranial Hypertension) is very rare and also incurable. There is an Organisation for her Illness - IIH UK (www.iih.org.uk) and we're trying to raise money for it, to raise awareness and our goal of being able to fund research.

    Anyway my question is does anyone know of any good companies or anyone that will donate prizes to charity raffles? It will be a national event so unfortunately I can't try local places, Boden have already donated a £50 voucher and also Mothercare.

    Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you so so much!!! xxx

    11 Comments

    Just because its a National event doesnt mean you cant contact local organisations - in fact I think its especially important that you contact local organisations highlighting your daughters illness.

    All the best to you - and really hope you find lots of generous companies to help

    why don't you try resturant chains - everyone likes a meal out - or places like Tesco that everyone uses - sorry not much help

    Banned

    Try the unusual companies like kwik fit, tescos, beefeater that kind of thing
    if I can be of any help please pm me

    Just email/write to all the big names, plus football clubs, cricket clubs etc, maybe phone companies - does the event have a website? If not, you should get one set up, if there is one already maybe offer sponsorship for publicity and space on the website? Good luck!

    bossyboots;8700599

    Just because its a National event doesnt mean you cant contact local … Just because its a National event doesnt mean you cant contact local organisations - in fact I think its especially important that you contact local organisations highlighting your daughters illness.All the best to you - and really hope you find lots of generous companies to help



    +1, and ask the local radio station of they can do anything.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter, and I wish her well. Please don't rule out local companies, it will mean more and stand more of a chance getting donations if they have a face and a local story to go along with the request for donations.

    I live on the Isle of Wight. Someone I know's niece is needing an operation in the states to help give her the chance to walk. They have just had the local round table come on board, although I don't know if it was a request or what that got them involved. What I do know is that they have an ever increasing number of items being donated for auction on ebay for the cause.

    There are people and companies out there to help. The justgiving website is also a very easy way for people to make a donation and it takes the bother out of collecting the money too.

    Check out on facebook the round table gracie may appeal as that is what I've been talking about.

    Also, In looking at the Portsmouth FC website they have a section about player appearences. Maybe the charity could look into getting some high profile attention? It seems that Pompey do player appearences for charity etc, so other clubs will for sure. Media coverage along with a clear point of contact- ie specific website or page to visit is vital for a good response.

    Some local sports clubs might let you have a few people go round with buckets at one of their events, or they might even do something to help raise funds. I often wonder whether a high school would take on a project like this as part of a business studies programme or media course. Would be great for students as well as the charity involved.

    There are plenty of things that can be done to raise funds, it just takes a lot of begging letters and emails and a lot of hard work. Facebook groups are brilliant for getting information shared quickly across a lot of people and if you send group emails people will respond. I set up a group about an injustice for my local ice hockey club and had 500 members without any promotion at all!

    Good luck with what you are doing.

    Don't forget to ask your local newspaper to run a story for you. In the story you can mention that you're looking for donations.

    bossyboots;8700599

    Just because its a National event doesnt mean you cant contact local … Just because its a National event doesnt mean you cant contact local organisations - in fact I think its especially important that you contact local organisations highlighting your daughters illness.All the best to you - and really hope you find lots of generous companies to help



    +1 - even the local football club for signed football/top etc. I'd say Tesco/Asda etc too as mentioned above. All the best for your daughter and hope you get loads of donations!

    Original Poster

    bossyboots;8700599

    Just because its a National event doesnt mean you cant contact local … Just because its a National event doesnt mean you cant contact local organisations - in fact I think its especially important that you contact local organisations highlighting your daughters illness.All the best to you - and really hope you find lots of generous companies to help



    Thanks so much Thats a huge point, since reading this I've contacted a local toy shop and already beeen given a donation, thank you very very much! xxx

    lucerysmum;8700605

    why don't you try resturant chains - everyone likes a meal out - or … why don't you try resturant chains - everyone likes a meal out - or places like Tesco that everyone uses - sorry not much help



    Thats a brilliant idea, thank you so much! I will e-mail pizza express/pizza hut/frankie and bennys later and any others I can think of!! Will try our local supermarkets too! xxx

    robbieukranger;8700617

    Try the unusual companies like kwik fit, tescos, beefeater that kind of … Try the unusual companies like kwik fit, tescos, beefeater that kind of thingif I can be of any help please pm me



    Thank you so much, will try our local tesco later and beefeater and kwik fit are great ideas too!! xxx

    sickly sweet;8700620

    Just email/write to all the big names, plus football clubs, cricket clubs … Just email/write to all the big names, plus football clubs, cricket clubs etc, maybe phone companies - does the event have a website? If not, you should get one set up, if there is one already maybe offer sponsorship for publicity and space on the website? Good luck!



    Thank you so so much, the event doesn't have a website but that is a great idea, Thank you!! Football clubs too and phone companies will be brilliant!! Thank you!! xxx

    sickly sweet;8700623

    +1, and ask the local radio station of they can do anything.



    Radio Station is a brilliant idea! Thank you so much! xxx

    Dumpling;8700670

    I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter, and I wish her well. Please … I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter, and I wish her well. Please don't rule out local companies, it will mean more and stand more of a chance getting donations if they have a face and a local story to go along with the request for donations.I live on the Isle of Wight. Someone I know's niece is needing an operation in the states to help give her the chance to walk. They have just had the local round table come on board, although I don't know if it was a request or what that got them involved. What I do know is that they have an ever increasing number of items being donated for auction on ebay for the cause. There are people and companies out there to help. The justgiving website is also a very easy way for people to make a donation and it takes the bother out of collecting the money too. Check out on facebook the round table gracie may appeal as that is what I've been talking about. Also, In looking at the Portsmouth FC website they have a section about player appearences. Maybe the charity could look into getting some high profile attention? It seems that Pompey do player appearences for charity etc, so other clubs will for sure. Media coverage along with a clear point of contact- ie specific website or page to visit is vital for a good response.Some local sports clubs might let you have a few people go round with buckets at one of their events, or they might even do something to help raise funds. I often wonder whether a high school would take on a project like this as part of a business studies programme or media course. Would be great for students as well as the charity involved.There are plenty of things that can be done to raise funds, it just takes a lot of begging letters and emails and a lot of hard work. Facebook groups are brilliant for getting information shared quickly across a lot of people and if you send group emails people will respond. I set up a group about an injustice for my local ice hockey club and had 500 members without any promotion at all!Good luck with what you are doing.



    Thank you so much for your lovely message and wishes!! I really hope the Little Girl gets her Operation! And a facebook group is a brilliant idea! Also we live very near Portsmouth, they are a great team to try! Will try the schools too, thank you so much. Have just had a few positive replies from companies so I'm all set and ready to get some amazing donations!! Will post on here how it goes, thank you so so much!! xxx

    cis_groupie;8701631

    Don't forget to ask your local newspaper to run a story for you. In the … Don't forget to ask your local newspaper to run a story for you. In the story you can mention that you're looking for donations.



    That's a Brilliant idea!! Thank you so so much, I'll contact them later! xxx

    kaks26;8701702

    +1 - even the local football club for signed football/top etc. I'd say … +1 - even the local football club for signed football/top etc. I'd say Tesco/Asda etc too as mentioned above. All the best for your daughter and hope you get loads of donations!



    Football top is a great idea, I'll be trying them and the local Supermarkets soon!! Thank you so so much for your lovely message and wishes too! xxx




    Thank you Everyone!!! xxxxx

    Original Poster

    P.S. Any more ideas gratefully recieved!

    xxx

    Original Poster

    Just to say thank you so much - it went very well x
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