Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers who run our Bereavement Group for reaching the finals of The Comet Community Awards. Also to a Wendy Darnell a GP Carer Champion we work with for winning the Care Worker of the Year category.
The group of 14 volunteers provide bereavement support for carers who have lost the person they cared for, and their hard work and commitment to helping others was recognised in the Valiant Volunteer category of the newspaper's awards.
There are so many ways your business can support us. Corporate fundraising is a brilliant way to demonstrate your commitment to the community to your customers and clients as well as engage your staff in a local charity and to. There are many benefits to your organisation too such as positive publicity, a chance to build connections and reach potential new customers or repeat clients, possible tax reductions and boosting employee morale.
There are many ways you can get involved.
Payroll Giving is a simple, no cost way of supporting Carers in Hertfordshire. It’s easy to set up and enables your staff to give on a regular basis through their pay. Even better, the money they donate is tax free. The benefit for us is it provides a regular and sustainable income, giving us more security and the ability to plan ahead.
Choosing us as your Charity of the Year or Charity Partner is a fantastic way of illustrating your dedication to a local charity. It can unite your staff or members in engaging and rewarding fundraising.
We will support you in all your fundraising endeavours, inspiring you with ideas and providing all the tools you need to raise some seriously impressive funds for Carers in Hertfordshire. Plus we will work with you to generate publicity about the work your company are doing for us.
You can find out about our charity partners on the Charity of the Year Partnerships page.
Your business or staff could organise events such as a cake sale, sponsored pedometer challenge or take part in a range or organised events such as runs, bike rides or other physical challenges and raise sponsorship in the process. We are happy to give you fundraising tips and can provide a sponsorship form.
It isn’t all about the money. You can help us by donating equipment, food, services or expertise. Alternatively, you may be able to provide us access to a venue free of charge where we can hold a fundraising activity or event for carers.
You could also sign up to support the Carers' Passport Discount Card by offering unpaid carers a discount.
We are always in need of great prizes to give away at auctions and raffles, many of which can generate much more than their actual value.
You can increase the value of your employee’s gift by matching their gift and can put a cap on the gift so that you maintain control. Many companies find this a great way to support and incentivise staff both in their fundraising and their work. It also sends out a positive message to your colleagues, customers and suppliers.
Cause Related Marketing has become an increasingly important element of any company’s activities and is a great way for local and national companies to support us. For example you could donate a percentage or set amount from a product/service sold.
With thanks to other corporate supporters
Ewart Price Solicitors, Welwyn Garden City.
Carers and supporters alike have benefited as the firm has donated £5,000 to us so that we can continue making a positive difference to unpaid carers. One way they are providing support is by kindly waiving their fees for writing or amending a basic will in return for people making a donation to Carers in Hertfordshire.
Mike Bottomley from the firm, said: “It’s important to have a will as it can provide peace of mind and provision for family and friends as it lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. Without one, the law of intestacy decides what happens to your property not you.”
Linda Cudmore, our Development and Fundraising Manager, said: “We are grateful to Ewart Price Solicitors for supporting carers and us by providing their services for free in lieu of a donation. There is still time to book an appointment if you do not have a will.”
She continued: “There is no obligation to leave a gift to Carers in Hertfordshire in your will, but we appreciate those who remember us in this way. A gift in your will costs you nothing now, but will make a difference to unpaid carers in the future.”
To make an appointment please call Linda on 01992 58 69 69.
Ewart Price Solicitors, 18 Church Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6PS
Phone: 01707 332383.
A huge thank you to staff and customers at Sainsbury's branches in Letchworth Garden City, Marshalwick Lane, St Albans, for choosing to support us as their Local Charity of the Year for 2018/19.
Carers will benefit from in store fundraising activities organised by supermarket staff and charity volunteers. Staff at the Stevenage store sold cup cakes for donations and there have already been various collections.
Nick Rusher, Letchworth Store Manager, said:
"We at Sainsbury’s Letchworth Garden City are pleased to have Carers in Hertfordshire as our Charity of the Year. I’d like to thank all of our customers for their support on the day and am looking forward to lots of successful events over coming months.”
For more information on how your company can get involved and support carers, call me on 01992 58 69 69 or email me Linda Cudmore, Community Fundraising Lead. I would love to hear from you!