Let’s talk about fundraising

As we emerge from the pandemic, cutbacks are likely to continue for many essential services in the community and schools. This puts pressure on families that are already struggling to get the right additional support for children and young people, and risks leaving a generation behind. As these families turn to us for support, our services are needed now more than ever. This also means that fundraising is just as highly sought after, especially given it funds all our work, from core one-to-one support to raising awareness in communities.

That’s why I wanted to take the time on this month’s blog post to focus on the funds we need to cover our core costs and keep up with the growing demand. I’ll run through some of the ways we make fundraising fun and how we’ve adapted to keep up with the new focus on all things digital.

One step at a time

This year, Walk in My Shoes has currently raised £34,619!  Not only have we enjoyed having this challenge to celebrate our 21st year, but it has been inspiring to see our supporters push themselves to achieve their personal goals while contributing to our work and becoming part of the Mindroom story. As we start the second half of the year, my challenge to you is to get involved and help match what we’ve already raised!

Speaking of walking, Kiltwalk is another big opportunity to top up our funds. There will be a live event in Glasgow on Sunday 26 September where we hope to make up for the fun and amazing atmosphere missed in 2020. If you’re thinking of taking part, please consider choosing us as your charity – your money raised will be topped up 50% by The Hunter Foundation! I’ll be leading the way by organising a team from Salvesen Mindroom Centre!

All aboard sponsors…

Connecting with likeminded individuals and organisations helps to share our experience and expertise. We’ve just recruited a new Training Manager, Aileen Shrimpton,  who will be working with families, businesses, and employers. And we’re always looking to connect with businesses who are or would like to become part of the neurodiversity movement.

We have ambitious plans for the rest of our 21st year and beyond and I would love to connect with a corporate partner that shares some of our vision for a future where no mind is left behind. Whether you’re a company that needs a new charity to support for the year or you would like to work with us for a specific project to help bring neurodiversity into the heart of your business, please get in touch by emailing our Director of Development, Jules Haston on jules@mindroom.org.

I’m also excited to announce that we’re in the final stages of a new project! Working in collaboration with our creative partner maclean, and our amazing group of Game Gurus (the children and young people who have volunteered to test the project for us), we’ll be launching our new game, Buddy’s Daring Adventure, in August. The interactive adventure is filled with challenges and an exploration of how minds work. With our celebrity ambassador on board for the voiceover, we’re now looking for a sponsor for this project, who will be promoted alongside it. If you’d like to know more, please contact the team on fundraising@mindroom.org.

Save the date

We’re honoured to be the London Scottish Charity of the Year and will be joining their St Andrews Day Luncheon being held on Friday 26 November. This prestigious event is a fantastic opportunity to connect with people and celebrate everything we’ve achieved over the past 21 years. Our ambassador Rory Bremner will be entertaining guests alongside our founder Sophie Dow who will be sharing her story and our journey so far.

I’m also delighted to announce we’ll be hosting our own 21st Anniversary Cocktail Reception at the end of the year! We’re still ironing out the details but are excited for a time when we can finally gather together and celebrate 21 years of work with our supporters.  

Christmas already?

I know it’s a bit early to be thinking about festivities, but I have a good reason. We’ve recently sent a competition out to schools to design our six 2021 Christmas cards. As we wait for the creations to come back to us, we’re looking for businesses who would like to register to use one of the designs as their corporate card. If interested, you just need to complete this form.

As you can see, we’re finding more and more ways to make it easy for people to support our work. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them. Fundraising is the foundation of everything we do, and as we gear up for a busy second half of the year, I hope you consider getting involved.

If you have helped us already, I can’t express my gratitude enough. As someone who hears the amazing feedback we get from children, young people and the families that our team works with day-to-day, I know first-hand how much it truly does help. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you on their behalf.

Until next time.

Alyson Miller

Chief Executive Officer