Today marks the first ever Local Charities Day, which was announced back in October at the Civil Society Media’s Charity Finance Summit.
But with so many national awareness day, what exactly is Local Charities Day and what makes it different to all the others?
Well, it is a government backed initiative that is designed to encourage giving to good, local causes and celebrate the incredible work that charities and community groups do in our area.
As part of Local Charities Day, LocalGiving has been running a ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign in which the government have pledged £245,000 match funding. They are also running another #GiveMe5 campaign today in which the Office for Civil Society will contribute £5,000 match funding.
The main aim of Local Charities Day is to shout from the rooftops about the local causes you support. So, we thought we’d take a look at some of the fantastic charities we have supported and worked with over the years and tell you a bit more about them.
First up is the wonderful Town Foundation! We have worked with the Town Foundation on a number of events over the years. Most recently, we sponsored their annual Ladies Lunch which raised just over £3k and what a day it was! You can read more about it here.
The Town Foundation do some incredible work in the local community, improving the quality of lives for young people across Huddersfield and the West Yorkshire area. We have supported our client, Sheards Accountancy, on a number of events they have hosted to raise money for The Town Foundation’s Early Kick-Off Breakfast Clubs. The Breakfast Clubs provide a good, healthy breakfast for over 1,000 children in the local area, providing the perfect start to their day.
Next on our list of local charities is Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. A few years ago we supported our client, Paradigm, to put on a drive-in cinema fundraiser which raised just over £1,000.
Forget Me Not support children with life shortening conditions, and their families, across West Yorkshire. They currently support over 185 children through their hospice at home service and at their state-of-the-art hospice, Russell House, in Huddersfield.
Our amazing client, Huddersfield Community Trust, is another local cause we’d like to shout about. Based at The Zone in Huddersfield, HCT aim to improve the fitness and wellbeing of the local community using the influence of professional sport while raising the hopes and aspirations of children and young people.
Another fantastic local charity we’d like to mention is Laura Crane Trust. We worked with our landlord, Heritage Exchange in Lindley, to organise a Christmas Card collection point to fund raise for Laura Crane last year.
Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK charity that funds medical research for cancer that affects teenagers and young adults working on exciting breakthroughs and increasing the understanding of what can be extremely complex cancers. Laura Crane also works to improve the quality of life for teenage patients during their time in hospitals.
Yorkshire Children’s Centre provide a huge range of services that aim to improve the lives of children, young people, adults, older people and families. From a be-friending service to a college for students with social and emotional issues, YCC work tirelessly to provide support to all those in need in the local area.
Finally, we have one last charity to mention. It may not be local but it’s one that is extremely close to MD, Katrina’s heart. Tommy’s The Baby Charity fund research into pregnancy problems and provide pregnancy health information to parents.
With so many local charities doing such incredible work in our community, this blog could go on for ever! So spend today celebrating your most loved local causes and get behind #LocalCharitiesDay!
If you’d like to join the #GiveMe5 campaign today and give up £5 to a wonderful local cause, all you have to do visit LocalGiving, search for your charity and click Donate Now.
If the local cause you’d like to support isn’t registered with LocalGiving then don’t panic! Why not just visit their website and make a donation direct? Just make sure you post on social media about the charity you’re supporting and use the hashtag #LocalCharitiesDay!!