YOU CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
The severity of the challenges and barriers faced by disabled people have increased considerably since the Coronavirus pandemic. This has led to worsening physical and mental health, greater isolation and lower levels of wellbeing being reported in the UK. Research shows the pandemic has not only widened existing inequalities for disabled people but it has created new ones too, including heightened fear and anxiety of contracting the virus.
Bendrigg Trust provides a range of services to enable disabled people to gain independence and self-esteem through adventure activities. Throughout the pandemic we have continued to provide vital services for disabled people and their families adhering to the government guidelines.
Being forced to close in March 2020 has meant that we have had no income from our residential services for 15 months and we’re reliant on fundraising now more than ever before. All at a time where the demand for our services has increased considerably.
Any funds you raise will enable Bendrigg to continue providing vital services for disabled people now and in the future.
How much do Bendrigg have to fundraise?
Bendrigg Trust is a registered charity (Charity number 508450) and we receive no statutory funding. It costs around £1,000,000 to keep our vital services going. In a normal year we support around 3,000 disabled and disadvantaged people to have life changing experiences.
We normally have to raise around £700,000 through our subsidised fees charged to users and have to raise another £400,000 to cover our operating costs. In 2020 due to the pandemic, we raised just £160,000 through fees for courses and raised a staggering £640,000 through fundraising to help plug the gap and maintain a good financial position for the future. £243,000 of the fundraised income was obtained through the CRS Job Retention Scheme and the rest comes in the form of grants, individual donations, corporate partners, fundraising events, legacies and more.
If you join #TeamBendrigg by fundraising, every pound you raise will help to make a huge difference to the lives of disabled people across the UK.
Ways to get involved
We have a number of places in Charity Challenges throughout the year.
2021 challenges include :
- The Great North Run
- Keswick To Barrow & Coniston To Barrow
- London Marathon
If you’re up for a challenge and want to raise funds at the same time, then this is the option for you! Please get in touch if you’re interested in taking on a charity challenge in 2021 or 2022.
ORGANISE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER
You may be a brilliant baker, have a passion for fashion or have a super skill you could share with others. So why not stick to what you love and organise your own fundraiser in aid of Bendrigg.
Please contact our friendly fundraising duo, Martha & Sarah to let them know about your event. They may be able to offer helpful advice and provide leaflets, banners or charity buckets.
FUNDRAISING AT WORK
We have a number of charity partners who get involved with supporting us in various different ways. Find out more about the ways you can become a Bendrigg Corporate Partner.
Fundraise whilst you shop online
There are a number of ways you can fundraise for Bendrigg just by making small changes to your online shopping habits.
Next time you want to buy something off Amazon start through the Amazon Smile website here : https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ underneath the search bar you can click to choose Bendrigg Trust as your charity to support. Each time you make a purchase, Bendrigg will receive a donation from Amazon – it’s as simple as that!
Shop through easy fundraising to raise money as you shop. It couldn’t be easier sign up to support Bendrigg Trust here today : https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/bendriggtrust/
WHAT IMPACT WILL MY FUNDRAISING HAVE?
The money you raise will enable people with disabilities to have amazing outdoor adventures & life changing experiences.
OVER A QUARTER OF THE 13.3 MILLION DISABLED PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UK SAY THAT THEY DO NOT FREQUENTLY HAVE CHOICE AND CONTROL OVER THEIR DAILY LIVES.
Bendrigg Trust has a mission to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build the self-confidence of disabled and disadvantaged people, through the provision of adventure activities.
See and hear from our visitors to put a face to the people you’ll be helping by reading Our Impact Page.
The Impact is even greater due to the effect of peoples wellbeing during the covid-19 pandemic
Read this testimonial from the Whittingham family about how Bendrigg has had a huge impact on their family during the pandemic.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
To let us know about your fundraiser or to register interest for one of our charity challenges, please contact our Fundraising team on 01539 723766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bendrigg Trust is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful. We commit to the Fundraising Promise and following the Code of Fundraising Practice ensuring our fundraising is fair, reasonable, accountable and responsible. Download our fundraising policy