The Big Give Christmas Challenge

The Bendrigg Trust Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

Help us raise £30k in just 7 days to enable more disabled people to have life changing adventures!

Bendrigg Trust is a specialist outdoor education centre based in Kendal Cumbria. We enable people of all abilities to take part in adventure activities such as Climbing, Caving, Canoeing, Cycling and more! It is no exaggeration to say that for many of our visitors, they have never had the opportunity to try these activities before, let alone together with their friends and family, in such an inclusive way.

In 2021 we have worked hard to be there for our visitors in the aftermath of the pandemic…

Many of our visitors faced the toughest times they had ever faced throughout the pandemic. The Office for National Statistics gathered data relating to the social impacts of coronavirus on disabled people in Great Britain and it paints a distressing picture. The figures show that disabled people continue to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in comparison to non disabled people. With the most mentioned ways of life that disabled people were affected being Wellbeing (65%) and Lack of Freedom and Independence (62%).

How does Bendrigg help to tackle these challenges?

Through our residential courses, we provide people of all abilities, disabilities and complex needs, with the opportunity to have amazing adventures, which can be truly life changing. The vast majority of our visitors in 2021 reported a considerable change in their confidence and self-esteem, a greater feeling of independence and inclusion and improved physical and/or mental wellbeing proving that our services really are making a positive difference to disabled peoples lives and tackling the challenges they are facing right now.

The feedback from our visitors also really brings to life the difference that our services make to their lives.

“From the moment we arrived to the minute we left, we had the most amazing time”

“We love coming to Bendrigg it’s a place that allows my son, in his words, to feel free. He enjoys all the activities and every activity is accessible no matter the ability of the child or adult.”

“The most accessible place we have ever been and the most inclusive. It’s amazing. Keep doing what you do here it makes such a difference to young people lives.”

“This was my first real social/activity exposure since lockdown! Requiring self-direction gave a feeling of being more able.”

Why do Bendrigg need funding?

In order to keep our specialist services running, we have to fundraise around £350,000 per year however in 2021 we have had to raise £530,000 to cover the costs of getting the centre back up and running again after having a prolonged time with very little income as a result of the pandemic. That’s for everything from funding specialist equipment such as caving and climbing gear, minibus funding so we can take our groups off caving and canoeing and all-important funding to retain our incredible staff team so that we can continue offering these life changing opportunities to our visitors.

Vitally though, funding is also needed for sponsorship and to subsidise the cost of our courses for our visitors – many of whom wouldn’t be able to visit without this additional support.

“Fantastic funding from Bendrigg. My son has been withdrawn and anxious over the past year but this has really boosted his confidence again. It’s been lovely A* all around, thank you. Without the funding we really would have struggled to find the money to come and therefore we’re really grateful for everyone raising funds.”

Donate during the Big Give Christmas Challenge to see your donation DOUBLED!

As the demand for our services grows, we need to raise more funds to support the Bendrigg Subsidy. That’s why we have gone big in our target for this year’s Christmas Challenge and are trying to raise a whopping £30,000!

During the Big Give Christmas Challenge week (midday Tuesday 30th November – midday Tuesday 7th December) If you donate to Bendrigg Trust via this link during the challenge https://bit.ly/BendriggBigGive2021 your donation will be DOUBLED! That’s right… DOUBLED!

We really need your support to reach our target, so that we can enable even more people with disabilities to have life changing adventures, helping to improve their confidence, wellbeing and give them greater independence.

How Can I Support Your Campaign?

To hit our £30,000 target we really do need your support. There are loads of ways you can get involved with supporting the campaign. The simplest way is by making a donation, you can do this when the challenge begins at midday on Tuesday 30th November – we’ll post the link you’ll need to donate here and share it on our social media channels too!

You could go the extra mile this year and support the campaign by hosting your own fundraiser, collecting the proceeds and then donating them during the campaign to make sure they are DOUBLED!

This year we’re doing a “Friends – I’ll be there for you” theme to show our supporters how we’ve been there for our visitors this year and also to say a big thank you to all of those who have been there for us too.

We have lots of great ideas for “Friends themed” fundraisers for you from asking your colleagues to skip their coffee and donating the cost to doing a run dressed as a chick or a duck. You could have a friends themed dinner party serving Grandma’s Chicken Salad or PIVOT ’til your hearts content in a dance challenge… could we BE any more creative?! Check out all of our fundraising ideas here.

Don’t forget to get in touch with Martha & Sarah to let them know How You Doin’ and tell them all about your fundraiser so that we can give you a shout out during the challenge week.

Want to know more about how The Big Give Christmas Challenge work? Watch this short video

Thank You For Being There For Us…

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all of our amazing pledgers and our Big Give Charity Champion – The Monday Charitable Trust for their incredible support. Together they have contributed the £15,000 match funding pot which will be used to double your donations!

 


 

 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

GIVE THE GIFT OF ADVENTURE

Help us to raise £10,000 during the 2020 Big Give Christmas Challenge! By donating, you’ll enable more people with disabilities to access adventure and make memories that last a lifetime.

WHAT IS THE BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE?

The challenge starts at midday on Tuesday 1st December and ends at midday on Tuesday 8th of December 2020 – so we have just 7 days to raise our ambitious target of £10,000. The special thing about the challenge is that all donations given during the time frame & via the big give website, are matched, meaning your donation is DOUBLED and so is the IMPACT for our beneficiaries.

HOW WILL MY DONATION MAKE AN IMPACT?

All funds raised throughout the challenge will go towards The Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. This fund enables socially and economically underprivileged people with disabilities to benefit from the ‘Bendrigg Experience’. Without this financial aid, our participants would simply not be able to experience these life-changing adventures.

This video was created for the Bendrigg Trust free of charge by the wonderful team at Amphigean 

THIS YEAR, THE SUBSIDY FUND IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT… HERE’S WHY

This year, the subsidy fund is perhaps even more important than ever before, with so many disabled people having to shield for months on end, time spent outdoors with family is even more important. We know this because of the demand and feedback we’ve had from services provided during the pandemic.

How Have We Adapted Our Services During The Pandemic?

Whilst we have not been able to offer our regular residential services, we worked hard behind the scenes because we knew, once it was safe, our visitors would need us more than ever. Once restrictions started to ease we adapted our services in order to give disabled people a safe place away from busy public places.

With minimal staff on site, we opened our accessible grounds for families and adults with disabilities. We were overwhelmed by the demand, with some families travelling over 50 miles just so they could access a safe outdoor space at Bendrigg. Many of these people had not dared to leave the house since shielding first began in March.

Since lockdown the only safe access space we have had as a family has been the Bendrigg Trust grounds access. We have not accessed public outdoor spaces as family members are vulnerable and we have seen photos of public areas very crowded and totally unsafe.

– The Oldfield Family

Once restrictions eased further we were able to use funding to offer day activities for families and adults with a disability. Many of the families who accessed our grounds were able to access day activities with their children, at a time where they were still cautious about venturing out into public spaces.

We’ve only accessed outdoor space once, that was yesterday afternoon at Bendrigg. My son has been very reluctant to take walks, even though we live in the countryside.  He has feared people passing us on the lane, he has noticed the increase of people walking by our house. This is the first time I’d seen my son have fun, smile & laugh, be at ease for several months! He felt totally safe & reassured at Bendrigg – the staff were awesome & the grounds are amazing – my son comes alive in the grounds of Bendrigg.

– The Whittingham Family

Covid has undoubtedly had a huge impact on many peoples the mental health and wellbeing, but it has also impacted people financially, and this is also why the subsidy fund is so important.

We loved the canoeing, archery, cycling and tubing as we were able to do all the activities with Grace and this is a first for us as a family. We would love to access more but finance would be a problem, though we are not on income support our wages have been affected by pandemic so we don’t have any spare money at the end of the month.

– The Meager Family

 

The subsidy fund will help to give disabled people and their families a place to feel safe again, to smile again…. that’s what your donation can achieve.

By donating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge where your donation will be DOUBLED – you’ll be enabling even more people to access adventure.

HOW & WHEN CAN I DONATE?

You must donate via this link http://bit.ly/BigGiveCC2020 between midday on Tuesday 1st December and midday on Tuesday 8th of December via our Big Give link in order for your donation to be doubled.

Please donate and give people the gift of adventure!


GET INVOLVED DURING THE WEEK?

Campfire Vibes

Throughout the week of the Big Give, we’ll be posting several videos from the team to bring the Bendrigg Campfire to you. Keep an eye on our social media pages (Facebook  Instagram  Twitter) during the week for some fab songs and stories from our team.

Sign Out Loud Zoom Concert

Sign Out Loud are hosting a very special fundraising zoom concert in aid of Bendrigg on Friday 4th of December! If you’d like to join the party, please send an email to kate@signoutloud.co.uk

The party starts on Friday 4th at 5.30pm for approximately 1 hour and the Sign Out Louders are asking for a minimum donation of £5 per camera to be made through our Big Give link here >>> http://bit.ly/BigGiveCC2020

Lake District Radio Host Sponsored Request Show

Beth Pipe from Lake District Radio is going to be hosting a special request show in aid of Bendrigg Trust on Friday 4th of December. Beth will be taking requests from Saturday 28th November via email : Live@LakeDistrictRadio.org or via social media @CumbrianRambler on Twitter & Instagram ready to play on her show on the Friday. Then when you hear your request head over to our Big Give page to donate http://bit.ly/BigGiveCC2020 

 


Want to know more about the impact of your donation? Click here to read our 2019 impact report.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Give The Gift Of Adventure

Help us to raise £12,000 during the 2019 Big Give Christmas Challenge! By donating, you’ll enable more people with disabilities to access an adventure holiday of a lifetime.

What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?

The challenge starts at midday on Tuesday 3rd December and ends at midday on Tuesday 10th of December – so we have just 7 days to raise our ambitious target of £12,000. The special thing about the challenge is that all donations given during the time frame & via the big give website, are matched, meaning your donation is DOUBLED and so is the IMPACT for our beneficiaries.

How will my donation make an impact?

This year all funds raised through the Bendrigg Big Give will go towards The Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. This fund enables socially and economically underprivileged people with disabilities to benefit from the ‘Bendrigg Experience’. Without this financial aid, our participants would simply not be able to experience these life-changing adventures.

The pupils from Wilson Stuart School came on a residential to Bendrigg earlier this year. They were only able to afford their visit after receiving financial support from the Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. You can see what it meant to them to experience the adventures at Bendrigg in the short video below.

 

“The whole experience was life changing for our students. I cannot express how amazing this residential was. The students have tried so many amazing activities and experienced what it is like to spend time away from family and carers, many of them for the first time. Independence is at the forefront of what we do at school and Bendrigg Trust advances the opportunities for all our students to try new things.” Teacher, Wilson Stuart

By donating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge where your donation will be DOUBLED – you’ll be enabling even more people to access adventure.

How can I donate?

In order for your donation to be doubled you must donate via the Bendrigg Big Give Christmas Challenge Link : bit.ly/BigGiveCC20

You must also make sure you donate between midday on Tuesday 3rd December and midday on Tuesday 10th of December when the challenge ends.

Please, donate today and help to give more people with disabilities the experience of a lifetime!

****UPDATE BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 2019

We are thrilled to announce that as of 12 o’clock on Tuesday 10th December, we have not only hit our target of £12,000 but with your generosity we’ve absolutely SMASHED it raising a grand total of £17,618 with gift aid that’s over £18,500!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us throughout the challenge, your donations will enable people who would not have been able to afford to, a chance to have an adventure of a lifetime here at Bendrigg.

 

 

 

 

Want to know more about the impact of your donation? Click here to read our 2018 impact report.