easyfundraising donations – making a difference

Great news – between October and December 2010, our fantastic members raised a combined total of £302,144.01 for good causes.

This brings the total raised since easyfundraising began to over £2.2 million!

We think this is pretty amazing so we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has shopped, searched, told their friends about  us, followed us on Facebook, tweeted about us, commented on our blog and entered our competitions – we could not do this without you!

And this year our retailers are aiming to give away over £1.5 million in donations!

So how is easyfundraising money being spent?

We asked our Facebook community how they spend theirs; here’s just a few of the great responses:

Jim – EMW Sanctuary

Elaine Tasker: “The funds coming in to EQUINE MARKET WATCH UK are used in many and varied ways. Upgrading our facilities is vital if we are to be able to help more horses and ponies in trouble as well as caring for our residents who have been with us for many years. We have taken many steps forward thanks to kind donations during 2010 and with donations from easyfundraising giving the charity a regular income we are now more able to plan ahead for necessary changes.”

Duncan Mitchell: “Fife Employment Access Trust utilise these funds for the many bits and pieces that add value to our services, but that aren’t funded from our core funding. Much of our funding is restricted or ringfenced and so easyfundraising allows us to generate income to use for additional extras or bespoke projects that otherwise we may be unable to offer. However we could use more supporters to generate more income from easyfundraising, so please remember us!”

Damian Foster: “We’ve raised £18.03 on our first statement since joining. That’ll be going in to our Scout Group funds as we try to raise money to revamp our Scout headquarters and campsite.”

Louise Morse:Pilgrim Homes has only just begun using easyfundraising. I think it’s great. We’re the cinderella of charities, because people will give to animal welfare charities before older people’s, as a rule. So the fact that people can raise money for us this way, without spending a penny themselves, is great!”

Karen Shiel Smith: “We are raising funds for costumes for our show at the south shields customs house on the 3rd of July which is a charity event for breast cancer campaign.”

Matty – Team Matty Fundraising

Leila Adams: “The funds for Team Matty go towards intensive physiotherapy sessions for a little boy who was left brain damaged following him developing encephalitis as a baby. The physio sessions cost £820 for a two week session, and have led to Matthew being able to gain head and trunk control, and work towards sitting unaided and weightbearing on his legs, which may mean he could walk one day!

Steph Smith: “Ours goes straight into Team Matty Fundraising’s bank account towards Matty’s next course of treatment £820 for a 2 week session, so every bit counts. THANK YOU!”

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Phil Hayes: “We’re raising funds for getting Ash mobile, a brave soldier who has lost both legs.”

Equine Rescue Rehoming: “We used our’s to get horses going to slaughter into safe foster homes – thank you!”

Katie Alcock: “I can’t remember what we spent our last one on but the next one is going to taking the Brownies on holiday!”

Pat McDowell Graham: “Our Senior Section Ranger unit went ice skating for their Christmas outing! Thanks!”

Joanne Unitt: “It went towards re-plastering the north wall of our church.”

Forty-ninth Newcastle Scout Troop: “It’s going towards the new roof on the Scout Hut.”

Jayne Burland: “Hopefully, life changing SDR surgery for my 5 year old”

Tanya Allen: “Sending 30 scouts from Bedfordshire to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden.”

Simon Smith:” Trying to raise the two million needed to remove the landfill and get the Bluebell Railway to East Grinstead. We have a year to do it before we get clobbered several million landfill tax!”

Sarah Hunter: “My cause is registered as GOLD Tanzania 2011 – Sarah Hunter and so far easyfundraising has helped me to raise about £90 for my trip. I am aiming to raise just under £2500 in order to go to Tanzania and I have been doing various activities such as holding raffles wtc and shall shortly be running sponsored event.”

Thanks to everyone who told us their story – we couldn’t fit them all in!  Do please add your stories in the comments section below – we’d love to hear them. 

If you’re the administrator of your cause, you can view your easyfundraising statement by clicking here. If you’ve raised over £15 you can expect your cheque by the end of February. If not, we’ll just carry your funds over to the next quarter.

We’re always keen to hear how your funds are making a difference so please add your comments below.