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Small Change, Big Impact in The North

Lauren Syms
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19 May 2015

Following the success of our Small Change BIG Impact Campaign in 2014, it returns for its third year and is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Small Change BIG Impact (SCBI) started in 2013 running over just one weekend. In the North alone £4,000 was raised with the help of our wonderful supporters through supermarket bag packs, street collections and individual SCBI activities. So, in 2014 we extended the campaign to run over 2 weeks resulting in an amazing £11,000 raised across the North.

We wanted to take it one step further and for 2015 have decided to extend the campaign to the entire month of September. September also marks blood cancer awareness month so will be an ideal opportunity to raise awareness along with raising vital funds.

We need you; our supporters to get involved and help show how collecting small change, can really make a big impact. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

1) Supermarket bag packs and store/street collections

These are at the heart of our campaign. Not only does the presence of our volunteers help create awareness of our charity, a fantastic amount of money can be raised with just a few hours of your time given up. We currently have collections confirmed on the following dates:

5th September            intu Metrocentre, Gateshead
5th September            Manchester City Centre
12th September          Harrogate Town Centre
19th September          Morrison’s Supermarket, Ripon
19th September          intu Eldon Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
20th September          Morrison’s Supermarket, Ripon 
23rd September          Knaresborough Town Centre
26th September          York Train Station, York
Date TBC                    Fylde A.F.C., Preston (match day)

Please email lfraser@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk if you can spare a few hours to help out at one of the above collections.

We are also keen to book more bag packs and collections in other areas across the North including Leeds, Liverpool and Cumbria but we need voluntary support. Please do get in touch if you can help.

2) Individual fundraising

Every day we spend small amounts of change, whether it is on your bus fair to work/school, that cup of coffee every morning or that mid-afternoon snack, but have you ever thought how much that adds up to in a month? Why not ditch the bus and cycle to work, dig out that instant coffee gathering dust in your cupboard and put a ball and chain across the vending machine donating what you would have spent in a month. It might surprise you how much you spend.

3) SCBI in the workplace

Why not get your whole team or office involved holding various fundraising activities throughout the month. After all, everybody loves a spot of team bonding (even the boss). You could hold a bake sale, or have a dress ‘dapper day’. Or try your hand at office Olympics – I’m sure someone in the office has secretly practiced building paperclip chains in their ‘spare’ time.

4) Fundraising at school

September can be a busy time at school, but by planning ahead and incorporating some non-curricular activities, it can be a great way to get pupils engaged and geared up for the term ahead.  Why not hold a ‘HoliDAY’ - students get to bring out their shades and wear their best holiday outfit from the summer break; or get creative in art and design class to decorate your own collection jar, taking the jar home to collect small change from friends and family throughout the month. The jars could then be displayed in school to remind people of the importance of fundraising.

We hope the above has provided you with some inspiration of how you can use small change to make a big impact! Please do join us in making 2015s campaign a record breaker.

I am on hand to help and advise you, so if you would like to get involved please email lfraser@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk.