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Fundraising for us

Why we need your help.

As a charity, our care is provided to our patients and their families free of charge. We receive less than 20% funding from the NHS each year which means we need to raise around £5.5m to deliver our services. The pandemic has meant that the money we budgeted to raise from our stores, our events, and our collections has been decimated since March 2020. The Government did step into help hospices but we are still in a serious situation and do not know when things will return to normal.

Our Fundraising Team are constantly amazed and inspired by the generosity of you, our supporters, and find it especially touching how time and again you are able to think of the Hospice with a donation.

So, more than ever, we thank you for your contributions and ask that you continue to support St. Michael’s Hospice.

Below are just a few of the ways that you can support our Hospice

Celebrate and donate

Your celebration can make a big difference to our patients and their families here at St. Michael’s Hospice. There are lots of different ways you can support the Hospice in your upcoming celebrations.

Special Occasions

You can ask your family and friends to donate to the Hospice in lieu of receiving gifts for your upcoming birthday or anniversary, your support will make a big difference to helping us provide our vital services across North Hampshire.

We understand that at the current time large gatherings for celebration parties can’t go ahead due to the global pandemic, but you can still celebrate a special occasion in your own way by supporting the Hospice.

It’s so easy to set up a fundraising page on Facebook or Just Giving, this way your family and friends can support the Hospice in lieu of buying gifts for that special upcoming birthday or anniversary!

Weddings

Congratulations on your engagement, we hope you’re enjoying all the planning for your memorable day! Although there are not many weddings taking place at the moment due to the global pandemic, you can still keep busy by getting organised for your big day well in advance.

There is an easy way you can celebrate with your family and friends on your big day while still supporting the Hospice… you could ask for donations in lieu of receiving gifts (how many toasters, is too many toasters?) or even choose a St. Michael’s Hospice wedding favour.

We have the option of a St. Michael’s Hospice Lottery scratch card for £1 each or our sunflower enamel badges, which are available for a suggested donation of £2 each. Or we can even make a simple place card confirming a donation has been made in lieu of a wedding favour.

What your donations at your celebration could help pay towards:

  • £6.00 – Cost of drugs & oxygen for 1 hour for 1 patient
  • £20.00 – Cost of 1 nurse providing care for 1 hour
  • £30.00 – Cost of a Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy session

Organise your own fundraising event

We are hugely grateful to members of the local community who choose to organise their own fundraising events in support of our Hospice. We have seen a host of fantastic activities from bake sales, fancy dress parties, race nights and themed quizzes.

If you have an idea for an event you would like to host in support of our Hospice, however weird and wonderful, we would love to hear from you!

How we can support you with your event:

  • Marketing materials such as simple event banners and posters
  • Collection units and buckets

Download a copy of our fundraising Toolkit below with helpful hints and tips to get you started!

Can we come and talk to you?

Are you looking for interesting, informative speakers to come along to one of your meetings or assemblies?  Would you like to know more about what a hospice actually is and the services it provides to patients? Would you like to know the truth behind the word ‘hospice’, help dispel fearful thoughts and show that  ‘hospice’ can be a word of hope?

Allow us to educate and raise awareness of St. Michael’s Hospice; let us show you the real side to a hospice and how we make a difference. Many people aren’t aware of the wide range of services that St. Michael’s Hospice provides, and this is something we would love to change.

We will, of course, adapt our presentation to suit your audience, so whether your group comprises of adults or school children, we will make it an enjoyable and interesting talk to suit everyone.  If there is anything that you would specifically like us to talk about, such as fundraising ideas, we would be happy to do so.

Get sponsored

Why not try something you’ve always wanted to do and get sponsored for doing it?  It could be something scary (like having your chest waxed!), or something that will benefit you (like being sponsored to give up chocolate for a year!), or perhaps it’s taking part in one of our Challenge Events. Whatever you decide to do, we’re here to help…

Online sponsorship

Setting up your own online fundraising page using sites like Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving is a quick and easy way of raising sponsorship. Online fundraising gives you the opportunity to personalise your own profile page, upload photos, set targets and is a great way for family and friends, wherever they may be, to sponsor you. There is no need to collect any sponsorship money raised – it’s all done for you.

Paper sponsorship forms

Please email fundraising@stmichaelshospice.org.uk or call us on 01256 848848 if you need a paper sponsorship form and we will get one out to you. Please ask your sponsors to fill out their full name, home address and postcode so that we can claim an additional 25% in Gift Aid on their donation if they are a UK taxpayer (Gift Aid increases the amount you raise by 25% as we are able to claim back the tax paid by the donor on the amount they have given).

Tips for getting sponsored:

  • Personalise your Virgin Money Giving page – tell people why you’re fundraising
  • Add pictures – perhaps even one of you training so people can see how hard you’re working!
  • Set yourself a goal, and make people aware of it
  • Emphasise how much it costs us to provide treatment to patients
  • Interact on social media; keep sharing your Virgin Money Giving page. Did you know that 45% of traffic comes from mobile devices and 30% of donations are given using a mobile device?
  • Keep reminding people to sponsor you! On average, it takes 2-3 emails to get just one donation
  • Take your sponsorship form everywhere with you so you don’t miss an opportunity to raise money

Have a penny box in your home

This is a simple and effective way to raise funds, as every penny counts! Your loose change box can become a home “fine” box, a swear box or is perfect to store small change when friends make a call from your phone! To request your penny box, please get in touch with our Fundraising team using the details below and we will pop one in the post to you!

 

Shopping Online

Shopping with AmazonSmile:

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How donations are raised:

St. Michael’s Hospice is part of the AmazonSmile charity programme, through which Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity of the buyer’s choice.

How to shop and raise donations for our Hospice:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.co.uk
  2. Login to AmazonSmile using your usual Amazon login details and select St. Michael’s Hospice (North Hampshire) as your chosen charity.
  3. Go shopping to raise funds for the Hospice!
  4. Don’t forget to bookmark this page as you will need to access smile.amazon.co.uk each time you shop with Amazon. Unfortunately there is no option to select charity donations on the main Amazon site.

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Shopping with Easyfundraising:

How donations are raised:

With Easyfundraising, simply shop with any of 3,300 online retailers including Argos, Asos, Booking.com, John Lewis and M&S and when you make a purchase, the retailer sends us a free donation, at no extra cost to you.

A full list of participating retailers can be found here.

How to shop and raise donations for our Hospice:

  1. Go to easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/smhbasingstoke/
  2. Click ‘Support this cause’
  3. Create an Easyfundraising account
  4. Click ‘Get the Donation Reminder’ to accept your participation
  5. Go shopping and raise funds for the Hospice with Easyfundraising!

You can also view a how-to video here.

Thank you so much for the funds you raise for St. Michael’s Hospice through online shopping. Every donation counts!