We couldn’t be more excited to share our big news! A dream we have had for a while now is finally coming to life – but WE NEED YOU! As part of our drive for parent carer well-being, we are starting our first BDCPS parent carer choir on 27th January! Don’t worry, we won’t be leading the choir – we are leaving that to Sophie Garner – a vocal coach from The Voice UK! Sophie has so much enthusiasm and energy and is the perfect person to get you all feeling your best! Before you say that you can’t sing – do not fear! We promise you don’t need to be able to sing – it is all about the feeling you get from singing and the breathing techniques and singing together in a choir has been proven to have endless benefits for our health and well-being. We will be having a parent carer breakfast on 14th January at The Tavistock in Bedford, which Sophie is going to come along to from 9:30am until around 10am. So if you have any questions or worries, she will be able to put your mind at ease. We do need lots of you on board to make this work so please share with other parent/carers that you know and get them to join. Details of the breakfast date will come out shortly. You can find out more about Sophie by clicking here!
Over the past year, BDCPS have been one of the chosen community projects which our local Co-op stores in Bedford and Kempston chose to support. Thanks to all the Co-op members for choosing BDCPS each time you bought certain Co-op branded products, which gave a percentage back to us! Your generosity totalled a phenomenal £4235.86 which was presented on a nice big cheque from the lovely Claire and David in Kempston on 23rd November. This will mean we can continue to run the family hydro swim sessions for another year! For more information about Family Swim and to find out how you can come along, please email email@example.com
We are now registered with Virgin Money Giving, which means there are more ways for you to help donate or fundraise for BDCPS! With low fees and the ability to set up fundraising pages for your own campaigns, as well as the option to make one-off donations or become a regular giver, Virgin Money Giving is the way to go! Follow the link by clicking the image to find out more and perhaps make your first donation! #VirginMoneyGiving
Get Christmas presents sorted with our gorgeous, cosy charity hoodies! A huge variety of colours and sizes; for the kids and for the grown ups; zip style or hooded jumper – AND you can personalise them with a name of nickname of your choice! How you have yours is completely up to you!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the links and to place your order! They are just £20 each with £3 from each order, going directly to BDCPS! We do need a minimum order of 25 – so please share with friends and family and get yours in TODAY!
A lovely couple of days at Skool’s Out October playscheme! Bowling, pizza, a ‘Messy’ play and a beautiful day! Thanks so much to the wonderful staff and volunteers who made this happen. Thank you of course to the amazing young people who joined us and thank you to PizzaExpress, Hollywood Bowl Milton Keynes, Zoo Co. for their fun performance and Stockwood Discovery Centre
We desperately need staff to come forward for our next playscheme – February Skool’s Out which is the 17th & 18th February. Please let us know your availability today! Thank you in advance.
WE NEED YOU! We have just 6 numbers unclaimed and therefore are up for grabs in our #BonusBall lotto! 12 – 13 – 27 – 34 – 39 and 42 are the numbers we have left and with 17 weeks still in this period, you can get any of these numbers for just £17! Be in it to win it and help support vital funds for BDCPS at the same time! Winner gets a prize of £25…or more in the case of a rollover! Contact email@example.com or call 01234 351759 TODAY!!
Is you haven’t signed up yet, you must! Using Easyfundraising.org.uk it means that you can donate online as you do your shopping. What is even better is that there is NO ADDITIONAL COST to you! A small percentage from what you spend is donated to us if you shop via this giving platform. There is a huge number of retailers who are registered with this too. These include: Tesco, Ebay, Amazon, Sainsbury’s, Not On The High Street and Expedia to name but a few! Sign up today!
Amazon Smile is another way to donate without paying a penny extra! If you already have an Amazon account all you need to do is type in smile.amazon.co.uk choose BDCPS as your cause and you are done!
Here are some ideas to help you get started on your fundraising!
Quiz Night – Whether you ask your local pub or perhaps a sports/social club, this is a really fun way to raise some money! You can charge an entry fee and gather some extra money from a raffle too! Remember to tell the audience the rules….!
- The Quizmaster is always right, so don’t argue!
- No cheating – e.g. google!
- Remember not to take it too seriously! IT’S FOR CHARITY!
Bingo – Eyes down for another fun, family friendly occasion!
Cake Sale/Table top/Clothes sale – A sale of any kind is a fantastic way to raise some money! You might want to do cakes for people to eat, or if you are having a clear out of clothes/shoes or any items you no longer want it is a great way to de-clutter!
Charity Golf days
60’s/70’s/80’s themed nights
Take part in an organised run/walk/swim/cycle – or all four!!
Challenge your nerves with an adrenaline rush – Whether it is a skydive, free-fall jump, bungee jump or abseil, this can be a daring alternative to raise money!
Dress Down Days -Always a good excuse to get in your comfy clothes in the workplace!
There are loads more ideas that we haven’t yet listed! If you need any help, do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and remember, whatever you do, make sure it is done safely and legally!
We understand how losing someone you love dearly can be such a difficult, sad time and perhaps the hardest thing you will ever have to face. For many, giving something back is often a small comfort when looking for a way to remember and honour the person who you have lost. This kind of donation is incredibly special to us as it means that we are able to continue to run our services and help many more children and young people with complex disabilities, often life limited, to have the very best time with their friends doing amazing activities!
There are a number of ways which you can give in memory.
You can make a one-off or monthly donation in somebody’s name online, letting us know who the donation is in memory of.
Collect donations at a funeral or memorial
BDCPS are always there to help as much as we can to support you with these difficult times. When your loved one passes away, we will endeavour to help as much or as little as you would like us to. This could be as simple as folding the orders of service, to providing collection tins and buckets and helping out. Many people now are choosing to ask for donations rather than flowers, and we are very grateful if you would like to choose BDCPS – it will make a lasting difference to the work we do.
Thank you so much for raising money for BDCPS! Every amount, no matter how small makes such a BIG difference! If you are ready to pay in any funds you have raised, it really is nice and easy for you!
The safest way to pay us the money you have raised is via a BACS transfer – this then goes straight into the charity bank account and avoids the worry of sending over cash payments.
Please remember to reference the payment with your name or the name of your organisation where the money has come from.
Account name: Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society
Bank: CAF BANK
Account number: 00031795
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Post a Cheque
Please send your cheque with completed paying in slip to:
43 Bromham Road,
If you have any queries, please feel free to give us a call on 01234 351 759.