Giving Tuesday – Then & Now

DID YOU SEE OUR GIVING TUESDAY CAMPAIGN?
We were so grateful to our parents and carers for sharing with us their precious ‘first photos’ for our ‘then and now’ campaign. It was incredible to see how so many of our gorgeous children  had such a fight at the beginning of their lives.

It was also very emotional for us and I am sure it must have tugged at your heart strings too!  We would love you to check out our stories which you can find on Facebook and Instagram.

The photos above are some of the children from our campaign. From the very first pictures to now. Sadly some of these are no longer with us, but their words about what BDCPS have done for them in their short lives are truly special.

We will share their stories below in the coming weeks. Thanks to all the parents and carers who shared these special, precious photos with us, to help us spread the word of BDCPS and the work we do.

Christmas Campaigns Raise around £1000!

This time of year is usually a time where we raise lots of money, being the season of goodwill and giving! We had to think a little more creatively this year about how we can raise some of the funds we would normally achieve.

We ran a Christmas Virtual Fair on Facebook, where we had 47 stallholders who each paid £5 (some more!) to have a stall.

The feedback from this was lovely and most even said that even if they didn’t make any sales, they were just pleased to be supporting a small charity.

Many of our stall holders and a few extra people were kind enough to also donate a prize to our Christmas raffle. We sold numbers online, for £1 each and we were blown away with just how much we raised – over £650 from raffle sales alone! Online raffle tickets definitely seems the way forward!

As well as this, we had our Giving Tuesday campaign, which was an honour to share with our wider community. The first photos to where they are now was just so inspiring. It also remembered those who were no longer with us.

So with all of the above and our ACE club fundraiser, Christmas Giving page, Facebook, cash and bank donations we think we have raised over £1000 this December! We will be able to share our final figure next year when we have collated it all together!

Thanks to every single one of you who has been part of our Christmas giving campaign in whichever ways you could give back.

We wish you all the very best in 2021 – have a peaceful and wonderful Christmas. We will be thinking of those we have lost this year, whose families will be without their loved ones. We know this will be a particularly difficult time for you all.

All the best x

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Well, what sounds like a Craig David song, we went from being in Tier 2 Monday, moved into Tier 3 on Saturday and Tier 4 on Sunday!

We know how devastated so many of you will be, a last minute change of plan, which highlights the worries of the new strain of Covid 19.

Our love and thoughts go to all those who had planned to see family, ordered their food, or those who were yet to go Christmas shopping. Many would be waiting until payday so this must have been such difficult news.

Christmas is a time for family and being with loved ones, but we do understand the need to keep everyone as safe as possible this year – we all knew it was not going to be a normal year and the good news is that you can look forward to more family Zoom fun over Christmas instead!

We know this may be a lonely or difficult time for so many too, and we want to remind you that we are here to talk to and help where we can. 

Here’s to a very Merry but different Christmas, a big party is due when this is all over.  Sending lots of positivity and strength. We’ve made it this far, many have not. Stay safe ❤️

WHO’S UP FOR A CHRISTMAS RAFFLE!?

OUR CHRISTMAS RAFFLE HAS LAUNCHED and the tickets are just £1 each – with a whole host of lovely prizes for you to win!

You have between now and 14th December to get your tickets! The raffle will be drawn on Wednesday 16th December.

Some of the prizes include:

  • 2 movie night treat boxes
  • 6 Christmas cupcakes
  • A giant toy hamper
  • A 5 week virtual baby massage course
  • Personalised bathroom bottles
  • Bath bombs
  • Gift sets
  • Vouchers
  • A 2021 calendar of seascapes and landscapes and MUCH MORE!

You can get your raffle tickets in a variety of ways, but make sure you tell us that your donation is for the RAFFLE and how many tickets you would like.

You can either make a donation via our special ‘Christmas Giving 2020’ Just Giving page (link below).

SCREENSHOT this to prove you have made payment (as it can take a little while to show on our Just Giving account) and then SEND the screenshot to us via email, messenger or whatsapp. This will all be done digitally, so we will allocate you a number when you have sent over your screenshot to show you have paid for your tickets.

Or you can donate via Paypal to rose@bdcps.org.uk, again referencing raffle tickets.

Or you can make a donation via BACS – please email lillian@bdcps.org.uk for details.

Remember to share the raffle with friends and family, and perhaps work colleagues too.

If you have a prize you would like to donate, drop ellie@bdcps.org.uk an email.

Good luck!

Give Back on Giving Tuesday

The countdown is on for Giving Tuesday 2020! This year has been a tough one and we want you to take some positivity from this year by helping to make a real difference.

We hope you have all felt supported and cared for during this pandemic and the challenges it has thrown at us. This is your chance to give back, however you can. We all have something we can give!

Giving Tuesday is on 1st December. It is an international day of giving, after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness! All ages and abilities can do something to help BDCPS in whatever way you wish.

We have a pretty special #GivingTuesday campaign, so pop the date in your calendars and join us on the day for some inspiration to get involved.

Here are some ideas you may want think about for Giving Tuesday 2020…

  • Are you working from home? How about donating the cost of your commute for a day/week/month?
  • Have you taken up running or another outdoor activity? Can you set a challenge like a sponsored walk/run?
  • Date night at home? Can you give back the cost of a meal out that you have saved this lockdown!?
  • Are you a crafter? Or a sewing bee? We are looking for local creators to help us with some little projects we are planning as part of our parent carer wellbeing. Please email if you can help: ellie@bdcps.org.uk
  • December is our ‘Mince Pie Month’ – can you hold a virtual fundraiser to help out?

Whatever it is – we would LOVE you to be involved. This year more than ever!

Please do get in touch if you can help.

Update on Covid 19 – 13/3/2020

You will have seen the UK is moving into the ‘delay’ stage of its response to the Coronavirus outbreak, which is likely to involve social distancing measures in the weeks ahead, such as self-isolation, limiting large-scale gatherings, home working, school closures etc. The aim of these measures is to slow the spread and lower the peak impact.

We have made the decision today to cancel clubs and gatherings next week, which means that the Bingo Night we were due to run next Friday, will be postponed until a future date when things have (hopefully) settled down a little more. As you know our children are particulary vulnerable and we do not want to increase the risks to them in any way.

This also means that our Little Sweet Peas session that was due to take place on Wednesday (18th March) next week at Biggleswade, and the parent carer choir on Monday (16th March) will not run as originally planned.

 Going forward we will be making decisions on a day to day basis and we will keep you all informed with as much notice as possible. Our considerations will be based on the latest government advice and statistics; known Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within our contact circle; the nature of the venue and other public contact; the concerns of our families and our staff team; but most importantly the health needs of the young people we would be working with.

We do hope that you understand the measures we are taking. Please continue to check emails and messages for our latest updates and make sure you get in touch if you have any questions or concerns at all.

Eyes Down for BDCPS Bingo!

We are very excited to annouce our first bingo night! This will take place on Friday 20th March at Kempston Hammers Sports & Social Club – so not long now!

It will be fun for the family and no booking necessary – just come along on the night with a group of friends or family and pay £1 entry each.

You will then be able to get your bingo books for just £1 each! There will be additional flyer rounds, a raffle (with some amazing prizes already donated, including a Cadbury’s chocolate hamper!) kids prizes, and a bar available for drinks! You can bring your own snacks and nibbles but we do ask that you purchase any drinks from the bar provided.

It promises to be a fun-filled night – and even if bingo isn’t your thing, we guarantee you will have plenty of fun as well as helping to raise money!

If you have any raffle prizes you can donate, or if you are able to sponsor the venue hire, we would be most grateful! You can get in touch by emailing ellie@bdcps.org.uk if you have any queries or are able to help in any way!

Doors open at 7pm! We hope to see lots of your there!

Coronavirus: Please Read

As you are aware there is lots of uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID -19) at the moment, so please understand that developments may mean that clubs and playschemes may change.

We work with very vulnerable young people and would ask that anyone who has been exposed to the virus OR is experiencing any of the signs & symptoms of the virus, does not come into contact with the families or the people working within the charity. Regardless of whether or not this is COVID-19, they present a risk for our young people.

We will continue to make infection control a high priority and we would ask people to take precautions to keep themselves safe.  If you have asthma or are prone to chest infections, you must ensure you bring your blue inhaler with you to any sessions you attend.  Any child/young person who has an asthma care plan will be expected to bring their inhaler otherwise they will be turned away.   

You can download our general letter of guidance about COVID-19, which we encourage you to read thoroughly as it contains very important information. But, as there seems to be new guidance emerging daily, we would also suggest keeping up to date via the government website.

Cream first? Or Jam?

A question that seems to cause much controversy and which nobody ever seems to agree on! Do you put the cream first, or the jam? The Cornish way or the Devonshire way? However you prefer, there is no better way to enjoy a scone than with good company and paired with a good cup of tea!

The good weather and warmer days are in sight and what more could you desire than a delicious freshly baked scone with plenty of jam and cream piled on, served with a good cuppa to sip with it! Yes please! And can you think of a tastier way to raise some money for us than hosting your own ‘Cream Tea Month’ fundraiser this June?

During the month of June, we are asking YOU to gather a few friends or family, provide some homemade or bought scones and ask for a small donation in return! Very simple – but happy faces all round! It is completely up to you how big your event is – it could be as big as hiring a community space such as a church hall and making your event big, or it could be a work fundraiser, or perhaps you could hold a small gathering at your house? Anything that helps raise a few pounds is a really appreciated – no matter how big or small the total!

Tell us if you intend to take part in this June’s ‘Cream Tea Month’ – and if you aren’t able to hold one yourself, look out for other people who may be holding one that you can attend. In the meantime check out this ‘Guide to the Perfect Cream Tea’ from Roddas.

Wear It Blue Day 2020

This May will see our fourth ‘Wear It Blue’ event which we hope lots of you will be taking part in this year! The date is set for Friday 22nd May and with your help, we can help raise even more awareness of disabilities; the work that we do as a charity and of course help raise some money.

The concept is really simple. You just wear something blue for a donation. In the past we have had schools involved who have added other ideas to increase the fundraising, such as cake sales and sponsored challenges on the day too!

We are keen for as many local businesses, schools, colleges and individuals to join in with this annual event. It can be as easy as you would like it to be, and we have all you need to make the day a success. We have all sorts of promotional materials, including balloons, wristbands, posters, sponsor forms, banners and collection tins. This will help your event really look the part too!

Register your interest by emailing fundraising@bdcps.org.uk with the subject ‘WIB day’.