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.
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 ❤️
Can’t get to the pub? Let BDCPS bring a bit of pub fun to your home! Our Zoom quiz will run fortnightly on Friday’s at 7:30pm! A great chance to have some fun in time for the weekend, see some familiar faces and get together whilst keeping safe at home.
Our next quiz is on Friday 19th June at 7:30pm with a bit of a Father’s Day theme! All of our quizzes are FREE ENTRY but we have set up a quiz night Just Giving page for people to make an optional donation if you are able to. You can do this by clicking here.
To join, you will need to let us know you are planning to attend, and we will send you the meeting ID and password needed. You must also ensure your profile name on Zoom is correct – we may not admit if we do not see a recognised name. You will need to have a Zoom account. Anyone can join, just grab some note paper and pens and be prepared! Click here to let us know you will be joining us.
Ellie will be quiz-master, keeping everyone entertained in a unique way! Those who have been to her quizzes before know anything can happen so come along and enjoy the fun!
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, again referencing raffle tickets.
BDCPS VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR IS HERE! We are delighted and super excited to announce we have set up our own charity ‘Virtual Christmas Craft Fair’ so you can support your favourite little charity, as well as support small businesses!
It’s a WIN WIN situation and we want you to share the page, invite your facebook friends and anyone who may be interested in selling!
For our stall holders, it is a minimum donation of £5.00 to join and sell your items.
You will have a stall number allocated once payment is confirmed and then you can post as many times as you like to sell your own products!
If you have your own small business, or enjoy making and creating and need a platform – this is the page for you!🤩
Please get in touch if you have ANY questions! Full details on how to join are in the announcements section of the page.
It may feel like there are bigger things to think about this year, and somehow because Christmas may seem more stripped back, it reminds us how much more the little things are. Show your love for those who mean the most by getting them something unique, personal or handmade by small businesses, who have also had a tough year!🥰
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: email@example.com
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!
We are looking for people, organisations or businesses to help make some of the BDCPS children smile with a delivery of either some sweets, chocolate or sensory slime pots, so we can do some special, spooky deliveries in place of Trick or Treating this year!🎃
If you are a local business, we could help you too by promoting your business on our website and social media platforms to help you expand your customer base.
We would love to have you involved and helping to put some smiles on some faces this Halloween.