Christmas Donation Appeal

For the last 9 months most of our clubs had to close, and all activities enjoyed by the members stopped.  We experienced a significant reduction in income, we halted weekly subscriptions for all closed clubs, all physical fundraising events were cancelled and we still had bills to pay. Despite these challenging times we made a commitment to our members to remain connected and provided alternative activities that the members could still enjoy.

A second lockdown has not only put additional pressure on us financially but more importantly caused more confusion for our members and their families. 

We want to make Christmas as special as possible, we will continue reaching out to our members, provide activity packs, sweets and treats, Christmas crafts, doorstep visits, Christmas carols, zoom sessions and a virtual Christmas concert.

With all the restrictions still in place there won’t be any opportunity to hold a fundraising event and so this year we are holding an online ‘Christmas Donation Appeal’ where we hope you will support us and help us to recoup some of the money lost due to the club closures. 

The Keynsham Mencap ‘Christmas Appeal’ launches on Friday 27th November and will run through to  Saturday 19th December, rounding off with a virtual raffle, poetry reading and online Christmas concert performed by our very own Music Man Project. Look out for updates to the appeal on the Keynsham Mencap Facebook page and

Donations can be made to the appeal through a number of ways.

Through or Text donations.

Text SNOW to 70970 to donate £5 or text SNOW to 70191 to donate £10.

While our clubs are closed, events are cancelled and a large number of funders have suspended all grant awards we’ve got little income coming in and we’ve still got some bills to pay.  Above all else we want to make sure we are able to welcome our members back as soon as restrictions have been lifted. These are unique times, we still need to have fun and stay connected with our friends and family.  So we’re working hard to create some fantastic virtual fundraising events that will help keep you and your family and friends entertained and having fun, all while helping to support us. We hope you will embrace the Virtual Fundraising World, and remember, you don’t need to leave your house and garden. What’s not to love?

Easter raffle
Our friends at the Keynsham Lions have donated two luxury Easter eggs; we have also made up an amazing food hamper worth over £70. So, for just a minimum of £2 donation your name will be put into the virtual hat and the winners will be announced on Good Friday. Click on this link then click on the ‘donate now’ button and follow the instructions. Remember to tick the gift aid button if you are a tax payer. You can enter as many times as you like one ticket = £2, if you want to donate more we will do the maths!   We will need to contact you if you have won so please leave your name and contact details in the message box after you have donated.

Virtual pub quiz
On 8pm Friday 24th April, your lounge becomes a buzzing place to meet friends, brought to you via zoom. For £2 per person, you can join our virtual quiz night. email, call or text 0786 772 8642 to book your place. You will be sent payment details.  Once payment has been received you will be sent a zoom link.  Remember to grab your phone, tablet or laptop and join in the fun. Link will open at 7.45pm on Friday 24th April, please check you have a good connection.  We look forward to meeting you at the virtual pub.

Birthday fundraiser
Will you have a birthday during lockdown? Hopefully you will stay safe while doing something fun at home. Please consider setting up a birthday fundraiser through Facebook, and ask your friends and family to donate what they would of spent on a present for you. You can still have a great party when all this is over.

Donate your travel costs!
Are you working from home right now? Is it saving you money on travel and lunches? We’d love it if you donated what you would of spent travelling to work, it’s surprising how much it could mount up.

Online auction
We’ve been donated some fab items for our auction that we have now postponed till October. If we’re still in lockdown in May then well bring some of those items to you, and you can bid on them from home.

You can organise your own event
There’s so much fun to be had whilst holding your own virtual fundraiser, are you trying to improve your fitness while on lock down? There are so many challenges out there, run a 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon on a treadmill, and in fancy dress? Ride a static bike and challenge yourself to 100 miles (like Prudential RideLondon) over a set amount of days? Take on 500 skips a day with a skipping rope; how long can you keep hula-hooping for? How many star jumps can you do in a minute? Do the 1,000 sit up challenge, start at 10 sit ups and increase it by 10 every day. Host a dance competition with your friends and family? The opportunities are endless. Get your friends and family to put sponsor your challenges and we’ll send a virtual certificate! 

Thank you to everyone for your continued support, we really couldn’t run our amazing charity without you.   If you have any great ideas on virtual fundraising, please fill out the form below and share them with us.

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