Monday, 20 March 2017

Email Auction of Manchester United Signed Football

The Manchester United Foundation have kindly donated a signed football for auction to raise funds for West Mercia Search & Rescue.

The ball has been signed by the 2016 - 17 squad and is to be auctioned by email with the closing date of 31st May 2017. A £75 reserve has been applied.

Bids are invited by email on   in increments of £5.

A certificate of authentication will be provided to the winner.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Hundreds Raised For Deaf Direct Worcester

Independent Fundraisers have been raising funds for Deaf Direct Worcestershire throughout the month of February.

The Group organised a Bucket Collection in the Counting House Entrance of Asda Worcester which was followed by a Coffee Morning and Prize Tombola in the Guildhall, Worcester. The total campaign allowed a donation of £440 to be made to Deaf Direct.

Philip Gerrard, CEO of Deaf Direct, said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation from Independent Fundraisers, who all generously give their time to help others in need. 1 in 6 people in the UK is living with a hearing loss – it could be your grandparents, parents or children. With a reduction in traditional funding sources, it’s really important that we receive support from local groups, businesses and individuals who donate to small charities who need their help. Independent Fundraisers do an excellent job of raising funds for local charities who are committed to supporting local people. This donation will mean deaf and hard of hearing adults, children and their families get the support they need to break down communication barriers and move forward with life. Thank you again to all volunteers who helped at both events and who have made a difference locally.”

Neil Smith, Chairman of Independent Fundraisers commented "We are delighted to be able to support Deaf Direct as beneficiaries of our February fundraising activities. We have already booked the same events to support Deaf Direct again next year when we hope to raise even more for this very deserving cause".

Kath Smith presenting donation to Sarah Hindley of Deaf Direct

Monday, 6 March 2017

Congratulations to group members Dave & Elayna who are now Mr & Mrs Rattenbury

Dave and Elayna tied the knot on Saturday at Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham - Congratulations from the rest of the Group.


Monday, 20 February 2017

Bucket Collection at Asda Totals £200 for Deaf Direct

February fundraising campaign for Deaf Direct Worcester has a brisk start with the Bucket Collection at Asda raising £200 for the Charity.

The campaign culminates with a Coffee Morning and Prize Tombola in the Guildhall, Worcester on Friday 24th February. The event starts at 10am and will run through to 2pm. A great range of homemade cakes will be served with drinks and the prize tombola is always a strong attraction.

Neil Collecting at Asda

Come and Enjoy Coffee and Cake

Elayna Secures Matched Funding Grant for work done with Santa

Group Member Elayna has secured a grant of £250 from her employers matched funding scheme for the work she did with Santa in December.

The grant increases our overall donation to £1550 for Fort Royal Community Primary School. Margaret Jones, Grants administrator for the school was delighted with the extra donation.

This is the 3rd year in a row that Elayna has secured this grant.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Raising Funds for Deaf Direct Worcester

Independent Fundraisers have organised a fundraising campaign throughout February for Deaf Direct Worcester.

The campaign starts with a Bucket Collection at Asda, Worcester on Saturday 18th February. The event takes place between 10.00a.m. and 4.00p.m.

This is to be followed by a Coffee Morning and Prize Tombola in the Guildhall, Worcester on Friday 24th February between 10.00a.m. and 2.00p.m.  Great homemade cakes with tea or coffee.

Deaf Direct is your local, deaf-led charity supporting people with hearing loss. 1 in 6 people in the UK is living with a hearing loss right now, including 45,000 deaf babies and children.
Every year Deaf Direct helps 6,000 people.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Independent Fundraisers Donate £1300 to Friends of Fort Royal School

Independent Fundraisers of Worcester Teamed up with Santa in Asda  Worcester collecting funds for Fort Royal  Community Primary School.

 Santa with his team of helpers handed out twenty tubs of sweets mainly provided by Asda, to children as they shopped with their parents, and he was available for photos all free of charge. The good people of Worcester showed their generosity by donating £1300 over the two weekends.

The donation was presented to Becky, Owen and Elsie May, members of the School Council, by Bob Mourby, Kath Smith and Dennis Chamberlain of Independent Fundraisers.

Friends of Fort Royal School are presented with an annual wish list by the staff, for items requiring funding. Sometimes these are for an individual child who is in need of specialised equipment, or a resource that the staff would find particularly helpful to improve an area of the curriculum or school environment. These extras are not provided from the schools budget but help the children's learning experience and make the school a more vibrant and accessible place for everyone.

Equipment in the school suffers considerable wear and tear and in particular trikes are always needed to replace battered and worn out one's that can no longer be refurbished. Children learn through movement, for many it provides an opportunity to move independently. For those not yet steady on their feet it promotes good balance and a sense of purpose and for nonverbal children it helps with communication skills

Outdoor learning is practiced widely throughout the school. Two man tents are required to provide some of the autistic children with a little time out in their own space when the class is engaged in outdoor learning activities. They can also be used to support bush craft skills.

Waterproof bean bags are needed so that children in wheelchairs can be hoisted from their chair to give them a much needed stretch and change of position in the classroom.

Margaret Jones, Grants and Fundraising Co-ordinator for the School commented "The £1300 donation will make a huge difference to the children at the school and we are so greatful for the help provided by both Asda and Independent Fundraisers in raising the profile of the school. The kind people of Worcester have once again shown their generosity and support for children with learning and physical challenges who need help and encouragement so much.