Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Fundraising for Sight Concern Worcestershire

Independent Fundraisers Fundraising Campaign with take place in September with a Bucket Collection and Coffee Morning.

The Bucket Collection will take place on Saturday 16th September at Asda, Worcester, in the Counting House entrance. Members of the Group will be collecting from 10am until 4pm helped by Shirley Sheridan and her guide dog Taylor. Shirley is an ambassador for Sight Concern and she and Taylor always attract a lot of attention.
The  Coffee Morning will also include a prize Tombola and will be held in the Guildhall, Worcester on Saturday 22nd September from 10am until 2pm. Serving a delicious range of cakes with tea and coffee, this event is always well received by the people of Worcester. Shirley will also be coming along again with Taylor to help out.


Friday, 30 June 2017

2017 Fundraising Campaign allows a donation of £3300 to be made to West Mercia Search & Rescue

Independent Fundraisers completed their 2016/17 financial year with their flagship fundraising campaign supporting West Mercia Search & Rescue (WMSAR)

The campaign started with an on line Silent Auction of a football donated by Manchester United Foundation. The ball was signed by the 2016/17 squad. This was followed by a weekend Bucket Collection at Asda Worcester. The campaign was finalised by Independent Fundraisers Annual Charity Golf Day held at Ombersley Golf Club. Fourteen teams entered the competition for a range of prizes including Winning Team, Runners Up, Best Individual, Yellow Ball Competition and The Longest Putt. The day was sponsored by Bristol Street Motors Ford - Worcester & Redditch who also displayed a wide range of their vehicles at the Club House. Competitions for The Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin were sponsored by The Iguana Group. All 18 holes were sponsored by local businesses and in addition over £900 of prizes were raffled on the day.

West Mercia Search & Rescue is a charity that provides highly- trained, well equipped specialists to assist the emergency services in the search for missing vulnerable adults and children, flood rescue, rapid water rescue and lowland rescue. WMSAR are wholly professional in their approach and are audited by multiple agencies to ensure that their training, equipment and response is as reliable as the emergency services themselves.

The team also train to level 2 Certificate in mental Health Awareness. They are highly likely to find themselves as first contact for people with life threatening mental health issues including clinical depression, psychosis and severe dementia, so WMSAR spend a lot of time investing in an education for their members in how to deal with that scenario.

WMSAR rely heavily on charitable donations to meet the training and central equipment costs for the team as well as their operating costs.

Independent Fundraisers have been a supporter of WMSAR for some time now and in recognition of this they have been presented with a "Trustees Letter of Recognition". Andy MacAuley, WMSAR Chairman of Trustees said "Independent Fundraisers continued support and organisation of fundraising events is an inspiration to our members, and will be used as a case-study as we seek to develop non-operational support teams across the region over the next few years"  He went on to say "The team members who have worked with you unanimously agree that you are a shining example of dedication, passion and good humour, and it is my absolute pleasure to present this award of recognition".
Neil Smith, Chairman of Independent Fundraisers said " We are delighted to receive this award and we are committed to the continued support of WMSAR. We don't expect this kind of recognition or even thanks from the good causes we support. We serve our local community in the best way we can and this award has certainly taken us by surprise".

Signed Football Donated by
Manchester United Foundation

Bucket Collection at Asda Worcester
Supported by WMSAR

Golf Trophies and Prizes
Main Sponsor - Bristol Street Motors Ford
Worcester & Redditch

Winning Team
Keyline Worcester
Runners Up
Oldbury Steelers

Receiving the Trustees Award from

Presentation of Donation - £3300 to

Saturday, 10 June 2017

2017 Charity Golf Day Was a Record Event

The Independent Fundraisers Annual Charity Golf Day was held at Ombersley Golf Club on Thursday 8th June. This was the final event in the May/June fundraising campaign on behalf of West Mercia Search & Rescue. The final donation total to be presented mid June is £3,300.

Fourteen teams fought a keen challenge on a day of mixed weather conditions. Prizes were awarded for Winning Team, Runners Up, Best Individual, Yellow Ball Competition, Longest Putt, Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive.

This year all team members could participate in a Free Prize Draw for a luxury hamper and golf balls as second prize. The obligatory raffle saw a number of luxury prizes awarded on the day collectively worth in excess of £900 and donated by local businesses and friends.

The Main Sponsor for the day was Bristol Street Motors Ford - Worcester & Redditch. The Iguana Group also sponsored the Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive Competitions and Tesco, St Peters, Worcester sponsored the prizes for the Yellow Ball Competition.



Charity On Line Auction raised £150

The auction of a signed football donated by Manchester United Foundation came to a close on 31st May at 9.00pm. The winning bid was £150 from a dedicated MUFC fan.

The item of memorabilia was secured by a request made to Manchester United Foundation. The ball contains the signatures of the 2016/17 squad and comes complete with a team photo with references as to who the signatures belong to. The ball has a hologram with sequential ID number that matches the signed Certificate of Authenticity. The auction was decided on as the item was too good to be a raffle prize.
West Mercia Search & Rescue will be the recipients of the funds raised within the donation to be made mid June as a result of the May/June Fundraising Campaign.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Bucket Collection at Asda Worcester a Great Success

Independent Fundraisers collected a massive £761 in their bucket collection over the weekend on behalf of West Mercia Search & Rescue.

This is the start of a month long fundraising campaign for these everyday heroes who deserve every pound we can raise.

WMSAR fully supported our efforts by sending along two of their members fully suited and booted. The guys braved a really hot spell in their suits but they attracted a lot of attention.

Our next event will be the results of the Charity Auction for the signed football donated by Manchester United and then the Annual Charity Golf Day on 8th June at Ombersley Golf Club.

Nick James-Williams (WMSAR) with
Neil & Kath
Dean Andrews (WMSAR)
with Mike & Amanda

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Fundraising Campaign for West Mercia Search & Rescue starts this weekend

Independent Fundraisers will commence their fundraising campaign for West Mercia Search & Rescue this weekend with a bucket collection at Asda Worcester.

The Group will be collecting in the Counting House Entrance on Saturday 27th May from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 28th May from 11am to 4pm.


This event will be followed by our Flagship Charity Golf Day on Thursday 8th June 2017 at Ombersley Golf Club. 14 teams will compete for a range of prizes and then enjoy a two course supper. Raffle prizes to the value of £900 have been donated by local businesses and friends of Independent Fundraisers. We have also been blessed with the donation of a signed football from Manchester United Foundation that is currently up for silent auction. Bids close on 31st May at 9pm.
Main sponsors for this event are Bristol Street Motors Ford, Worcester & Redditch with two of the competitions also sponsored by The Iguana Group.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Team Have a Night Out

Independent Fundraisers enjoy great Nepalese Food at Cromwells Worcester.

The Group enjoy social occasions on at least a monthly basis between active fundraising for local charities. Socials help the members bond and are a way of involving family members and friends.

We enjoy regular quiz nights at The Blue Bell on the last Thursday of each month. Our next Social will be Sunday Lunch at the Dewdrop in June.