UK Charity Week kicked off on 7th December with UK businesses, charities, organisations and individuals being urged to take part in raising funds for a good cause. It's not too late to make your contribution!
The week launched with a Celebration of Charity Day, where people from the sector shared success stories and celebrated those who have made considerable achievements to benefit others.
The week was set up to enable people to raise money for different charities, but to also highlight and raise awareness of the work they do.
Funds can be raised this year via a variety of methods, from wearing a Christmas jumper or baking a cake to participating in other activities taking place during the week.
Other events include a ‘Give 5 Day’ – where people are encouraged to donate five of something to their favourite cause – be it £5, five items of clothing or five hours of volunteering.
With the majority of fundraising events cancelled this year due to Covid-19, charities need more support than ever before.
Lee Rayment, UK Charity Week founder and executive editor of Charity Today, said: “It has been a challenging year for everyone, some more than others. UK Charity Week has always been about bringing good people together with their favourite causes.
“Now that might not be so much the case physically this year. Still, this campaign thrives on social media, so charities must understand the opportunities that this presents to raise much-needed awareness.
“Charities are urged to share their success stories using the hashtag #UKCharityWeek, however big or small, and give your volunteers the public gratitude they deserve.
“UK Charity Week is about you, the people.”
Rachel Jackson, marketing director of social enterprise for TheGivingMachine, said: “TheGivingMachine is delighted to, once again, become a partner for UK Charity Week as the aims of the week are closely aligned with the mission of our own charity.
“The fundraising events and focus during UK Charity Week is an important opportunity for all the charities involved, as well as a chance to have some fun and celebrate the positive difference we have all made this year.”
Anne Campbell, chief executive of Embrace Child Victims of Crime (Embrace CVOC), said: “We are happy to be supporting UK Charity Week. More than ever, charities need all the help they can to raise their profile and much-needed funds for the work they do – particularly smaller national charities like ours.
“By joining with Charity Today and other charities like ours we hope UK Charity Week will raise the profile of the important work we do and encourage people to help us raise funds to continue our work.”
UK Charity Week will be sponsored by Ethical Angel, the free virtual marketplace for charities. Celebrity supporters include Coronation Street actor, William Roache, former England manager, Sven Goran Eriksson, and ex-footballer, Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock.
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