At Saint Catherine’s we are doing everything we can to keep our patients, families, staff , volunteers and supporters safe at this difficult time.
Our key clinical services are still running, which means that patients are still being cared for in the hospice and at home.
However, in line with Government guidance and with safety paramount, we have taken the decision to reduce some face-to-face services and restrict visitors on site. Also, our hospice shops will be closed for the time being and we have postponed all of our fundraising events that were planned during the next few months.
Every decision being made is in the best interests of our patients, families, volunteers and staff.
We need your continued support and help more than ever as we continue to pay and support all our members of staff – we appreciate every donation, every message and every offer of support.

For current Government advice and help available for the extremely vulnerable, please go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Virtual Fundraising

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in many different ways, including how we can fundraise. Have you had to postpone a fundraiser that you had planned? Or maybe you just want some inspiration on how you can help Saint Catherine’s in this difficult time? Have no fear, we’ve put together this list of ideas for you to take on alone or with friends and family to raise much needed funds for Saint Catherine’s.

Virtual Run

One of the easiest ways you can fundraise on your own is by setting a running goal and raising sponsor money to smash your target. Whether you’re a running novice who wants to try running 5k, or you really want to push yourself by running a half (or even a full!) marathon, everyone’s target can be as personalised and as challenging as you want.

There are some great apps out there at the moment that you can use to monitor your running and show off your progress to your friends and family. Apps like Strava, Nike Run Club and Runkeeper are all great for this. 

 

Virtual Cycle

In a similar way to a virtual run, virtual cycling is a great, easy way to set a fundraising goal and distance target for you to achieve.

You could set a particular distance, aim to cycle for a consecutive number of days, or even train to beat a specific time for a route. 

A virtual cycle fundraiser is a great way to take part in a fundraiser in a group as well, as it is easier to keep a safe distance from each other when you’re cycling.

Again the app Strava is a great way of documenting your cycle rides and you can share your workouts to social media to show off your training and eventually your actual fundraiser ride. 

 

Virtual Head Shave

You need to be brave for this one! We’ve already seen some fabulous supporters brave the shave for Saint Catherine’s during the pandemic, could you join them?

A head shave is a great way for people who maybe aren’t able to fundraise through physical activity to support their local hospice. 

 You can watch the amazing Jo-Ann from The Hunmanby Pantry take on her head shave for patient care at Saint Catherine’s here

 

Virtual Get Together

Lockdown restrictions have seen people using technology in great ways to keep in touch with family and friends when we couldn’t see them in person. People have used things like Zoom, Houseparty and Facetime to host activities such as quizzes, games of bingo, ‘Come Dine With Me’, coffee mornings and bake-offs, to name a few.

Why not use one of these activities as a way of raising vital funds for your local hospice? For some, you could simply ask an entry fee and donate this to the hospice, or for events like a virtual coffee morning, you could just make your coffee at home and donate what you usually would at this type of event to patient care at Saint Catherine’s. 

 

Gaming Marathon

Now more than ever, we are seeing platforms such as Twitch and YouTube being used to host gaming marathons to raise money for charity. We’re yet to see anyone do it for Saint Catherine’s, so could you be the first? 

You can choose any game, or multitude of games, for whatever time you think you could go for. Then simply raise funds however you would with any other fundraiser – Just Giving, cash collections etc. – then away you go with your marathon of gaming. Mentioning your fundraiser throughout your stream would be a great way to get supporters involved as you are taking it on. 

 

Amazon Smile

Did you know that when you shop on Amazon you could donate to Saint Catherine’s at no extra cost to you? 

Amazon Smile is an initiative that donates 0.5% of every purchase to a charity of the shopper’s choosing – at no extra cost to the shopper!

So for all of those who love their online shopping, this is an easy way to help Saint Catherine’s get valuable donations 

The process is easy, all you have to do is visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk, type ‘Saint Catherine’s’ in the ‘Or pick your own charitable organisation’ field and once you have clicked ‘Search’ you will see Saint Catherine’s Trust there, simply select this and start shopping!

For Saint Catherine’s to receive a donation when you shop, you must shop on Amazon through https://smile.amazon.co.uk but apart from that just shop as normal!

 

And Away You Go…

So there you have it, there’s some ways in which you can still raise money for Saint Catherine’s whilst staying safe during this troubling time.

 

These are all just our suggestions, though, please feel free to add any personal spin on your fundraisers however you like – this is the beauty of virtual fundraising!

If you have any questions about fundraising or would just like to speak to someone about how you plan to fundraise for us, please give our team a call on 01723 378406 or email fundraising@saintcatherines.org.uk.

 

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