Make 25 in 2020 Virtually Count for CAUSE

Our first ever virtual fundraising campaign #make25count in celebration of our 25th birthday.  We recognise the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to each of us and no more so that those families supporting and caring for someone loving with a complex mental illness. 

We have had to cancel all of our fundraising events that were to mark this special year and in the wake of lock-down and social distancing we have come up with some ideas for you to help us raise much needed funds that will help support our vital work.

 Use Zoom, House Party, Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts to hold a virtual event.

This year our virtual fundraising ideas are based around the Take 5 ways to well-being.

Connect

With many of us in isolation and with social distancing strongly advised, it is important that we stay connected with our network of family, friends or colleagues.  We'd love to hear from you if you try any of these ideas out. Share them with us on social media.  So please Host a Virtual Fundraising event for CAUSE.

      

         

       

Be active

Regular physical activity doesn't have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your well-being.  Why not get some exercise and help raise funds to support many mental health carers and their families.

         

Take notice

Even at this difficult time you can still take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.

  • Green fingers sweepstake  Choose your favourite plant and encourage your friends to sow seeds at the same time as you. Ask them for a donation, and over time you can watch your seeds change from seedlings into grown plants. The gardener of the plant that bares its first fruit or flower wins half the sweepstake donation. Donate the other half to CAUSE.  We can provide you with seeds (on a first come first served basis while stocks last)

  • Ebay your clutter away   Now is a good opportunity to declutter, and working through your possessions is a chance to remember memories associated with them. Sell your clutter on Ebay, or go to a website like Music Magpie, which will give you cash in return for your old CDs and DVDs. Donate the money you make to CAUSE.  

  • Online gig   If you have a musical talent, take it online to a virtual gig through Facebook or Instagram live. Set up a CAUSE fundraising page so that those who join your gig can make a donation. Listening to live music is also a great way for others to take notice.

 

Learn

Learning something new has been strongly associated with higher levels of well-being.

  • Online tutorials   Share your skills with others through online tutorials. You could do cooking, a foreign language or flower arranging. Ask for a donation in exchange for sharing your skills, which can be donated on your a CAUSE fundraising page. Or does your friend have a skill that you have always wanted to learn? Ask them to set one up for you.

  • Virtual book club  Take your book club online or set up your own online book club. Donate the money that you would've spent on drinks and snacks to CAUSE. When you're done with your books, use Ziffit to de-clutter your bookshelf and  make a donation to CAUSE.

Give

Research into actions that promote happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week, over a six-week period is associated with an increase in well-being.

  • Coronavirus swear jar  Put £1 into the jar whenever you use the word "coronavirus" and donate the collection to CAUSE

  • Donate to CAUSE  Many of us are finding that we are working from home or cancelling activities outside of the house. This may mean that you find that we are saving money on travel or other expenses. A one-off donation or maybe you would give monthly.  If you able to, you may want to consider donating some of those savings to CAUSE

      

  •  Become a member  Our members care about mental health. If you do too, we’d love you to join us today

  • Volunteer  Although we are all in lock-down you could still help by being a 'Treasure Hunter' seek gifts in kind for our new online store (coming soon) and for our next raffle.  Interested call Verity on 028 90650 650 or email: [email protected]

There are lots of different apps you can use to stream or record your event, including Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitch, Zoom and Instagram Live. Just download your favourite app and get ready to press record.  Check out How to connect online

Setting up a CAUSE fundraising page is really quick and easy. Once your page is set up, share the link for friends and family to buy a virtual ticket to your gig or sponsor your steps challenge and their donations will come straight to CAUSE

 

Set a date and time for your event and use social media to invite everyone you know. Don't forget to share the link to your CAUSE fundraising page