The Big Give 2017

The Big Give 2017

The Big Give 2017 Christmas Challenge has now come to an end. We are delighted to announce that whilst we set out to raise £25,000, we received a phenomenal final total of £29,103!

This amazing figure will fund thousands of additional club visits for lonely older people, giving them a reason to get up in the morning and smile again. If you would like to read more about the project it will fund, please click here.

So whether you made a donation, organised an event or spread the word within your networks, thank YOU for being part of our Big Give 2017 campaign. We could not have done this without you and for that, we are so grateful. 

If you would like to get involved with the 2018 Big Give challenge and have the opportunity to double your donation, we would love to hear from you. Please email: fundraising@brendoncare.org.uk or telephone: 01962 852133.

What it will fund?

We want to reach more people, particularly those in poor health, men and carers by raising £25,000 from the Big Give Challenge to fund 3,500 club visits for new members.

We plan to ‘reach out’ to these vulnerable groups; taking ‘pop-up clubs’ out to where they are (GPs, out-patient clinics, church events, carers groups) and offering fun, taster activities such as indoor kurling for all abilities; providing one-to-one ‘buddying’ support for new members during their first few clubs visits; piloting new activities in our current clubs such as boccia for those with disabilities, archery for men and respite programmes for carers.

Mary’s story

“That picture is of me. A year or so ago, I didn’t look like that at all and it’s only through the support of Brendoncare that I am that happy lady today.

“I am confined to a power chair and it took a lot of courage to get me join Brendoncare. A friend recommended I join, but as I’m in a wheelchair with very limited mobility, I thought I would not be made to feel welcome. How wrong I was.

“From the moment I went through the door the hand of friendship went out. I couldn’t do many of the exercises at first, but with the gentle encouragement of the lovely ladies and gentlemen I began to join in. Although I am still in my chair, I have lost over a stone in weight, can move my legs up and down and generally join in. I would be completely lost without the club – and end up getting stiffer and stiffer and putting weight back on. Socially, as I live on my own, it gets me out at least once a week. Please, please help Brendoncare with funding as it’s not just my life they have altered for the better, but many others as well. I would so much miss the exercises, the laughter, the singing and the friendship. I would be lost without them.”

Bob’s story

“I am blind and have a wasting disease and without my Brendoncare club, I would not get out at all. It would be the end of the world if this club closed and I couldn’t meet my friends.”

Joan’s story about her mum

“My 91 year old mother attends a Brendoncare club and this gives her a sense of wellbeing, mental and physical stimulation and a reason to get up, as well as something to look forward to.

“She feels part of a community. She is safe and enjoys herself. This club gives her the makings of a happy, contented person, who, with her deteriorating health, would otherwise be looking at four walls.”

Betty’s story

“As a long-term volunteer, I have seen for myself the difference club membership can make to the lives and wellbeing of older people – the support they receive, the new friendships formed, the means to get out and enjoy themselves, resulting in noticeable improvements in their health and wellbeing.

“Being involved also keeps me fit and active.”