Recent Localgiving stories
More than 50 people attend Big Bradford Bulls Sleepout
“It was a real challenge, but nothing compared to what the homeless people go through on a daily basis." The Big Bradford Bulls Sleepout saw a group of more than 50 people brave wind, hail, torrential rain and freezing temperatures at Odsal Stadium. All funds made from the night will be split between three W.Yorkshire charities.
Campaign to restore Powys workhouse roof gets underway
Llanfyllin Workhouse has been described as Britain’s finest example of a workhouse built under the New Poor Law of 1834. It was purchased as a derelict site in 2004 by Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust, who have brought the building back into use, it now houses a museum, gallery, workshops and a cafe-bar venue.
Devon libraries become 'warm spaces' and stay open for longer
Supported by the Community Matters Fund, provided by The National Grid and Localgiving, five West Country libraries are opening for longer across the winter to offer people who are struggling with their heating bills a place to go. Staff say people are already using libraries differently and extended opening hours reflect this.
Climbing & trekking for Bumps and Beyond
Ian, 68, flew to Nepal to trek the 6,000m (20,000ft) Lobuche peak and climb the 6,812 metres of Ama Dablam to raise funds for Stamford-based charity Bumps and Beyond. “When you stand there looking at all of that. There’s a huge mixture of satisfaction, wonder and thanks.”
Wiltshire Community Foundation Cost Of Living Appeal
Wiltshire Community Foundation is responding to increasing hardship suffered by people in Swindon. “We are hearing of increased need across the county with food banks running out of food and more and more people unable to afford to eat or heat their homes to a safe level".
The Localgiving team pick some of their highlights from 2022
As another year comes to an end all here at Localgiving are proud to have played a big role in connecting thousands of grassroots organisations with donations and grants. Before we finish for a well deserved Christmas break, some of the team here shared just a few favourite charities we've helped support this year.
Snowflake Trust 'Put A Sock In It' campaign
'Put a Sock In It' campaign aims to help rough sleepers keep warm this Christmas. The campaign supports the charity Snowflake Trust who are based in St Leonards by encouraging people to donate new pairs of socks to help rough sleepers in Hastings this festive season. Find out more below.
Fundraiser for blaze-hit businesses reaches £20k target
A Localgiving fundraiser for people affected by a major fire has smashed through its £20,000 target in just a few days. The collection was launched by Community Foundation for Calderdale after a fire tore through Burlees House and La Perla Restaurant in Hebden in Yorkshire. Folks across the county and further afield and truly rallied around to raise desperately needed funds.
The McCarthy-Dixon Foundation hands out £11,000 of food parcels
£11,000 worth of food was given away by Northamptonshire’s ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’ Teresa McCarthy-Dixon. The McCarthy-Dixon Foundation handed out more than 1,700 food parcels in a day to schools across the town – as well as around 250 turkeys to those in need.
Hunger, coldness and tiredness for Dine With Us
Six Castle Newnham teachers take on fundraising challenge to raise money for Dine With Us charity who support the homeless and most vulnerable with meals, donated items and they also run a social supermarket to support the community. Teachers will face hunger, coldness and tiredness for their fundraiser.
Hawarden Park CC smashes 48-hour fundraiser (The Leader)
People walked a total of 450 miles around a historic Flintshire cricket club in a fundraising effort for a new pavilion. Hawarden Park CC held its 'Big Challenge' over the weekend - which saw people walking or running continuously around the boundary between 6pm on Friday and 6pm on Sunday. The club moved from its base of more than 140 years in 2016...
Raising awareness for The Brakes Community Foundation
The Brakes Community Foundation are trying to raise awareness for their pan disability football group who were prevalent at Leamington FC’s home fixture against Peterborough Sports at the end of last month. Their 'ability counts' programme helps to combat physical inactivity for disabled people.
One million metres for Charlie's Beach Hut
Two former Royal Navy rugby players to take on colossal challenge riding one million metres in 50 hours in memory of a friend and former comrade ‘Sid’ Street who lost his battle to cancer. Kerry Packer and Doc Cox will be donning Lycra, mounting WattBikes raising funds for a small family-run charity based in Portsmouth.
Getting on the water for charity (Wokingham Today)
Paddle boarder Nick Judd will set off on the river Thames from Abingdon. Leaving at dawn, he hopes to reach the Eyot Centre in Henley at dusk. A Wokingham resident, he’s a paddle board instructor, and founder of Wargrave paddle board centre, Go With The Flo. The event is not a race, it’s more of an endurance test because the plan is to be on the water for 18.8 hours...
Christmas day challenge for The Principle Trust
A mental health sufferer-turned-campaigner will spend Christmas Day with his canine companion climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks as part of his recovery from a breakdown. A 24-mile challenge, covering 5,200 feet of climb, taking in the summits of Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
Rowan runs virtual half marathon following live event postponement
Shepherd’s Bush Councillor Rowan Ree raised hundreds of pounds for local charity The Upper Room after partaking in the Richmond RUNFEST half marathon. It was postponed at the last minute following the death of The Queen. Undaunted, Rowan decided to do a ‘virtual’ half marathon tracking his progress virtually and succeeded in beating his own target time.
Skydive raises more than £10,800 for Cancer Support (Lyme Online)
On a recent sunny Saturday, 10 people completed a 15,000ft skydive at Dunkeswell Airfield, near Honiton, to raise money for local charity Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support. Those who jumped out of the plane included headteacher of The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, a septuagenarian, students, mums and those jumping in memory of loved ones...
Be More Mandy (One Community Foundation Kirklees)
Phenomenal fundraiser Mandy Taylor died last December after a 10-year battle with cancer. During her extraordinary lifetime Mandy raised more than £2 million for charity. On Wednesday September 21, on what would have been Mandy’s 54th birthday, her friends paid a loving tribute as the funds raised for the campaign set up in her memory reached almost £50,000.
Father and daughter duo raise money for Breakthrough
The Journal’s Tim Cowley and his daughter, Rebecca Cowley, are taking on a nine mile walk to raise money for Breakthrough, a UK charity supporting survivors of trauma and abuse. The walk took place on Saturday, 3rd September, where Tim and Rebecca walked nine miles from the Bath Recreation Ground, with pit stops, activities and refreshments along the way.
Marathon walk (Principle Trust Children’s Charity)
On Sunday, 17 July 2022, 62-year-old charity trustee Simon Thomas takes on marathon walk for underprivileged children to raise crucial funds for The Principle Trust Children’s Charity. Over thirty independent businesses from Harrogate town centre have pledged their support so far for the 26-mile-long fundraising walk...
Gift appeals for multiple Calderdale charities!
This Christmas will be bleakest ever for some families - meaning several Calderdale charities are running gift appeals to make sure no one is left out on December 25. Calderdale Lighthouse which supports families in need, and Focus4Hope which helps vulnerable people across Calderdale are teaming up for their appeal.
Grassroots charities and the cost of living crisis survey - 2022
In response to the crisis, which is impacting everyone, we have published a short survey that will help us, and our partners, respond better to the current economic situation. The survey will only take three minutes, and all answers will remain strictly anonymous. Your support is greatly appreciated and will be used for positive results! Thanks, the Localgiving team!
Llandrindod Wells hosts first Powys Pride (National Wales)
The first ever Powys Pride Festival is taking place on Saturday, July 16, in Llandrindod Wells. The event will be packed with entertainment, from comedy to music, drag queens, sketch performances with audience participation and cake, book and poetry readings, a history talk, bouncy castle, face painting, stalls, dance workshops, a meditation workshop and more...
New community defibrillator for Adventure Circus
A successful family fun day has helped Adventure Circus fund a new community defibrillator. The event took place at the Riverside Church in Perth and the piece of life-saving equipment will be housed at their North Muirton training base. A total of £2378 was raised, surpassing the £2k target, with the surplus funding going towards supporting their charitable aims.
Warrington woman 'braves shave' for JUMP Children's Charity
Liz Cowan, from Appleton, fundraised for JUMP Children's Charity by completing a sponsored hair shave in Stockton Heath. The event took place at the end of July, but Liz's fundraising page is still open - and she's completely smashed her target. Initially, Liz set out to raise £350, but her fundraiser for JUMP is now sitting at £1,995.
Hairdressers in style for children’s charity (The Telegraph and Argus)
A team of hairdressers is swapping brushes for boots in a 100km (62 miles) charity challenge to raise funds for a Skipton children’s charity. Over three days, staff from the Westrow Hairdressing Group will cross West and North Yorkshire, clocking up visits to all nine of its salons in support of The Principle Trust Children’s Charity...
Christmas Eve Box Appeal (Daffodils Dreams)
Daffodils Dreams has launched its third annual Christmas Eve box appeal, which sees donated items given to children who otherwise may not receive a gift over the festive season. “Our 2021 appeal was a huge success, but it was sad to know that there were so many children and families in need of our support."
Golf Day helps raise £10,000+ for Popham Kidney Support
Golfers from across south Wales came together at Clyne Golf Club to compete and raise funds for Swansea-based kidney charity Popham Kidney Support. The competition raised an impressive £10,020.72, which will contribute to the effort the charity is making to raise £130,000 for the refurbishment of the Children’s Kidney Centre Outpatient Department in Cardiff.
Romsey Con Club supports local youth (Hampshire Chronicle)
Youth in Romsey provide vital work supporting young people in Romsey and the Conservative Club were proud to raise funds for this essential service for young people. Following a Jubilee Hog Roast Dave Maslen, chairman of Romsey Conservative Club, presented a cheque for £1,000 to staff and a trustees of Youth in Romsey at their premises in Southampton Road...
Fireworks display returns (Peebles and District Round Table)
Peebles and District Round Table will bring back its annual fireworks display to Victoria Park on Saturday, November 5th. ‘A Magical Extravaganza’ will feature a fireworks display designed alongside songs from Disney films. The fireworks have been getting bigger every year.
Who is the Anjool Maldé Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year?
The Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust takes great pleasure in announcing its 2022 Awards – another extraordinary year of impressive achievements particularly in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic which demanded considerable readjustments and changes for us all. So in a strong year of entries which wonderful cause has got the prize this year?
Crowdfund Wales hits £2m funding landmark
Since 2016 Crowdfund Wales has supported over 450 grassroots organisations across the length and breadth of the country to support their communities. Over the past six years the fund and Localgiving have supported organisations across all 22 counties to explore online fundraising, access grants and succeed at growing their income sustainably to support community causes...
Fruit and veg costumes to support Made In Hackney
A Hackney charity is unleashing teams of runners dressed as fruits and vegetables around the borough to raise money for struggling households. The Veg Dash took place on October 15th and participants had to "dash" to ten different fruit and vegetable-themed stops, acquiring photographic evidence at each one.
Donation day in Northampton for mums (Baby Basics)
A Northampton charity that helps new mums who are less fortunate is hosting a pop-up donation day in Grosvenor Shopping, Northampton on Saturday (July 2) to cope with the "huge increase" in referrals received. Baby Basics provides essentials to new mums based on referrals from healthcare settings and other agencies, which have increased significantly in recent times...
A fresh and exciting new brand for Localgiving
The team here at Localgiving has never been busier, and the demand from grassroots charities for our fundraising support and grantmaking connections has never been greater. To better reflect our evolution and growth our branding has undergone a relaunch. So, say goodbye to butterflies, orange and white and hello to our clean and crisp set of colours and logos!
Sleepout for homeless charity (Calderdale SmartMove)
Halifax’s Piece Hall was filled with sleeping bags on Saturday as hundreds slept out for a night for Calderdale SmartMove. The event saw people braving plummeting temperatures to bed down in the historic venue to raise money and awareness for the charity which helps some of the borough’s most vulnerable. "I was so incredibly cold that I gave up."
Disadvantaged children access exams (Ask The Question CIC)
Ask The Question CIC have been awarded £500 of vital funding through our Magic Little Grants programme to go towards funding mock invigilated exams for children from disadvantaged and adverse backgrounds. This will allow children, in particular those who have suffered as a result of abuse, neglect and trauma, to access private mocks and exam practice sessions...
Mental health worker jumps out of a plane (Splitz Support Service)
After experiencing emotional and psychological abuse, Rachael has worked hard to rebuild her life. Now she wants to give back to the organisation that first helped her by jumping 15,000ft from a plane in a sponsored tandem skydive. “I hope the money I raise will help at least one person who is silenced. I also hope to raise awareness that people can get help from.”
Kevin’s London Marathon in aid of The Link Visiting Scheme
Wokingham man Kevin McDaniel is running his first TCS London Marathon to raise money for local charity The Link Visiting Scheme. He has already gained more than £500 in sponsorship for his chosen charity, which links volunteers with older or housebound people who otherwise face loneliness. “The Link is a great charity doing fabulous work."
Brother and sister complete 70-mile walk for mum (Your Space)
Andrew Edwards and his sister, Melanie who sadly lost their mother Hazel to Covid have completed a 70 mile fundraising walk. Hazel had dedicated her life to raising awareness and campaigning on autism. So far, they have raised nearly £6,000 for Your Space in Wrexham, a charity that supports children and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
Grassroots charities fear for the future as cost of living crisis bites
In an exclusive survey from Localgiving, grassroots charities and community interest companies (CIC’s) across the UK have indicated clearly that the rising cost of living, is putting an immense stress on their abilities. With 98% concerned about the impact of the cost of living crisis on their organisation’s ability to achieve their aims in the coming twelve months.
Ian Scott's Himalayan challenge (Bumps and Beyond)
67 year old Ian Scott likes a challenge, and since completing the Three Peaks, and walking 70 miles around the Isle of Wight in 24 hours, he is raising the bar. His next adventure will see him head to the Himalayas to trek the 6,000m (20,000ft) Lobuche peak before climbing the snowy summit of Ama Dablam (6,812m) in Nepal.