Is your fundraiser right for a micro sponsorship?
debbie&andrew’s support is aimed at local or grass root fundraisers for whom even a small injection of cash could make a significant difference. We are calling this support a ‘micro sponsorship’. Awards can range from £50 to £1000 in cash, plus free product for use in charity meals or barbecues.
Lots of projects and organisations have already benefitted, we are really proud to be associated with all this fantastic fundraising:
- The Addington Fund, creating breakfast events to help local farmers build business networks
- Helping the oldest charity shop Imago in Tunbridge Wells, who help communities become stronger
- Helping a rural Welsh village become a community again with the Llanwyddn Music Festival
To see all the other projects, click here!
Any fundraiser in aid of local activities and communities and which brings ‘A Real Taste of the Country’ to life can qualify. So long as the money raised is for a good cause that is supported locally and embodies country-inspired activities, skills, crafts, values or ideas.
It could be raising money for local team kits; refurbishing the sports pavilion; maintaining a local park or landmark; setting up a gardening club; buying school equipment; building an animal sanctuary; launching community cooking courses; repainting the church hall; promoting the village fete; holding a street party; staging a music concert or arts festival or creating a local support network.For fundraisers like these, debbie&andrew’s micro sponsorship scheme is here to help.debbie&andrew’s ethos is to support rural values and the countryside. This is not just by making sausages that provide ‘A Real Taste of the Country’. It also includes sourcing the best quality meat from British farmers for their delicious sausages plus ensuring these farms meet good welfare standards. Beyond this again, it means supporting projects that promote rural values and community life.
Does your project qualify?
Any small or grass roots project that has local community support can apply. Awards will be made based on the reach and relevance of the fundraiser and the scope of the money given to optimise the money raised. Each application should therefore demonstrate a good base of local support and provide a clear proposal for how the funds are to be spent. Applications on behalf of established charities or organisations are welcome, so long as it is submitted by the local organisers and the micro sponsorship is spent on the fundraising activity and not given direct to the charity.
Micro sponsorship awards
Each successful applicant will receive a cheque of up to £1000 to be used within a year of the award. In addition, up to £50 of debbie&andrew’s produce can be provided for use in activities such as fundraising or networking meals, launch events or social activity to promote the cause. As micro sponsorships, debbie&andrew’s require applications to indicate how the micro sponsorships will be recognised and acknowledged.
Local Llanwyddn festival gets set to sizzle with support from debbie&andrew’s
From Friday night’s Ceilidh to Saturday’s craft fair and concerts, Llanwddyn is going to be a festival of fun during the Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September. Part fund-raising event, part celebration of local and nationwide talents, this will be a great event for all the family to enjoy, with its rich mix of folk and acoustic music, poetry and laughter. Now in its third year, the organisers are delighted that the event has attracted £500 micro sponsorship from the ‘welly good’ sausage-makers, debbie&andrew’s. Event secretary Sioned Jones says “The Llanwddyn weekend is a great way of not just bringing locals together, but also attracting a wider audience of visitors as well. It is all for a good cause, to raise money for maintaining our local community buildings, supporting other village events and projects as well as raising the profile of the area. We are aiming to raise £1000.00 and debbie&andrew’s support means we are confident of reaching our target”.
Ian Bagnall from Debbie&andrew’s commented: “The Llanwddyn weekend is a great example of the type of event our micro sponsorships aim to provide support. We want to help smaller fund raisers who would not normally attract corporate support and for whom a small injection of cash can mean a huge difference. This is a heart of the community event that is certainly bringing our motto ‘A Real Taste of the Country’ to life!”
Llanwddyn regulars say this event is much more than just a music festival. It’s a celebration of local talents combined with an open house for musical friends from across the UK. This year’s event will feature local Penybontfawr Choir and music from harpist Harriet Earis, celebrating Welsh culture and heritage. Alternatively there will be plenty of toe-tapping from Llanwddyn favourites, Ildanach, the very funny Bernard Wrigley and Risky Business (2 of the members being Llanwddyn’ s own Ruth & Ken Powell), Chris and Kellie While, The New Rope String band and Anthony John Clarke who will also be performing at the event. For those looking to soak up the whole atmosphere of the weekend, there are still places available for overnight camping which will mean even more merriment can be had at the Ceilidh on Friday night! There will be plenty of good food and craft beers available too and a craft fair held all day Saturday.
A new approach to sponsorship available to Welsh fundraisers
debbie&andrew’s is looking for other local, grass roots fundraisers Wales for whom even a small injection of support can make a significant difference. The aim is to help fundraisers to make even more of an impact with their events. The micro sponsorships are available to any fund raising activity that supports local communities or which shares or promotes countryside skills, crafts, values or ideas. debbie&andrew’s are particularly trying to reach those projects that would not normally attract corporate support.
The funds awarded can range from £50 to £1,000, depending on the size of the project. The cash can be used to help promote, equip, staff or scale up events or activities. There is also the opportunity to get free debbie&andrew’s sausages for use in charity meals or barbecues. In addition, successful applicants have their events and good causes promoted to debbie&andrew’s 50,000 strong fan base through its newsletter, website, twitter and Facebook page which again increases the potential to reach a wider audience and raise more money. Fund raisers based in Wales can apply for micro sponsorships by using the downloadable forms on www.debbieandandrews.co.uk
The Gluten Free Centre steps out for Coeliac Awareness
Coeliac UK is the main charity that aims to help the half a million people in the UK who may be living with undiagnosed celiac disease. Dedicating our micro sponsorship scheme in May to Coeliac Awareness Month, we offered support to fund raisers. The Gluten Free Centre set out on one of the Awareness Walks that were organised at various locations in the UK on the 16th May by Coeliac UK and lead by HF Holidays. Their aim was to raise £1,000 and our ‘coeliac awareness’ micro sponsorship helped them meet their goal. We were happy to support a walk that put ‘the best boot forward’ in aid of such a good cause!
Diana Murphy, founder of The Gluten Free Centre said “Having coeliac disease myself, we are passionate about raising awareness to it and support Coeliac UK every way we can. We enjoyed a great day in the beautiful Cotswolds and the 12-mile distance was a good challenge for our team. We were over the moon when debbie&andrews kindly offered to support our fundraising efforts and helped reaching our target.”
Congratulations to The Gluten Free Centre on a great effort, we are delighted to help them reach their goal!
The Gluten Free Centre is a free, award winning online directory, resource centre and community hub. It’s fast becoming one of the UK’s most trusted resource for gluten free people with hundreds of reviews, recipes, competitions and a growing directory of anything and everything that is gluten free in the UK. Their brand new mobile app can help people find gluten free friendly take-aways, places to eat out, stay or shop.
Amount donated by debbie&andrew's: £200
Total amount raised: £1000
Mascot Gold Cup breaks record and wins support from debbie&andrew's
Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice hold an annual hilarious Mascot Race at Wetherby Races to raise vital funds. This years was a record breaker with Guinness World Records confirming the 2015 Foresters Sponsored Mascot Gold Cup as officially the World's largest ever mascot race! This has been 10 years in the making from when Yorkshire Young Farmers started the event, since then the race has raised over £150,000 for good causes with the lions share going to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.
debbie&andrew's Community Microsponsorship
Our support included donating £400 for a professional film to be created, which will help raise awareness for the next race, on Sunday 17th April 2016. We also had the pleasure of sponsoring the "Sausage Cams" on both Mr and Mrs Banger, the BPEX banger mascots. The open ditch was sponsored by us also - which a lot of the mascots strugged with!
Local journalists were liaised with in conjunction with Sue Ryder, and The Yorkshire Times, Harrogate Advertiser and Wetherby News covered the event.
Amount donated by debbie&andrew's: £450.00
Final amount raised: £18,000.00
Ball gowns & welly boots at Hampshire Young Farmer Ball
Ball gowns and welly boots: Hampshire Young Farmers in fundraising mode with help from debbie&andrew’s
The Hampshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (HFYFC) are really giving their fund-raising some extra welly in their 70th anniversary year. With help from our micro sponsorship scheme (£750), the HFYFC has invested in pop-up banners and the creation of a new website in order to improve their fund raising capabilities.
Local Music Festival Samfest gets set to sizzle with our support
The charity musical festival Samfest is being held in Tongham, Surrey on August 8th. Donating 100% of its profits to local good causes, Samfest has run since 2010 and is celebrating its fifth anniversary at this year’s event.
The great news is that Samfest is also celebrating attracting a £500 micro sponsorship plus free product from our rural micro-sponsorship scheme. The award recognises Samfest as a heart-of-the-community event run by and for locals, in aid of good causes around Surrey. Our seed funding will help with a charity barbecue and marketing to reach an even bigger audience than in previous years, so raising even more money for its selected charities.
This year’s Samfest has two stages, a main stage and an acoustic stage, which will feature a variety of musical styles including the out and out rock of ‘The Flying Wrights’ a much loved act who are returning to the event by popular demand. With everything from ballads to boybands, barbecues (featuring debbie&andrew’s of course) and bars, plus an Arts & Crafts market, funfair and a new UPlay Tent - there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s event.
Samfest regulars say it is much more than just a music festival – it is also celebration of local friendships. Particularly for those who remember ‘Sam’, the namesake of the festival for whom this is a much loved event. Event Organiser Michael Wright explains, “Sam was my wife and mother to our 3 year old son and closely connected with setting up the festival. Sadly she passed away due to pancreatic cancer before the first performance was staged. So we renamed the festival to become a tribute to Sam and one of our chosen charities is the Phyllis Tuckwell hospice, which cared for her.”
Samfest is obviously a magical event, wonderfully supported by the local community and doing an amazing job in raising money for local good causes. It really embodies what our micro sponsorship scheme aims to achieve, supporting causes which bring ‘a real taste of the country’ to life”.
You can buy tickets here!
Amount donated by debbie&andrew's: £500
Total amount raised: £15,000 (a new record!)
School’s yarn bombing fundraiser gets sizzling support from debbie&andrew’s
Staff, students and parents from Rowdeford school received a welcome boost to their fundraising from debbie&andrew’s recently. Their spectacular yarn bombing of the trees, bridges, benches and signposts around the site of their Rowdeford Garden Fair celebrated its 10th anniversary near Devizes on Sunday 17th May, in aid of fundraising for special schools in Wiltshire.
Yarn bombing (also called yarn storming or grafffiti knitting) is a way of creatively dressing a public space with yarn or wool! Yarn bombers have inspired us….have a look at these fabulous creations on our pinterest board if you are wondering what it's all about.
Kate Walling, one of the organisers said: "The local community has already donated a magnificent amount of wool, but the micro sponsorship from debbie&andrew’s meant we could really push the boat out with colours and textures to make even more of an impact. We received loads of compliments for the way the site had been transformed, and offers to buy some of the work when it is taken down next week."
Some of the publicity we helped arrange was shown in Gazette & Herald, Wiltshire Times, Swindon Advertiser, Wiltshire Business and the Wiltshire Star, helping promote the school further. More of the photos can also be found on our pinterest board!
Amount donated by debbie&andrew's: £200.00
Final amount raised: £12,000.00 (a record breaker!)
Mascot Gold Cup Charity Race starts off with a Bang(er)!
A sizzling certainty with racing sausages and support from debbie&andrew’s
One of Yorkshire’s favourite races is off to a sizzling start to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Featuring favourite Mascot characters, including two racing sausages, this is a comedy race for a serious cause which we are supporting with one of our micro sponsorships! The race is run in support of Sue Ryder – the providers of incredible hospice and neurological care.
We awarded a £450 micro sponsorship to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice who organise the Mascot Gold Cup with help from Yorkshire Federation Of Young Farmers (YFYFC) who originally conceived the idea. It will be invested in a professional film and DVD of the race, with the hope that the wacky nature of the event will prompt the footage to go viral, increasing the number of people reached and thereby raising more money in support of Sue Ryder. Have a look at last years race here, it is hilarious!
Held at Wetherby Race Course’s family day race meeting on the 26th of April the Mascot Gold Cup is sponsored by Foresters and has become the world’s largest mascot race. The next event is set to break the Guinness Wold Record for the number of mascots participating in one race. Over the last ten years the cup has raisedover £130,000 for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and a similar amount for many others.
Our micro sponsorship will be invested in publicity this year so the event is primed to be more successful than ever. Sue Ryder Senior Fundraiser and former Chairman of YFYFC Andrew Wood said, “We are delighted with the support from debbie&andrew’s for our 10th Anniversary event, it links perfectly with the race’s rural roots. Part of the filming will include ‘Sausage Cam’, a Go-pro camera strapped to a racing sausage to film the race from the perspective of the participants, this just fits the fun nature of the event perfectly.”
Welly Good News for the Hampshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs!
The Hampshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (HFYFC) has received an extra boost to its 70th Anniversary celebrations with a £750 micro-sponsorship award from debbie&andrew’s.
This award will maximise the HFYFC’s fundraising efforts over the course of the anniversary year. Money raised will be funnelled into local events and activities in Hampshire, enabling young people to network, socialise and support each other.
We love everything the HFYFC are doing this year and we want to encourage rural networking and activities that improve life in the countryside through our micro-sponsorships.
Charles Polak of Hampshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs said: “This is great news for everyone in Hampshire. HFYFC is a charity designed to improve the lives of young people living in this region. Whether members are from a farm or just have a passion for the countryside we cater for them all. We provide training to further careers and skills, we run competitions to improve team building and leadership and we host social events where people make lifelong friends.”
To mark the major milestone of its 70th anniversary, the HFYFC is hosting events such as anniversary auction, a special Summer Ball, a ploughing match and a harvest supper. debbie&andrew’s seed funding enables these events to be promoted throughout the county through the production of promotional pop-up banners and the creation of a new website. Charles added: “In addition to the micro-sponsorship, debbie&andrew’s is also providing £50 of free sausages for our Harvest Supper fundraising event, which will be used to create a hearty casserole. We’re all looking forward to tucking in to the best of British sausages while raising valuable money for the charity.”