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.
St Christopher's Hospice Summer Sounds fundraiser sizzles with a little help from debbie&andrew's
The sun came out for St Christopher's Hospice, one of our micro sponsorships, for their final Summer Sound Fundraiser and blimey they did well! With a turnout of around 230 people they raised an outstanding £4369.45 for an amazing cause.
St Christopher's Hospice exists to promote and provide skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality and we are a very proud to support them.
If you want to put some extra welly into your fundraising apply for one of our micro sponsorships here!
Rescuing Racehorses whilst supporting disadvantaged children
Greatwood transforms a £500 debbie&andrew’s award into £2000 at open day!
Greatwood is a charity that combines racehorse welfare with support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) or who are not in education or full-time employment. Uniquely combining expertise in the rescue and rehabilitation of racehorses with training and education initiatives for disadvantaged youngsters from across the UK, its outcomes in both areas are outstanding and have been recognised at national level.
Fundraising is vital to Greatwood’s activities in order to sustain the educational programmes and to maintain its commitment to racehorse welfare. It recently received a £500.00 micro sponsorship from the welly good sausage makers at debbie&andrew’s to invest in kitchen equipment. This has allowed the charity to incorporate cooking classes into their lesson plans, during which students prepared cakes and cordial and dog treats to sell at their recent open day which raised over £2000!
Helen Yeadon speaking for the charity said “We would really recommend any grassroots fundraisers to apply for a debbie&andrew’s micro sponsorship. We invested in equipment that we could use in day to day lessons – during which the students prepared goodies we can sell at our fundraisers. It is definitely a win, win!”
Helen went on to explain that 80%+ of the population live in urban environments meaning children have little knowledge of how the countryside works, where their food comes from or how it is produced. Recent research has shown that teaching outside the classroom is important to increase the flow of school children into the countryside to learn about farming, food, the environment and science. Greatwood addresses this by bringing students into its sensory garden, horticultural area, wood and animal sanctuary. Healthy eating is promoted through curriculum work and students sample the vegetables and fruit that they have grown in the garden throughout the year. The money raised with debbie&andrew’s support has been spent on the redevelopment of the existing kitchen into a larger and more well equipped space. This enables the students to learn how to cook their home grown produce – from ‘garden fork to table’.
As part of the ‘Engagement Programme’ (NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development) students have to complete units of work including Horticulture; Weed Control; Interpersonal Skills; and Team Work.
To create the Elderflower Cordial, students had to identify elderflower from the weed, Cow Parsley and then use teamwork to problem solve how to access and then harvest the flowers in the hedgerows around Greatwood’s farm. Once the flowers had been picked the students returned to the kitchen and were required to use functional maths skills to weigh and measure the ingredients to produce the cordial. Glasses of elderflower cordial were then sold to guests attending the Graduation Day!
Ian Bagnall from debbie&andrew’s commented “Greatwood is the perfect example of the type of project we feel brings ‘A Real Taste of the Country’ to life. The education the students are receiving is firmly rooted in rural values and demonstrates how engaging in the welfare of the racehorses becomes an invaluable exercise in helping children to develop. We are delighted to be supporting such a good cause”.
Greatwood Open Day (3rd July) gets extra horsepower with help from debbie&andrew’s
Greatwood is a Wiltshire based charity that combines racehorse welfare with support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) or who are not in education or full-time employment. Uniquely combining expertise in the rescue and rehabilitation of racehorses with training and education initiatives for disadvantaged youngsters from across the UK, the charity has been been recognised at national level in both areas.
Fundraising is vital to Greatwood’s activities in order to sustain the educational programmes and to maintain its commitment to racehorse welfare. In recognition of its excellent work, we have awarded the charity a £500.00 micro sponsorship. This is being invested in kitchen equipment so the charity has increased scope for holding fundraisers that can accommodate a greater number of people, generating an increased number of donations as a result.
One of Greatwood’s key fundraising activities is its Open Day (Sunday 3rd July) at Rainscombe Hill Farm, Clench Common, Marlborough starting at 11.00am. The event features lots of family-friendly activities and traditional country attractions from a dog show and to a horse parade; arts and crafts stands and much more. For more details, go to www.greatwoodcharity.org.
Helen Yeadon speaking for the charity said “Since 2006, Greatwood has now educated over 3,000 disadvantaged children and young adults in the South West region, as well as positively intervening in the lives of many hundreds of racehorses. We are grateful to debbie&andrew’s for helping us in our fundraising efforts, as without donors and supporters on-going help, we would not be able to continue. With the new kitchen equipment the micro sponsorship has funded, we will certainly be cooking up some great fundraising in the future!”
Greatwood’s double approach of using their racehorse activities to underpin some remarkable work helping young people overcome their difficulties is inspired. We are delighted our micro sponsorship will be able to help the organisation put some extra sizzle into its fund raising activities!
Headway in West Kent puts some sizzle into its Summer Fete with debbie&andrew’s help to boot up the fundraising
Headway West Kent is a charity that helps people who have been affected by brain injury. This local charity provides support to people in the region who have either had accidents or illness (such as stroke, tumour or haemorrhage) that affect the brain.
The Summer Fete (held on Saturday 11th June) was one of the main fundraising occasions for the West Kent charity, which operates autonomously and is self-funding. The fete provided the opportunity for the official handover of a £500.00 micro sponsorship from our scheme. It will be used to help Headway West Kent’s fundraising activity and will be used to create publicity banners that will increase the profile of the charity with potential donors and supporters across the region.
Jennifer Ewing from Headway West Kent said. “It is estimated that 8000 people across west Kent have acquired brain injury. Every 90 seconds someone is admitted to hospital with a brain injury and thankfully, due to improvements in emergency and acute medical practices, their chances of survival are good. From there, however, they need our support. We are grateful to debbie&andrew’s for helping us in our fundraising efforts so that we can continue to provide our vital services.”
Brain injury is often lonely and isolating. Headway West Kent has a centre in Tunbridge Wells where people affected by brain injury can find companionship in a supportive environment and so help alleviate this isolation. Many people who access the services form lasting relationships with others, visiting and contacting each other outside of the services.
Headway West Kent runs drop-in centres at Sevenoaks, Maidstone and Edenbridge alongside a Buddy service that provides short term support aiming to improve the confidence of those affected by brain injury and help them achieve specific goals. The programme of activities on offer includes gardening, pottery, creative writing and sailing.
Ian Bagnall is the spokesman for Kent-based debbie&andrew’s. He commented “We aim to award our micro sponsorships to fundraising activities that offer a really strong multiplier effect, turning our original investment into a significantly greater sum. Headway West Kent is the perfect example. Their Summer Fete is just one of four events which the debbie&andrew’s funded materials will be used be at, including a Bingo night in September and a Christmas celebration in December. This will attract more attention in order to generate more money for a really deserving cause that we are delighted to support”.
Richard Witts, Jennifer Ewing, Lisa Rye and Pam Munro are pictured receiving the micro sponsorship!
Fund raising event for hospice supported by our micro sponsorship scheme
Last year Joanne Bowley and her friends organised a concert in the beautiful garden of one of their homes in Chislehurst to raise funds for our local hospice, St Christopher’s in Sydenham.
With two live bands, a bar and bbq which they stocked and ran themselves (with help from a team of willing friends and family), selling over 200 tickets, a wonderful dry evening and a great turn out of lovely generous guests, they raised a total of £4,242.
They were very concerned to offer good value to our guests so, some weeks before, they had a sausage ‘taste off’ and debbie&andrew’s sausages were by far the most popular choice, so they were their sausage option and 300 were ordered from Tesco. We also had 7 slow cookers full of pork joints from which we offered a pulled pork option.
As a sign of appreciation, they dropped us email commending us on the quality of our sausages and loved our response offering assistance if they were to run the event again ….. and indeed, they are.
“This year, on Friday 24 June, we will be running Summer Sounds 2016. We have two bands again – the first the local senior school’s jazz band (Cooper’s School, Chislehurst), and the second Live Productions – a three piece jazz/modern group of singers.
St Christopher’s was founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders to provide and promote care of the highest quality for dying people. Their vision is based on Dame Cicely’s belief that compassionate care embraces emotional, spiritual and practical support as well as pain and symptom control. Their services extend to family and loved ones, both during the illness and in bereavement. Today St Christopher's cares for over 3,300 dying people each year. They serve an ethnically and socially diverse area of London, covering Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Croydon, and Bromley.
Funds we raise will go towards the running costs of this very worthwhile service. Unfortunately, a number of us have experienced the care given by St Christopher’s to our loved ones and it is a charity we have found many of our friends are more than happy to support. The offer of sausages will be an enormous help to us and gratefully appreciated by us all."
May Day Breakfast sizzles up £700 for Horley village
The Oxfordshire village of Horley boasts an unusual legacy, a Trust that supports local children through their education and also helps fund the community hall. The Michael Hardinge Trust (MHT) manages the legacy left by the village school’s Headmaster who died in 1627. It still continues to provide support to local children today, as they move between primary, secondary and further education. It also manages the Old School House as a local community facility hosting everything from Natural Science field trips to a cinema club, theatre group and keep fit classes.
The May Day MHT Breakfast are the perfect example of how our scheme’s ‘micro’ approach can make a major difference to local communities. This event is one of the MHT’s major annual fundraising activities and with help from a £200.00 micro sponsorship award plus £50.00 worth of sausages, the breakfast achieved a record breaking turn out and beat the fund raising target by a good margin.
The event was organised by a local committee and Jane Huskisson liaised on their behalf with us. She commented “The breakfast was a great success - we had 52 villagers altogether of all generations including some people and families that don't typically attend MHT events. It was super to see some new faces. We raised nearly £700 which is one of our best totals ever for a fund-raising event. We had some very generous financial donations from villagers and debbie&andrew’s sponsorship and donated sausages really made a huge difference. We also received really great feedback with lots of people asking when the next one will be!
The morning was super - both for the Trust and as a way of bringing the village together. I think we might have to increase our number of sittings next time. Thanks must to go to debbie&andrew’s, whose support made all the difference! The food went down a storm and the sausages were delicious. We even got teenagers involved in preparing and cooking the food so it was a real family event as well as bringing the neighbourhood together.”
The micro sponsorship scheme is currently shortlisted for a Samworth Rural Action award, run through Business in the Community as part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. This is one of the most prestigious and rigorous Awards recognising businesses acting responsibly towards their communities at every level. Ian Bagnall of debbie&andrew’s commented. “It is a tough award even to enter – with a detailed and diligent process of scrutiny by a very experienced judging panel. To be short-listed is a significant achievement and I am delighted for everyone in the debbie&andrew’s team who have been involved in developing and delivering our micro sponsorship scheme. I also want to pass our thanks on to everyone who buys debbie&andrew’s sausages, as it is really their support that we are passing on to the good causes through this scheme.”
Michael Hardinge Trust May Day Celebrations
We have awarded a £200.00 micro sponsorship and £50 worth of sausages to run a major fundraiser, the Michael Hardinge Trust May Day Breakfast. The money was used to set up and promote the breakfasts, while the sausages sizzled away to help attract and encourage local people to support this important cause!
What is the Michael Hardinge Trust?
The Oxfordshire village of Horley boasts an unusual legacy, a Trust that supports local children through their education and helps fund the community hall. The Michael Hardinge Trust (MHT) is a legacy from the village school’s Headmaster who died in 1627. It still continues to provide support to local children as they move between primary, secondary and further education. It also manages the Old School House as a local facility hosting everything from Natural Science field trips to a cinema club, theatre group and keep fit classes.
Jane Huskisson from MHT commented, “What better way to spend a May Day bank holiday than enjoying a brilliant breakfast with friends and neighbours while raising money for the community’s children and local hall. We hope to get everyone together for what we think is the best meal of the day – and we’d like to thank debbie&andrew’s for their support and their sausages which will really put the sizzle into our celebrations!”
The MHT puts real heart into the village and supports a vibrant community spirit. Money from the fund is used to help children in their education. It can be given as a financial grant or used to support educational trips abroad, to pay for music or drama lessons or buy books or instruments, for instance. The Trust wants to fulfil its founder’s vision to nurture children’s curiosity, enable their talents and expand their horizons. Similar ideas drive the community hall project but expand to include the adults of the village.
Our Sausages Sizzle at the Suffolk Young Farmer's Country Fair
The Sixth annual Suffolk Young Farmers Country Fair took place on April 17th with a record breaking attendance of 3000 people, raising a total of £9000 which exceeded previous years.
Visitors enjoyed feeding the lambs, finding out how to herd ducks and witnessing a beauty parade of vintage tractors. Dog agility classes ran in one ring, while a pony show was held in another and between the two, visitors could be found enjoying picnics in the sunshine, listening to the music and taking advantage of a bbq with debbie&andrew's sausages. The event received plenty of interest and coverage from local press including The East Anglian Daily Times and Radio Suffolk.
Tory Lugsden from the Suffolk Young Farmers Confederation (SYFC) commented. "We put our heart and souls into this show. It is how we generate our income to run the Suffolk Young Farmers Confederation and we're absolutely packed out, the sun's shining and everyone is happy. It's amazing, we're delighted that all these people have come here today to find out what farming is all about and have a great time in the process."
We promise 'A Real Taste of the Country' in everything we do. We support farmers by only using British pork in our sausages and support community projects through our micro sponsorship scheme. This offers 'bangers and cash' of up to £1,000 for fundraisers in aid of grass roots activities which bring 'A Real Taste of the Country' to life. To download an application form, click here.