Sportability is a registered charity funded purely by voluntary donations, sponsorship and fund raising – no grants, subsidies or State assistance.
So if you could help perhaps organising a sponsored event, maybe a tournament at the golf club, a collection at the rugby club or a sponsored day out at the races - please bear us in mind. Perhaps you are thinking of taking part in one of the main events like the London Marathon, or simply a local fun run, then we’d welcome the publicity and fund raising. We can provide you with sponsorship forms, T-shirts and promotional posters. Or are you a member of a local society or Rotary Club that has charitable objectives? We can supply literature and speakers to support our case for assistance. By enjoying your sport, or taking part in a challenging event, you could enable someone perhaps now lying on a hospital bed thinking their life is not worth living to turn back on to their sport.
If you would like to organise some fundraising for Sportability, please call us on 0208 959 0089.
Trekking in Nepal. Bike rides across Britain. The Pennine Way …. and more.
For some years Andrew Long wanted to take a trekking holiday in Nepal, but when he finally decided to do it, he added a twist. He made it a fundraising event and, getting friends, family and colleagues involved, raised enough funds to sponsor a whole Sportability sports programme. Mark Butters was tasked to produce a team building event for his company. He too decided that this might be an opportunity to do someone, somewhere, some good. He converted his Trans-Britain Bike Ride into a fundraising event, and again raised a substantial amount of money to help the Sportability cause.Sportability trustee, Pippa Isbell, decided to commit some holiday time to the Charity. So, with her husband, Tony Baldry MP, along in total support Pippa also did the Coast to Coast bike ride. She has raised a terrific two thousand pounds, which will go directly into the bringing more sport to more people with paralysis.
Our CEO, David Heard, cycled the spine of Vietnam - from Saigon to Hanoi - to raise the seedcorn funding for our spread into the regios. In 2010 he again took himself for a hike along the Pennine Way and raised more funds for more regional development. In October 2010, Steve Gilbert, Sales Director of Signwaves, one of our signature sponsors, ran the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon. He says of Sportability, "I am asking for your donations to support their inspiring work, providing sporting activities and challenging pursuits for people with paralysis." We couldn't do it without such efforts!
The website justgiving.com (with whom Sportability has been associated since 2006) will provide a page template that is very easy to fill out with the details of your event. You can then simply direct any donors to that site for easy, tax-efficient giving. As an example check out: http://www.justgiving.com/theflyingpiesgetontheirbikes
So if you would like to turn your holiday, hobby or one-off activity into an altruistic fundraiser, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch [see details below] Prize GivingDuring the course of the year our Charity will be involved in several fundraising events. We have our series of East Anglia Golf Tournaments, and we are usually the beneficiary of invitations to be part of some other events.
For example: one year we were the chosen charity at the Institute of Directors’ Annual Sporting Dinner; and we have several times been beneficiary of the British Travel Trade Golf Masters Tournament. In 2011 we are delighted to again be part of the Farnham and Weyside Marathon and Half Marathon event.
For many of these events, we are required to supply prizes or auction items as further means of raising funds. We are very proud that several companies have consistently helped us by donating stock items, which may then be used as prizes for events (in the case of golf) raffles and auctions.Could you or your company provide any such items? No matter how small (a collection of company pens make a generous giveaway), or how large (we did receive a monster television one year). It could be that you have some spare tickets for a show? Or a couple of seats at your football club? Maybe you could get a complimentary round of golf from your golf club? It could be prosaic as a glass of wine, or exotic as a foreign holiday.
What you can be sure of, is that this item would have added value, and again could raise much needed funds, to support the valuable work that we do.Charity ChallengeWe are delighted to be partnered with Charity Challenge, a company who offer treks, bike rides, mountain climbs, horse riding and white water rafting challenges throughout the world.So if you’re looking for an exciting way to spend your next holiday, to celebrate a big birthday, or mark an anniversary, or want the chance to participate in a life changing experience overseas why not give them a call? And at the same time you could be helping us to raise significant funds. For a full list of events, please visit http://www.charitychallenge.com