Fundraising

Jan 2017 cheque presentation

Autism Bedfordshire is a non-profit making organisation.  The cost of providing our services is over £500,000 per year.  All our services and activities are funded by trust funds, government funds, corporate donations, individual donations, membership payments and the proceeds from fundraising events.

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We have been fortunate to have received considerable support over the years from the statutory authorities: Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council. We are very grateful to Children in Need, The Bedford Charity, Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, and the Big Lottery Fund for funding a major part of our services.

However, in this climate of ever-decreasing funds and ever-increasing competition for them, donations from our members and the general public really do make a difference. We would be delighted if you would like to fundraise for our charity and help us continue to provide our vital family support services.

We are happy to offer help and advice and we can supply collection tins, leaflets, posters and sponsor forms.

Fundraising News

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Join in the fun at Retro Play

Two local businesses in Leighton Buzzard, The Retro Centre & Digi-Steve Photography, are working together to put on charity fundraising event, RetroPlay, to raise essential funds for Autism Bedfordshire and offer people in the local community the chance to have an amazing day of fun! RetroPlay is a spectacular movie, TV, gaming and comic book themed family fun day will immerse visitors in a world of silver screen fantasy. Interact with an incredible collection of iconic replica vehicles, from Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1, Lighting McQueen, meet and greet your favourite superheroes and legendary movie characters and even a T-Rex! On the day they will have a range of attractions for all the family, TV and film props as well as stalls selling all kinds of toys, collectibles, comics and more. There will be competitions, special guests and a retro-gaming area with a range of retro consoles and games. The Retro Centre & Digi-Steve Photography are working very hard with Autism Bedfordshire to make this event as autism friendly as they possibly can.

Tickets are just £5 for a single admission; £15 for a family (2 adults & 2 children) and under 5’s go free. Booking fee is 8.5%. If you would like to book tickets, please visit their website www.retroplayfestival.com

They are also looking for volunteers so if you know anyone interested, they can fill in the form on their website http://www.retroplayfestival.com/Pages/Volunteers

 

Introducing… The Splash Book

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The Splash Book is packed with over £2,000 money saving vouchers for fun days out, restaurants and takeaways, shopping and health and beauty.  As well as saving money and having fun, you’ll be supporting our charity and business in the Bedfordshire area.  It costs just £20!

 The Splash Book is now available to buy online at www.thesplashbook.co.uk  or from Autism Bedfordshire.  When you buy The Splash Book you’ll be given a membership card which verifies your purchase. Before using, you’ll need to activate your Card by entering your details on the Splash Book website.  When you do so, you will need to enter ‘Autism Bedfordshire’ in the box that asks where you bought the book. This means that we then receive a £5 donation.

Organisations taking part include Conflict Paintball, Extreme 360 Trampoline Park, Kids World, Laser World, Colchester Zoo, Thrift Farm, Pizza Express, Coffee Republic, Barns Hotel, Park Lane Beauty, Toni & Guy and many more.

With the summer holidays quickly approaching, why not invest in one soon and save yourself a small fortune!

 

Brilliant Volunteers Wanted!

We have a number of community fundraising events coming up and we’d be very grateful if any of our supporters would like to help us for a few hours. You don’t have to be an expert on autism; you just need to be confident, enthusiastic and willing to help. Please contact sarah.grimes@autismbeds.org for details and to offer your time. You do not have to commit to working for the whole event, just one or two hours is fab! Thank you.

Date Event Activities Location  Timings
21-23 July (Fri-Sun) BedFringe Festival Collecting Money Quarry Theatre, Bedford 4:30pm onwards
29 July (Saturday) Faraday Community Fun Day Helping to run a stall, collecting money Faraday Community Centre, Bedford 12:00 midday-3:30pm
12 August (Saturday) Morrison’s in-store collection Collecting money Morrison’s supermarket, Leighton Buzzard 09:00am-5:00pm
26 August (Saturday) Afternoon Tea/Garden Party Collecting money, serving refreshments Astral Park Pavillion, Leighton Buzzard TBC
27 August (Sunday) Groove in the Park Helping to run a stall, collecting money Jubilation Community Centre, Bedford 12.00 midday-3:30pm
2 September (Saturday) Wind in the Willows Collecting Money Bedford Park 3:30-8:00pm
10 September (Sunday) Retro Play Collecting money Brooklands Middle School, Leighton Buzzard 10.00am-5:00pm
9 December (Saturday) Christmas Carol Concert Collecting Money All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

Fundraising Success Stories

We would like to say a huge thank you to the following Community Groups who have worked so hard recently in raising funds for us. We are enormously grateful for all of your support.

We held an in-store collection at the Sainsbury’s Superstore in Clapham on Friday 16th June. We raised £211 thanks to all of the lovely generous shoppers and supermarket employees. Thank you for having us!

The St Philip and St James Golf Society held an absolutely brilliant charity golf day on Friday 2nd June. Everyone had a wonderful time and their generosity really overwhelmed us.  The £3,900 proceeds will go a long way in ensuring all of our vital services and support groups can continue to be funded. Thank you so very much.

 

The Chequers Charity Marathon Relay

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The Chequers Pub in Westoning is holding a charity Marathon Relay event on Monday 1st May 2017 at 10.00am.

Participants will be paying £20 to enter the race and will be seeking sponsorship for Autism Bedfordshire, their charity of choice. There will also be other fundraising activities taking place on the day. Why not come along and join in the fun?

Details can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1864820893755054/

Green Wheel Walk & Discovery Day at Jordan’s Mill

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Our friends at Biggleswade Ivel Rotary Club and Jordan’s Mill are holding a Sponsored Walk and Community Day on Saturday 6th May.

The event is being held at Jordan’s Mill, with the walkers completing the Green Wheel in order to raise funds (via sponsorship) for a selection of charities including local schools and Autism Bedfordshire. It costs just £5 to take part in the walk and you can chose from a short (3 mile) or slightly more challenging 7 mile distance.

Local businesses and charities will have stalls outside Jordan’s Mill so that the public can find out more about them, and offer their support.

Please come along – it’s going to be a brilliant day!

You can find out more here>> https://www.ivelrotary.org.uk/what-s-on/

Tee-off for Charity

We’re delighted to announce that the St Philip and St James Golf Society have chosen Autism Bedfordshire as one of their two charities to support in 2017.  Their big fundraising event is a Charity Golf Day on Friday 2nd June and they are looking for individuals/teams to take part on the day.  If you would like to enjoy a round of golf and a fabulous three-course meal whilst raising much-needed funds for charity, please fill in your details on their entry form here.

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Zoe Hunter’s Albums – Raising Money for AB

Local author, Zoe Hunter, is raising money and awareness for Autism Bedfordshire through the sale of her albums on Bandcamp.com. 100% of the profits, after deduction of 35% for the production costs, will be donated to our charity from each album sold. Here are the links to Zoe Hunter’s albums:

“Rock on”
https://zoehunter.bandcamp.com/album/rock-on

“Swimming Against The Tide”
https://zoehunter.bandcamp.com/album/swimming-against-the-tide


 

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