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Fundraising for charity is a fantastic way to show your support for worthwhile causes. With the right attitude and know-how, you can make an incredible difference in the lives of those in need. We believe everyone has something special to offer, which is why we provide a range of opportunities to get involved in charity fundraising opportunities here at Seashell.

Read on to find out how you can aid the vital support we provide to children and young adults with complex learning difficulties, disabilities, and additional communication needs.

Why get involved in charity fundraising?

There are several fantastic reasons to get involved in charity fundraising. By raising money for a charity close to your heart, you can make a huge difference in the lives of people who need it the most. Not only will your fundraising efforts directly impact the beneficiaries of your hard-earned funds, but fundraising initiatives are also a great way to bring your friends, family, colleagues and community together.

How to support Seashell in our bicentenary year

In 2023, Seashell is celebrating our bicentenary. To mark 200 years of supporting children and young people with complex needs, from our earliest years as a school for deaf children to the ongoing £50 million redevelopment of our school and campus, Seashell will be providing plenty of fundraising opportunities throughout this momentous year. So if you’d like to support our work, we’d love to have you on board!

With our donors’ invaluable support, we aim to provide an extraordinary place for extraordinary people, for another 200 years to come. Here’s how you can get involved in charity fundraising with Seashell:

Challenge Events

Every day our dedicated team helps our students and residents with complex learning difficulties to meet everyday challenges and achieve their goals. So why not set yourself a challenge and reach your own fundraising goals? Seashell offers various challenge events throughout the year that allow you to test your mettle and raise some valuable funds for our life-changing services.

Why not run for Seashell at the London Marathon, Great Manchester Run or Wilmslow Running Festival? Or, if cycling is more your thing, you could ride for us at the Tour de Manc. Take the adrenaline up a notch by jumping two feet first into a Seashell Skydive, or take on our Charity Dragon Boat Challenge. For something more sedate, join us on our Shellebration Walk or at our annual Seashell Golf day at Wilmslow Golf Club.

There really is a challenge event for everyone!

Corporate Support

The global pandemic profoundly impacted the fundraising activities of many charities. At Seashell, the direct effect of that period of enforced inactivity led to a shortfall of around £300,000 in postponed events. So the invaluable support of our corporate fundraising partners has never been more important. If your team or entire business would like to provide corporate support, we would relish the opportunity to work with you.

We’ve devised several opportunities for businesses and their staff to support the work of Seashell. Whether it be remote fundraising or remote volunteering for those who have permanently embraced the WFH culture, to team building and PR opportunities, on-site volunteering at our Cheadle Hulme campus, sponsorship packages and gift-in-kind donations – there are plenty of ways to get involved in charity fundraising at Seashell.

Trusts and Foundations

Grants from trusts and foundations are an essential revenue stream for our SEND charity. The vital donations of partner trusts and foundations have funded many significant projects, capital developments and specialist equipment. With your support, we can continue providing the best education, care and facilities to enable our students and residents to achieve their full potential and live their best lives.

Seashell Lottery

The Seashell Lottery offers another fantastic opportunity to get involved in charity fundraising. From as little as £1, players have the chance to win up to £25,000 in our weekly prize draw. Run on our behalf by Unity, the nation’s fundraising lottery scheme, the Seashell Lottery is a fun and discreet way to support our cause without breaking the bank or a sweat! How would you spend that top prize if you won?!

How can you get involved in charity fundraising with Seashell?

At Seashell, we have many ways for you to get involved in charity fundraising. You can either participate in one of our fantastic challenge events, or organise your own unique initiative. However you support us, every penny you raise will go towards providing world-class education, care, and support to children and young adults with complex learning difficulties, disabilities, and additional communication needs.

Your fundraising efforts help support our Transforming Lives Appeal, raising vital funds for our £50 million Project Transformation, one of the UK’s biggest and most ambitious special school capital projects. As well as a new school, we’re building a new future for thousands of children and young people with acute special needs. So any support you can provide means the world to us, no matter how big or small.

Download a fundraising pack to begin supporting #teamseashell today! If you’d like to discuss any ideas you may have or if you have any other queries, please contact us on 0161 610 0100 or We’re here to help you help us!