As for most people, 2020 was a challenging year for everyone at Seashell. Due to the large number of events cancelled, Seashell has experienced a drop in vital funds.
While our young people’s care and education is funded by local authorities, we rely on fundraising to ensure that we can deliver the very best facilities and life experiences possible. We need to raise approximately £800,000 each year to provide items such as accessible minibuses to take young people off site, iPads with technology that enables children to communicate or sports equipment for our inclusive community sports programmes.
We are truly embracing 2021 and asking all supporters to consider doing something fun for us this year, no matter how big or small.
In 2020, three Seashell supporters decided to take on a team challenge by organising a virtual Inca Trail Trek, completing the 26.2 miles in three different parts of the country.
Another supporter, Anisha Chawla, is raising money for Seashell by running 21km or 21 February 2021 as part of the Bring It On campaign.
When asked why Anisha chose Seashell, she said: “It would be difficult to select a single reason as to why I chose to support Seashell. However, a key reason lies within the genuineness of the charity, and the children it supports”.
As a supporter of Seashell, there are many ideas for virtual events that you could undertake – for example, you could cover the distance of Lands’ End to John O’Groats on a treadmill, or climb the height of Snowdon on your own staircase.
It might be a physical challenge as a fresh start or something to really involve your local community, whether that be local, business or just your own tribe!
Whatever target you have set or fundraising you are doing, your efforts and sponsorship will enable our children and young people to live more independent and fulfilling lives. The team at Seashell are here to help with all your Fundraising ideas and needs – no matter how crazy!
Please get in touch with our Fundraising Team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 610 0168 to speak to our Fundraising team.
Seashell, in partnership with Oliver Dunn of Oli’s Chocolate Parties, has been awarded an Official Guinness World Record for “Most users in a lollipop-making video hangout”.
On Saturday 5 December 2020 Seashell teamed up with master chocolatier, Oliver (also known as Oli the Choc), for the online chocolate lollipop making workshop. A total of 511 people took part in the online hangout to help Seashell and Oliver set the record.
In addition to achieving the Guinness World Record, Oliver has made a donation of £7,642 to Seashell from the sale of the kits.
Events Fundraiser at Seashell, Jo Barber, said: “We’re sending a huge Seashell thank you to everyone who bought a lollipop kit and took part in the World Record attempt.”
“To raise £13,000 at a time when our fundraising has been devastated by the impact of Covid-19 is a significant amount for Seashell, and we couldn’t be more grateful to Oliver for all his support.”
Oliver said: “Seashell does amazing work helping young people with complex disabilities, so we were delighted to support them by raising much-needed funds.”
“And to get the World Record is a bonus – I’m so thrilled! Well done to everyone involved for the part you played in helping us achieve this fantastic feat.”