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The Wonderful difference to our local community

04 September 2019

Earlier this year we announced our sponsorship of Wonderful - you can read more about that here - a fundraising website that ensures the total amount raised goes directly to charity, making no deductions. We’ve been speaking to some charities in the North West who use Wonderful to learn more about the valuable work they do in their communities, and how Wonderful helps them.

The Lowry

Any visitor to Salford Quays will have seen the distinctive building home to the theatres and gallery spaces run by The Lowry – a cross-arts organisation and registered charity. Through their fundraising they support local communities in Salford, with a particular focus on disadvantaged or marginalised young people.

We spoke to Bethan at The Lowry to find out more about how they support their community:

Can you tell me a little about The Lowry?

Many people might not know that The Lowry even is a charity, but we engage with over 30,000 children and young people every year and only receive 5.5% of our funding from public bodies. We work hard to fundraise to make sure this important work can happen.

How has Wonderful helped the work that you do?

Wonderful has helped us not only promote our range of challenge events more widely but also enabled other people and companies to easily get involved, raise money for us and become passionate about our mission. We have also run appeals and campaigns such as our School and Christmas Appeals really easily and successfully through the website. I don’t know of any other platform that gives every penny of money raised directly to the charity, which is really fantastic!

What does the money raised go towards?

All of the money we raise goes towards supporting our incredible work with some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach young people in our community. We work with key groups including young carers, looked after children, young parents, those experiencing homelessness and those not in education, employment or training. We use our creative building and our belief in the power of the arts to deliver an inspiring package of creative engagement. We work hard to equip young people with practical skills and experience of a world class arts venue, as well as developing confidence, strong sense of self-worth and ultimately helping them move towards better futures.

Other than donating, how can people support The Lowry?

There are lots of ways! We can’t thank people and companies enough who are generous enough to undertake challenge events in order to raise money for our engagement work. If you would like to take on a run, walk, skydive or something else to raise money to transform the lives of young people in Salford, we’d be delighted to hear from you!

We also have a whole range of ways that individuals and companies can support our work, through membership schemes and sponsorship, allowing you to become close to our work, shape our future and in exchange receive a unique package of benefits.  

How would you describe Wonderful in three words?

Essential. Accessible. Wonderful!

To find out more, or to donate please visit The Lowry’s Wonderful page here.

Wythenshawe Hospital Transplant Fund (New Start)

For over 30 years the New Start unit at Wythenshawe Hospital has carried out over 1,200 heart, lung, and heart and lung transplants. They are part of only 5 such units in the UK, servicing a catchment area of over 6 million people.

They raise funds to cover what the NHS can’t provide. We spoke to Lynda at New Start to find out more about the work they do:

Can you tell me a little about New Start?

New Start is the charity that raises money for the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. As we’re only one of 5 dedicated transplant units in the UK, we’re fairly unique in our work.

How has Wonderful helped the work that you do?

It has given us a free fundraising platform!

What does the money raised go towards?

The money goes towards services and equipment that will improve our patients’ lives and wellbeing that the NHS is unable to fund. For example, we provide accommodation for relatives at the time of transplant, and free TVs for our patients.

Funds are used to purchase new and innovative equipment to help keep our medical staff at the forefront of excellence in transplantation. We also financially support any of our patients who wish to attend the annual British Transplant Games - where teams from hospitals across the UK come together to compete in a medley of sports.

Other than donating, how can people support New Start?

They can help not just the charity but all of our waiting list patients by signing the Organ Donation Register and letting their loved ones know of their wishes.

How would you describe Wonderful in three words?

Easy to use.

To find out more, or to donate please visit the New Start Wonderful page here.

We’re delighted to support Wonderful in helping our community to grow and provide easy fundraising to a wide range of projects and causes. If you want to get started raising funds or registering your charity with Wonderful, you can get more details on their website here.

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