As Christmas fast approaches, Mosaic are asking you to consider how you might support a local charity this year?
Did you know that in the UK we send ONE BILLION Christmas cards every year, end to end these would wrap around the world 5 times….and cost £230 million!
Imagine what charities could do with that sort of money?
So, for 2019 we are asking that instead of sending cards you donate what you would have spent to support bereaved children across Dorset and help us to continue the work which we are doing.
There are many great ways to send e-cards which cost nothing and still send the message across, if you would like some help with producing one of these please let us know.
Take a look at what your donation could do……
Mosaic receives a limited amount of local authority funding and as a result we rely on individuals, businesses and events to raise the money needed to continue running our service. We have included some ways you can support us below.
Our ongoing events diary of fundraising is not only designed to be sociable and fun, but is vital in contributing to the Residential Weekend programme, family activities and the day to day running costs of Mosaic.
The charity receives some Local Authority funding to support some children but this only amounts to 15% of the funding needed to run the charity.
All other money has to be raised through the following:
Children in Need
Charitable Trust grants & donations
Corporate sponsorship & support
Donations from local clubs, such as the Lions & Rotary Clubs
Talks & presentations
Our events not only raise money, but awareness of the work we do. We pride ourselves in taking a gentle approach to fundraising and do not cold call or knock on doors.
Run a marathon
If you run long or short distances and would like to gain sponsorships for charity we would love to hear from you, we can even lend you running vests so that you can proudly show off who you are raising money for.
Experience the thrill of a bungee jump
A head for heights? Why not bungee jump 160ft from the Lloyds Amphitheatre building in Bristol for Mosaic. Visit ww.ukbungeejump.com for more details.
If running is not enough, get mucky too!
Off road running events can be great fun and extremely challenging but are definitely not for the faint-hearted! If you like running, jumping and getting muddy, The Steeplechase could be for you. See www.muckyraces.co.uk to find out more.
Triathlons, cycle rides, mountain climbs, swimming the Channel, sponsored walks, horse rides … the list is endless! Give us a call to discuss your idea.
If you prefer something a little less energetic, then how about…
Open garden and afternoon tea
If you are proud of your garden in bloom, invite friends and neighbours to take a look around and stay for tea with proceeds donated to Mosaic.
Coffee, cakes and a group of friends. What could be simpler?
We all have items lurking in our wardrobes, worn only once or still with their tags still on. You don’t need Gok Wan to host your own clothes exchange.
Invite the girls round and swap those sale bargain mistakes. Donations made from the swaps will be put to good use by Mosaic!
Sell unwanted items on Ebay for charity
Mosaic can receive a donation from items you sell on Ebay. Just decide on the percentage of the sale price that you wish to donate and it will be paid directly to us. Gift Aid can even be added. Phone Mosaic or see www.ebay.co.uk for more details.
Finally, good luck and and thank you for supporting us in whichever way you choose.
Every penny that we receive is genuinely appreciated as each one makes it that little bit more possible for us to continue our work in the Dorset community with children, young people and families who have lost someone.
There are a number of ways that you can make donations to Mosaic:
Regular donations are important to us, no matter how small. It only takes a few moments to set up a standing order with your bank for regular payments. It is an easy way of supporting the work we do and helping bereaved chldren and young people across Dorset
Ask your employer if you can set up a regular payment. It will be taken from your salary before tax.
Pennies from Heaven
Some employers run a scheme whereby the spare pennies you get paid each month can be donated to a charity. Ask at work to see if this is something you could get involved with or set up at your workplace.
Find our page on the Local Giving website and see how your donation could help. www.localgiving.com
Become a Friend of Mosaic
Receive our newsletter three times a year. Find out what we are doing and what fundraising events we have planned £15 per year to join - please complete the attached Mosaic Membership form and contact us for details.
If you would like more information on any of the ways above that you can help support our work, please do contact us.
There is a way of you helping Mosaic to support bereaved children in years to come.
You don't have to be rich and famous to make a contribution in your will that will make a lasting difference.
Just a small gift in your will would help a child who is finding it difficult to come to terms with the death of a parent or loved one.
However, making a will is important. It is only right that close family and friends come first but it is also a chance to give much needed support to charities close to your heart. We understand that legacies can be a 'taboo' subject, one that none of us really want to think about.
How your gift could help Mosaic
£500 ~ Provides up to 10 therapeutic counselling sessons for a bereaved child.
£1000 ~ Provides up to 10 therapeutic counselling sessions plus a place on one of our residential weekends and access to all family events throughout the year.
£8000 ~ Pays for a Residential Camp Weekend for the children and young people we support.
White Stuff foundation and White Stuff, Dorchester support Mosaic on an ongoing basis. Staff organise fundraisers in store, including cake sales.
Lush have been supporting Mosaic since 2017, offering our families some unique factory tour experiences.
Douch Family Funeral Directors sponsor training for schools.
Swain and Rands Home Improvements have chosen Mosaic as their charity of the year. They will be donating money from sales made and organising events throughout the year.
Groundworks UK have donated £8,000 through the Tesco Bags for Help scheme.
Support received from the Dorchester and Shaftesbury branches of the Co-Operative funeralcare.
Primark in Bournemouth have chosen Mosaic as their charity of the year for 19/20.
Crossways have chosen Mosaic as their charity of the year for 2019 / 2020.
Mosaic are the charity of the year for Spear Travel for 2019 / 2020.
Regular support is received from Lions International.
The Vivamente Voices choir have chosen us to be their charity of the year for 19/20.
Ladies Captain charity of the year 2019 at Ashley Wood Golf Club.
Fundraising Friends have chosen Mosaic as their charity of the year for 2019 / 2020.
4Com - Business telecom company based in Dorset.
We have a team of over 40 volunteers who help us to provide the service we offer to bereaved children and young people.
The volunteers who help at our Residential Weekends receive in-house training, safeguarding training and are required to have advanced DBS checks.
They give their time to work with the children, listen to their stories and have fun taking part in activities.
We are always looking for volunteers to join our fundraising team. If you have a few spare hours to help on craft stalls, organising events, holding coffee mornings, making items to sell or any other ways you can think of - we would love to hear from you.
The office is a very busy place and we welcome any help with sending out newsletters and general office duties. If you have the time - we can find something for you to do.
Twice a year we hold a training day for volunteers wanting to support children at our Residential Weekends.
The training takes place at our office in Milborne St Andrew on a Saturday from 9am - 4pm.
We cover some theory on childhood bereavement, talk about the residential weekend programme and take part in some of the craft activities the children do at camp.
Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer at one of our residential weekends.
We are looking for 250 people, to represent the number of children that we support, to raise £100 each over the course of 2019.
How you choose to do this is up to you! Sponsored walks... Cake sales... Car Boots... Or simply putting your loose change in a jar! The possibilities are endless.
Perhaps a few of you would like to join together and raise the money as a group? Or your child's school might like to get involved?
Click here to see our downloadable resources.