Fundraising at home

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The outbreak of coronavirus has affected all of our lives in many different ways and like lots of other charities, we've had to put our fundraising events on hold for the time being. However there are loads of fun ways you can get involved and support BHT from the comfort of your own home, whether that's on your own, with the people you live with, or virtually with friends or colleagues. Whatever you decide to do, you'll be helping to secure the future of our services so we can continue to support vulnerable people to make lasting changes to their lives.

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If you used your time in lockdown to have a good clear out, then why not sell your unwanted items on eBay and donate a portion of the sale to BHT? With eBay for Charity you can sell items and choose a charity to benefit from a portion of your sales. Items that benefit a charity may sell faster and for a higher price than other items. If you donate 10% or more your item will feature an attention-grabbing charity ribbon and may even be listed in the eBay Charity Shop. What’s more, you’ll be reducing your seller fees and enjoying tax savings. All you need to do is look out for the blue eBay for Charity ribbon when you are setting up your listing and select BHT as your chosen charity. Read more about how to start selling for charity here.

When you shop online at AmazonSmile and select Brighton Housing Trust as your chosen charity, Amazon donates to us at no extra cost to you! AmazonSmile customers can also now support Brighton Housing Trust in the Amazon shopping app on iPhones and Android phones. Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations whilst you shop:

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.

Use Zoom, Facebook, or Google Hangouts to host an online quiz for friends and family. You can set up a JustGiving page and ask people to make a donation to attend.

A social distancing take on a fundraising classic! Host a coffee morning or afternoon tea at a local park and invite your friends along. You can bake lots of treats and people can donate for attending and trying your cakes! You can download and print our BHT cake toppers and bunting to make your tea party look the part. Just make sure you are adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing. 

Without being able to go to the hairdressers until recently, lots of us have been left with long locks! Why not brave the shave and cut or shave your hair in return for sponsorship from friends and family? If you’re feeling really brave you could even do a sponsored wax! Set up a JustGiving page to raise sponsorship from friends and family and let everyone know what you're up to. 

With the weather getting warmer, why not take advantage of the beautiful beaches we have nearby and take a dip in the sea? You can set yourself a distance goal, or perhaps swim around the pier, and raise money on JustGiving.

Set yourself a time goal and hold a game-a-thon on your own or online with friends. You can even stream your gaming straight to your JustGiving page using Twitch so the people who support you can see what you’re up to in real time! Set up a JustGiving page here and read more about how to stream your game here. You can also use the new Give as you Live Gaming Hub to stream your game and raise money.

If you have an outdoor space where you can safely do so, why not ask you friends and family to sponsor you to sleep outside for the night? Every night thousands of people up and down the country bed down on our streets and by taking on this challenge and raising money for BHT, you’ll be helping homeless people in Sussex move away from the streets and into a place they can call home. If you can’t sleep-out safely, then you could choose to stay up all night instead. Have a movie marathon, a chess tournament, a danceathon – anything but sleeping! Set up a JustGiving page to let your friends and family know about your plans and collect donations.

Many of us have been working from home since lockdown began which may have meant saving money on your morning commute and takeaway coffee! Why not donate the money you would have been spending on these for a week or more?

Sweepstakes are a quick and easy way to support BHT’s work whilst having fun with friends, family, or colleagues. You could do a sweepstake for just about anything – a sporting event, the latest TV series you’re watching, or guess the name of the baby! We have some sweepstake templates and guidelines available here.

Raise money for BHT at now extra cost to you by signing up to Give as you Live. When you shop online at your favourite shops including hotels, takeaways, clothes and more, you can raise £££s for BHT without it costing you a penny! Visit the Give as you Live website today to find out more and start raising money.

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How your support will make a difference

The outbreak of coronavirus has posed a very real and immediate threat to the running of our services. We have already seen a significant loss in charitable income and have had to cancel two major fundraising events.

We must continue to support our clients through this extraordinary situation and safeguard the future of our services. Each day our dedicated staff team of key workers continue to:

  • Work with local councils to ensure vulnerable homeless people can self-isolate
  • Provide vital housing, immigration and welfare benefits advice
  • Support residents in our care homes and addiction services
  • Utilise technology to provide mental health support over the phone or through chat facilities

Your fundraising support will help safeguard the future of our services so we can continue to support vulnerable people to secure safe accommodation, overcome barriers to work and learning, and address issues such as addiction, poverty and mental health.

Staying safe whilst fundraising

Please make sure you are adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing whilst fundraising. The health and safety of our supporters is our priority.

Let us know about your event

We’d love to hear what you’ve got planned! Email [email protected] or call 01273 645492 to let our fundraising team know about your event, and we’ll let you know how we can support you in your fundraising journey.

Tools and resources

Take a look at our fundraising resources for your fundraising pack and more tools on how to get started with your fundraising.

Cake toppers download

Bunting download

Event poster download

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