Even though our service is provided solely by volunteers, our branch needs over £35,000 each year to keep running. We have to raise all of that ourselves as a charity, so fundraising is an important part of making sure we can provide our service to callers.
Our Associate Samaritans lead our fundraising work, but it is something that everyone in the branch can get involved with, and we always welcome the generous support of others outside the branch in helping to raise the funds we need.
How we raise funds
We use a variety of methods to raise funds to keep us going. Street and Store collections continue to be a large source of income, and static collecting boxes and stalls at fairs and events are also important. Increasingly one-off special events provide more and more of our income, including sponsorship events, and support from other organisations.
Examples of this support include a Golf Day held by Family Investments in 2011 where we raised over £3,000 and the Acupuncture Clinic in Portland Road, Hove, who raised more than £500 for us in April of 2012, as well as the Christmas present wrapping stall which Waterstones kindly allowed us to have which raised around £800 in two days.
Our volunteers also raise money – for example 4 volunteers from our branch joined the team that raised more than £6000 running the Brighton Marathon in 2012. All of these sums add up to us being able to provide another year of emotional support.
Our Charity Shop
In 2009 we established a new charity shop to help give us a sustainable source of income. Our shop in George Street, Hove started to welcome customers in June 2009 and has been a hit in the local area. To find out more about the charity shop contact the shop manager on 01273 711254, or drop in to meet the volunteers and shop manager.
In the last three years we have raised a substantial amount through the Brighton Marathon, and anything that members of our community can do to raise money for us is always appreciated. If you’d like to help or contribute in some way please get in touch on 01273 772277
If you would like to volunteer with us in a fundraising role please have a look at our volunteering page for more information.
If you would like to make a donation to support our work, using the secure Virgin Money Giving site allows us to reclaim gift aid easily and highlight events that are happening. You can donate by clicking here.