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The Big Give produces big results!

We’re sure you’re aware of our recent Big Give #ChristmasChallenge18 campaign, raising funds for our 3-year East London community programme. We may have sent one or two emails and done a couple of tweets. (joke!)

We were blown away by the response from our supporters throughout the whole campaign. There were definitely some tense moments but, in total, £37,009.75 was raised which is a huge amount of money. It’s not quite the £50,000 target we’d initially set but it’s far more money than we’ve ever raised through a campaign like this.

The campaign wasn’t just about getting donations from our supporters, there was a whole range of activity going on during the week:

Ellie, our Chief Operating Officer, did a sponsored ‘my kids dressed me for work’ day, raising over £700 in total.

Staff at the United Learning head office held a cake sale, raising over £300 in total.

Employees at Social Personnel, organised a Bake Off competition plus donated the money they’d normally spend on Christmas cards and postage for workers, raising over £1,340 in total.

And, we even held a coffee morning at Grit’s HQ with a raffle and everything. Our Head Office team took to the streets to raise awareness and donations. The event was attended by local Royston-based Councillor Sarah Dingley and raised over £1,340.

NB. All totals include matched funding and gift aid, where applicable.

Thank you so much for your donations and support. We can’t tell you how much it means to us.

Finally, a very special thanks to all those who pledged support in the form of matched funding, right back in August, at the start of everything. The campaign felt very distant at that point!