Fundraising Inspiration!

 

Cake

Here at ART we encourage and closely support you in the organisation of your own fundraising events – so go for it! Choose something you enjoy and turn it into a charity occasion. Also keep your eyes peeled for events, concerts, fairs in your local area which may welcome a charity focus and be happy to support ART.

Take a look at some of the events and activities below for inspiration… 

 

Autism Awareness Month 

April is Autism Awareness Month so is an espeically important month for ART, when all the stops are pulled out in the names of Fundraising and Awareness!

Here are some of the initiatives which have featured within the last two years:

Jack of the Red Hearts: Film Screening

This powerful film was shown on Sunday 2nd April at Christ’s College in Cambridge as part of the Autism Awareness Month. The story shares a rare insight into the life of a young girl with autism. 

The event was organised by the outreach coordinator of the Cambridge Neuroscience Society, Aicha Massrali, and was introduced by Amber Ruigrok (Binks Autism Neuroscience Research Fellow & Research Associate at the Autism Research Centre). A lively open discussion followed the movie, led by Helena Leathers, a girl with autism who is an advocate for females on the spectrum.

Popcorn, snacks and refreshments were provided, the dress code was blue (Light It Up Blue for autism) and proceeds were kindly donated to the Autism Research Trust.

LEGOLAND

Legoland

We are excited to have teamed up with the popular leisure and entertainment park, LEGOLAND, throughout April 2017. The attraction is known for its exceptional educational focus including its wonderful lego therapy workshops. ART partnered these workshops at which teachers, parents and care givers received infomation about ART and the benefits of playing lego together.

Stella & Dot

stella & dot

ART collaborated with boutique jewellery company, Stella & Dot, for Autism Awareness Month in both 2016 and 2017. S&D representative Sarah Allmond, mother of a young autistic boy, kindly hosted an event on 23rd March to raise awareness of the condition and the work of ART, and donated raffle prize and a percentage of profits on the evening.

Cambridge University RAG

Camb RAG

We are looking forward to the street collection from this proactive RAG committee who has generously agreed to set aside the best part of a day spreading the word about ART and collecting donations from willing passersby.

Awareness Walks

Inspired by keen ART fundraiser Jenny Jones, and family, we promoted the Awareness Walk as a super way to raise money for Autism Awareness Month 2016.

A big thank you to Jayne Tasker who rallied the troops for an Awareness Walk in Wimbledon Park on 16th April. £540 was raised!   

Awareness walks can be enjoyed at any time. ART can provide iron-on logos, stickers and collection buckets, as well as tips and guidelines so you can be sure you have thought of everything.

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HOSTING A CHARITY DINNER PARTY – Celebrity Chef Jo Pratt is here to help!

ART brought wonderful TV chef and author, Jo Pratt, on board to support our cause for Autism Awareness Month, who showed us how hosting our own charity dinner parties is easy and lots of fun!

Jo provided tips and recipes from her book ‘In the Mood for Heathly Food’ and tweeted messages of support.

Again, this event can be organised at any time.

www.jo-pratt.com

 

What else have our supporters been up to?

The Northallerton & District Lioness Club kindly organised a series of street and shop collections for ART, raising £1000.

Thank you to Malden Manor School in Surrey who celebrated our cause during Schools’ Autism Awareness Week (14th -18th March 2016), enjoying workshops, wearing certain colours and having a toy sale – all for ART. Over £200 was raised.

Thank you to Southfields Community Choir who raised over £1000 for ART through their Spring Charity Concert on 19th March 2016!

Abingdon House School had a Dressing Up Day for the children last year raising a terrific amount for ART, their charity of choice – and have just recently organised a cake sale and mufti day, complete with posters around the school. In total nearly £200 was raised.

We are thrilled that the President of the Rotary Club of Oxford chose us as one of their charities. They hosted an evening of classical music at Oxford’s Tingewick Hall as part of their support.

Caroline organised the Big Bounce for Autism in Bristol. The event was inspired by her daughter who’s on the autistic spectrum and has not let that hold her back from being a British gymnast on the disability trampoline squad.

C. Hoare & Co Private Bank has hosted two ART events for their customers, both extremely well attended and contributions raised nearly £500.

 

Organising an event can seem daunting at first, but our handy Event Pack will give you everything you need to start fundraising. Get in touch with Elizabeth Coyne on elizabeth@autismresearchtrust.org to find out more.