A Summer of fundraising

It's been such a busy Spring & Summer that we've struggled to find the time for updates. Our grant applications continue to roll in at a steady rate - we're currently averaging around five applications a month. Recent examples of funded items include:

  • clothing / grocery vouchers
  • childcare fees
  • family breaks
  • travel costs

Applications come in from all people of all backgrounds - children, adults, all areas across Derby, all types of cancer. Our support is person-centred based on the needs of the individual.

The past four months have been very busy in terms of fundraising. We've seen fundraising gigs, quiz nights, bucket collections, bag packing events, sponsored cycling, sponsored running, sponsored swims, triathlons, trekking, funeral collections, cake sales and much more which have raised thousands of pounds to support local families living with cancer. We're amazed and humbled at the generosity of those who organise and support these fundraising activities. At a time where time is incredibly precious for us all, our supporters go out of their way and take it upon themselves to set goals and organise events to help us reach more families living with cancer. Without these acts of heroism from these incredible people we simply wouldn't be able to continue offering support to those in need. 

A huge thank you to all

Simon x 

 

 

2014 - 2015 Annual review

It's time to sit back and relax for a moment now that I've just submitted our Charity Commission Annual Return. Reflecting on 2014 - 2015 has been a humbling experience for me. We've done so much and met so many people during this last year. On behalf of our Trustees I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the sponsored event fundraisers, bucket shakers, runners, swimmers, knitters, tea makers, cyclists, bag packers etc and contributors. 

Thanks also to all the businesses out there who have supported us during the last year - from donating time and space for events to assisting us with design time and materials for our promotional items.

Here's a quick rundown of what's been happening:

·         Partnerships have been developed with other National and Local charities to promote our aim – Macmillan Cancer Support, Mummy’s Star, Derby Breast Cancer Support Group and The Laura Centre.

·         Ben Nevis sponsored walk (group activity).

·         Auction events held on regular basis at various sites.

·         Promotion of individual’s fundraising events via own website.

·         Charity race night organised by Alvo Boys FC.

·         Charity of the year status and ongoing support with The Bubble Inn, Stenson, Derbyshire. Several fundraising opportunities have taken place at the Bubble. This will continue into 2015/2016.

·         Bucket collections in supermarkets and businesses around Derby.

·         Wristband sales in businesses around Derby have increased.

·         Charity sweets partnership developed across Derby with ‘Reach Out’ – 20% of money taken for sweets sold are donated to Annabel’s Angels.

·         Election of a Macmillan/Derby Royal Hospital employed individual to enhance grant application promotion via local hospital.

·         We supported 40 women living with breast cancer by means of funding bespoke clothing – in partnership with Derby Breast Cancer Support Group.

·         Enhancement of website and social media promotion via volunteer support from individuals with expertise in this area.

·         Granted designated charity of year status by Status Social, a Midlands based social media specialist. This led to bespoke training provided at no cost, along with an increase in our social media output and engagement along with networking/promotional opportunities.

·         Sale of merchandise via partnerships with local businesses.

·         Increased presence in health and social care establishments in Derby – static displays at Macmillan Information Centre, Combined Day Unit, Breast Clinic and Outpatients Clinic.

·         Promotional literature about the charity is offered to newly diagnosed cancer patients and families. 

·         BBC Radio Derby and The Derby Telegraph have published several Annabel's Angels news stories. 

·         Our volunteer reach continues to grow. Volunteers play a huge part in our work. Put simply, the charity would not be able to function were it not for the significant contribution made by the volunteer team of Trustees and the ever-increasing team of ad-hoc event and fundraising volunteers. Based on national minimum wage, we have calculated a financial contribution of £4382 made by volunteers. However, we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg; it's too simplistic, way too simplistic to measure input and impact from volunteers in this way.

So many people have all helped us raise our game this past year.  You've helped to connect us into important conversations with others, you have helped tirelessly to promote our name and you have boosted our fundraising income significantly. With your support we have seen our income from donations increase by 84% from the previous year. We are grateful, we are humbled.

Our grant applications have shown a steady increase in 2014 - 2015 from the previous year. We expect this to increase as we forge new partnerships across the city. We continue to process grant applications quickly and responsibly, with an aim of making a decision within ten days from the date of receipt. 

We move forward with the intention of keeping the charity 100% volunteer-led. We recognise that this could, and probably will, impact on our personal time (all Trustees have commitments etc) but we felt strongly, very strongly in fact that almost all of the fundraising donations we receive (91%) is given to the individuals and the families who need it most in the form of grant funded services and items to improve quality of life. 

The Trustees and I have all been affected by cancer at some point, either as someone living with cancer, a carer or a close friend of someone affected by cancer. We have a good idea of how life can change when a diagnosis is given. That's why we do what we do, that's why we will continue to do what we do. 

Thank you all for your support so far. Let’s build on this for 2015 and beyond

Simon x
Chair

Elizabeth, Simon and Siobhan

Elizabeth, Simon and Siobhan



The Bubble

The Bubble Inn is a pub/restaurant and hotel in Stenson, Derbyshire. The owner, Connie Eleftheriou, and his staff team have been supporting Annabel's Angels since early 2014. Our wristbands are available for sale on the bar, and our posters, pull up banners and logo can be found dotted around the place.

Saturday 29 November 2014 saw Connie and the team hold a charity raffle night with all proceeds going to Annabel's Angels. The night raised a total of £550, a fantastic amount. Our Chair, Simon, got up on stage and gave a quick history about the charity and thanked Connie for his continued support. It's clear to say they've become firm friends.


A huge thank you to Connie, his fantastic team and, of course, the customers of The Bubble Inn. We're looking forward at continuing our special relationship into 2015 and beyond

Simon 


A bit of summer bag packing

We're off to Asda in Sinfin, Derby on Saturday 28 June to do a spot of bag packing to raise some funds. Why not join us?

We're looking to rope in some bag packing volunteers for the day.  Can you help? Ideally we're looking at placing at least 6 people on three shifts throughout the day as follows:   10.00 - 12.30 12.30 - 2.30 2.30 - 5.00  We can be as flexible as possible though, and any help is greatly appreciated. Children from 8 upwards are welcome too as long as they volunteer with their parents/guardians.

We're looking to rope in some bag packing volunteers for the day.  Can you help? Ideally we're looking at placing at least 6 people on three shifts throughout the day as follows:

10.00 - 12.30
12.30 - 2.30
2.30 - 5.00

We can be as flexible as possible though, and any help is greatly appreciated. Children from 8 upwards are welcome too as long as they volunteer with their parents/guardians.

All money raised will go towards our public grants scheme to directly support patients and families living with cancer in Derby.

Do let us know if you can join in on the day. Pop us an email to annabelsangels@gmail.com or drop us a line on our facebook page.

Thanks!

Simon x