Can you help Barnardo’s raise charity funds?

September 02 2016

CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s is inviting Fishponds residents to be part of a special group to raise money for vulnerable youngsters across the UK.

CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s is inviting Fishponds residents to be part of a special group to raise money for vulnerable youngsters across the UK.

As well as its shop in Fishponds Road, the charity manages stores in Henleaze, Filton and Stoke Gifford but now it hopes to build on that success by setting up a Barnardo’s Helpers Group (BHG) in the city.

Volunteers would act as local ambassadors for the charity, raising awareness and funds through community activities. Members of the BHG would receive full support and training.

Barnardo’s regional fundraising manager Gurdev Singh said: “We currently have more than a hundred BHGs across the country, some of which have been supporting us for more than a century.

“Volunteers meet on a regular basis and make the most of any fundraising opportunities by linking with their local schools, youth groups, sports clubs and businesses.

“They also arrange their own events such as coffee mornings, luncheons and quizzes. Bigger groups even organise their own charity balls.”

Barnardo’s can help with recruitment and promotion, roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures and other tasks.

The charity can also arrange for guest speakers from local children’s services to update members on current activities – some BHGs have even welcomed celebrity supporters to their events.

Gurdev added: “We hope to attract people of all ages and backgrounds. Some may simply have a few hours to spare for a good cause, while others may want to develop skills and experience in fundraising or event management.

“It’s a great way for people to have lots of fun while supporting one of the UK’s leading charities, especially as we are currently marking our 150th year. Every penny we raise will help us to be there for children and families, now and always.”

If you would like to help, call Gurdev on 0771 1188244 or email gurdev.singh@barnardos.org.uk

Locally, Barnardo’s is responsible for several important services including support for children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation, those affected by parental imprisonment, and support for parents, carers and families in the community.

Visit www.barnardos.org.uk for more information.