During the pandemic, like other charities, we have found our fundraising badly affected. We have been unable to run events since our very successful benefit concert in early March 2020, with fabulous jazz singers Claire Martin and Liane Carroll.
Instead we have worked to broaden support, particularly at a national level. National media coverage has brought us new donors from across the country and we are very grateful for this. Now lock-down is ending we appeal to all our supporters, old and new, to help us with our fundraising, if you are able. You can do this by: giving one-off donations, small or large; committing to regular monthly donations; or setting up your own challenge to fundraise for us.
Organise a Fundraising Challenge
We would love it if you could organise a fundraising challenge. This could be taking part in an organised event, such as a half marathon or bike ride, or an individual challenge
you set up yourself. Anything you can think of, or imagine, from parachute jumps to coffee mornings and cakes sales through to trampoline jumps and skipping or walking challenges in your back garden, all of it will be helpful to us. Of course, the more you can fundraise the better, but it is also very important to us to publicise Mary’s story and make the Appeal known to the public. Our website maryclarkestatue.com allows you to give via LocalGiving and the Paypal Giving Fund. We suggest you organise your challenge via https://localgiving.org/fundraisers. Or use https://uk.gofundme.com/start/charity-fundraising which links easily to the Paypal Giving Fund. Please make sure you include the words “Mary Clarke Statue Appeal” in your title and share your fundraising page links, photos, and videos on social media with the hashtag #MaryClarke and our twitter handle @mary_statue.
Dedicate your Challenge to “Captain Tom 100” via LocalGiving
On 6 April 2020, Captain Tom Moore raised an astounding £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal by walking 100 laps around his garden. To honour him and his incredible achievements, the Captain Tom 100 is taking place on the weekend of 30th April 2021 – 3rd May (the 30th marks the day that would have been his 101st birthday). It invites everyone to fundraise for a charity of their choice, taking on a challenge around the number 100 anytime and anywhere during that weeks end. You could bake a 100 cupcakes, cycle 100 miles, walk a 100 steps etc etc.
All you need to do is click on the link https://localgiving.org/fundraisers, but make sure you include the words “Captain Tom 100” and “Mary Clarke Statue Appeal” in your fundraiser title when setting up your page so that you’re included on the Local Giving campaign Captain Tom 100 page (Local Giving are offering a £100 cash prize to whichever fundraiser raises most for their charity, to be paid to that charity). Share your fundraising page links, photos, and videos on social media with the #CaptainTom100 hashtag and also #MaryClarke and our twitter handle @mary_statue.