Chosen Charity
14 Nov, 2018

Most businesses tend to have a chosen charity. A charity that they help to raise funds – and in some cases their profile – through the work that they do.

My chosen charity is local and I’m supporting them as in some cases, it can happen to anyone at any time, in anyway.

NeuroDropin Centre, Lancaster – Charity no: 1142148

I have supported this charity for a few years now.

It began when I booked a table at a Christmas (well, I think it was) craft fair in 2016, they were holding and I’ve been going back ever since. I’ve attended their Christmas craft fair, which they call the ‘French Cafe and Market’, I’ve been to one car boot (the weather wasn’t brilliant and I stuck it out for as long as possible) and their festival in an afternoon (1pm-6pm): Neurobury.

The best way to explain the Dropin Centre is for them to.

This is taken from their ‘About’ page on their website:

We provide a unique place in Lancaster for anyone affected by a neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, dementia, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease, ME, MG, MSA and acquired brain injury.

As I said, many of these neurological disorders can happen to anyone at anytime, one of the reasons I support it – it could happen to me and knowing that there is someone there to help and provide support, brings comfort. I may not ever need it, but you never know.

One of my fundraising ideas was at this years (2018) Neurobury.

I did a raffle.

Of a necklace.

A 24 carrot necklace.

Yes, you read that right. I made a necklace out of Fimo clay, I made 24 carrots, used my wire work skills to connect them (and make a clasp, which I had never done before) and for £1 a strip, I raffled this necklace.

It got the intended reaction – smiles, due to my play on words.

Ok, it didn’t raise much – £10 in total but the founder of the charity, Sharon, was pleased that something was raised. It’s better than nothing.

The winner of the raffle? To be honest, I couldn’t believe it. The thought ran through my mind when she bought a ticket and when Sharon pulled the winning ticket out of the bag; I laughed.

The winner was a colleague of mine. She was there at the event, she bought a ticket and she won! So I was able to take it to work (I work in a primary school), where she wore it with pride. And her class asking if there were actually 24 carrots on it and they didn’t believe that I made it. Until they asked me and said “Yes, I made it.”

So, although I only made £10 for the charity, it hasn’t stopped me from thinking of other ideas to raise money.

I have a table booked at the French Cafe and Market event in November (check out my ‘Events’ page) and I’ve had this idea going round in my head for a while and now that I have bought the main part, everything is coming together nicely.

An advent calendar.

That’s what I am (hopefully – with Sharon’s permission) going to raffle at the event. I bought an advent calendar ‘blank’ (?) and I have been able to fill ALL 24 SECTIONS with jewellery and gemstone based items that I create.

It’s raising money for the charity and it’s promoting my profile too.

I’m calling it the ‘Luxury Jewellery Advent Calendar’. It’s worth over £85!!

Again, the proceeds will go to the Dropin Centre. The French Cafe and Market is not until November but I will update this blog as to how the raffle went and the amount of money raised.

*Update: I had a change of thought, rather than raffling the calendar, I was going to try to sell instead. I wanted to see if there was enough interest first. In the end I did sell the calendar, which I was very happy about and I am thinking of doing it again next year for the charity as well as making up other advent calendars based on the 12 days of Christmas.

For more information about this charity, please head over to their website:

www.neurodropin.org.uk