Support the rehabilitation of young people with brain injury through the art and craft of songwriting and music creation by making a pledge!
We need all of our supporters to get behind us and help us reach our pledge target of £10,000. It's a lot of money, but we know we can do this if everyone gets behind us. We've already had big promises offline that we have our fingers crossed for! We've also had donations made directly to us via CAF Donate in response to this campaign - thank you!
Why does it matter that we reach our target? Most importantly, it matters because this money is specifically being used to develop our support programme for young people who live with brain injury, an injury that impacts everything in their lives, their relationships, their learning, hopes, dreams and future prospects and opportunities. We have been privileged to work with a small group of young people on a one-to-one basis through the course of the last 12 months, running monthly sessions in the Cambridge area via Microsoft Teams and a couple of in person sessions too. Young people were referred to our programme by the Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR) based in Cambridge. To date we have delivered over 20 sessions funded by us and by generous donors who stuck with us no matter what!
Secondly, reaching our £10,000 crowdfunding target matters because we have the opportunity to have the amount matched via the National Emergencies Trust which helps voluntary and community organisations overcome the effects of the pandemic. The pandemic impacted our finances quickly and brutally. We saw our income drop 80% on the previous year when almost all our schools' programmes were postponed indefinitely at the beginning of lockdown. Things are beginning to improve, but the damage done as a result of 18 months of restrictions continues to see us struggle to develop programmes, initiate new projects and do what we do best!
We hope to be able to make this offering more widely available and reach more young people and their support networks across not just Cambridgeshire, but regionally and nationally. Our good friends at Behringer and KORG UK have been incredibly generous supporters of all our projects, particularly during this ongoing challenge to the health and mental health of young people in our communities.
So there we are..... we need you to get behind our campaign, to make that pledge and help us reach that target. We can't do this without your help!
Virgin Money Giving (VGM) will soon be closing its doors to charities and fundraisers. The website will be open until midnight on 30th November 2021 when they will stop accepting donations. From 1st December until 18th February 2022, VGM will keep claiming Gift Aid on all relevant donations and pay it out in the usual way. We're emailing all our regular donors who use VGM to make recurring donations with instructions how to use CAF Donate shortly.
We're sad to see the closure of VGM having moved to the platform after BT announced the closure of their MyDonate service a couple of years ago. We had used MyDonate for more than 5 years. When they announced its plan to close the service we looked far and wide for a new provider, settling in the end for VGM.
We've now settled in to our new home at CAF Donate, which is run by the Charities Aid Foundation who we also bank with via Car Bank Ltd. It's all under one roof now which can't be a bad thing!
Anyway, CAF Donate is already generating income with donations coming through which is great considering what everyone has been going through over the last 20 months or so.
We've had our own ups and downs and downs and more downs! Things have picked up though and we are beginning to get very busy again which is great. The busier we are the more beneficiaries we are reaching and helping! And we can stay busy with your help, with the help of grants, sponsorship and the help and support of all our charity's friends.
Below is our CAF Donate Campaign widget through which you can make a single or set up a recurring donation.