Here at Clear Sky we never cease to be surprised by the generosity of people in our community who want to support young children who are experiencing life difficulties.
We are often the surprise recipients of anonymous gifts from ‘Give a Car’, Amazon Smile and various Facebook birthday Fundraisers, amongst others. There seems to be no limit to how people can raise funds innovatively and in turn, give generously to Charities!
We were really delighted when a group of Dramatherapists in London approached us recently as they wanted to hold a fundraiser for Clear Sky at the beginning of January. The ‘Open Mic’ event was attended by a lively bunch of creative therapists who raised a wonderful sum of £110 for us!
Dramatherapist Alice Pegram said:
“The storytelling event was a wonderful evening with a great mix of people there including all types of creative therapists, yoga instructor, teachers, actors etc. It was a very intimate and relaxed atmosphere and everyone seemed really engaged with what the evening was for. We had a lot of comments from people saying they are eager to help charities like yourself particularly because the NHS is so stretched and this is a great alternative for many children not to be sat on a waiting list, so know that your work is appreciated!”
Amongst other fundraising activities in hand for this coming year, we are really fortunate to have a lovely lady bravely participating under our ballot place at the PruRide London bike ride in August. Local men at Hadden Hill Old Golfers Society have raised over £2000 to support our core costs, The Long Wittenham WI are kindly running their Lent Lunch as a fundraiser for Clear Sky, and The Arts Society Abingdon are also raising funds and collecting art materials for us! Individuals and larger organisations have generously donated arts and craft materials, alongside personal donations.
Local schools are also very generous in supporting us through class fundraisers, bake sales, and special events. This year we are delighted to be supported by Chandlings Prep School, Magdalen College School’s Waynflete Studies evening and others!
Small gifts are key to providing the extra things that we need to support our therapeutic team, and families in turn who need our support. A small gift from the Abingdon Lions club last year enabled us to provide a Play and Creative Arts kit to each of our therapists at Christmas which made a big difference to the provision that they were able to offer in creative sessions!
No matter how small a contribution, collectively these Community gifts really all do add up to making a huge difference to children and families in our current economic climate.
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters!
To give to Clear Sky, please visit our Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/clearsky