We are delighted to announce that Sebastian’s Action Trust have been selected as one of this year’s beneficiaries of Global’s Make Some Noise – just one of over 30 charities they will be supporting across the UK!
Global’s Make Some Noise is the official charity of Global, the media and entertainment group. The charity unites some of the UK’s best-loved radio stations - Heart, Capital, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold – to raise money and give a voice to small projects across the UK, supporting youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.
They hold a Global’s Make Some Noise Day, which this year is 6th October. We will be holding our own event at The Bluebells on that day to ‘make some noise’ and raise awareness of the campaign.
The campaign kicked off on 8th September, where all the radio stations have started to fundraise, with various activites and by talking about the charities they are supporting. We have been visited by Capital FM, Heart FM and LBC, who all interviewed some of our beneficiaries and have started to share their stories on the radio stations. These will be played out right up to Global’s Make Some Noise Day on 6th October.
Keep an eye out on our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram, where we will be sharing various things. Then on 6th October, we will be reporting live from our fun activities at The Bluebells!
We are asking our supporters to make a #PledgeForSeb in 2018. A #PledgeForSeb is a new year's resolution with a difference - an opportunity to do something to help the Trust and share it on social media.
Whether it be volunteering a few hours as a one-off to help with an event for our families or taking on a fundraising initiative, the only limit is your imagination!
As the Trust approaches its 15th year, here are some ideas based around the number 15 to get you started:
- Hold a supper club in aid of the Trust, charging friends £15 to attend
- Undertake a personal challenge, for example a sponsored 15 mile bike ride or a weight loss programme to lose 15lb
- Volunteer 15 days for us during 2018
Of course, your pledge doesn't have to be based around the number 15. All offers of support, in whatever form they take, are all gratefully received. Once you have decided upon your Pledge, we ask you to share the details on social media. Simple instructions can be found here and a PDF of the Pledge for Seb poster is available to download here.
New for 2018 are our special #PledgeforSeb selfie frames. Tell us about your pledge and we will try to get a photo of you!
Whatever your Pledge for Seb, it will go a long way to helping us support families of children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.
Bringing the sparkle and shine of Christmas early!
Sadly for many of the families supported by us, Christmas is a time of sadness rather than joy. Their beloved child has passed away or is too sick to enjoy the festivities and so this magical time becomes tinged with heartbreak and sorrow.
Therefore, we like to bring a bit of Christmas magic and sparkle to them earlier than normal. For many, waiting until December to celebrate Christmas is just that little bit too long- therefore we celebrate it in July allowing those with little time left to enjoy the magic before it is too late.
Christmas in July allows families to have fun together, to spend much needed time together and to make memories that will last a lifetime.
The inspiration for Christmas in July came from our founder Sebastian Gates who sadly lost his battle against childhood cancer on Christmas Eve 2003. His parents Jane and Michael Gates said “Christmas is a time of celebration and without Sebastian it will never be the same again. Sebastian loved Christmas and we know he would have loved the idea of celebrating Christmas in July so we now want to give other families the opportunity to join with us and make memories to last a life-time even if that life is cut cruelly short”
This year, our Christmas in July party is being held on Sunday 16th July for our families, but we want everyone to take part in our Christmas in July celebration and spread a bit of festive cheer throughout the whole of July!
Why not organise your own Christmas themed activity throughout July? You can raise funds by:
- Charging for a Christmas dinner, or why not have a Christmas BBQ?
- Organising a festive raffle with festive themed prizes
- Charging for a dress down day – shorts, flip flops and a Santa hat!
- Organising a Christmas bake sale – great time to practice your Christmas cake for the main event
- Hosting a Christmas themed sporting event – why not get teams together and have Christmas themed race like a Santa Sack race!
We can help by providing:
- Support with fundraising – help with ideas etc.
- Collection Tins
- Fundraising packs and sponsorship forms
- Help to promote your event
- And many more ways!
Get in touch by emailing email@example.com or calling 01344 622500
Let us know what you are doing and share any photos with us and we will share them on our Social Media pages and website!
Bring some festive cheer to July this year and help us to help our families!
Are you jetting off this summer? Whether you are going by plane, train or automobile, make your loose change go further.
Do you find you return from holidays abroad with a lot of loose change? Most places won't change back loose coins,and it is often not worthwhile the commission but we can put all that loose change to good use.
Donate your unwanted foreign currency to the Trust, and we can use it to help fund the work we do for our life-limited and seriously-ill children. This year though, we are not just limiting ourselves to foreign currency. WIth the old pound coin being phased out in October we would be very grateful for any unspent coins - every pound will help us support families coping with the pressures of caring for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.
Simply drop your donation into our office in Bagshot, Bas Books in Bracknell or at The Bluebells in North Waltham and we will put it towards the work we do supporting families of seriously-ill children.
We also have a special 'Coinathon' box available to collect your loose coins in.
For more information or to request a 'Coinathon' box, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01344 622500
The Big Give - Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I make my online donation during the Christmas Challenge?
The link will be published here shortly.
What if I am donating from abroad?
As the Christmas Challenge is hosted in the UK, all references to time are Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT. If you are donating from abroad, you will need to donate via the Big Give from midday GMT on 29th November. You are able to donate from abroad as long as you have one of the accepted card types.
Will offline donations be doubled during the December Challenge?
No. All donations during the Christmas Challenge must be made online through the ‘Donate Online Now’ button on the Trust's project page on the Big Give
How much can I donate during the Challenge?
Up to £5,000 will be matched per donor to any given charity. Donations over this amount will have the first £5,000 doubled (if funds are available) and the
surplus will be processed as a normal unmatched donation. Please note that the minimum online donation is £5.
Will you able to see my donation details?
When you make your donation you will be asked whether you would like to pass your contact details onto us. If you agree, Sebastian's Action Trust will receive your full contact details, if you choose not to, the charity will simply receive your name.
Will the Big Give contact me?
When you make your donation you will be asked whether you would like to be kept up to date with the latest news from the Big Give. If you would like to receive
updates, make sure the box is checked. If you uncheck the box, then you will not be contacted by them in the future.
How will I know my donation has been successful?
Once you have made your online donation, you will be automatically redirected to a thank you page with a receipt. You will also receive an email thanking you for
your donation. This automatic email may well find its way into your spam folder, so don’t forget to check there!
What payment methods are accepted?
Donations must be made online using a debit/credit card. The following card types are accepted: Mastercard / Visa / Maestro / Switch / Solo / Delta / American
Can I make an online donation from my CAF account?
No. At present, we are unable to accept online donations made via CAF accounts. Given the nature of the Christmas Challenge, we need to have rapid confirmation that there are sufficient funds held in donors’ accounts and this confirmation can take several days from CAF.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is a way for charities to increase the value of donations made to them by UK taxpayers. This is done by claiming back the basic rate tax paid by the
donor and can increase the donation by a quarter at no cost to you.
Can I claim Gift Aid on my online donation made during the Big Give Christmas Challenge?
Yes. If you are eligible, you can claim Gift Aid on the donation itself, although the Gift Aid can only be claimed in relation to your actual donation, and not on the matched amount as well – you can read more about claiming Gift Aid on the HMRC website. All Gift Aid claims are made on the our behalf The Big Give's payment processor, Charities Trust.
Is it secure to make an online donation via the Big Give?
Yes. All of the online donations are processed by Charities Trust whose system is PCI Compliant Level One and incorporates 3D Secure – the highest level possible – and they hold a security certificate on the site as well, which is an industry standard certificate. Furthermore, your connection to the Big Give is encrypted so it is perfectly safe to donate via our systems.
Final things to remember…
If this is your biggest transaction, please make sure that you have notified your bank beforehand so that it goes through on time.
If you are abroad, please remember to call your bank beforehand and remember that online donations start from 12pm GMT on Tuesday 29th November.