How you can help...
Online shopping - an easy way to raise funds
Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley?
That’s right - thousands of well known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic and many more, will donate a percentage of what you spend to us whenever you shop with them, via easyfundraising.
It's very easy to sign up, and it also has the very useful 'Donation Reminder' option - once activated, if a store you're visiting is registered with easyfundraising, you be be prompted to activate your donation. Alternatively, visit the easyfundraising website and choose the retailer you want.
It’s like nectar but instead of earning points, each purchase generates a donation. – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a donation.
It’s completely free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more.
So whatever you need to buy, from your weekly grocery shop or fashion must-have, to travel, office supplies or mobile phone, buy it via easyfundraising and raise money for Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley at no extra cost to you!
Make a Donation
Thinking of making a regular donation? Then, become a 'Friend of Life' knowing that your donation will help us to deliver Life Education to schools in your region.
Download and complete the Standing Order form and send the original copy of the form to Life Education Wessex, 2 Barnes Croft, Coles Lane, Milborne St Andrew, Blandford Forum, DT11 0LG.
Ad-hoc donations can be made via our Virgin Money Giving page:
If you would prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to Life Education Wessex and send it to us at the address above.
How your business can help
Forming a partnership with Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley helps to support your Corporate Social Responsibility objectives whilst supporting local children, schools and families.
Here are some ways in which your business can support us.
Make a donation
Corporate sponsorship of resources, children, mobile classrooms and events
Nominate us as your Charity of the Year
Match funding for your staff at fundraising events
Organise a fundraising event with your staff
Individual or team sponsored challenges – marathons, swims etc (see Harold's Challenge)
Enter a team in one of our Big Quiz Nights and Golf Days
Gift in kind e.g. printing, IT Support, PR
Provide volunteers to help at events
Donating through eBay is as easy as ABC...
Listings which donate a share of the final sale price to us will show the yellow and blue eBay ribbon next to them in search results and our charity’s mission statement and logo will also show in your listing. Your items will also get extra visibility through the eBay for Charity pages.
And that’s not all – eBay will waive some of your insertion fee charges and final value charges equal to the percentage you donate. So if you donate 50% of your selling price to Life Education Wessex then eBay will waive 50% of your fees!
To choose Life Education Wessex go to LEW at eBay and click on ‘Save as Favourite’. The charity details will then automatically appear each time you sell an item. You can select how much you wish to donate (0 – 100%). For further information on selling for charity, go to eBay for Charity.
Not yet an ebay seller?
To sell on eBay :
You’ll need to set up an eBay account
Set up a PayPal account so that you can accept payments this way (you’ll lose potential sales if you don’t have one)
Choose Life Education Wessex as your chosen charity - LEW at eBay.
Selling an item on eBay costs only a few pence to insert the sale item, then there’s a sliding scale of fees based on the final sale price (don’t forget discount for donors!). Paypal will also charge a small amount for collecting fees.
How eBay can help us
Are you an eBay seller?
If so, did you know that you could donate a percentage of your final selling price to Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley?
When you list an item you can choose to donate from 10% to 100% of the final price (currently minimum donation £1)
Then when the item is sold, a percentage of the sale price is donated to our charity and you receive the remainder (unless donating 100% of course!)
And don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid box if you’re a UK tax payer. This will give us an extra 25p from the government on top of your donation.
Rise to Harold's challenge
Are you looking for something fun to do for charity? Then, why not rise to #HaroldsChallenge
Harold, the giraffe, is used during our sessions to encourage healthy and happy lifestyle choices in children aged 3-13 years.
Do absolutely anything to raise funds for us - as long as it's ACTIVE, HEALTHY & FUN! - bike, swim, golf, run, cook, bake etc, Whether you create your own event or support us at a pre-organised event we would love to hear from you!
Ambassadors and Friends
Ambassadors and Friends are our eyes, ears and supporters on the ground, they are people with a keen interest in helping their local schools and communities recognise the need for Life Education and embrace and promote it as a service that can help to prevent a community problem.
There is a recognised need for Life Education and it is an excellent resource for schools, but few people know that we are a charity. Ambassadors and Friends can help us to spread the word about what we do and how it can benefit local children and the wider community and raise funds to help us deliver the service.
Here are just some of the ways in which you can help:
‘Spread the word’ - talk to family, friends, colleagues and teachers about our work
Provide leads and introductions to local schools that may be interested in a visit and companies and charitable trusts that may be able to support us
Collecting cheques on our behalf
Delivering or collecting supplies and equipment
Organise a fundraising event, from a simple coffee morning to an elaborate ball
Encourage individuals, organisations or companies to make a donation
Encourage local clubs and societies to consider making us a beneficiary of concerts, fetes or other events
Encourage people to do a sponsored challenge
Encourage people to use easyfundraising and easysearch
Sell Zippyzzz (zip tags)
Some more practical ways in which you can help are:
Providing a gift-in-kind service such as printing
Being ‘an extra pair of eyes’ when towers are delivering mobile classrooms to difficult or new school sites
Carrying out minor repairs to classrooms
Finding volunteers to help at events
If you would like to join one of our local groups, set one up in your area or just want to find out more about how you could help us raise our profile and funds in your local area, in the first instance please contact our office on 01258 837417.
Remember us in your will
Please consider remembering Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley in your will and help us to continue our work helping to keep young children happy, healthy and safe.
Donating through your Will is a great way to give. A legacy does not get taxed so every penny comes straight to the charity. It can also reduce inheritance tax because the taxable value of your estate is calculated after charitable bequests are made.
There are three main ways that you can leave us a gift in your will:
A specific named item, for example a piece of jewellery
A fixed amount – known as a pecuniary gift. Please remember that the value of this gift will decrease over the years due to increases in the cost of living
A residuary gift – this will be paid out once your family and friends, together with any taxes and costs relating to your estate, have been taken care of
Please ensure that you specify that you are leaving your gift to ‘Life Education Wessex, Registered Charity Number 1071094 ’.
To find out more about leaving a gift, please speak to your solicitor.