Welcome to our fundraising pages.
Raising money by organising an event in the community or workplace can be great fun, and all the money will go towards providing essential support for people with a learning disability and their families/carers in Bedfordshire.
As a learning disability charity we receive minimum support from the community, but we have a lot to offer. We hope you find our fundraising pages useful, they should provide you with everything you need to get going, from fundraising ideas and sponsorship forms to volunteering opportunities. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on 01234 352899 or email Sharon@bedsgardencarers.org.uk
Download our guide to our services and how you can support them booklet.
How you are helping
People with a learning disability are amongst the most disadvantaged and discriminated upon groups in society, and are routinely excluded from fully integrating into their local communities.
We receive enough money to continue with our basic services, but there is so much more we could be doing to help integration, if we had the funding.
Gaining new experiences are especially important as they can change our project members lives, its just finding and funding the activity or technology that is the trigger.
Our current and future plans include a child/teenager sibling support group, an alternative curriculum project, a social club for young people with disabilities, and a separate holiday club as well.
None of which will get off the ground without our communities support.
Whether you choose to support our adult or new teenager services or would like to provide money towards a new activity, your contribution will be invaluable.
Our Award Winning Fundraiser – Tim Branson
One of our Project Members, Tim Branson, won a prestigious national award for helping with our fundraising in 2000.
From the Beds Times & Citizen- Friday, March 10th 2000
Champion fundraiser nets a national award
A DEDICATED fundraiser has overcome a learning disability to win a national award for his work.
Tim Branson, 32, was made one of 40 millennium civic trust champions at a ceremony in Coventry last week. He was the only disabled person to receive the honour.
The award – which recognised Tim’s work filling the coffers of Beds Garden Carers – came after a nomination from his boss Sharon Hart.
It was the culmination of Tim’s three years of work for the group, set up by Bedford Mencap to provide employment and education for people with learning disabilities.
Sharon said: “The awards were open to all, not just disabled people. We nominated Tim because of the way he has developed.
“From being someone who could not even use a computer or write a letter, Tim is now arranging events and raising money. We nominated him so he would get more encouragement and have the chance to improve his skills.”
Before the award ceremony Tim attended seminars in Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham to hone his fundraising technique.
Sharon said: “It was a major feat for him because he has travelled around the country on his own. We are exceptionally proud of him.
Tim said: “I feel great. I’ve been working hard and now I’m looking forward to achieving my goals as a fundraiser. But the problem is getting support.”
Tim is pressing ahead with a raft of schemes, including a cafe for the disabled in Bedford and an auction -of dreams where people can bid to take part in a hunt for the Loch Ness monster .
Tim continues to organise local fund raising events and has been very successful over the years, from getting a celebrity cookbook published to theme nights, raffles, quiz nights, auctions and awareness days Tim has gone from strength to strength.
Front cover of our Cookbook