With over 1,000 parent carer members, our support is in higher demand than ever. As a charity, we rely on grants from both statutory organisations and charitable trusts to help us provide our services, but national policies have meant that cuts in funding to charities have regrettably had to be made across the UK.
We’re committed to ensuring that Unique Ways can continue to provide much-needed support for parent carers of children with disabilities long into the future, but to do this we increasingly need help in the form of donations.
So, how can you help?
There’s loads you can do to get involved with our fundraising efforts:
- Join our fundraising committee: Help us plan and promote fundraising events across Calderdale and beyond! Contact us to find out more about how to join.
- Support our fundraising events: Check our member e-bulletins and our Facebook page for details on what our fundraisers are up to, and how you can get involved.
- Hold your own fundraising events: Got the urge to climb a mountain, run a marathon or jump out of a plane? Or maybe you’d rather hold a raffle, cake sale or Mad Hatter’s tea party? Whatever you want to do to help us raise money, let us know – we’ll help you plan and promote it! Or you can click here for our Virgin Giving page and get started today.
- Tell people about the work we do: Let your friends, family and colleagues know about us and what we do to support families in Calderdale. You could ask your employers to adopt Unique Ways as their chosen local charity to support, or nominate us for an award or grant.
- Get in touch: Our aim is to become a self-sustaining organisation. If you’d like to get involved and help in any way possible, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.
Recent fundraising events
We’ve had some fantastic fundraising successes recently, here are a few of our favourites:
Amanda conquers Ben Nevis
“On Halloween 2015, I climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis with my boyfriend and a group of friends. We raised over £1,000 so that the families of Unique Ways could enjoy an inclusive Christmas Party. We provided a Minions themed celebration for over 70 families with lots of food and party games, and the staff enjoyed themselves as much as our families!”
“Climbing Ben Nevis was a particularly challenging feat for me as I do not like sport, I do not exercise, and I am definitely not one with nature so I was well out of my comfort zone.
It took me seven hours to climb to the summit and back of the highest mountain in the UK standing at 1,345 metres above sea level and the weather could not have been worse! Sleeting rain, 40mph winds, and thick fog – I feel I earned every penny raised. The celebratory glass of wine after the climb was the best I’ve ever tasted! It was one of the most difficult but most exhilarating experiences of my life – but no, I would never do it again!”
Lucy and David’s coast-to-coast cycling adventure
Our very own Lucy Armour, and her 75-year-old dad David Greenwood, conquered the 150-mile, three-day coast-to-coast journey from Whitehaven to Sunderland in April 2016 – just as the late-April freeze set in!
Battling through wind, rain, snow, slush and hail, the father and daughter duo, both active members of Cycling UK and Calderdale CTC, made their way across the country through the hills of Cumbria, finding some spectacular views among the horrible weather! You can read more about their amazing journey on Cycling UK.
Chris and Phil take on the Leeds 10k
Chris Easton and Phil Brayshaw took on the 10th annual Leeds 10k for Unique Ways in July 2016, running the route from Vicar Lane to the Headrow and doing all of us proud.
Pictured with a well-earned pint, we’re hoping the lads will be challenging a marathon for us next year, now they’ve had some practice!