Support our work
In the last year we have improved life for 2,049 carers by looking after 1,264 loved ones. Without including the wider impact on extended friends and family we have helped 3,313 people.
Our Carer Support Workers in the community provide an average of 275 care hours every day and as a team have provided 38,984 respite breaks for unpaid carers in 2019.
846 unpaid carers waiting for help started to receive a service during 2019.
That’s a wonderful achievement that really has made such a difference to so many. But we also know there are an estimated 119,000 unpaid Carers in the county, and we want to be doing more to help more unpaid carers live a rewarding life that also includes a good work life balance with time for friends.
We’re grateful for all the help our supporters give us as we strive to help even more families. That support could mean volunteering in service, fundraising for us or simply giving cash donations – 90p from every £1 we receive goes directly towards Carers in Surrey, so your support really will make a difference.
From the simple like tea mornings and sponsored walks to the more daring like head-shaving and hair-raising (parachute jump, anyone?), there are endless ways you can support our work. Before you sign up to fundraise, why not see below how Beth got involved to support unpaid Carers?
unpaid carers supported in 2019
I took on a fundraising challenge trek in snowy Iceland supporting people who can’t even get out of the house to just do their shopping, get to appointments or even just have time for themselves.
I hope I can inspire you too to get out there and support unpaid carers to have vital respite time away from looking after loved ones. I thoroughly enjoyed my fundraising experience and you can watch my film to see my trip of a lifetime.
On top of help from the public, we may also look for funding from organisations such as:
1-hour short break for a family in need
will fund a child to attend our Children’s Centre for a day
A cherished weekend away for a Carer
Get quirky, get sporty, get fundraising!
An enjoyable way to support a local charity in your area is to take part in a challenge or activity. You can either do this on your own or with some friends – doing something you enjoy puts fun into fundraising!
And, of course, the more people in communities across Surrey who support our work, the more families we can help enjoy life.
You could join us at one of our charity events or let your imagination run wild and create your own fundraising plan – however you choose to support us, we will help you to maximise your fundraising by supplying posters, leaflets and collection tins, or by shouting about it here and on social media. Whatever you need, we’ll do our best to make your event a roaring success!
Our fundraising tips:
- Let our friendly, expert fundraising team know about your plans.
- Choose a suitable date and a good venue, whether that’s at home, at work, or a local community or sports centre.
- Set your fundraising target and make sure this is three times more than you’re looking to spend – if you’re putting in all this work, make it count!
- Share the load among family and friends by setting up a fundraising group or committee. Many hand make light work!
- Promote your fundraising activity as widely as possible. Speak with the Marketing Department firstname.lastname@example.org 01372 869987 about contacting local newspapers, radio and social media for publicity.
- Invite everyone that you know.
- Get your employer involved by checking if they operate a match-giving scheme (contact us to find out more on this).
- Set up your own online sponsorship/donation page for your event at www.virginmoneygiving.com. This is a quick, easy way to collect sponsorship or donations for your event or activity. It enables everyone to see your fundraising targets, track your progress and securely donate online. Make sure you ask everyone to Gift aid donations so that their generous support goes further.
We had so much fun at last year’s Nuts Challenge. As well as knowing we raised much needed funds to support unpaid Carers in Surrey, we also had an enjoyable time together working as a team to ensure we all finished. This is the type of event which will help our business to grow too.
Leave a legacy or remember a loved one
You could help support our work by leaving us a donation in your will, or by making a gift in memory of someone else. It’s a wonderful way to ensure others can benefit from our work, getting help and support when they need it most – often at times of crisis. These donations live on and make a real difference, and we deeply value donations made this way.
Donations in memory to consider may include:
- Making a regular or one-off donation
- Donation in lieu of flowers at a funeral
- Create a tribute fund
We were so grateful to have the support of Crossroads Care Surrey, particularly in the last few months of David’s life. Having respite time away from caring helped me to continue to cope, particularly with my own failing health. We will be supporting Crossroads in lieu of flowers at David’s funeral
Support from the community is vital to all charities and we are particularly grateful to the volunteers from community groups who faithfully raise funds for us each year. This may be the lady who hosts a Cuppa & Cupcake party for us at her local church; the Allotment Association who sell the produce from the allotment; a group of friends who organise a Jazz Night or runners who enter the British 10k London Run. Every event raises awareness of how we support carers and every penny donated makes a real difference in the life of a carer.
We’re proud of the great work we do, but it is important that we can raise funds to help us continue that work. As well as individual fundraisers, we also rely on help from corporate supporters. There are many ways companies can get involved and support our work.
Charity of the Year
A Charity of the Year partnership can provide a great focus for your fundraising activities. When you choose Crossroads Care Surrey as your Charity of the Year, we’ll work with you to create a plan that finds fun and creative ways to get your team involved in our work. We’re not just expecting you to give money – we want to build a relationship with you, your staff, your clients and your stakeholders!
Getting staff involved in fundraising and volunteering for Crossroads Care Surrey is fantastic for motivation and team building. You can raise money or donate your time and skills – whatever works for you!
Marketing is necessary to raise awareness of our work, but the expenses mean we have less to spend on supporting those who need us. Sponsoring our events is a great way to raise your company’s profile while helping reduce our costs.
Does your business have a product or service that resonates with giving carers respite? If you think you offer something that would benefit those using our services, we’d love to hear from you!
Gifts in Kind
Supporting our work by donating products, services or professional advice and skills is a fantastic way for us to keep overhead costs down and spend more money directly on helping carers in the community.