Local Charities Day 2016

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The Government have announced there is to be a ‘Local Charities Day’ that will take place on Friday 16th December. The day is intended to put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them to both demonstrate the great work that they do in their areas and to raise much needed funds.

Localgiving, an online fundraising organisation is supporting the day by running its 24hour #GiveMe5 campaign, where it promises to double one thousand £5 donation made on its website.

The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, is very much championing the day, “On Local Charities Day, I want us all to shout from the rooftops about small, local charities: their energy, commitment, expertise and the benefits they bring to their communities.” He continues, “We have already done a huge amount of work for small and local charities, reducing regulation and introducing a Bill to parliament which will make Gift Aid even more flexible and generous.

In the lead up to Local Charities Day, the Government has already matched funds for Localgiving’s previous ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign. Rob Wilson MP feels however there is more work ahead, “There is more to do, and Local Charities Day and campaigns like Grow Your Tenner give us a chance to ensure that these responsive, locally engaged and committed organisations get the recognition they deserve, helping us build a Britain that works for everyone.”

If you are interested in donating to a local charity and taking part in the #GiveMe5 campaign, please visit Localgiving’s website. They also have a facility where you can find a charity local to you. Some of the Essex based charities that will hope to benefit include:

Age UK Essex – who provide support and services to older people across Essex

DIAL Basildon and South Essex  – who provide free advice to disabled people

Look Essex – who provide services for visually impaired children and families

Dancing Giraffe does not have a Localgiving page and so will not benefit from the #GiveMe5 campaign. However should you wish to donate to us today, or at any other time of year, we are incredibly grateful and you can do so here. If you would like to learn more about what we do at Dancing Giraffe, please read the ‘Who we are‘ section of our website.

Sources

Government Press Release

Localgiving.org #GiveMe5 campaign

Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo

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