The Hospice in the Weald is an adult hospice based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

They took part in #GivingTuesday for the first time last year and raised a whopping £56,000!

The Hospice’s fundraising team came up with the idea to link #GivingTuesday with their annual Light up a Life Christmas Appeal, which allows people to reflect and share memories of their loved ones and light a candle for them.

They asked supporters to share photos of their loved ones on #GivingTuesday using the hashtag #IRemember, encouraging them to donate to the campaign as they did so. But the team wanted to do something extra special to help inspire donations on #GivingTuesday so they asked one of their major investors to match donations received on the day. Luckily, they agreed and all money raised on #GivingTuesday was doubled!

They didn’t just run their campaign online. Oh no. Staff and volunteers also wrapped up warm and headed out to their local train stations to hand out leaflets to commuters making sure that they all knew that it was #GivingTuesday and asking them to support the Hospice.

The results were incredible. They broke records for visits to the hospice website and received their largest ever number of text message donations. By the end of it, the team had smashed their fundraising target and raised a stonking £56,000!

There is no better way to communicate your appreciation of someone’s care and giving, than to do it face to face.

This is exactly what happened on #GivingTuesday last year when Arriva London took its staff on a bus tour around the capital.

Arriva London wanted to thank and celebrate its staff who regularly donate to charities through Payroll Giving, so they invited them aboard an iconic open top, double decker bus to get a tour of the best sights of London. Representatives from the charities that staff supported were also on board including guests from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Cancer Research UK.

Nik from Arriva London said:

“It was a really great bus tour, expressing all the good things about our staff’s generosity, and what effect it has on so many people. I would like to say an enormous thank you to all of the charities that came along, both big and small, the representatives from #GivingTuesday and Payroll Giving and also our staff the givers, who made it such a great day.”

 

Dating is a tough game, especially in London, and especially in the run up to Christmas.

So last year our friends over at Give a Damn Dating decided to put on a social drinks event for all those people who were looking for love, and who liked to do good stuff!

Give a Damn Dating brings together single people who give a damn, and last year they brought those people together on #GivingTuesday.

They hosted a drinks reception at The Waterpoet Pub in London for people to get involved in conversations about how to bring their own bit of good into the world on #GivingTuesday and beyond. Throughout the night guests took part in a ‘skill-swap’ sharing their top tips for how others could go out and do good stuff in the world.

The event was a huge success, not only did guests go home with new skills, but the event also raised money for St Mungo’s homeless charity. And hopefully, someone found some love…

GoodGym is a community of runners who get fit by doing good.

They combine exercise with helping out local charities, community groups and socially isolated older people. They got involved in #GivingTuesday in 2015 for the first time and set up a very special #GivingTuesday run.

Setting off from the iconic Somerset House, 65 runners (more than have ever taken part in a single GoodGym run) ran through the centre of London to The Passage in Victoria, a centre for homeless and vulnerable people, where they handed over 70 coats and jackets to help some of London’s most vulnerable people to keep warm over winter.

The team at GoodGym said:

“The #GivingTuesday run was a landmark event for us – our biggest run yet. We were blown away with the generosity of London’s runners and proud to be part of this international day of action. We hope this highlights how easy it is to do something positive with GoodGym and look forward to seeing even more people as we spread across the UK.”

 

Marie Curie is one of the UK’s most respected and loved charities, providing care and support for people living with terminal illness, and their families.

2015 marked the second year that Marie Curie has taken part in #GivingTuesday and once again they used the day to ask staff from across the organisation to thank their supporters for everything that they do.

They didn’t ask anyone for donations and they didn’t hold a fundraiser. Instead, everyone from nurses to the IT department were invited to take part in a mass ‘thankathon’, writing notes of thank you to Marie Curie supporters across the UK.

There was participation from every division of the charity and from across all four nations. And because they’d already had a go at doing this in 2014, Marie Curie had lots more time to plan last year meaning they were able to increase the number of letters written on the day by almost one third.

For Marie Curie, mobilising the charity around a day of thanking supporters delivered two key benefits. First, it provided their staff with an opportunity to engage directly with donors and gave them a chance to reflect on the impact of their work. And secondly, great thanking can help to generate more income, allowing the charity to continue its great work. In 2014 for every 15 minutes staff invested in thanking supporters, the charity was able to generate enough money in extra donations to pay for an additional hour of nursing care.

Don’t forget that you can do the same this #GivingTuesday. Thanking supporters is an incredibly important thing to do and we’re glad Marie Curie is leading the way!

 

Milton Keynes Community Foundation have taken #GivingTuesday to a different level.

For the past two years they have hosted the #GivingTuesday cup, pitting local businesses against one another in a series of challenges to raise some serious cash for local charities.

Nine local businesses took part in 2015, including Metro, Fossil and InterDirect and competed in a series of challenges including rock climbing, football and indoor skiing! Each team was not only tasked with demonstrating their sporting prowess, but was also asked to help raise money for the MK Community Foundation, which supports local people working to make a real difference to vulnerable isolated and disadvantaged people in the area.

The challenge was a huge success and MK Community Foundation were the second most popular organisation on Twitter on #GivingTuesday behind @GivingTuesdayUK. Not only that, but they raised over £5,000 for MK Community Foundation’s surviving winter appeal, which helped to prevent winter deaths in the community.

Morrisons were the first UK supermarket to sign up as a #GivingTuesday partner, and it’s a campaign they’re proud to be involved in.

Through their national ‘Raise a Smile’ partnership Morrisons have supported the health and social care charity Sue Ryder for almost two years, raising an incredible £4 million!

Morrisons saw #GivingTuesday as a fantastic opportunity to continue their fundraising for this incredible cause, and thousands of colleagues across their stores, manufacturing and distribution sites and head office dusted off their Santa hats and dug out their Christmas jumpers for a ‘Dress Festive for Sue Ryder’ day, which raised an incredible £100,000!

#GivingTuesday also marked the launch of a brand new product that Morrisons were selling to raise money for Sue Ryder, with Christmas gifts on sale at checkouts allowing customers to donate £5 towards Sue Ryder’s community nurses or family bereavement support.

Morrisons are very proud of their partnership with Sue Ryder and #GivingTuesday gave them the opportunity to highlight the charity’s incredible work. It was also a chance for customers and colleagues to come together to celebrate giving for a day, and we look forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for 2016!

 

RBS are a founding partner of #GivingTuesday and have been a part of the campaign since 2014.

They were the first bank to join the #GivingTuesday movement and they continued to show their support by taking part again last year.

To celebrate the day in 2015, RBS donated an incredible £500,000 to charities across the UK. The money went to charities regularly supported by RBS employees through the bank’s payroll giving scheme, and staff were encouraged to either sign up to the payroll giving scheme or make a donation on #GivingTuesday

As well as donating to the charities supported by employees, RBS also donated £100,000 to their official charity partner Sport Relief.

And it wasn’t just the staff that got involved. RBS made sure that customers using their ATM machines knew it was #GivingTuesday, with more than £20,000 donated to charity on the day!