This year, coronavirus has seen The Brain Charity forced to cancel multiple flagship fundraising events, including our annual Snow Ball. But we already have seen a 70% rise in referrals for 2020 - due to the neurological complications of Covid-19, increased mental health issues caused by social distancing and a bleak unemployment landscape.
More people with neurological conditions need our help than ever before, so this December The Brain Charity is calling on you to support our first ever Christmas appeal – our Sixmas fundraising campaign. To mark the fact one in six people have a neurological condition, throughout December we're asking people from all over the UK to organise and participate in a sponsored virtual or covid-safe activity event themed around the number six and suited to their own abilities.
Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, exercise fiend or prefer something a little more sedate from the comfort of your own home, all fundraisers big and small will be supported on their journeys to raise vital cash for The Brain Charity. All we ask is that you pledge to raise at least £60 to help us achieve our target of raising at least £6,000 by December 31. Here are some virtual and socially distanced, covid-safe six-themed fundraising ideas to get you started:
Distances of six:
Walk, run, roll, cycle or travel 600m, 6km, six miles, 16km, 60 miles, or even 600km! All levels of fitness are welcome - you choose your own six-themed challenge and whether your event is one-off or carried out multiple times within the month to reach the total. You can select your own route, or we can assist you with this if required. And while we can't cheer you on in person, you can bet we'll be following your journey virtually via social media and apps like Strava.
What can you do six times, or in six minutes, hours or days? Let your imagination flow! Whether it's taking sponsorship for a six-hour sponsored silence, six-day sporting challenge, six season TV show marathon or seeing how many times you can bounce up and down on a trampoline for six minutes, the sky is the limit!
Groups of six:
If you live in an area where the rule of six is being observed in December after the national lockdown ends, what could you do safely with five other friends, maintaining social distancing? What about a six-person bake sale, afternoon tea, sponsored film night, gameathon or garage clear out? Or, if restrictions are still in force, could you meet as a group of six, 16, 60 or 66 (or more!) on Zoom for a virtual murder mystery, karaoke session, quiz or race night?
Get started now!
If you don't want to participate in a sponsored event, please consider making a one-off donation to The Brain Charity or setting up a regular monthly direct debit for six months instead, at our online donation page.
After you've made your donation, shout about it on social media using the hashtag #Sixmas and nominate six friends to do the same!
At least 83p of every £1 The Brain Charity receives is spent on our charitable work while the remaining 17p goes towards generating the next £1.
£6 can bring socially isolated people together by enabling two people to attend a coffee morning at the charity.
£60 can help three members of our information and advice team provide vital support about living with a condition to someone with a new diagnosis.
£600 enables us to be there for patients as soon as they are diagnosed, by funding a hospital-based staff member's role for 12 hours.
Six more ways to help:
Maybe you’ve already got started on your Sixmas fundraiser or you may not be in the financial position to donate money. Either way, there are still other ways you can help.
1. Like & follow The Brain Charity on social media & share the appeal using #Sixmas
2. Tell friends – text, email or write about our campaign & why it’s important to you.
3. Share your story. One in six people have a neurological condition but people worry they will be judged, which can be isolating. Combat this by being honest if you have a condition. Share how it’s affecting you with the people you love.
4. We probably all know someone who has a neurological condition, so listen to others. Being available to talk could be the lifeline someone needs.
5. Visit us! When you feel safe and ready, pop into The Brain Food Café and our charity shop. They’re open and support our community.