Up and down the country, there are thousands of people doing good deeds every day, and we decided to celebrate the great work that charities undergo with a regular feature on Tuesdays, to tie-in with #CharityTuesday on Twitter. This week, we caught up with Edgar's Gift to find out more...
Where are you based and what geographical areas do you support people in?
We are based in a village south of Leicester called Countesthorpe. We support mainly the East Midlands although we have done a few wishes in Scotland, South Wales and recently in Birmingham.
How do you support people?
We provide wishes, gifts and experiences for young adults aged between 18 and 30 who suffer with cancer. We do wishes like iPads, iPhones, VIP football days, spa weekends, theatre and dinner events, even a puppy and an electric guitar. We recently finished raising the money to enable us to buy a static caravan in Mablethorpe that we will start offering to patients and their families for free holidays from this March onwards.
How did the charity come to be founded?
We lost our son Ben to cancer in 2010 when he was only 25, so we set up the charity in his memory to help 18 to 30 year olds as they didn't have as much support as younger children. Ben was a young man who was full of life and fun to be around, so we decided that the energy he showed all his life needed to live on.
How many people do you have working at the charity?
We have 8 on the committee and 5 trustees that work for free, we are a charity that is purely volunteer based and so every £ we raise goes to paying for wishes and gifts for patients.
How can people support you?
In lots of ways... by getting sponsorship for personal challenges, donations via the website, attending organised events, finding locations like pubs/cafes to have one of our collection tins, organising their own events to raise funds and any other ideas that people have that could help.
Have you faced any challenges along the way?
Yes, sometimes events have to be cancelled because we can't sell enough tickets to make it worthwhile, coming up with ideas for fundraising all the time and making them appealing to different audiences.
Do you have any charity events coming up and where can people find out about these events?
Our next event is in March, National White Collar Boxing evening at Club Republic in Leicester. Also, sponsored Dorset Coastal Charity Walk in July. We will have other things too to promote soon as we are having our next charity meeting at the end of January. We promote and talk about everything on our social media links as listed below.
Is there any advice you could give to other charities?
Yes, be prepared for knockbacks as they will come and don't be afraid to fail. Never give up and carry on because what you are doing is worth it!!!!