17th February 2015

Serious Fun For Charity

The Tangerine Team are an enterprising bunch, continuously coming up with creative ideas to promote and support various clients, products and businesses, but we also like to spend time devising imaginative ways to raise money for worthy causes.

In the past we’ve abseiled from the middle of Manchester Velodrome, auctioned our collective ‘hidden’ skills, worn onesies to work, held quiz nights, run, sold, baked and generally squeezed the pockets of friends, clients and family in the name of philanthropy.

Being Tangerine, fun is always underpinned by a firm plan including an events calendar for the year, fundraising targets and strategies for maximising engagement. We take our fun pretty seriously

After raising more than £20,000, from individual and company donations, in 2013 for a wide variety of different charities, the 60-strong Tangerine team decided to focus its fundraising efforts on one cause. Last year, we managed to raise thousands for The Stroke Association but this year we’ve decided to do things a little differently, deciding who to support.

A trio of team members nominated a charity of their choice and ambassadors from each were invited to ‘pitch’ to us before we all voted for the official Tangerine 2015 charity.

Before officially revealing which one that will be, here is some more info about all three;

Macmillan Cancer Support is probably the most well-known of the three nominated charities, but for good reason, as over 1000 people in the UK are diagnosed with some form of the disease every day. Macmillian predict that the number of people diagnosed with cancer will rise from the present number of 2.5 million to four million by 2030.

Their aim is to improve the lives of those with cancer in various ways. Funding goes towards local hospices, the free Macmillan support line and offering one off grants to those whose diagnosis has had negative financial impact.

Macmillan has published a booklet listing 101 Big Ideas to help raise funds and have a whole list of official fundraising events for everyone.

If you need to speak to someone, call the helpline on 0808 808 0000

Alzheimers Research UK is a comparatively small charity, despite having over 1 million sufferers in the UK. There is no cure and little treatment, so research needs massive investment. Dementia costs the UK economy £23 million. A £20 donation can fund one hour of world-leading research.

Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. There are many causes, with Alzheimer’s the most common. This cruel disease is comparatively unknown; mental health is still considered a taboo subject and the timeline between first noticing symptoms and becoming irreparably incapacitated can be as long as fifteen years. It’s beyond frightening to slowly lose basic cognitive reasoning until day by day, you or your loved ones begin to struggle with even everyday tasks.

A simple question like ‘would you like a cup of tea?’ can present a minefield of complications to an Alzheimer’s sufferer; ‘Am I thirsty? Do I like tea? Do I take milk or sugar? How do you make tea? ….What was the question?’

If you want to get involved, contact the Alzheimer’s research fundraising team on 0300 111 5 777 or email fundraising@alzheimersresearchuk.org

If you would like more information about symptoms or for caring for someone with dementia, call the infoline on 0300 111 5 111

Forever Manchester is a local charity that supports thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester. It is now approaching its 25th year, and plans to celebrate with a stunning (sold out) birthday bash. Through generous contributions from individuals and businesses, Forever Manchester strengthens communities and enriches lives by inspiring local people to do extraordinary things together.

There are over 20,000 community projects that help positively interact with much of the 2.6 million population of Greater Manchester, but without funding, these groups would cease to exist.

Many community groups play a key role in building personal development, social skills and employ-ability skills.  Some can provide a vital life line, building self-confidence, improving health and well-being, and even helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour – ultimately improving the areas in which people live.

The kind of funding support Forever Manchester offers includes scout groups, choirs, youth clubs, small scale theatres, food banks, self-help groups, art therapy sessions, swimming clubs for the disabled, social clubs and local community publications.

Their team is friendly and approachable. To learn more about giving or receiving, get in touch by calling 0161 214 0940 or info@forevermanchester.com

We’ve all cast our vote to decide who will be Tangerine’s official charity for 2015 and will be making an announcement soon, but in the meantime, if our blog has touched or inspired you in some way, please give generously.

By Consumer Copy Writer Deanna Thomas