Ways you can get involved
Fundraising and donations are essential for our charities survival. Our volunteers visit people without any financial support and service users are not required to pay for the service. A donation, no matter how small, can make a huge difference – please see “Donations”.
We also have a dedicated team of staff and supporters who are constantly undertaking innovative and exciting fundraising projects.
These range from Charity runs, afternoon teas, bungee jumps, raffles and charity bric-a-brac stalls.
You can get involved in a number of ways – perhaps you want to do a 10k for the charity, perhaps or you want to ask wedding guests to donate in lieu of presents. Maybe you fancy hosting your own event and we can provide you with Coffee Morning packs or Quiz Night bundle with everything you need to host a successful event. Maybe you want to team up with a friend or two and enter our Accumulator Challenge? Or perhaps you have a lust for adventure and would like to skydive or dragon boat race for us. We have had people take part in all of these things for us before so can help you with the process – just drop us a line and we can talk through how to go about things [email protected]
Sky Dive for Cyril Flint Befrienders
Cyril Flint Befrienders, in partnership with ‘Sky Line Events’, now offers you the opportunity to take part in your own sponsored skydive.
Imagine the absolute thrill of being able to fly through the sky at a height of 10,000ft, and speeds of up to 120mph! The jump itself is called a ‘tandem skydive’, and involves being strapped to a qualified ‘British Parachute Association’ tandem instructor. In essence, they do all the hard work for you! You are thus left to enjoy the invigorating feeling of free-falling for the first 5000ft, before gliding safely to the ground after the parachute has been deployed!
This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Being able to take part, whilst also raising funds for a worthwhile cause, is a win/win scenario. There are however a few important details to take note of first:
Each individual needs to raise a minimum of £395. This sum covers three costs:
• £70 deposit paid on booking.
• £185 approx jump cost (varies between airfields). You pay this in cash on the day of jump, to the air field.
• £130 – £140 approx charity sponsorship money (gift aid is an option on this). This money is normally raised online, or collected by the air field on the day. You must bank a post-dated cheque 4 weeks after the event.
In addition, anything raised above the £395 also goes straight to the charity too!
If you’re thinking this is a great idea, but are possibly a little apprehensive at the same time, look at some of the testimonials below of those adrenaline junkies who have come before you:
“That initial rush as you topple out of the plane is like no other feeling I have ever experienced!” ~ Shelly
“For all newbies out there I’d recommend just doing it! You’ll be hooked after your first time… I think I’m on my 5th skydive now and I will never get over the thrill of it.” ~ David
“Skydiving is honestly amazing! I felt so nervous at the thought of it in the past, but you only live once, and when it was over I was glad I did it. I felt like Superman!” ~ Rob
However, if those testimonials aren’t enough to convince you, take a look at this awesome video provided by ‘Sky Line Events’ at the jump in action:
How you can get involved:
A skydive is an undoubtedly unique way to help us raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders, and an experience to be remembered for life. If you’re interested in completing the skydive, please contact our fundraising coordinator Sam for your information pack at:
[email protected] (Tel. 01619429465)
IT’S BACK! Back in April 2017 we launched our first ever Accumulator Challenge, 10 teams signed up and each team was given £50 start up funds to turn into as much money as possible. We saw some incredible fundraising take place, including wine tasting evenings, moon-light mountain climbs, jumble trails and jar bolas, to name a few! Teams were all made from very different groups including corporate groups, Women’s Institute teams, self-made teams of friends and volunteers, all had a shared goal of raising as much cash as possible for Cyril Flint Befrienders! The challenge was a roaring success with the teams raising over £6000 in total! Special prizes were awarded in the following categories:
*Most Funds Raised
* Most Innovative Idea
* Best Publicity Piece
We went on to have another fantastic year of fundraising in 2018, with Choir nights, bake sales, Bee hunts, Race Nights and sponsored runs, to name but a few of the brilliant activities that teams completed. We will be running our 2019 event from April 2019. The aim of the Accumulator Challenge is to bring together local businesses, groups of friends and community groups in a bid to help raise funds to support the work the charity currently does in supporting lonely and/or isolated older people in the Trafford and South Manchester communities. The rules will remain the same, with each team being given a £50 start up fund to turn into as much money as possible over a 6 month period. We’ll keep all teams posted on funds raised each month so you can see if you’re in line to be the winning team. We’ve got loads of fundraising ideas in our packs and can share with you all of the success stories from last year’s teams. Why not get a couple of friends/work colleagues together and form your very own team today and fundraise to end loneliness and isolation in older people?
For further details or to register your interest for the 2019 competition, please contact [email protected]
Did you know that you can donate to Cyril Flint Befrienders as you spend with Amazon at NO EXTRA COST to you? All you need to do is visit Amazon Smile and select your charity of choice (Just search ‘Cyril Flint’ and you’ll find us!) and then click through to Amazon and shop as normal. You’ll see a little confirmation in your basket at the end confirming Amazon will make a donation to Cyril Flint on your behalf.
Simply visit Amazon Smile each time you intend to spend with Amazon and they will make a donation each time you shop!
As avid internet shoppers ourselves we loved the sound of raising funds without leaving our living room. Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for Cyril Flint Volunteers?
That’s right, over 2,700 well known retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a small percentage of what you spend to Cyril Flint Volunteers to say thank you for shopping with them.
Just visit easyfundraising and follow the simple steps to sign up.
Easyfundraising has already raised over £7 million for over 55,000 good causes across the UK. So what are you waiting for? Head to easyfundraising to fundraise for Cyril Flint Volunteers now. Already registered? Spread the word to family and friends to let them know just how easy it is!
Meet our fundraising heroes!
Hannah’s Mount Kilimanjaro Climb
Hannah, who is a volunteer befriender with us, travelled to Tanzania to take on what she describes as the biggest challenge of her life, Mount Kilimanjaro! Standing at 5895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is the biggest free standing mountain in the world! Hannah completed this huge personal challenge in memory of her beloved Nanna and Dad and donated all sponsorship raised to Cyril Flint Befrienders. Hannah said ‘ I wanted to raise awareness and money for my chosen charity Cyril Flint Befrienders. This is a local Manchester based charity that is close to my own heart as I have volunteered with them for the past 2 and a half years.’ Hannah completed the incredibly tough challenge and raised over £1000 for Cyril Flint Befrienders
A team of workmates from Trafford decided to complete the Manchester 10k together to raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders. The team had varied experience of running and all saw the 10k as a big challenge. The whole team were pleased to have complete the race in under an hour! The team chose to donate their sponsorship money to Cyril Flint Befrienders and this came to a huge £1062!
Michelle’s Coast to Coast
Michelle completed her first ever coast to coast challenge in aid of Cyril Flint Befrienders. The route started on the West coast in Whitehaven and took Michelle through the Cumbrian Lake District and Northumberland before the last leg, travelling through County Durham, finishing at Tynemouth pier on the East coast of England. The route is approximately 222km (138 miles) and included around 4500 metres of climbing and descending. Michelle chose to donate all sponsorship to Cyril Flint Befrienders and raised an impressive £220!
Two teams took part in a muddy 5k obstacle run in July, braving the mud and mayhem to raise money for Cyril Flint Befrienders. After much slipping and sliding in the mud, (and lots of laughter from those who came to watch!) the grand total of their sponsorship came to £1150!
Lauren’s Salford 10k
Lauren, one of our dedicated volunteer befrienders, took on the Salford 10k run. Lauren spent several weeks training for the event and was pleased to have raised a great £150 sponsorship from her friends and family!
Night & Day Quizzers
The wonderful team at the Night & Day cafe in the Northern Quarter have hosted two quiz nights for Cyril Flint Befrienders. BBC Radio 6 DJ Marc Riley became our Patron back in 2018 and Beth, one of his listeners heard about our special quiz packs written with Marc. They have now completed two incredible quiz nights for the charity, adding in quiz rounds of their own including special rounds dedicated to all things ‘Manchester’ and ‘David Bowie’. They also gained the support of kind local businesses and were able to raffle off some fantastic prizes too raising over £600 for the charity to date.