We are delighted to have you as part of ‘Team DDH UK’ and want to thank you for supporting the UK’s only DDH dedicated charity.
By choosing us, you have chosen not only a great cause, but also set yourself a personal challenge and we want to support you with that.
Whilst DDH isn’t life threatening it can be life changing and patient’s can face a long, tough challenge in order to have healthy hips. Left undiagnosed and untreated DDH can cause disability and a lifetime of pain, suffering, immobility, arthritis and multiple hip replacements.
By fundraising for DDH UK you can help us make life easier for patients and their families and we can engage with medical professionals so cases are diagnosed quickly and suffering is minimized.
The money you raise will help us to:
- Produce leaflets.
- Create hospital packs for parents of children going into hospital.
- Offer breaks for families who have really been through the DDH mill.
- Organise events and meet-up for families.
- Fund the purchase of Cast Life books for parents and carers.
We have put together our top ideas to help you smash your targets and help us, help those on their DDH journey:
- First things first – sign up with Just Giving. When you set up your page remember to request Gift Aid as this means more money goes to DDH UK without you doing anything extra.
- Use social media to spread the word and so will we via our Facebook page, Facebook Forum and a Twitter account.
- Get family and friends to share your social media posts. You never know who will have been affected by DDH and want to support you.
- Ask the DDH UK Press Office for a press release and media list so you can get the word out to your local media.
- Set a small weekly fundraising target rather than one big final amount and you will steadily see the amount go up and that will keep you motivated.
- When you request donations think about timing it with payday – it really does make a difference.
- If you use paper sponsorship forms, ask your sponsors to pay upfront.
- Tell people what your fundraising target is and what their contribution will help achieve for your charity. For example:
- £5 is all it takes to create a Survival Pack for parents to take into hospital.
- £10 will help buy extra nappies for a child who is in plaster for months unable to walk or sit down properly.
- £30 will pay for 100 informative leaflets to be created and printed and sent to GP surgeries, hospitals and parents.
- £50 will pay for a family to go to the cinema and have a pizza together with wheelchair access so no one is left at home.
- £371 (ex VAT) will buy a new portable Spica chair.
- Make donations visual, for example, £2.50 is the same as take-away coffee, £10 would be three less pints that week and you could for-go a trip to the cinema and donate £20.
- Not everyone uses social media so mention your event in on your email signatures, local notice boards, in voicemail messages, the back of your work shirts, in your car window – anywhere potential sponsors will find out about it.
- Ask your employer if they would consider matching all or part of what you have raised?
- Think outside of the box if you want to push up your fundraising. Wash cars, sell items on E-Bay, have a BBQ, garage sale, mufti day at work or school, cake sale, a quiz night in your local pub. The list is endless and it is helps get healthy hips on the agenda we will help you however we can.
- Ask your local supermarket, like Asda and Waitrose, about supporting you and DDH UK as they often have instore initiatives.
- Finally, always thank donors. This is just as important as asking for money and will make them feel good about supporting your charity.
Your efforts and support show that you, like us, believe that DDH needs to be on the health radar and that people dealing with this condition need support.
The money you raise will help people across the UK who have DDH, so thank you for taking on a challenge and supporting us.