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10 cracking Lent and Easter fundraising campaigns for 2017

Easter is upon us once more, so here’s a selection of the Lent and Easter fundraising campaigns going on this year.
From giving something up for charity, to Easter egg trails, duck races, sponsoring animals, and bake sales, this time of year sees a whole host of fundraising activity around the country.

1) Trocaire

Trocaire’s 44th annual Lent campaign focuses on the scale of humanitarian need across the world. It asks schools, communities and parishes to come together during Lent to pledge their support for the poorest people in the world by putting money in a Trocaire collection box or donating online, and aims to raise enough funds to deliver humanitarian aid to one million people.

2) Christian Aid

Christian Aid asks people to challenge themselves in the run up to Easter and ‘Give it up for Lent’, raising sponsorship for giving up something they enjoy for 40 days. Lent fundraising lunches in aid of the charity have also been taking place around the country. Money raised goes towards its work to end poverty and to help those suffering from famine.

3) Lepra

Lepra also asks people to give something up for Lent with its Give it up and Give appeal to raise funds that will help the charity keep its health education vans on the road. The vans teach people about the symptom of leprosy to help them spot the disease early and seek treatment. It asks people to simply collect and donate the money they save over Lent.
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4) Miller Homes Midlands & local charities

Miller Home Midlands is collecting chocolate Easter eggs to donate to local charities, including Home Start Telford and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action, ahead of Good Friday on 14th of April. The company asked the public to drop off Easter eggs at the sales centres of Miller Homes developments in Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, which will be given to local charities ahead of the Easter weekend.
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5) Daisy Chain Sponsor An Animal

This Easter, Daisy Chain, which helps families affected by autism, is asking people to sponsor an animal for £5 a month at its farm in the Tees Valley. The campaign supports the charity’s animal care service provision which delivers interaction and stimulation for youngsters affected by autism, with the money going towards meeting the charity’s funding needs. Animals available for sponsorship include guinea pigs, sheep, alpacas, ponies and skunks, and as well as receiving a welcome pack and regular updates, adoptees can visit their animals twice a year.

6) Children’s Hospice South West

The Poldhu Beach Café in Cornwall is holding an Easter duck race on Easter Day to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West, by asking people to sponsor the ducks in the race while the NatWest on Commercial Road in Swindon has held an Easter themed fundraising day for Children’s Hospice South West. Bank branch staff dressed up in Easter-related costumes, held a bake sale and a raffle, while one brave member of staff wearing a rabbit onesie allowed themselves to be wheeled down the high street in a trolley to sell raffle tickets.

7) Oxfam

Oxfam is asking people not to settle for an egg when they can give a share in a farmyard instead this Easter. For £5, people can help Oxfam provide farming families with livestock such as goats and cows, and training in how to care for them as well as in business skills. The gift supports Oxfam’s Making a Living projects.

8) National Trust

The National Trust is again teaming up with Cadbury UK this Easter weekend with Easter egg hunts at more than 250 of its locations. Children must find the Easter Bunny’s hidden clues hidden around the participating venues for a chocolate reward.

9) Highclere Castle & Naomi House & Jacksplace

Highclere Castle, home of ITV show Downton Abbey is holding a special Easter Sunday event in aid of Naomi House and Jacksplace. As well as an Easter egg hunt, there will be a chance to meet Disney princesses, get your face painted, bounce on inflatables and more. A donation of £5 per child for the egg hunt is suggested and children will receive an egg for completing the trail.

10) The Other Palace & Orchid

The Other Palace is holding the Musical Marathon 2017 on Easter Sunday, in aid of Orchid. The charity concert is directed by Paul Taylor-Mills, and will see 26 songs for the price of £26 a ticket. The evening is hosted by Caroline Flack with performances from Kim Criswell, Nathan Amzi, Louise Dearman amongst others.