Many thanks to the Christie Hospital in Manchester for arranging for our events organiser, Peter Quinn, to meet with Prince Edward, to tell him about our work and explain how we have managed to raise over £200,000 in street performances for the hospital, which is the biggest cancer treatment centre in Europe.
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Welcome to Charity Aid, a fundraising project set up by United Press and involving volunteers from all over the North of England.
At the time of making these notes our Charity Aid project has been up and running for 4 years and you can see the result of every collection we’ve held on this website. It adds up to an amazing total.
We have been collecting as Songs For Christie’s and now Charity Aid for 12 years now and have raised over £500,000. The Charity Aid project has added to our knowledge in a very big way and taught us a lot of lessons. Read more
A one day collection in Bolton on the 17th November 2012 raised £754.18 for Children in Need for their 2012 appeal. Thank you to all our volunteers!
We are very keen to find drivers who can use their own vehicles to take people and/or buckets, banners etc to town centres – mostly on Saturdays and/or Sundays. These drivers will be paid expenses.
We are also desperate to recruit singers/buskers who we will pay expenses to perform in the street at daytime gigs, in Northern England.
If you can’t do it maybe you know someone who can so please get them to contact us. They could be keen amateurs or retired club singers. We have gear so they don’t have to bring anything unless they want to.
The one thing that Songs for Christie’s taught everyone involved, was that fundraising can be fun and very successful – if you do it right.
Over the last eight years we have learned a lot about how and where to fundraise.
We have held events all over the North West of England which have been very successful and have built up a very good relationship with the councils with which we book events and also the shopping centres involved.
Every event we hold has to be arranged with a council and sometimes also a shopping centre manager and a town centre manager. There is a lot of paperwork involved for which we need administration staff.
The reputation that Songs for Christie’s built up, led to it being approached by other charities and, where possible, we willingly gave our support by holding events for them.
Over the last eight years we have held fundraising events for Barnardo’s, local hospices, the British Heart Foundation, Guide Dogs For The Blind and foster children. We have also held events for Scope, the charity for people suffering from cerebral palsy.