Christmas and the New Year are over and life is starting to get back to normal. Over the festive season, you may have come up with a few New Year’s resolutions. We have a few of our own and some suggestions for you, if you’re looking for more ways to support Metabolic Support UK this year!
Whether you’re new to fundraising or not, there’s never a bad time to do some fundraising! Donations we receive through fundraising are essential to us and help us support patients and families worldwide, through raising awareness, our support line and hosting Patient Days and Conferences.
To kick-start your fundraising for the year, make yourself some fundraising targets for 2019 – this could be how many fundraisers you want to hold or how much money you want to raise! Setting your targets at the beginning of the year will help keep you focussed on what you want to achieve in 2019.
2. Raise Awareness
With Inherited Metabolic Disorders being rare conditions, raising awareness about these disorders is key. As a small team of 11, we need your support to raise awareness. To help us with our mission, you can distribute leaflets in your local area or host a Metabolic Support UK stand at your local fair. We can provide you with all the materials to support this too.
3. Become an Ambassador
This year, we launched our Ambassador programme and now have 10 Ambassadors supporting us through fundraising and raising awareness of IMDs in their locality! At Metabolic Support UK HQ, we have a designated Ambassador Co-ordinator, who will support you with your Ambassador tasks. The Ambassador role is designed to fit around your busy lifestyle and commitments as well. For more information on becoming an Ambassador, please see the following link: https://www.metabolicsupportuk.org/ambassador/
4. Get Fit
This is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions; and one we can help with! We still have places for RideLondon 2019, for which you can register on the following link: https://www.metabolicsupportuk.org/ride-london/ And we will be releasing places for the 2020 London Marathon next May! So, you could make it your mission to complete or train for one of these iconic races in 2019! If you would prefer to do a race in your locality, we can also support you with this, with fundraising materials and one of our snazzy cycling or running vests!
5. Develop a Hobby
Having a hobby can be good for our emotional wellbeing, as it can force us to make more time for ourselves and to do something we love! With craft-based hobbies, you can even turn your passion into a business and sell your goods at local fairs, or to friends and families, with the potential of giving a percentage of the profits to Metabolic Support UK!
6. Donate once a Month
If you’ve been reviewing your finances and have decided you’d like to, and can, donate to Metabolic Support UK each month, you can do so by signing up to our Friendship Scheme on the following link: https://www.metabolicsupportuk.org/becomeafriend/ Or you can set up a monthly direct debit to us on the following link: https://www.metabolicsupportuk.org/donate/
7. Start New Traditions
Yearly or monthly traditions always make a nice addition to the year – whether that’s a friend meet-up, weekend trip away or a religious festival. Why not create a new tradition this year, which could also support Metabolic Support UK? This could be a family fun day over the summer or a winter-themed dinner party for friends and family!
8. Make New Friends
Family and friends are essential to keeping us stable and happy, especially with the challenges that life with a rare condition can bring. Make new connections this year through our peer-support programme, Metabolic Connect, which you can join on the following link: https://www.metabolicsupportuk.org/metabolic-connect/ Or attend one of our Patient Days or Conferences, to meet other families, patients and professionals, who know exactly what you’re going through.
There are many ways you can get more involved with Metabolic Support UK this year and your support is always hugely appreciated. With your help, we can reach out to more patients and families with Inherited Metabolic Disorders and develop projects that will support our IMD community as best as possible.
For fundraising support, please contact Maggie on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our Ambassador programme, please contact Julie on email@example.com
For emotional support, please contact our Family Support Officer, Rachel, on firstname.lastname@example.org