Summer 2020 will be one we’ll never forget, so let’s make it a good one!

We’ve launched our ‘Sign up for Summer’ campaign, where you can support your local hospital by taking part in fun events like a socially distanced street party, virtual tea party, garden camp out or mini marathon. We are challenging you to have the ultimate summer of fun by learning a new skill, taking on a challenge, connecting with your family and friends in creative ways or by entertaining others virtually.

This is your chance to support an area of our hospitals’ that’s close to your heart this summer, by signing up to one of our great activities and helping us raise much needed funds to improve patient and staff experience across East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust.

Here are some ideas on how you can raise money to support your local hospital whilst keeping safe and respecting the really important rules of social distancing.

Stay at home street party

Hold a Stay at Home Summer Street Party for your local hospital charity!

Invite your neighbours, download and print our bunting and plan some music and entertainment. You could even hold a talent show in your street and encourage your friends and neighbours to show off their best or most unusual talent. Anyone who takes part can make a donation to enter and you can organise prizes for the best (and worst) talent!

However you choose to do this, remember to stick to the really important guidelines on social distancing at all times.

Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' bunting
Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' cake flags
Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' paper chains

Virtual tea party

If you’re missing your colleagues or community group, why not organise a Virtual Tea Party through Facebook or your group chat? 

Everyone who joins the call, has a cuppa and a chat and makes a donation. If you like a biscuit with your brew, Farmhouse Biscuits have rebranded their classic mild ginger biscuits to say “Thank You NHS” to health service staff following the COVID-19 pandemic. 10p from every packet sold will be donated to ELHT&Me.

The biscuits can be purchased in Booths and Spar stores nationwide, as well as farm shops and garden centres across the country. They are also available online, at www.farmhouse-biscuits.myshopify.com

Why not make it more fun by having a fancy dress competition over your webcams?

Remember you’re also putting the “tea” in “generosity”, when we need it most. That means every penny you raise at your party is more essential than ever.

Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' bunting
Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' cake flags
Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' paper chains

Family camp-out

Summer holiday cancelled? Why not make the most of what’s on your doorstep and host a sponsored Family Camp Out in your back garden? You can donate what you would have spent at a camp or caravan site.

Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' bunting

Mini marathon

Go the distance, while keeping your distance. Get active and run, walk or cycle your mini marathon over a number of days or weeks, in support of your local hospitals. You could do it as a virtual team building event with colleagues, with family or as a personal challenge.

The ELHT&Me Strava Club is a place where supporters can join and share their running challenges, provide training updates and motivate one another!
Click here to join the Strava Club.

Sponsored walk or nature trail

If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s to love the great outdoors! Why not challenge yourself or a team to a sponsored walk? (Remember to keep social distancing in mind!) Or take your team on an adventure with a sponsored nature trail.

Download ELMORE’s checklist and hold a competition for those who find the most!

Click here to download ELMORE's checklist.

Sponsored step challenge

Can you reach 10,000 steps a day? Get sponsored and see if you can conquer your step goal every day for a month.

ELMORE's big night in

Get yourself comfy and play Elmore’s Big Night in Quiz every Sunday night at 8pm!

The links to join the quiz are below:

2 August

9 August

16 August

23 August

30 August

 

Click here to download a 'Sign Up For Summer' popcorn box
Click here to download a 'Sign Up For Summer' popcorn box with QR code for online donations

'Have a guess!'

We love a good sweepstake and raising money. Sign up and request one of our sweepstake cards and ask your friends, family and colleagues to have a guess for a donation? The winner wins half of the money and the rest is donated to ELHT&Me.

Email us at fundraising@elht.nhs.uk, or call 01254 732140 to get your sweepstake cards!

'Movie night under the stars'

Get together with everyone in your household, pop on a movie and relax. Donate what you would usually spend going to the cinema to ELHT&Me!

You may have spent a lot of time on your sofa since lockdown, and that’s okay. But have a think about what could you do to make this movie night special? Could you take your TV or projector outside or position up against a window to create an open-air cinema? 

...and don’t forget to turn your mobile off! 

Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' movie tickets
Click here to download a 'Sign Up For Summer' popcorn box
Click here to download a 'Sign Up For Summer' popcorn box with QR code for online donations

'It's my birthday!'

Is it your birthday in the next few weeks? Don’t cancel the celebrations, just move them online!

Celebrate with a twist, and get together with your friends and family virtually.

Invite your guests to your party via Zoom, Skype or Houseparty, and ask them to donate the cost of a drink or present to your online donation page. Don’t forget to send us a photo so we can celebrate with you too!

Why not also set up a Facebook Birthday fundraiser, and see if this helps you reach your target?

 

Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' bunting
Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' cake flags
Click here to download 'Sign Up For Summer' paper chains

Play the ELHT&Me lottery

If you want to be in with the chance to win up to £25,000 every week, and support your local hospital charity at the same time, play the ELHT&Me’s weekly lottery!

50% of the cost of your lottery ticket cost goes to your local hospital charity. Players must be over 18.

Sign up and play here.

Do your own thing!

Got your own plan to support your local hospital? No problem! Just plan your event or challenge, choose which area of the hospitals to support, set up your online giving page and let us know your plans!

Contact us by emailing fundraising@elht.nhs.uk, or calling 01254 732140.

Tell us and everyone about your event
 
Make sure to tell everyone about your ‘Sign Up for Summer’ activity. The people most likely to donate are your family and friends, so social media is a great place to start publicising what you’re doing and don’t forget to tag us @ELHTandMe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

JustGiving it your all
 
However much you raise by signing up to one of our summer fundraising events, JustGiving is the world’s leading online fundraising platform, and by far the easiest way to send us all your donations. It’s super easy to set up a page by visiting www.justgiving.com/campaign/signup-for-summer

We've put together some handy tips and tricks for personalising your JustGiving page to maximise donations, which are here.

The charity team are here to help with anything you need for your fundraising, please get in touch by emailing fundraising@elht.nhs.uk or give us a call on 01254 732140 

Whatever fundraising activity you choose to do, please don’t forget to stay safe, to register your event with Just Giving and to let the charity know about your fundraising plans so we can support you and celebrate your achievements

We are looking forward to seeing you bring our fundraising ideas to life or surprising us with your own too.

Thank you for your support, let’s make this a summer to remember!