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We fund counselling, wheelchairs, speech therapy, specialist equipment and more. But we can't without donations. Please help.
The Meningitis Trust is dependent on voluntary donations and the generosity of individuals and organisations across the UK to help fund our work. Without their invaluable support the Trust simply wouldn’t exist. We are grateful to everyone who helps us.
Without funding we cannot provide support for life to the thousands of people who need help to cope with life after meningitis, nor could we continue to raise lifesaving awareness of this dreadful disease.
We make use of a range of fundraising activities in order to avoid over-reliance on any particular source. In addition, this also provides choice to our supporters in how they want to support us.
The economic climate continues to be challenging but despite this we are delighted that we have increased our income, with particularly strong results in community fundraising, major gifts and trust and grant income.
Our funds come from many different sources including:
With no central government funding we are indebted to all the individuals and organisations who fund our work and enable us to reach more people every year.
In 2011/2012, we raised £3.2 million, up by nearly 8% (£228,000) on the previous year. Total expenditure at £3.1 million was up by 4.5% (£136,000) on the previous year. Expenditure on our core activities was up by 4%, including a 21% increase in our financial support grants, helping 23% more families and individuals.
Our expenditure on Community Support reduced by just over 3% (£15,000) reflecting continued effective use of volunteers for awareness activity, enabling our Community Team to spend a greater proportion of their time on supporting people.
We increased our investment in digital activity, resulting in a small increase in our communications and education expenditure (3%, £23,000). This enabled the delivery of our Android awareness app and the start of work on our mobile enabled website.
We strive to make our limited funds have the greatest impact. Our expenditure is in three principal areas:
Professional Services – our unparalleled range of professional support services are provided throughout the UK. These include our 24-hour nurse-led Freephone helpline, home visits, counselling, creative therapies, family days, one-to-one service and financial support grants. These services help thousands of people every year.
Community support – we took the decision during the year to double our community team, to ensure we remain local to you wherever you are in the UK. This means we will have a dedicated support officer and fundraiser in each region. The majority of support officers’ time is spent supporting individuals, families and local communities after meningitis has struck, ensuring they get the support and help they need, for as long as they need it.
Awareness and Education – raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease and making sure people understand meningitis can strike anyone at any time is a critical part of our work. We fight common misconceptions and use all the communication channels at our disposal to raise awareness – including the news media, digital channels such as the web, Facebook and Twitter, face-to-face presentations and talks and partnerships with other organisations, charities and health professionals.
We have to spend money in order to raise funds. We do this as cost-effectively as we can, to ensure that as much of the money we raise goes to helping those who need us. Our fundraising costs rose by 5%, reflecting the increase in income of 8%. Our fundraising costs, excluding challenge events and pack events, were just over 26%, slightly up on the previous year, highlighting the challenges in raising funds.
It costs around £8,000 a day to provide our services. To help us continue please support us.
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