Importance of Fundraising

Katie RoebuckWhy is fundraising important for the Neuro Therapy Centre?

Fundraising is vital to the Neuro Therapy Centre – it helps to secure the financial sustainability and the future of the organisation.

Successfully funded projects and high profile fundraising events and activities can also help to raise the profile of the Centre both amongst the general public, but also amongst people with a neurological condition who might not otherwise have heard of us.

What sort of fundraising do you organise?

Our fundraising covers a whole range of income generating activities.

From applications to charitable trusts and foundations, which are set up purely to support and make grants to organisations like us to bids to organisations like the Big Lottery Fund who can provide really valuable funding to develop and extend services that might not otherwise be possible – for example the Outreach Exercise Programme in Colwyn Bay, Llanwrst and Mold which have been established over the last few years.

Golf DayTendering for contracts from local councils and health boards, is also part of my role, which mean that we can support on the ground services for local people in areas where we have the expertise.

Our Community Fundraiser also organises fundraising events such as our annual Charity Golf Day, Fashion Show and challenge events and helps anyone who has fundraising ideas to help the Centre or who would like to do a sponsored activity. It is always a delight to hear from people to want to take part in activities to help the Centre and we love to hear people’s ideas.

What areas of the Centre’s work do bids fund?

It’s always easier to raise funds for something specific, like a piece of equipment or a one-off project, than it is for, say, salaries. But without its staff the Neuro Therapy Centre can’t deliver all the fantastic therapies that it does, so this has to be a fundraising priority and we continue to successfully raise funds to contribute towards these costs.

Examples of specific pieces of equipment funded recently include: multi-gym, podiatry chair, defibrillator, oxygen masks and hearing assistance equipment.

What are the Centre’s fundraising aims for 2015?

The first priority is to make sure the Centre is able to continue to meet the needs of existing users. But we also want to move with the times and the team are always looking at ways to develop and extend the services that they deliver. I work closely with them to make sure I know what new projects are in the pipeline.

The team also works to make our services more accessible to more people who might be able to benefit and so we also need to make sure we have the funds to meet this demand and support new members.