Fundraising

Fundraising is vital to help us provide the children who come to Seamab with the experiences and care they deserve.

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We have a small fundraising committee and are always keen to hear from anyone who has a great idea! We're here to help make it as easy and enjoyable for supporters to get involved.

Here are some examples of what you can do to raise funds:

  • Take part in a sponsored marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k;
  • Take part in a challenge event like Tough Mudder or Total Warrior;
  • Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas - whatever your special occasion, you could ask for donations instead of gifts;
  • Organise a pub quiz;
  • Shave your head in return for sponsorship;
  • Take on a Guinness Book of Records attempt;
  • Organise a sponsored walk;
  • Organise a cycle run or hill trek; or
  • Take part in one of our events - see the 'Forthcoming Events' section below for what's coming up.

The possibilities are endless! No matter what you choose to do, the money you raise will do so much to help provide a future for the children that is much better than their past.

Contact the fundraising team at info@seamab.org.uk or call 01577 840307 - they will be more than happy to hear more about what you want to do, answer any questions you may have, and support you with things like planning and publicity.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us how you're raising funds!

Fundraising News

The Thomson Gray Seamab Fives – The Dynamo Tournament 2017

Thomson Gray Construction Consultants organised a fundraising five-a-side football tournament to raise funds for us in June. The Dynamo Tournament 2017 (a name chosen by our children) was held at Power League football pitches in Sighthill, Edinburgh. 16 teams turned out for the (mostly!) friendly matches and more than £5,000 was raised to provide the children with support and experiences that will support their learning and care.

Naomi and Cathleen run a messy 5k!

Naomi Watt, one of our care workers, and her daughter Cathleen took on Color Me Rad on May 13th – a 5k run where participants run through clouds of coloured powder! The experience was enhanced by a heavy downpour of rain, making for a colourful finish. Between them they raised £125 – thank you ladies.

Shopping for Seamab

Seamab has been chosen for the Co-op Local Community Fund through the store’s Dollar branch. This means we’ll receive 1% of everything Co-op members spend on Co-op branded products and services from 9th April to 7th October 2017 when they choose us as their preferred charity – to become a member for £1 and support Seamab every time you shop, click here.

The Pocket Money Campaign goes international!

In April we had a flurry of donations thanks to a group of ardent Robert Carlyle fans who celebrated his birthday on April 14th by promoting the campaign on Twitter. More than £300 was raised from their efforts, with donations from Romania, Belgium, Canada, Russia and many parts of America. You can find out more about the Pocket Money Campaign and read Robert’s story by clicking here.

St James’s Place Foundation fund outdoor play for Seamab

Thanks to the generosity of the St. James’s Place Foundation, we received £2,500 to purchase equipment to encourage outdoor play, including activities such as building a den, cooking a meal by campfire, learning about wildlife and birds, and using mud, clay, sand and water. The new equipment will help the children to experience things that they may have missed out on earlier in life such as playing freely without structure and being creative with natural materials.

Purcell raise thousands for children at Seamab and Bal Kumari

Edinburgh architects Purcell hosted the second Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser (ABNF) at the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh on January 27th, raising £12,000. This amount was split equally between Seamab and Global Action Nepal (GAN), a charity helping to rebuild schools affected by a devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015. Our special thanks go to Diana Borland who planned and organised the event.

Forthcoming Events

Jump for Joy! Skydive - June 27th 2017

Eight of our brave staff are taking on the challenge of a lifetime by jumping out of an aeroplane to raise funds.

Erin Macdonald, Paul McKellar, Rebecca Lawson, Gary Gallacher, Lynn Walker, Danielle Jenkins and Anne Jordan, who are all directly involved in the care and education of the chldren, have organised a 'Jump for Joy!' tandem skydive, which will take place at Fife Airport on June 27th.The event is named after Joy, one of our colourful Sea Changer characters which form the charity's logo.

For further information about the skydive, and to sponsor the team, visit their online donations page here.

If you'd like more information about skydiving to raise funds for us later in the year, contact the fundraising team on 01577 840307.

The Seamab Shamble - September 1st 2017

We held our very first Seamab Golf Day fundraiser on September 2nd 2016, which was kindly hosted and supported by Muckhart Golf Club. We raised a fantastic £3,000! Muckhart Golf Club have very generously offered the clubhouse and course for another event this year. Early sign up is advised as many of the teams from 2016's event enjoyed themselves so much, they put their names down straight away for the next one!

Teams of four are invited to participate. Entry fee of £40 per head includes bacon rolls and tea/coffee on arrival, buffet after the event, all competitions, prizes and an 18-hole round of golf. For an additional £40, individuals or teams can also sponsor one of the holes at Muckhart Golf Course on the day.

There will also be a prize draw, silent auction, musical entertainment and goody bags for all participants.

To enter and find out more, click here.

 

Corporate Supporters and Partners

We're committed to establishing strong fundraising relationships with corporates of any size. If you would like to get involved, please contact our fundraising team on 01577 840307, or e-mail info@seamab.org.uk

We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to the following companies and businesses who have offered Seamab their support.

20/20 Productions Europe Ltd

Staff from the creative communications agency visited the school and spent two days painting school rooms and applied vinyl stickers in the entrance hallway, which helped to personalise the building for the children. They filmed a video about their experience of volunteering with us, and animated some of the Sea Changers for promotion on social media.

You can find out more about 20/20 Productions here.

Airth Castle Hotel and Spa

Airth Castle Hotel and Spa has been the venue for several Christmas parties for the children, thanks to the generosity of owner Steven McLeod. Hotel staff have done their utmost to ensure that the venue looks and feels special to give the children the happy festive memories they deserve.

Read more about Airth Castle Hotel and Spa here.

CR Smith

Home improvements company CR Smith stepped in to help us make repairs to the bungalows where the children live, instantly making the children's living space more welcoming, warmer and more secure. They also invited some of the children out to their factory to watch how their windows and doors are made, gave gifts at Christmas-time, and have generously supported fundraising events.

Find out more about CR Smith here.

Dobbies Garden Centre, Kinross

Dobbies donated £550 of plants, seeds and gardening equipment to help us create a sensory garden at the school. Alongside a variety of edible plants, Dobbies also provided scented, tactile and colourful flowers to help the children understand more about planting and growing and to create a relaxing outdoor area.

Read more about Dobbies here.

Muckhart Golf Club

Located near the school and residential complex, the Club generously gave us the use of their course and facilities for our first Charity Golf Day in 2016, where we raised £3,000. 2017's event is already selling out quickly - see our Forthcoming Events page to find out more.

You can read more about Muckhart Golf Club here.

Purcell

In early 2016, Purcell hosted the first Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser is aid of Seamab and Global Action Nepal. More than £8,000 was raised, split equally between the two charities. 2017's event at the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh was an even bigger success, raising £12,000.

Read more about Purcell here.

Ramboll UK

Staff from the Glasgow West Regent Street branch of engineering firm Ramboll UK raised more than £1,000 in 2016, as well as collecting books, holding bake sales, offering volunteering days at the school, taking part in events and providing prizes. They're supporting us again during 2017.

More information about Ramboll UK can be seen here.

SGN

SGN have supported us in many practical ways - from building a yurt within the school grounds and setting a small wooden boat into the ground, through to painting the school building and creating a mountain bike track and safer parking for staff and visitors to our care campus. The children have benefitted greatly from SGN's efforts. SGN and Seamab were also Highly Commended in the 'Best Community Involvement during a CSR Programme' category of the 2016 Corporate Engagement Awards.

More information about SGN can be seen here.

Santander

The Dunfermline branch of national bank chain, Santander, have collected Christmas presents for the chldren over the last few years, and gave a donation of £5,000 in 2016 to buy new mountain bikes to support 'Project Free', which aims to promote health and wellbeing for the children.

Read more about Santander here.

Science Story

Hazel Lambert very generously donated £400 to celebrate her first year in business with Science Story, a communications company based in Kinross. She emailed her clients to ask them to choose one of several charities on her behalf, and Seamab was selected thanks to the vibrancy of our website!

Find our more about Science Story here.

StudioLR

We are so grateful to StudioLR for the amazing support they have shown us, providing their design expertise to completely rebrand Seamab and show the world who we are and what we do. StudioLR developed the Sea Changers, a set of characters who give Seamab an endearing voice to tell our story.

Read more about StudioLR here.

Thomson Gray Construction Consultants

Thomson Gray organised a fundraising five-a-side football tournament to raise funds in June 2017. The Dynamo Tournament (a name chosen by the children) was held at Powerleague in Edinburgh and more than £6000 was raised to provide the children with support and experiences that will support their learning and care.

Read more about Thomson Gray Construction Consultants here.

 

 

 

 

 

Trusts, Foundations and Funds

We would like to thank all of our past and current funders:

Anton Jurgens Trust

BBC Children in Need

Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative Programme

The Darroch Trust

The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust

The Hugh Fraser Foundation

The JTH Charitable Trust

The Rank Foundation

Miss M.E. Swinton Paterson's Charitable Trust

The Wooden Spoon

The Russell Trust

Happy Days Children's Charity

The Trinity Sailing Foundation

The SSE Resilient Communities Fund

The AMW Charitable Trust

The CMS Cameron McKenna Foundation

The Pilot Trust

St James's Place Foundation

 

Fundraising Resources

We are very grateful to all those who choose to raise funds to help our children and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to be able to do it!

Below you will find some information and resources to help you with your fundraising.

Please do also contact our fundraising team by emailing info@seamab.org.uk or by calling on 01577 840307 - they will be more than happy to hear more about why you have chosen to raise funds, answer any questions you may have, and support you with things like planning and publicity.

Fundraising Online

Raising money through an online donations page is the quickest and easiest way to start your fundraising. Create your page in a couple of minutes, share your story with as many people as possible, and your fundraising is off to a great start!

Seamab is registered with both BT MyDonate and JustGiving - setting up a page with either provider means any funds raised will come straight to the charity.

Contact the fundraising team at the details above if you'd like some support in creating and promoting your page, and to request a sponsor form.

Matched Giving

Have you thought of asking if the company you work for might be willing to support your fundraising? Some companies will match whatever you raise, or add a percentage towards your total. Ask your manager, HR representative or director to find out if it's something your company offers.

Find out more about Matched Giving here.

Collecting Cans

You can help us by requesting one of our collecting cans to put on the counter if you own or manage a shop, cafe, bar or any other venue visited by the public.

You can also request a can to collect your own small change at home, or if you run a group which meets regularly and would like to support our work.

To request a can, please contact the fundraising team at the details at the top of this page.

Our Fundraising Promise

It is really important to us that all elements of fundraising are carried out in an open, honest, respectful, fair and accountable manner.

We pride ourselves on seeking to understand the motivations and preferences of our supporters, and will do all we can to ensure your experience as a donor or fundraiser is positive.

We promise to adhere to best practice, transparency and accountability in all our fundraising activity, so you can give with confidence. We follow the Institute of Fundraising Codes of Fundraising Practice, and comply with the key principles embodied in these codes.

We are Committed to High Standards

  • We do all we can to ensure that fundraisers, volunteers and fundraising contractors working with us, comply with the Codes.
  • We comply with the law, including those laws that apply to data protection, health and safety, and the environment.

We Are Honest and Open

  • We say what we mean, and mean what we say.
  • We do what we say we are going to do.
  • We answer all reasonable questions about our fundraisng activities and costs.

We Are Clear

  • We are clear about who we are, what we do and how your gift is used.
  • Where we have a promotional agreement with a commercial company, we make clear how much of the purchase price we receive.
  • We give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and amend a regular commitment.

We Are Respectful

  • We respect the rights, dignities and privacy of our supporters and beneficiaries.
  • We will not put undue pressure on you to make a gift. If you don't want to give or wish to stop giving, we will respect your decision.
  • If you tell us that you dont want us to contact you in a particular way, we will not do so.

We Are Fair and Reasonable

  • We take care not to use any images or words that cause unjustifiable distress or offence.
  • We take care not to cause unreasonable nuisance or disruption.

We Are Accountable

  • If you are unhappy with anything we've done whilst fundraising, you can contact us to make a complaint.
  • We have a compaints procedure, a copy of which is available on request.
  • If we cannot resolve your complaint, we accept the authority of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, and the new Independent Panel, to make a final adjudication.