We currently have a small community fundraising committee and we are always keen to hear from anyone who may have some great ideas about how to raise funds for the children at Seamab.
Some examples of what you can do:
- Sponsored marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k;
- Take part in challenge events like Tough Mudder or Total Warrior;
- Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Weddings – whatever your special occasion, you could ask for donations instead of gifts;
- Pub quiz;
- Sponsored head shave;
- Guinness Book of Records attempt;
- Bake sale;
- Organise a sponsored walk;
- Cycle run;
- Hill trek; or
- Take part in one of our forthcoming events.
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 at Seamab that is much better than their past.
However you choose to raise funds, contact Susie Williamson, Seamab’s Fundraising Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07823 413470 – she 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 (@SeamabScotland) and tell us how you’re raising funds!
CR Smith opens doors for Seamab!
We were delighted to receive a visit from home improvements company CR Smith, who donated and installed new doors at Seamab, instantly making the children’s living space more welcoming, warmer and more secure.
Gerard Eadie CBE, Chairman of CR Smith, visited the school to personally see the impact of the new doors. “Seamab is a small charity, but the commitment shown by Joanna McCreadie, Seamab’s Chief Executive Officer, and her team is vast. We wanted to help and having visited, we felt that something as simple as new doors could make a big difference. Seamab does a difficult job extremely well and as a local business we were pleased to be able to offer our support.”
Our sincere thanks to Gerard and CR Smith for such a generous donation. We are loving our new doors!
Andrew goes the extra mile
Andrew Williamson from Glasgow raised a fantastic £522 for Seamab by running the Edinburgh Half Marathon on May 29th.
“Seamab believe that children can heal, grow and learn, even when they have experienced severe trauma and loss. They provide the support and opportunities that make this possible,” says Andrew. “I can't really imagine what life has been like for those children before they got to Seamab, but the thought that the money I raised will help to make sure their future is better than their past helped me through the 13.1 miles.”
£280 was raised at our stall at Dollar Gala on June 4th, where our volunteers were selling balloons, sweets and slushies to raise funds - as well as glitter tattoos, which proved extremely popular! We will be visiting a range of galas and fetes across the summer, so look out for us and please do come and see hello! We’d love some additional volunteers for this, so please do get in touch if you can help.
DB12 Runs at Strathclyde Country Park
Lanarkshire running group, DB12 Run, has chosen Seamab as one of three charities to benefit from the proceeds of their regular running events.
The first of these events, held in August, was “Fun House” – an adults 6k and 12k, a children’s run and toddler dash.
The next event will be Blue Santa on Sunday, December 4th at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell -further information and entry details can be found at www.entrycentral.com/Bluesanta
Seamab and StudioLR’s named Best Partnership at Scottish Fundraising Awards!
Seamab and StudioLR won “Best Partner Relationship (Corporate or Trust)” at the Institute of Fundraising’s 2016 Scottish Fundraising Awards ceremony in Glasgow on October 4th.
Seamab was introduced to StudioLR by one of the charity’s trustees, with a view to creating a new brand. In the past, Seamab had difficulty connecting emotionally with potential donors - for privacy reasons, the charity can’t show the children’s faces in promotional material or tell their specific stories.
StudioLR took on the task of creating a new brand identity for Seamab, visiting the school and meeting with the staff and children to find out what Seamab means to them, and the things they would like to tell the world about what the charity does.
The Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser 2017 (#ABNF)
The first Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser was organised and hosted by Purcell in January 2016, raising £8000, split equally between Seamab and Global Action Nepal. Purcell supports both charities by sharing their architectural expertise to help improve the quality of education for marginalised children in Scotland and Nepal. A leading practice in the UK, Purcell engages with communities and shares their knowledge through their social responsibility commitments.
The evening included a fantastic dinner and top class music and entertainment, along with an auction and raffle which including range of exciting lots and prizes.
#ABNF 2016 was such a success that we’re going to do it all again in 2017. It will be another quirky take on Burns Night traditions – but there will be a few new surprises for guests.
Having established the alternative approach – we might even want to take it a little bit further!
Purcell are generously hosting the Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser on Friday the 27th of January 2017, at the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh.
Book now by emailing Diana Borland at email@example.com
Seamab Golf Day – 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 £3000!
Muckhart Golf Club have very generously offered the clubhouse and course for another event in 2017. Early sign up is advised as many of the teams from this year’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 includes bacon rolls and tea/coffee on arrival, buffet after the event, all competitions, prizes and an 18-hole round of golf. Entry is £40 per head, and 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 or to find out more, contact Susie at Seamab on 01577 840307 or by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Seamab Skydive – Jump for Joy!
We’re looking for some bold fundraisers to take part in a skydive in December 2016 or January 2017!
Seamab will purchase your place, meaning you jump for free - we ask you to raise a minimum of £800 in sponsorship to cover the cost of your jump and raise funds for the charity
You’ll receive a Seamab t-shirt and sponsor forms, and we can help you in setting up a Just Giving page and publicity.
For further information, contact Susie at Seamab on 01577 840307 or by email - email@example.com
Corporate Supporters and Partners
Seamab is committed to establishing strong fundraising relationships with corporates of any size. If you have a business of any size and would like to get involved, please contact our Fundraising Manager, Susie Williamson, on 07823 413470, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 creative communications agency 20/20 Productions visited the school during the Easter holidays, and spent two days painting the school rooms and corridors - this really brightened and freshened up the building, and this in turn helped to enhance the children’s learning experience. They also applied vinyl stickers in the entrance hallway, which helped to really personalise the building for the children through the display of their artwork.
The volunteers filmed a video about their experience of volunteering at Seamab, including an interview with Chief Executive, Joanna McCreadie. They are now carrying out work to animate some of the Sea Changers, which will assist Seamab in promotion on our website and through social media.
You can find out more about 20/20 Productions here.
Home improvements company CR Smith stepped in to help Seamab make much needed repairs to the bungalows where the children live, instantly making the children’s living space more welcoming, warmer and more secure.
CR Smith also invited some of the children out to their factory to watch how their windows and doors are made, collected gifts for the children at Christmas-time, and gave VIP tickets for Coldplay in concert to auction at our 2016 Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser.
Find out more about CR Smith here.
Dobbies Garden Centre, Kinross
Dobbies Garden Centre in Kinross donated £550 of plants, seeds and gardening equipment to help Seamab 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, as well as a variety of tools for the children to use and birdfeeders and a trellis to create a birdwatching area. Thanks Dobbies – you have inspired our children!
Read more about Dobbies here.
Muckhart Golf Club
Located close to the school and residential complex, Muckhart Golf Club very generously gave Seamab the use of their course and facilities for our first Charity Golf Day on September 2nd 2016 where we raised £3000. 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.
Seamab are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with award winning architectural practice Purcell, to review the current school buildings and grounds, with a view to redesigning them into a purpose built learning space that supports the needs of the children we care for. This is a project which we would not be able to afford or commit to without Purcell’s expertise and generosity.
In early 2016, Purcell hosted the first Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser in aid of Seamab and Global Action Nepal. This was a great opportunity for raising Seamab’s profile and engaging with a wide range of people and companies. More than £8000 was raised, split equally between the two charities.
As part of their ongoing support, Purcell will be hosting another Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser in January 2017.
Read more about Purcell here.
Staff from the Glasgow West Regent Street branch of engineering firm Ramboll UK have raised more than £550 for Seamab, undertaking a number of initiatives to support the charity across 2016.
The company’s yearlong support for the charity has included collecting books, holding bake sales and offering volunteering days at the school, as well as taking part in our Golf Day and providing prizes.
Staff spent a day in the school during the Easter holidays, painting classrooms and corridors to help the space where the children are learning and playing look and feel bright and fresh. They also collected a wide range of books to help the children’s learning, and raised hundreds of pounds by baking and selling cakes within Ramboll’s offices and by approaching other companies within the office block in West Regent Street.
Ramboll UK also recently carried out some high-level consultancy work for Seamab through the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, providing a report on the building’s structural, mechanical and electrical make-up. This work will form an important part of a proposal to redesign the building, working alongside Purcell Architects in Edinburgh.
More information about Ramboll UK can be see here.
Seamab and SGN, who manage the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England, were Highly Commended in the “Best Community Involvement during a CSR Programme” category of the Corporate Engagement Awards recently, in honour of a project that enhanced the children’s learning environment. The Corporate Engagement Awards are known to be the benchmark for unusual collaborations between community organisations and corporates.
Having been approached by one of Seamab’s trustees, eight colleagues from SGN’s Dunfermline depot worked to create a yurt within the school grounds during the 2015 summer holidays, as well as setting a small wooden boat into the ground to enhance the children’s play and learning experience. They also spent some time painting doors, windows and sheds at the school.
The yurt (a large tent-like structure build from wood and canvas) is used as an outdoor class room, as well as being a safe and relaxing space for the children to learn yoga. This helps the children to develop focus and calming techniques.
SGN staff visited again in August and helped to refresh the school and houses where the children live by painting walls, building a bin storage area, putting up fences, tidying up the grounds and generally helping however they could.
More information about SGN can be seen here.
The Dunfermline branch of national bank chain, Santander, collected Christmas presents for the children at Seamab in 2015, and also gave a donation of £5000 to buy new mountain bikes to support Project Free, a project which aims to promote health and wellbeing for the children.
Project Free is inspired by our Sea Changer, Free. Thanks to Santander’s generosity, mountain bikes and equipment were purchased, and staff at Seamab are supporting the children to develop their skills, fitness and confidence with their new bikes. The children are really looking forward to getting started - some of them have already accomplished a lot in learning to ski, but mountain biking will help extend their skills and build their confidence. Other children will have fewer established skills, but learning to cycle, and having adventures, will help build their abilities. For all of them, the activity will help them to feel better about themselves, which is important to every child at Seamab.
Read more about Santander here.
Founded in 2004 by design leader Lucy Richards and entrepreneur Andy Gray, StudioLR is a design consultancy based in Edinburgh, committed to making the world a better place. Described as 'Designers for Being Human', they really care about people, both the people they work with and, most importantly, the people they design for.
We are so grateful to StudioLR for the amazing support they have shown our charity, 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.
The unique relationship between Seamab and StudioLR was named Best Partner Relationship (Corporate or Trust) at the Scottish Fundraising Awards at a ceremony in Glasgow on October 4th hosted by the Institute of Fundraising.
Read more about StudioLR here.
Trusts and Foundations
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 Weir Group
The Wooden Spoon
The Russell Trust
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Resilient Communities Fund
We are incredibly grateful to all those who choose to raise funds to help the children at Seamab, and we want to help 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 Susie Williamson, Seamab’s Fundraising Manager, at email@example.com or by calling 07823 413470 – she will be more than happy to hear more about why you have chosen to raise funds for Seamab, answer any questions you may have, and support you with things like planning and publicity.
Start Fundraising with Just Giving.
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!
Contact Susie at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07823 413470 if you’d like some support in creating and promoting your page, and to request a sponsor form.
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 if it's something your company offers.
Find out more about Matched Giving.
Add 25p to every £1 you donate - at no extra cost to you.
Gift Aid is a government scheme which allows tax relief to be applied to charitable donations. This tax relief can be claimed back by Seamab on your behalf – all you need to do is download the forms below, read them carefully, fill them out and return them to us.
The forms ask that you verify that you are a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year, it is your responsibility to pay any difference.
If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.
Contact Susie at email@example.com or by calling 07823 413470 if you’d further information about applying Gift Aid to your donations, or visit www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid
You can help Seamab by requesting one of our collecting cans to put on the counter if you own or manage a shop, café, 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 Susie Williamson, Seamab’s Fundraising Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01577 840307.
Our Fundraising Promise
It is really important to Seamab that all elements of fundraising for the charity are carried out in an open, honest, respectful, fair and accountable manner.
We pride ourselves on seeking to understand the motivations and preferences of Seamab’s supporters, and will do all we can to ensure the experience our donors and fundraisers have is consistently positive.
Seamab makes a public promise to adhere to best practice, transparency and accountability in all fundraising activity, enabling you to give with confidence. We follow the Institute of Fundraising’s 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 to raise funds, comply with the Codes.
- We comply with the law, including those 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 fundraising 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 and if you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision.
- If you tell us that you don’t 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 complaints 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.