The Big Give enables people to discover charities and projects of interest, make donations, and offers the opportunity to double your donations through match funding campaigns run throughout the year. Since being founded by Sir Alec Reed in 2007, the Big Give has helped to raise £82 million for UK-registered charities.

They profile the work of thousands of charities and their projects and are responsible for the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, the Christmas Challenge. This year Doncaster Deaf Trust has joined The Big Christmas Give 2017.

Our project, which we need to raise a total of £600,000 to complete, is to build a completely new Care Home for young people from Doncaster who, in addition to being in care, also have a disability. Our current Care Home, Dickson House, regularly receives 'Outstanding' grades from Ofsted but, as excellent as it is, it has a capacity of only 7 people. We have an almost permanent waiting list for Dickson House, which is why we know another Care Home is needed. Using the Big Give to raise funds is our launch pad to achieve this project's total and we have chosen it because it means we can double the amount pledged!

It's a little complex but basically consists of three parts, each of which happen at different times. 

stage One: From now until September 1st we're looking for 'PLEDGES.' A pledge must be a minimum of £100 and you have to complete a really small and simple on-line pledge form which you can find here:

We have set a target of £25,000 for this part of the fundraising but we must get a minimum of £1,000 to progress to the next stage. We know that most people won't be able to give £100 from their own pocket of course, but if you have 10 or more work-colleagues, or belong to a club with lots of members, maybe you could club together to make a pledge? We sincerely hope so and we'd like to thank you in advance.

If we hit our target at this stage, the next stage is for on-line donations which can only be given between November 28th and Dec 5th. The minimum donation is £5. Here's the rub, if you are a 'Pledger' you can't be a 'Donator' as well. Further details about where you can donate will be placed here as the date approaches.

The total of 'Pledges' and 'Donations' are added up and doubled and here's the really good bit, stage three! If we hit our targets, a Big Give Champion will give us an additional £5,000! 

Please Please Please help us to make this a reality. Children and young people in care haven't been dealt the best hand to start with. We know that children in care tend to do less well at school than those children who are part of a loving family and often this plays forward into later life; fewer children from care get into University and tend to have lower paying occupations. And of course, transitioning into adult life with fewer people around to help, support and guide you can be a really daunting experience. Children in care with a disability have a double disadvantage and we know, with your help, that we can level this particular playing field. 

You can view a video of how it all works - here: