During the coronavirus pandemic supporting charities that rely on public funding has been more important than ever.
This month we would normally be announcing the details for our annual charity quiz night and encouraging local businesses to get together to support a great cause.
Sadly, as a result of the pandemic, we are unable to host our usual Quiz, Chips & Mushy Peas night for our 13th Charity of the Year, the Bearded Fishermen.
Instead, we are launching our Shooting Star #FuelUp campaign in support of the Bearded Fishermen’s goal to purchase a second food delivery van.
Since the Bearded Fishermen was established in October 2019, founders Rick and Mick have developed and expanded their mental health services to include a confidential, dedicated call centre, a radio station offering advice and support and a mental health podcast!
In a bid to expand their services further and help even more people, during lockdown the duo raised funds to purchase a van and began their Food Share Project, delivering food parcels to key workers and the most vulnerable members of the community.
The project has been a huge success for the charity, however, due to an increase in demand for their support the Bearded Fishermen are currently fundraising to purchase a second van that will allow them to deliver food donations to more people.
To support our #FuelUp campaign and the purchase of a second van, as many of us have returned to working from home, we’re asking people to donate the money they would normally spend on their regular morning coffee fix, lunch out or commute to work to our campaign.
If each of our Twitter followers donated just £1, we would raise over £5,000!
In addition to our #FuelUp campaign, to raise additional vital funds we’re also launching a 'Challenge the Stars' initiative.
Starting from the 1st December you will be able to sponsor and assign a challenge to a member of our team from our Challenge the stars price list. The team member will have 48 hours (we’ll be timing them!) to complete the challenge for our charity - which will be documented on our social media channels.
Although we are saddened we cannot host our popular chippy quiz night this year (which has collectively raised in excess of £5,000 for our charities in the past) we’re excited to take a different approach and get stuck into some new challenges while raising money for a very worthy cause that is offering such valuable support to so many during these strange and challenging times.
To nominate a member of the Shooting Star team, please donate via our JustGiving page and Tweet us at @ShootingStar_UK to assign the challenge to one of us.
Please support our campaign if you can!