How you can help the Branch
You can help the Branch by attending as many events as you are able to during the year and thereby encourage your Committee to do even more for you.
The Branch will only survive with your participation - without it we shall just fade away as so many branches are doing around the country: ask yourself why you belong and what you need from the Branch, and then let us know so that we can plan the future.
Then we need donations of all kinds, especially bric-a-brac, cakes and raffle prizes for Branch events, and also your assistance at those events at which we have various stalls.
Finally, even if you cannot attend many events you can at least do one or all the following:
Pass the Word around and publicise our events to encourage more people to come and hopefully join us.
There is an unfair heavy load on too few people to provide an efficient and welcoming Branch. Sometimes it can amount to a full time job just to keep matters on even keel without any extra for additional activities. If your conscience will not allow this to contine then contact the Secretary and offer a helping hand if you can and are able to.
Easysearch and Easyfundraising
Do you use the Internet for searching or shopping? You can help the branch simply by using your finger(s) from your chair or armchair and you don't have to put more effort in than that!
We've found a brilliant, easy way to raise money for the Branch. It's called easysearch and easyfundraising.
Using the easysearch engine instead of Google, for every search you make, we receive 0.5p. It may not sound much but it can soon mount up with lots of people signed up – just 10 searches a day can raise £20 a year. And if you shop online, using easyfundraising is even better – each retailer on their extensive list will give a percentage of up to 15% of their income from each sale to our cause. The list of around 2,000 includes Amazon, PC World, ASDA, M&S, eBay, the AA and Sainsbury's.
It costs you nothing at all; why not give it a try?
Here's how to do it:
1 Click here: to get into the easyfundraising home page.
2 When our dedicated window appears you'll see lots of information about our supporters and how much money we've raised so far. Click on the Yes! Sign me up window.
3 Follow the registration instructions and away you go.
4 At the bottom of each page is a link to easysearch as well and if you click on this it will tell you how to sign up for that too. Remember, every single search you do through their search engine raises money for us!
5 One last thing – tell your family and friends too and get them raising funds for us as well!
If you need any help getting started please contact the Branch Secretary .
The Flutter Club
This is our very own Branch Lottery. It works like this:
Only Morecambe & Lancaster Branch members may join, but you can buy a number for someone else as long as it is registered in your name.
Any number of people can play – but we need to have at least 20 numbers allocated for it to be viable.
It costs £12 per number (that's less than £1 a week) and you can buy as many numbers as you wish.
Draws take place once a quarter at the Broadway Hotel or Bare Village Club. Only those numbers which are paid up on the draw date are entered into the draw.
Prizes – 1st, 2nd and 3rd – vary in size depending on how many numbers have been allocated but the 1st prize will never be less than £72.
Approximately 50% of the income is paid out in prizes.
The draw in December will always be a bumper one, drawn at the Christmas lunch.
Payment may be made by cash, cheque or standing order.
Contact the Branch Secretary for an application form.
If you are a tax payer, please consider signing up for Gift Aid. We can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 you donate to the Branch.
If you donate something as a raffle prize please give us the receipt as well. We can claim for this too.
Finally, if you donate something for our bric-a-brac stall, we can claim Gift Aid on the sale price.
Please contact the Branch Secretary for a Gift Aid declaration form.
Easy ways to raise money for the Branch!