Local children’s hospice at home charity Jessie May raised over £33,000 during the recent national match-funding campaign The Big Give Christmas Challenge.
Jessie May, whose nurses support terminally ill children and their families across Bath and North East Somerset and beyond, took part in the week-long campaign between 27th November and 4th December, with the aim of raising £23,100; the funding required to welcome 11 additional children to their services.
During the campaign week, supporters had the opportunity to have their donation doubled through The Big Give, as they were matched £ for £ by the charity’s ‘Pledgers’.
From midday on Giving Tuesday, 27th November, the charity rallied for donations and successfully raised over £10,000 more than their original £23,100 target.
The charity reached their £23,100 online fundraising target within 5 hours of the campaign going live, and went on to raise a total of £33,495.75 during the week.
This funding means 15, instead of the targeted 11, children with life limiting conditions can be supported by Jessie May’s specialist nurses.
Chris Roys, CEO at Jessie May, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this fantastic outcome. It was quite a shock to reach our £23,100 target so quickly – just hours in to our Big Give campaign going live – and to then continue to receive donations in support of our nurses’ vital work.
“This level of funding will make a huge difference to our charity; enabling us to welcome additional children and families on to our caseload, and ensuring we can continue to provide our services to those our nurses are already supporting through respite care, emotional support, end of life care and bereavement support.
“As a charity, we rely heavily on voluntarily funding, so it has been astounding to see so many different supporters get involved with our Christmas Challenge; passionately rallying for donations and generously donating themselves.
“It’s amazing to see our supporters work together to rally support for Jessie May, and achieve so much, in so little time!
“We’re hugely grateful to everyone who’s supported Jessie May; from our Big Give ‘Pledgers’ who pledged to support us months ago – to our donors who donated during the week. Thanks also to Candis Magazine, our ‘Champion Pledger’, and to the Jessie May families who helped to spread the word of our match-funding mission.
“And finally, we’d like to express our thanks to all our anonymous donors! As we cannot reach out to thank these anonymous individuals, we truly hope they are aware of our tremendous gratitude.”
The charity’s nurses are currently supporting 139 children and 49 bereaved families across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Wiltshire and Bath & North East Somerset.
Debbie Attewell, Candis Editor, added: “We’re thrilled to champion and support The Jessie May Trust through The Big Give. Congratulations to Jessie May on exceeding their fundraising target! We look forward to following their project progress in Candis magazine throughout 2019.”
Ahead of The Big Give Christmas Challenge, Jessie May had to secure ‘Pledgers’ to pledge their donation to the charity. Jessie May raised £5,775 in pledges and a further £5,250 from their ‘Champion Pledger’ Candis Magazine.
The charity’s nurses provide vital respite support to families caring for a terminally ill child, as well as emotional support, end of life care and bereavement support.