Shannon first got involved with Maggie’s when she volunteered at our Culture Crawl in 2018. She learnt more about the services we provide to people with cancer and their loved ones through following us on social media and hearing about the experiences of her family and friends.
My Dad's friend had received a lot of support from the Maggie’s centre as he became very down when his family member fell ill with cancer. Without the support he received from the centre he would have continued to struggle. I love that Maggie’s gives support to everyone ‐ patients receiving treatment from the hospital, their family and even friends that are also coming to terms with someone they are close to being diagnosed with cancer.
Shannon also appreciates the uplifting environment that Maggie’s provides.
Hospitals in general can be a scary and intimidating place for anyone but Maggie’s gives that sense of ease where people can feel themselves again and not be a number in the hospitals system. To top it off the Maggie’s centre in Nottingham’s city hospital is amazing and has a great architectural design causing it to stand out from the plain buildings at the hospital.
After finding out that the Maggie’s centre is run entirely on voluntary donations, fundraising and gifts in Wills, Shannon decided she wanted to help by raising awareness and funds through holding a Kitchen Table Day.
To raise funds for Maggie’s I made sure to spread awareness about the centre on my social media pages and answer any questions people had regarding Maggie’s, also adding a link to my JustGiving page where people could easily donate.
For her Kitchen Table Day, Shannon decided to have a ‘Maggie’s meets St Patrick’s Day’. Her family and friends helped her to make St Patrick’s Day themed cakes and they decorated with both Maggie’s and Irish flags.
With the help of my family and friends we offered baked goods from cupcakes to chocolate biscuits and held a tombola full of fabulous prizes ‐ one being a beauty essence voucher for an express facial, worth £30, that ended up being auctioned off to the highest bidder of £12, that was a lot of fun! We also had two more games that were ‘Guess the weight of the cake’ and ‘Guess your hosts favourite cake’ ‐ these had come with the free Kitchen Table Day pack and were a lot of fun for everyone to have a go at guessing while donating.
After raising funds both in the lead up and on the day of her event, Shannon raised a fantastic £280.38. She told us that she would encourage everyone to get involved and fundraise for Maggie’s.
There are so many different ways you are able to fundraise from a coffee morning, quiz night or even a party; it is also a great way to socialise as you can get everybody together to show their support! After fundraising for Maggie’s, I have made many of my school friends, teachers, work clients and just general people more aware of Maggie’s and what they do as a charity.
While collecting donations when fundraising for Maggie’s I also inspired people to also get involved which made the end result ten times better! From seeing the progression and the pictures from the Kitchen Table Day a lot of people have mentioned they’d like to do the same or volunteer themselves as a result! Finally, once you have signed up to help fundraise the Maggie’s team give you so much support and ideas with what you could do to fundraise which definitely helped make the process a lot easier to plan especially with the free pack I received with resources for the day.
If you’d like to hold your own event for Maggie’s, please let us know. We’d love to support you with your fundraising and we can provide banners, t-shirts, balloons and collection buckets. Call us on 0115 924 6211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.