Understandably it has been a tough time for everyone over the last few months so it is refreshing to have some positive news regarding one of our sporting club beneficaries.
Ramsgate FC have been working with MSA Ltd through the Goalden Gate Superdraw for many years now but this March seen them receive their highest donation to date with £598 being raised through difficult times. This means that in total Ramsgate FC have received well over £16k through the lottery scheme so far but we expect this figure to rise significantly over the next few months since their recent surge in membership!
Congratulations Ramsgate and good luck next season!
MSA Ltd and Leukaemia Care have been working together through the Goalden Gate Superdraw since 2016 and in that time have formed a strong relationship based around raising as much funds as possible to support the great work that the Leukaemia Care team provide on a daily basis.
Monica Izmajlowicz, Chief Operating Officer at Leukaemia Care, said “On behalf of Leukaemia Care and the Goalden Gate Superdraw, I would like to thank you for your support of our lottery. Since the partnership began in 2016, the lottery has raised £51,000 for Leukaemia Care. Your ongoing commitment helps patients and their families access practical and emotional support, information and advice to live better with their blood cancer. We value our relationship with MSA Ltd and the Goalden Gate Superdraw as a good source of income.”
Below are some of the key achievements Leukaemia Care accomplished in 2019 which were made possible with the support of the Goalden Gate Superdraw:
- Their nurses took 3,003 calls, emails and WhatsApp messages from patients and their families, providing them with specialist support and information.
- Their travel grants reduced the burden of hospital travel costs for 250 patients and their families.
- They supported 32 people struggling with the emotional fallout of their Leukaemia diagnosis by providing each with six sessions of counselling.
- They published 19 new information booklets, with over 50 information booklets now available to download from their website www.leukaemiacare.org.uk
- Hospital support workers provided 2,727 sessions of advice as well as practical and emotional support to patients within clinics and on hospital wards
- They reduced the isolation of a blood cancer diagnosis for 2,057 people through their nationwide support groups, patient conferences and one to one buddy support – bringing people together with a similar diagnosis
- 400 GPs completed either their free online course or attended a training event aimed to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of blood cancer – early diagnosis saves lives
- 142 nurses completed either their free online course, attended one of their nurse conferences or received a bursary– helping them complete professional training that will enhance the care and treatment of blood cancer patients.
- And they managed to help get the hashtag #SpotLeukaemia reached by over 11.5 million people in 2019, double the number they reached last year.
March 2020 marked a special occasion for Age Concern Birmingham as the charity raised a fantastic £1,854 through the Goalden Gate Superdraw which is the highest donation received from MSA Ltd so far. This donation brings the total amount raised from the Superdraw so far to a staggering £49k!
Like many charities at present, Age Concern Birmingham, are feeling the strain of the Covid-19 Virus but through the dedication and commitment of their staff and volunteers they are continuing to do their very best to support those that need it most in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
Becky Bews, Age Concern Birmingham CEO, stated “Due to COVID-19 we have adapted our services, making operational changes to enable us to offer much needed support and care across the community. We have also made changes to provide safe working environments for our staff and volunteers.”
Becky also went on to praise the Goalden Gate Superdraw scheme and encouraged their supporters to join by mentioning “As a local Birmingham charity the monies that we receive by you playing the Goalden Gate Superdraw allows us to continue our work with older people and others in need offering befriending services and COVID19 support such as delivering essential food bags, shopping and prescription calls, fresh meal deliveries, wellbeing calls or just having a chat knowing someone is there to listen and give reassurance.”
Age Concern Birmingham strives to provide the very best support and care to older people and others in need as they aim to enrich the lives of older people and others in need through a range of services offered. Kevin Kay, MSA Ltd Promotions Manager, states “Having used Age Concern Birmingham’s Communitea Cafe I have seen first hand what a positive impact the charity has on the local community and I have heard nothing but great things from the people who have used the services that they offer to help the wellbeing and independence of older people.”
We encourage you to visit Age Concern Birmingham’s website www.ageconcernbirmingham.org.uk for the latest information on their services or contact the support line on 0121 362 3650.
MSA Ltd and Folkestone Invicta Football Club have had a fantastic relationship over the years which has led to an incredible £75,000 being raised for the good causes of the Isthmian Premier League club through the Goalden Gate Superdraw.
A club official said “We have always realised how important the Goalden Gate Superdraw is in raising funds for our club, but not just how much. This month marks a milestone as at the end of March the total raised through the Goalden Gate Superdraw reached £75,000 since we started. That is a very substantial amount of money and is testament to the hard work put in by Paul Brisley who manages the Lottery for us and Kevin Kay the promotions manager of Midland Sporting Association the main lottery operators.”
Huge congratulations must go to Folkestone Invicta FC and their supporters but we now turn our attentions to quickly acheiving the next fundraising milestone.
Over the years we have worked with Canterbury City FC to operate the Goalden Gate Superdraw on their behalf and now we can announce that, with help from Midland Sporting Association, the club have managed to raise an incredible £15,000 through the lottery scheme. This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved at the football club as they look to increase membership in the lottery scheme which helps support the Youth Development Structure at the club.
Prior to the season being cut short, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Canterbury City were sitting just outside the play-off positions in the Southern Counties East League Premier.
It has been a pretty chaotic month for most charities, sporting clubs and just about everyone across the UK but that hasn’t stopped MSA Ltd trying to raise as much money for good causes as possible. In fact, as much as £48k was raised through the Goalden Gate Superdraw throughout March which could work out to be vital for some of our beneficiaries during this tough time.
The Charity Sector is now facing the biggest financial challenge in living memory with the sudden drop in fundraised and trading income which will lead to charities closing (possibly when many of them will be most needed!). Society Lotteries have become such an important source of income for many of our beneficiaries and implementing such a scheme could make the world of difference for your good cause.