Groups and clubs

Individual fundraisers are those supporters – families, groups, and individuals – who work so hard to help Rainbows by organising events and fundraising on our behalf. They are always coming up with interesting and unusual ideas from barn dances, masked balls and pub gigs to sponsored slims, overseas expeditions, continental car rallies and tandem skydives.

It doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant – many of our fundraisers hold small events or events at school or at work such as dressing differently for a day, car washing or auctioning off the boss. Some supporters have gorgeous gardens which they open to the public; local hairdressers organise sponsored head shaves; pubs put on family fun days and gyms get active with all day aerobics. The possibilities are never-ending and the Fundraising Team are always ready to help and support you with your fundraising efforts.

Many companies see the benefit of supporting their local communities and some do so by getting involved with a local charity. Rainbows has lots of experience in developing and supporting mutually beneficial large and small charity partnerships. Rainbows offers corporate partners a very real experience, enabling organisations to see directly how their efforts make a huge difference to life-limited children, young people and their families. This is achieved by developing mutually beneficial long term relationships that have a tangible impact.

Business partners not only give financial support, but also encourage their employees to get actively involved in fundraising, for example, by volunteering to help tend the gardens at Rainbows, staffing water stops at our 15 mile Walk of Life or choosing Rainbows as their charity of the year.

Very often, local companies join in with our own events by entering teams as an inter-departmental challenge or as a team building exercise. We are fortunate too to have some wonderful corporate partners who sponsor our events.

Why not think about sponsoring one of our events or a hospice information leaflet? You might like to hold a corporate day and invite us along to talk to your staff? We regularly give presentations throughout the East Midlands on the work of Rainbows and can show you a DVD of the charity.

There are lots of ways in which companies, large and small, can get involved and support us.

Everyone benefits
A charity partnership with Rainbows will focus on the joint objectives of both us and your business. It can bring together many of the components of your community investment programme and can also introduce new ways of working.

You will see that a partnership with Rainbows can bring benefits beyond the positive impact on the hospice, such as skills development training for your employees and an enhanced reputation.

Groups – community, church, club and pubs.

Are you a member or a local group, church or club? Do you think they might be prepared to ‘adopt’ Rainbows either for the year or by putting on an event like a coffee morning, race night, or perhaps a Christmas collection? Or could your ‘local’ do a raffle or quiz night? We would love to hear from you.

Contact one of the community team.

Friends of Rainbows groups

They are the cornerstone of our success, not only raising amazing amounts of money but spreading our name and encouraging others to raise money for us.

Set up a Friends Group

If you would like to set up a Friends Group, we’ll give you all the help you need.

The first step is to contact our friendly and experienced Community Fundraising Team. Then get the ball rolling in whatever way you feel most comfortable: for example, you could hold a coffee morning or a lunch to spread the word. As your group grows, you’ll be amazed at the fundraising opportunities that arise, from balls and art shows to bring-and-buy sales and quiz evenings.

Joining a Friends of Rainbows group

If you would like to help Rainbows in a fun and sociable way by joining an existing Friends group please liaise with our community fundraising team who will put you in contact with your local group.

The groups vary in size from a few individuals to 20 people, all of whom help us in any way they can. They raise funds by organising fetes, silent auctions, flower shows, street collections, barbecues, dance shows and concerts – the list is endless. They are also invaluable in our constant quest to raise the profile of Rainbows throughout the East Midlands by publicising our work in their town or village.

You too can get involved and help spread the word by joining a Friends Group or forming one in your area. There are no lengthy meetings or boring paperwork and you are covered by our insurance and supported by our Fundraising Team. All our Friends Groups have to do is just that – be a friend to Rainbows.


During 2008 we have donated to Rainbows Children’s Hospice a grand total of £2,194 (with a small amount retained and various on-going projects).  This has only been possible with the generous support of many people.

  • Thank you to the folk who always come to coffee mornings, afternoon teas etc, we know you will buy tombola and raffle tickets, eat our cakes and enjoy the company.
  • Thank you to the local shops who display posters, donate prizes etc whenever asked.
  • Thank you to the cake-makers who always turn up trumps no matter how often they are asked.
  • Thank you to the folks who give us wool, patterns, needles etc, you keep our knitters going.
  • And most of all thank you to the knitting group members.

We enjoy each other’s company and admire the expertise. From the knitters of squares to those who produce the most delicate baby clothes or complicated Aran cardigans, we all enjoy our hobby and take great pleasure in knowing that we are providing items for people who really need them. We have sent small hats etc to the neo-natal unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. We have sent toys, blankets and clothes to Bulgaria via Bob Miller from Packington. Some baby clothes went to an AIDS charity in South Africa. We have also knitted to order.

For further information contact your local Rainbows fundraiser:

Paula North: Community Engagement Manager
Tel: 01509 638 039
Mbl: 07880 721 750

Gary Farnfield: Community Fundraiser
Tel: 01509 238 952
Mbl: 07815 520465

Jess Dixon: Community Fundraiser
Tel: 01509 638 029
Mbl: 07815 523645

Alison Furlong: Community Fundraiser
Tel: 01509 638006
Mbl: 07763 664818