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Dons to support local charity for Blackpool game

Bucket collections at tomorrow's game for Merton Giving

21 February 2020

AFC Wimbledon will tomorrow be raising funds for Merton Giving and we are delighted to be involved with a fantastic community initiative.

Merton Giving, a charitable partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Voluntary Services Council and supported by Merton Council, aims to address inequality by connecting businesses with charities.

Bucket collections will be held at Saturday's game with volunteers located around the stadium, so please give whatever you can manage to a great cause. Since its launch, the business community has responded incredibly to help local causes with cash donations to the Merton Giving Fund and/or non-monetary in-kind support, totalling in excess of £60,000. Our Foundation team raised funds for Merton Giving last year by completing the Rough Runner event and they are pictured above after coming through that tough challenge.   

Below is a bit more information about Merton Giving
The charity launched in 2018 to provide a focal point for local giving with the aim of tackling inequality in the borough of Merton.  Merton Giving encourages people and businesses to give money, time, or in-kind support.  The Merton Giving Fund has made its first allocation of grant funds distributing over £20,000 to 20 charities working locally. These small grants provided for local charities have an enormous impact for borough residents.  Beneficiaries include the Young at Heart Club, a volunteer-led lunch club which provides hot meals and activities to isolated people in the Figges Marsh area.  Funding from Merton Giving is allowing them to increase their activities and take their group on outings – helping to combat loneliness and social isolation.   Funding was granted to Hearts and Minds, to provide a peer support worker for the organisation allowing them to facilitate weekly sessions for young people aged 14-25 experiencing mental health difficulties.

Buy One, Give Some

Merton Giving runs an initiative that can give your shopping extra meaning by nominating a product or service you sell and making a donation for every one sold during the week.  Businesses are invited to be as creative as they like - they could even, for example, launch their own product for a week, creating a bespoke cocktail, as Suburban Bar did in 2018, or by offering a special dish of the day.  Aya Cuisine donated money from every table they served during Merton Giving Week in 2018 and the charity are delighted that they are supporting the week again this year.

Make your own pledge

The charity are asking people to give in their own way that works for them.  Businesses could put their professional skills to good use or even run their own event?  Host a quiz, bake off or donate from a sponsored event. Premier Chamber member, Peacock and Co solicitors, committed to making Merton Giving their charity of the year for 2020. It offers a great chance to write or update your will whilst supporting Merton Giving.  To find out more and book your space contact or 020 8944 5290.

Follow @mertongiving on social media or visit this website to stay updated on the latest Merton Giving news and information.


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