Help us raise vital funds to provide everyday essentials for families in need.
With no government or statutory funding, we rely on the efforts of fundraisers to enable First Days to operate and support the number of children that we do. Money raised goes on three main areas:
Whilst most of the items First Days gives to struggling families come from the donations we receive, there are things that we need to buy brand new, such as mattresses, nappies, toiletries and the like. We give out approximately 300 mattresses each year.
We also require funds to enable us to store stock and provide our staff and volunteers with a safe working environment in which to sort donations and pack referrals. We have an office/warehouse space in the village of Hurst, which is small and exceptionally well organised, but for which we have to pay both rent and other general running costs.
First Days relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers, but does also employ a small group of 8 part time staff members (the equivalent of 2 full time staff), with pay based on the National Living Wage. Staff are essential to allow us to operate an effective service to our users, to ensure referrals are processed quickly and efficiently and to cover essential business functions such as finance and office management.
How can you help?
If you, your office, school, friends, church or sports club are interested in fundraising for First Days we are here to help you make the most of whatever you are doing - from cake toppers and posters for a bake sale to event t-shirts and a sympathetic ear for a major challenge. Get involved and help us give all children the same start in life.
Where do I start?
We have made a Fundraising Pack which you can download here. The pack contains information on anything from how to hold a Bake Sale to signing up and getting sponsored to run Reading Half Marathon.
If you would like to hold an event in aid of First Days, we will do whatever we can to help you make it a success.
Once you have decided what you’re doing, contact us to let us know what’s going on. You can call the office on 0118 921 9338 or email . We’ll want to know a few details, including what you’re doing, when and where. This will make sure we can provide you with all the information you need, answer any questions we may have from third parties, and allows us to promote your excellent work on our social media.
We love sharing your stories - so please get in touch.
CHARITY OF THE YEAR
We would LOVE to be your Charity of the Year. We would be interested talking to you about any fundraising, including one off events and long term partnerships. There are a number of ways in which your company could support First Days.
It is a great way to help us raise funds but there are lots of benefits to your organisation too. We can offer volunteer team days and organised events.
Please get in touch if you would like to nominate us for your ‘Charity Of The Year’ and we can supply you with an information pack.