We’re celebrating boxes month! Throughout May, we’re encouraging people to get involved with our boxes scheme, helping to raise vital funds needed to provide our care in the local community.
Whether you take a box for your home, workplace or business, the idea is simple – fill the box with your loose change and help to raise money for the hospice. All those unwanted pennies really do add up – last year, our boxes scheme raised over £100,000. We have a team of volunteer box collectors, who gather in the boxes in their local community and bring the funds to the hospice, making this a really simple way for people to support our care.
We recently met up with Liz Knell (pictured on the right, with Community Fundraiser Alex on the left), who has been volunteering as a box collector for the last three years, to find out more about the role she plays in making the scheme a success.
“I had more spare time once I’d retired,” says Liz. “I was in the Prospect shop in Wroughton one day, when I saw a poster about becoming a box collector; it looked interesting so I decided to give it a go.”
Twice a year, once in the spring and again in the autumn, the box collectors make their rounds to collect in the funds raised by their community. “I put a note through the door a few days before to let people know that I’m coming,” explains Liz. “Then I make the rounds to collect in the money, add up the amount in each box, and take it into the hospice. I then drop the boxes back through people’s letterboxes, along with a note to thank them for how much they’ve raised.”
“It’s so nice to meet and get to know people from my neighbourhood – they are all so appreciative of the work that the hospice does, they all have so many good things to say! I also enjoy walking, so getting out on the rounds keeps me active. There is plenty of flexibility too, the round can be as small or large as you wish to make it and you don’t have to do the round all in one go, you can spread it over a month.”
“Not long after I became a box collector, I started volunteering in the fundraising office for one day a week, helping Alex, the Community Fundraiser who manages the boxes scheme. I record what comes in from all of our box holders and collectors, update the database and send out thank you letters.”
“I would really encourage people to think about becoming a box holder – it’s so simple! And, if you’ve got a little bit of spare time, think about becoming a box collector too. With only two rounds a year, it doesn’t take as much time as you might expect, it’s a great way to make local friends and a fantastic was to support your local hospice.”
Alex added: “I’m so grateful to everyone who has a collection box and to all of our box collectors; this scheme is so simple and raises so much money towards the services the hospice provides. The box collectors are absolutely integral – this just wouldn’t work without them. It’s important to remember that, if you sign up to become a box collector but then find yourself unable to make your round, you don’t need to worry! You can simply contact me and I’ll arrange for another box collector to cover your round.”
If you’re interested in taking a box for your home, workplace or business please click here, or if you have any questions or would like to find out more about becoming a box collector, please get in touch with Alex on 01793 816161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.