Pledge Your Support to Tackle Loneliness this Christmas

In Fundraising, News by Sarah Cobb

This year, we are again applying to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign.  We’re hoping to raise £30,000 for our project Not Lonely This Christmas.

Too many people with learning disabilities face lives that are lonely and disconnected from the rest of society.  The reasons behind this loneliness include:

  • Limited opportunities to meet others socially
  • Few opportunities for positive activity such as supported employment or volunteering
  • Lack of support to develop social skills, self-confidence and make friends
  • Difficulties in processing social information and language
  • Lack of understanding about how to meaningfully involve people with a learning disability in social and community activities.

Reach can tackle these issues.  With the right staff, volunteers and community connections, each of our centres can support people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire to improve their communication skills, feel more confident and get involved in community life as more active citizens.  But we urgently need to raise funding to achieve this.

As part of our Christmas Challenge application, we need our key supporters to make promises of funding, called ‘Pledges’, which will be used to match funds to double online donations made to Reach during the campaign.  Your commitment of funding might also help us to secure additional match funds via a Champion (sourced by the Big Give).

We are aiming to raise a total of £7,500 in pledges to take part in the Christmas Challenge.  Would you consider making a pledge of £100 or above to help us reach our target?

If you would be willing to make a pledge to us, please complete this online form by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 1st September:
Alternatively, please contact Steve Shatwell on or 01636 819066 to find out more.

To read more about our Not Lonely this Christmas Project, please go to and search for Reach Learning Disability or Not Lonely this Christmas.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Christmas Challenge and what being a pledger could mean to Reach!


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