A total of 242 Hanover estates held coffee mornings and other events. Topping the list, our estate in Dorking, Sussex, raised an impressive £1,028. Hanover’s North region did particularly well, raising more than £14,500.
Handing the cheque to Macmillan, Hanover Chair Dr Stuart Burgess said: ‘People have been having coffee mornings, holding raffles and gathering people for social occasions to raise money. We have raised £50,000, which I think is really fantastic.’
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Hanover actively involves residents and staff in local fundraising. Our online community fundraising portal gives residents support. They can also apply for a Hanover Greenshoots grant to boost their efforts. In one recent example, the residents at Oakfields in Basingstoke raised 20% of the £1,800 cost of a hearing loop for their communal lounge, with 80% covered by a Greenshoots grant.
Among our many individual resident fundraisers, Patricia from Chatham and Jackie from Gillingham recently raised money for charity by taking on the challenge of walking over the roof of the O2 entertainment venue in Greenwich.
Figures show that 61% of people in the UK donated to charity in the year to March 2017. Medical research (26%), animal welfare (25%) and children or young people (24%) were the most popular causes in 2016, but religious organisations received the largest amount of money.
Older people tend to favour hospitals, hospices and religious charities, while younger people donate to health care charities, homeless people, housing shelters and educational institutions.
The Charities Aid Foundation found that giving reflects people’s personal values and life experiences. At Hanover, we also promote fundraising because we know that it draws communities together and gives people a sense of wellbeing.