Following a busy 12 months of fund raising, and charitable giving by customers at Sainsbury’s store in Sherborne, we recently received a cheque in excess of £6,000.
12 months ago we were fortunate to become Sainsbury’s local charity of the year here in Sherborne.
During this period we have worked tirelessly with the staff to raise funds that will ultimately benefit the patients at Yeatman Hospital. It would be fair to say that Sainsbury’s staff here in Sherborne have been great friends to the Friends of Yeatman Hospital joining in with us in skittle evenings, many bag packing days and quiz nights across the year.
PiP stands for Pound in the Pot, and the scheme has been earning funds for the Friends since 2013.
The process is very simple, and is used by anyone who would like to help the Friends, the only necessities being some goodwill, any collecting pot of your choice, an envelope, and some friends to join you.
Funds are raised by inviting your friends to pop a donation in your pot when they join you for any event, whether for lunch, coffee, a BBQ, a drinks party, a game of bridge/tennis/anything, or any other occasion.
It is suggested that the contribution is seen as a gesture of goodwill to help the Friends in their ongoing support the Yeatman Hospital, and not as a measure of your kind hospitality.
The Friends ask you to kindly gather your collection in an envelope, and post it in the secure box attached to our Pound in the Pot board. This is located in Out-patient reception at the Yeatman.
More recently, the scheme has expanded to embrace an “Alternative Invitation”. If you are happy to invite your guests to come empty-handed, but to make a donation to the Friends in lieu of any gift to you, (using the same collection system), then you would be offering “An Alternative Invitation”, thereby helping the Friends. This scheme also works well if you feel that you don’t need lots of Birthday presents! Whatever form of “Donations Do” you choose, your contributions will be most welcome.
The Friends are grateful to all, many anonymous, who have contributed to this scheme. The total raised to July 2019 is £3,472 and will continue to run long-term.