ERIC wouldn't exist without the generosity of people who donate time and money to ensure we can continue to support families.
Helping a child overcome bowel and bladder issues takes hard work and determination. Something the ERIC team helps families with every day. It’s also something we witness from our amazing fundraisers who take the time and effort to raise funds for ERIC.
Edward was just 10 when he first emailed ERIC to ask for a fundraising pack. A few months later, Edward had a plan. With the help of his family, he organised an event and set himself a challenge to raise money and to spread the word about childhood bowel and bladder problems.
I have suffered with my bladder and bowel all my life and ERIC have been a great support to me and my family. I wanted to do something to help them, so they can carry on supporting others.
Edward's tea party: A family affair
Edward, mum and dad and his two brothers organised a tea party, serving several types of tea and lots of homemade cakes.
There was also a second-hand book stall and games like guess the weight of the cake. The event was held in their garden and raised £262.
Edward decided to attempt a 25 miles cycle ride. He got in touch with the local velopark to ask if he could use the venue and agree a date.
When the day came, the weather was a mixed bag of sunshine, strong winds and showers, remnants of Storm Brian that battered country the previous day.
It would have been easy to abandon the challenge, or, at least, push it back to a later date. But Edward wasn't going to let anything get in his way, not even the British weather. He had already raised over £250, he didn't want to let down everyone who sponsored him.
Edward completed the challenge accompanied by his brothers and cheered on by his parents.
Stigma? What stigma?
Edward talked openly about his medical condition to everyone he crossed paths with to raise as much money as possible. He spread the word about ERIC's work all around him. There's no better way to reduce the stigma that surrounds childhood bowel and bladder problems. Ally, Edward's mum, told us:
We are so proud of Edward for his bike ride and for sharing his problem with everyone.We are also very proud of George and Henry who helped bake cakes and serve tea. Edward's brothers also supported Edward by cycling with him.
Paying in your money
Every penny you raise for ERIC counts. When your fundraising event is over, please send us the money as soon as possible so we can put it to good use straight away.
You can pay in your money in a number of ways.
Online: Through ERIC's website on the donate page
By credit or debit card: Payments can be made over the phone using any credit or debit card. Contact Joe our Finance Manager Tel: 0117 301 2105 (normal working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
Bank transfer: Any money collected can be paid directly into our account. Please contact Joe for our bank account details - Tel: 0117 301 2105 / [email protected]
By cheque: Send a cheque made payable to 'ERIC' to:
ERIC, The Children's Bowel and Bladder Charity
36 Old School House
The Kingswood Foundation
Make your money go even further!
If you've raised funds for ERIC, ask your employer if they have a match funding scheme. Many companies offer employees the chance to boost their charitable fundraising efforts by 'matching' the money they raise. Talk to your employer or click here to find out more.
Gift Aid makes donations to ERIC worth substantially more by allowing us to claim 25p from the government for every £1 donated, at no extra cost to you or your supporters. Gift Aid can be applied to any donation from a UK tax payer, as long as the amount claimed is no more than the tax paid that financial year.
When collecting donations or sponsorship, make sure you ask whether the supporter would like Gift Aid applied. All we need to claim Gift Aid back is their full name and home address with postcode.