After tomorrow, when you’re feeling exhausted by the elections and have cast your vote, you may decide to pick yourself up with a little retail therapy.  And if you do, it can be good for you and good for us, too! (Which translates into good for the older people we support!)

When you purchase anything online, from kitchens to clothing to books and basics like groceries, go through the Easyfundraising website and choose Pilgrim Homes as the charity of your choice.  Then from there go to the retailer of your choice –  they’re all there.  Then, whichever one you choose,  we receive a portion of the purchase price.  It doesn’t cost you a single penny!   It such an easy way to raise funds for our work.

And keep your eye open for special promotions!  Recently we received a cheque for £50 from stationery supplier Viking Direct!  The invitation was to enter your charity into the firm’s promotional draw.  Someone did this and a couple of weeks’ later we heard than our name had been drawn.  Not only that, but we were asked to give information about Pilgrim Homes that could be used on Viking’s website.

It’s feel good retail therapy that helps you and helps us.  It won’t cost you a single penny.  Here’s how you do it – it’s so easy.

 

  1. Bring up the website easyfundraising.org.uk
  2. Click on Pilgrim Homes, as the charity of your choice
  3. Then to to any of the retailers. All the High Street names are there – Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Amazon, John Lewis, Ebay, Argos, and so on.

You can even let the website set a reminder on your internet access.  So when you go on to your retailer, the reminder will pop up.  Click on the icon and Easy fundraising will do the rest.

Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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