The Big Give Christmas Challenge - The Brigitte Trust

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

It might seem a little early to be sharing our Christmas fundraising plans with you, but we are super excited to announce that this year we will be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest match-funding campaign taking place for a week from 29 November – 6 December 2022 . During this week, the Big Give helps charities to raise money through the Christmas Challenge with a supported fundraising campaign. Last year, thanks to generous supporters like you, the campaign raised over £24 million for participating charities. This year we want to be one of them but we need your help! We are looking for ‘pledgers’ to be part of our Big Give Christmas Campaign. By pledging to donate a minimum of £100 this Christmas you could help double the donations our appeal receives.

Can you help us and pledge to be part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge?


What is a pledger?

Pledgers can be anyone. Whether you’re a small business, an individual supporter, a local community organisation or a large corporation.

A pledge is a promise to pay a given sum at a later date. We are looking for ‘pledgers’ willing to pledge a minimum of £100 by Friday, 2nd September 2022.

Why are pledgers important?

Pledgers are a vital part of the campaign. It is your pledges that will enable us to take part in the Christmas Challenge and increase our chances of securing match funding from the Big Give’s Champion Funders. With your help we hope to raise £8,000 through the Big Give Christmas Challenge, to ‘help people live well beyond diagnosis’.

Our first step is to raise £2,000 in pledges from amazing supporters like you! Once we have hit our £2,000 pledge target, we use your pledges to attract an additional £2,000 of Champion funding from major funders such as trusts and foundations, corporations, and philanthropists working through the Big Give. These two types of gifts then comprise the match funding pot offered to our supporters during the Christmas Challenge.

Champion funds are only awarded up to the total of a charity’s pledges, so confirming pledges is a really important first step. Your pledge of funding also means someone else’s donation has twice the impact and is likely to encourage them to support the campaign. In fact, your gift of £100 or more could potentially quadruple in value throughout the campaign!

Here’s how it works:

1. You pledge to donate £100 or more to our Christmas Challenge through our pledge form. Pledges must be made by 5.00 pm on Friday, 2 September 2022

2. All pledges we receive are added to our ‘match pot’. This is used to double donations we receive during our appeal, which runs from midday on 29th November until midday on 6th December 2022 .

3. Finally, you pay in your pledge between 6 December 2022 – 16 January 2023*.

* Fulfilment of your pledge is conditional on us receiving the appropriate online donations during the campaign. You will only be required to pay a pro-rata amount of your pledge if we don’t hit our online target – it’s our guarantee to you that we are committed to raising additional donations.

Where will your donation go?

The funds raised during the Big Give Christmas Challenge will go towards providing vital emotional and practical support to people and families in our community struggling with a life-limiting illness such as cancer, neurological conditions and organ failure.

Our team of volunteers provide up to 3 hours of emotional, practical and social support each week. We are also planning to develop a new role of Salon@home volunteer who will offer haircuts and styling, manicures, head massage, Reiki and reflexology to clients who are house-bound in order for them to improve their well-being.

You can find out more about our service and the support we offer here.

Why is our support so vital?

Many clients come to the Brigitte Trust feeling lonely and isolated, with no one to share their worries and anxieties. This may be because they do not have anyone close to them, but more often it is because they do not wish to burden their loved ones with their thoughts at this difficult time. As one client said: “I can be completely honest in what I say to my volunteer, more so than with a friend.”

For some clients, mobility and pain management can restrict their ability to leave the house. For others, speech difficulties, falls and exhaustion can cause social embarrassment and this, coupled with a declining physical ability to leave the home unaided, often leads to isolation.

Last year we supported 495 people in Surrey; all have a life-threatening diagnosis and many have a situation at home where they themselves are already a carer for a spouse or other dependent, increasing the desperate need for our service.

If you would like to support our Christmas Challenge by becoming one of our campaign pledgers then please make a pledge now. You can find full details of the Christmas Challenge, and how your pledge will enable us to be part of the UK’s largest Matched Funding Challenge by visiting the Big Give Website.

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Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Christmas Challenge and what being a Pledger could mean to The Brigitte Trust. Contact Lucy Beach or Ingrid Walker at or call us on 01306 881816.

Thank you!