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Step up to support Trust fundraiser

Greenham Common Trust launches challenge to coincide with website launch

Jane Meredith

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Jane Meredith

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GREENHAM Common Trust has challenged charities and members of the local community to sign up for an October fundraiser, as the trust gets set to launch a new website today (Thursday).

The trust’s Step Up 4 Good family fun event on Sunday, October 16, includes a mini mile – aimed at children and families – alongside 3k, 5k or 10k distances, to either walk, or run around Greenham and Crookham commons.

The trust’s chief executive, Chris Boulton, said he hoped Step Up 4 Good would become a popular  annual event.

“We currently have around £300,000 available in our pot for reactive grant giving and we want to improve this,” he said.

“We are hoping to generate as much interest as we can and get lots of walkers signed up to these races.

“It’s a great opportunity for current applicants, as well as new groups, to get out their message and find additional sponsorship.”

In addition to raising charitable funds, Step Up 4 Good will also raise awareness of the trust’s new fundraising website, The Good Exchange, which, from today, will replace the trust’s fundraising website findmeagrant.org. 

The new website will feature personal profiles of fundraisers and their charitable projects, complete with photographs and film clips, all of which can be shared on social media.

Eligible projects will automatically be matched with funding schemes and the public and sponsors can continue to donate to favourites, which can be match or grant funded. 

The new website also offers a chance to donate to the trust’s Reactive Grant scheme, which distributes funds to charities in West Berkshire and Hampshire.

Last year, a total of £290,000 was distributed in Reactive Grants to 113 local organisations.

Entrants to the Step Up 4 Good event can raise funds, or donate to a charity featured on The Good Exchange – which will also claim Gift Aid on eligible donations.

A pre-event challenge, on Saturday, October 15, will involve trust staff members in a challenge called Greenham24 – a 24-hour relay around the 10k route, which begins at noon.

Registrations can be made for Step Up 4 Good  from today.

The races start with a family fun run at 10am on October 16. 

To register, go to https://register.canbook.me/stepup4good and then visit The Good Exchange website https://thegoodexchange.com.

You can then choose your project and create a fundraising profile, donate to your chosen project or support Greenham Common Trust’s Reactive Grant scheme.

For more information about Step Up 4 Good, please visit http://www.greenham-common-trust.co.uk/stepup4good and to volunteer on the day, email hello@thegoodexchange.com

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