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Children's charity asks faith groups to back extra hour fundraiser

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is calling on faith groups and churchgoers across England to get involved in its biggest annual fundraising event, ‘The Big Hour’ ...

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is calling on faith groups and churchgoers across England to get involved in its biggest annual fundraising event, ‘The Big Hour’.

For the majority of people, when the clocks go back this October, it means an extra hour in bed. But for families supported by Rainbow Trust who are caring for a seriously ill child, an extra hour is incredibly precious and not something to waste. The Big Hour campaign calls for people to use that extra time to raise vital funds for families in need.
 
Worshippers, leaders and churches can get involved in the week-long campaign, beginning on Monday 19 October, in a number of ways including dedicated services, charity fairs and extra collections. The campaign aims to highlight how valuable family time is and how small acts of kindness can make a big difference to families facing such difficult circumstances.
 
It costs £22 an hour to support a family caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Those helping to raise as much as they can in an hour will help provide emotional and practical support for families when they need it the most.
 
Emma Haines, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Rainbow Trust, says: “It is a great opportunity for religious communities to get together for an hour’s activity. Most people don’t realise just how crucial one hour can be, but this is quickly changed when your child is diagnosed with a serious illness. We’d love for as many people as possible to donate their extra hour to fundraise and support families going through unimaginable circumstances.”
 
The Big Hour aims to raise £15,000 this year by focusing on the power of the hour, giving supporters the freedom to choose from a number of ways to use their extra hour to raise money.
 
For details about the different ways to get involved, contact Tasha Smith on 01372 220 013 or register online: Rainbowtrust.org.uk/big-hour

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides expert social palliative care to families when their child has a life threatening or terminal illness. Offering emotional and practical support, assistance is available for families 24 hours a day. Individually tailored high quality care is offered from diagnosis through to treatment and, should a family become bereaved, the charity will continue to support them for as long as they are needed, helping family members cope with the present and preparing them for the future.

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