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Organise a workplace event for charity

There are lots of ways your company and staff can fundraise for us and workplace events are a great way to boost morale and team-building while also helping a good cause. With many people still working from home due to COVID-19, there are still lots of ways you can take part in fundraising events for us.

Almost 90% of our funding comes from donations, so your support is crucial as we continue ‘caring through COVID’ and deliver our services throughout the pandemic. Your business will also benefit, as charitable workplace events help to increase brand awareness as well as contributing towards your corporate and social responsibility objectives.

Whether you opt for a socially responsible bake sale, ‘Dress-down’ Day, charity breakfast or a sponsored event, we’ll provide whatever support you need to get going.

To find out more about workplace fundraising contact our Corporate Partnerships Team.  Email us: corporate@nichs.org.uk

New challenges for 2020 include: Create Your own Corporate Challenge, Brave the Wax and Food for Thought.

Workplace challenges

While you can choose to do any activity you like to raise funds for us, we also offer up some special charitable challenges every year, if you need some inspiration.

Our workplace challenges for 2020 include:

Create your own Corporate Virtual Challenge

With many people currently working from home it can be difficult to maintain team morale and motivation. A virtual challenge is a great way to engage employees as it joins everyone in a shared purpose which, in turn, helps rebuild team spirit and boosts general wellbeing.

Whatever the challenge – whether it’s a relay, bike ride, running ‘to the office’ or getting together for a virtual trip around the world – your virtual challenge is up to you. You’ll have fun, get fit and raise money for a great cause.

ASM Accountants challenged their employees across Northern Ireland to ‘Walk the Wild Atlantic Way’ and then back again. Find out more and get inspired here.  

If you'd like further advice and guidance on how to create your own challenge please contact Regina rcox@nichs.org.uk 

Brave the Wax

Brave the Wax

There are lots of easy ways to start raising money and this challenge is sure to get everyone’s attention! Are you brave enough to take on our eye-watering Brave the Wax challenge? Sign up your workplace today and nominate your colleagues, boss, family or friends to help raise vital funds for us.

All you need to decide is… will it be chest, back, legs, or even eyebrows that get the wax treatment? Just how much hair are you prepared to lose for a good cause?!

Find out more and register here or please get in touch with Regina on corporate@nichs.org.uk or call 07506 751323.

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Food for Thought

Our ‘Food for Thought’ challenge is all about raising awareness of people living with dysphagia in Northern Ireland – a condition which causes swallowing difficulties and makes it difficult to eat and/or drink. There are various types of dysphagia and it presents in approximately 18% of people who have had a stroke.

This challenge therefore requires a single participant or a group to eat the same meals as someone who has dysphagia for between two to five days. Nutrition plans will be provided, so all you have to do is follow them! Our corporate fundraisers will also support you throughout the challenge, helping with ideas to raise awareness and achieve your target goal.

If you are interested in trying this new challenge, please contact Regina at rcox@nichs.org.uk for more information.

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  • At least 80p in every £1 raised or donated is spent delivering our life-changing care and prevention services, as well as funding local research into these illnesses.

    How does NICHS spend donations?

    Thanks to our loyal supporters we raised more than £3.35 Million last year to support our programmes across Northern Ireland.

    £1.39 Million was spent on delivering our care support programmes, £576k was spent on delivering our prevention programmes and £736k on local research into chest, heart and stroke related conditions.

    In other words, for every £1 raised, around 80p, went directly to funding our care and prevention programmes as well as research to help fight chest, heart and stroke conditions.

    How you can help

    Over 335,000 people in Northern Ireland are living with chest, heart and stroke conditions, and these illnesses are responsible for 37% of all adult deaths every year. That's almost 6,000 people. Every day across Northern Ireland 11 people will suffer a stroke and 17 will have a heart attack.

    With your support we are able to continue our vital care and prevention work across the community, caring for people who are living with chest, heart and stroke conditions and helping prevent people becoming ill in the first place.


    Support us today and help us lead the fight against chest, heart and stroke illnesses across Northern Ireland.

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  • What is Gift Aid?

    Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donations will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. If you Gift Aid your donations we can claim back from the government 25p for every £1 you donate to Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke.

    This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.

    You could make your donation to us NICHS worth even more!

    Whether you are making a cash donation, setting up a regular gift, or asking friends and family to sponsor you in an event, your donation could be worth an extra 25% thanks to the Gift Aid donations scheme. Last year, we were able to reclaim over £74,000 through donations that were gift aided which contributed towards our care and prevention programmes.

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    How it works:

    Under the Gift Aid scheme, if you are a UK taxpayer, the Government allows charities to reclaim 25p of every pound you give – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny! With your permission NICHS can re-claim this tax on your behalf.

    Once you’ve read the Gift Aid statement and are happy you can comply with it, simply tick the Gift Aid box to say you agree that NICHS can reclaim tax for you. If you’d prefer to complete a paper version of our Gift Aid Declaration form and post it into our office, you can download a pdf version by clicking on the button below.

    If you’d like to find out how much more your donation would be if it was Gift Aided, just use the calculator below.

    Click here to download a Gift Aid Declaration

    What we need to claim Gift Aid

    • Your full name and home address
    • The donation amount you are giving. We can accept cash also.
    • We can't claim Gift Aid on donations from company accounts. The donation must be your own money and not the proceeds of a collection.
    • For you to confirm that you pay income tax or capital gains tax which at least equals the amount NICHS and other charities and community amateur sports clubs will claim in the appropriate tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next). This is currently 25p for every £1 you give.
    • Using the declaration form, we can claim Gift Aid on all your donations in the last 4 years and all future donations.
    • Once you have become a Gift Aid donor, please let us know if you stop paying tax or if you change your name/address so that we can update our records.
  • If you would like any further help, or have any questions, please contact Supporter Care on 028 9026 6743 or supportercare@nichs.org.uk

  • The work that we do is only possible because of the generous donations that we receive from our supporters. You are very important to us. Thank you so much for helping us in the care and prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses across Northern Ireland.

    When you make a donation to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, we promise that :

    • Your donation will be used wisely, responsibly and for the purpose given.
    • If a donation is made for a specific purpose we will honour that request.
    • We will safeguard your personal information in line with Data Protection principles.
    • We will communicate with you in accordance with your wishes.
    • Queries or complaints will be responded to as quickly as possible.
    • Administration costs will be kept to a minimum.
    • Your support will be acknowledged and we will keep you updated about how you are helping people who suffer from chest, heart or stroke illnesses.
    • Fundraisers will respect you as a donor and will be transparent in their dealings with you at all times.
    • Fundraisers will work to the highest professional standards and will adhere to the practices and guidelines as directed by the Institute of Fundraising.
    • Where donations are solicited indirectly, i.e. by 3rd party agencies, we recognise that donors have the right to request information about them.

    If you have any questions, please contact Supporter Care on 028 9026 6743 or supportercare@nichs.org.uk.

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