The coronavirus crisis has hit the charity sector hard and The Ben Kinsella Trust is no exception. It’s estimated the whole sector has lost £4 billion in income since the start of the pandemic and the Ben Kinsella Trust has seen donations and fundraising fall rapidly. There is no doubt that this is a tough time for our charity.
We know you – our amazing supporters – will want to do all you can to help so that we can continue to do our work to tackle knife crime. But we also know this is a tough time not just for us, but for everyone. For many, donating to charity at this time may be harder than it once was.
That’s why we’re asking for your help in different ways! Here are 5 amazing things that you can do to really help us, without donating a penny of your own money.
Your help now means we will continue to tackle knife crime throughout the pandemic and beyond.
1. Declutter and donate
Ziffit is a free web and app service that instantly values your books, games, DVDs and CDs and lets you generate funds to be donated directly to The Ben Kinsella Trust
You can de-clutter your home and donate your unwanted items.
So clear out your bookshelves and cupboards and easily turn your unwanted items into precious pounds for your good cause in 4 simple steps!
- Scan or enter the barcode number or ISBN of your product and get an instant value
- Complete the online trade and pack up your unwanted goodies
- Use Ziffit’s free courier or drop-off service to send your items
- The value of your items will be donated to your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page or directly to the Ben Kinsella Trust
2. Shop with Amazon Smile
Every time you shop with Amazon, Amazon will donate 0.5% to the Ben Kinsella Trust at no cost to you.
Amazon Smile is operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as the normal Amazon.co.uk site. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the Ben Kinsella Trust.
Simply go to smile.amazon.co.uk every time you shop, and the donation will be made automatically once you’ve checked out. It really is that easy!
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for The Ben Kinsella Trust with easyfundraising?
There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.
All you need to do is:
- Go to our page on the Easy Fundraising website and join for free.
- Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
- After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to The Ben Kinsella Trust at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
4. Sign up to our newsletter
It may sound simple, but by joining our newsletter you really help us. By keeping yourself in the know, you can help us to make sure our message is spread far and wide – everything from our campaigns, to sharing our resources, to sharing important national knife crime news. Learn more about our successes and keep yourself updated about our current work.
5. Follow us on our social media platforms
Following us on social media helps us in exactly the same way that signing up to our newsletter helps us – you can help spread our message and learn about our successes. A simple ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ may seem like nothing, but you are still making a difference!
We are on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube! Find us and give us a like! Even better, why not share our pages and channels with some of your friends so that they can help too! Search @kinsellatrust
Thank you so much for all that you do to help the Ben Kinsella Trust #StopKnifeCrime
Your donation will help us to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime and help us to achieve our vision: that no family or community should suffer the loss of a life to knife crime