Cardies Help To Save Lives Through The Light Fund

Last week a ‘hot bed’ incubator was installed in The Singleton Hospital in Swansea and has already saved the lives of tiny premature babies who would not have survived otherwise. This is just one of the very many charity projects (this one was for New Life) which have been funded by The Light Fund, the greeting card trade’s industrywide charity this year.

Now, with The Light Fund coffers swelled by the raffles at The Henries a few weeks ago and The Retas in July, plus other Max Publishing awards events as well as significant standalone fundraisers and activities, charities are being invited to submit projects they would like to be considered for funding in 2020 – and those in the greeting card trade are encouraged to get involved.

Above: Two parents who had premature babies presebted the hot bed to the Special Care Baby Unit at Plymouth hospital on behalf of New Life, with The Light Fund covering the costs.
Above: Two parents who had premature babies presebted the hot bed to the Special Care Baby Unit at Plymouth hospital on behalf of New Life, with The Light Fund covering the costs.

As she said in her speech at The Henries, Jakki Brown, one of The Light Fund co-founders and trustees “If you have a charity close to your heart, please encourage them to submit a project proposal via The Light Fund website – it is quick and easy to do so. I so love hearing how so many of the projects The Light Fund has financed have come about through connections with those in the greeting card industry.”

Registered charities have until Friday 15 November to make their submissions online, via The Light Fund website.

Above: Another of The Light Fund projects this year was to fund Orchid’s Male Cancer Awareness Week through the provision of posters and events.
Above: Another of The Light Fund projects this year was to fund Orchid’s Male Cancer Awareness Week through the provision of posters and events.

There are a few stipulations, which include that the projects should benefit children and/or adults, are capped at a cost of £5,000 and should be completed in 2020.

Above: The Light Fund website includes the online submission area for charities.
Above: The Light Fund website includes the online submission area for charities.

The Light Fund committee will meet in early December to vote on which of the submitted charitable projects will be supported. Those who are successful will be informed in mid December and receive the funds by the beginning of January 2020.

Here is a link to all the projects that The Light Fund was able to fund this year: http://www.lightfund.org/beneficiaries2018/

Above: Rachel Hare (left), md of Belly Button Designs and new president of the GCA joined immediate past president Ceri Stirland, UKG’s customer and channel director in drawing the raffle at The Henries. Rachel’s commitment to The Light Fund extends to Belly Button having sponsored the website development as well as donating funds from the sale of its Christmas cards to the charity for the last few years.
Above: Rachel Hare (left), md of Belly Button Designs and new president of the GCA joined immediate past president Ceri Stirland, UKG’s customer and channel director in drawing the raffle at The Henries. Rachel’s commitment to The Light Fund extends to Belly Button having sponsored the website development as well as donating funds from the sale of its Christmas cards to the charity for the last few years.

Top: Trevor Goodall, founder of New Life charity with the hot bed that The Light Fund paid for arriving at Swansea’s Singleton Hospital.

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