PTSD UK's Giving Tuesday £2 request
Every year, on #GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond today, and touches every person on the planet. We’re excited to announce that we’re one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on 29 November 2022 – and this year, all we’re asking for is £2!
The uncertainty of the post-pandemic world and the current cost of living crisis has created a rising demand in our services, but also a significant reduction in donations as many traditional fundraising opportunities have been shut off. Giving Tuesday is a chance to secure our future to continue supporting the people who need us.
But we’re aware that the current financial climate means many people may struggle to support us – which is why our ask this year is just £2. If you can donate more, then we’d be delighted – but imagine if all of our supporters each donated £2?! We’d have a secure future for PTSD UK for many years to come!
PTSD UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – no matter the trauma that caused it. We believe that supportive and reliable knowledge really is power when it comes to PTSD and C-PTSD. If you understand the types of trauma that can cause PTSD or C-PTSD, the physical, mental and emotional symptoms that are often experienced, and, most importantly, the treatments that can help you, then you’ll be able to start down the path to recovery when you’re ready.
We know first-hand that PTSD and C-PTSD can make you feel helpless, alone and isolated from those around you. So, we hope that knowing that someone understands a little more about it, is able to empathise with how you feel and will be patient with you, will help you feel more in control and ready to tackle it head on.
PTSD UK is here to provide resources and tools to inspire empowerment and resilience in everyone affected by PTSD, to help them work towards recovery. We campaign to raise awareness of the condition, reach out to high-risk communities, help shape UK healthcare policies, and give everyone the belief that ‘Tomorrow CAN be a new day‘ – but our work relies entirely on donations from our generous supporters – we receive no funding at present.
Giving Tuesday was brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and offers the opportunity to give back to good causes, either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member – so maybe today is the time to take action to support our favourite charity too.
Jacqui Suttie, PTSD Survivor and Founder & CEO of PTSD UK said, “We are so grateful to all our supporters – and we know this is an especially difficult time for many people – so any support is so gratefully received. Whether it’s donating money, purchasing something from our Supporters Store, starting a fundraiser, or just amplifying your support for PTSD UK: any act of Giving can make all the difference to us.”
We’d be incredibly grateful for any donations, but all we ask is for £2, and you can donate this on our campaign fundraiser page here or find out more about how you can help support PTSD UK.
Please note, we’re using the JustGiving platform for this, and as they don’t charge any fees, they add a voluntary contribution as standard – but you can reduce this to £0 easily.
To find out more about #GivingTuesday, and how you can get involved, visit: http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/
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