An eight week online fundraising appeal on Crowdfunder is being launched on Monday 25 January to raise money to help Swindon charity Restore replace their van which is well past its sell-by date and costing a fortune to keep on the road.
The charity works with the long term unemployed and those unable to access the work place due to ill health. Most of its money comes from collecting and selling second hand furniture and other goods such as clothing, toys, books and household goods. Their current van now has over 180,000 miles on the clock and the level of repairs and frequency of time in the garage is increasing.
The vehicle needs to be long wheel-based which allows even the largest sofa or sideboard to be collected. These items are sold at low affordable prices at the Restore shop in the Parks area of Swindon to people who often find it difficult to afford basic furniture. Many customers require their purchases to be delivered at cost price which make a reliable vehicle a necessity.
Project Manager Ian Howard said: “The van is essential to the operation of Restore. Without it we cannot pick up donations or deliver large items bought in our shop. The van is also looking tired and worn which does not give the sort of image that we are looking for.”
Restore have decided to use the relatively new technique of crowdfunding where anyone from an individual member of the public to a company can donate money towards the target amount on line via a web site. This allows local people to buy back into what local charities are doing in their community.
Donations can be as little as £10 and as high as the whole target amount of £25,000. In return donations of £20 will receive a thank you letter and donations of £50 will receive a thank you voucher to be spent in the Restore shop or Struve’s Café Restores community café.
Any person or company donating at least £2,000 will have their name or logo on the side of the new vehicle. This privilege will be limited to the first ten £2,000+ donators.
“Restore potentially visits every street in Swindon and the surrounding areas,” said Ian Howard. “This is great mobile advertising opportunity for local companies for the life of the vehicle. We will also be using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to get the message out to our potential supporters”.
The crowdfunding appeal can be found at www.crowdfunder.co.uk in the charity section, under the title of Swindon Restore van project.
There is a Youtube video clip and a written description of the project.
Anyone wanting any further information should contact Restore on 01793 978045 or email@example.com.
Restore are based in St Johns church hall, Whitbourne Avenue and their charity shop and community café are open from 9 until 4pm every week day. Restore are run by Swindon Christian Community Projects and are a sister charity to Foodbank.
Ian Howard added: “We know that the people of Swindon are incredibly generous from the quality of the goods that they donate to us. We are now challenging the Swindon community, individuals and businesses, to invest in a real local charity who invest in people like them”.