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How can you help?

How You Can Help

How can you help document

Easy Fundraising

Raise money when you shop!

Easy Fundraising works using the same principle as popular cashback schemes like Quidco – simply download the Easy Fundraising application to your phone, tablet or desktop and get cashback for the school each time you shop. It really is that easy!

Just some of the retailers who participate in the scheme include:

Amazon

eBay

M&S

Argos

EE

Next

Asos

Expedia

Sainsbury’s

Boots

George

Sky

Boden

Groupon

Staples

Clarks

Hotels.com

Tesco

Currys

John Lewis

Very

Debenhams

Lakeland

Vodafone

Dominos

Majestic Wine Warehouse

Waitrose

 There are just 4 easy steps to using Easy Fundraising:

  1. Search for ‘Hamilton Primary PSA’ via easyfundraising.org.uk
  2. Just enter your name, email address and a password
  3. Download the Easy Fundraising application to your phone, tablet or desktop
  4. Find a retailer using the search function and you’ll be redirected to their website to use in the normal way – that’s it!

 Help at an Event

Organising, baking, tidying up, running a stall - it takes all sorts!

 

Our hardest challenge is not raising the money but finding volunteers for the events. When we are organising an event, we always ask for helpers and please, please consider lending us some time as we appreciate help whether it’s big or small as we understand that parents have busy lives and differing commitments. Volunteering for an event doesn’t mean you will be shackled to the PSA machine for the rest of eternity (unless you want to be, of course!).

Events like the Halloween disco, Easter Eggstravaganza, Summer Fayre and our cake stalls simply would not happen without volunteers to help set up, run, or pack away! We usually send out requests for helpers via ParentMail or notes in book bags.

Donate via TotalGiving

Make a one-off donation or set up a regular Direct Debit – you can even Gift Aid it!

Following feedback from several parents who indicated they would like to donate a regular sum of money to the PSA, we have now registered with TotalGiving. You can donate by visiting our TotalGiving page at http://goo.gl/3RW1Wy or searching for Hamilton PSA on the TotalGiving website (www.totalgiving.co.uk). You can also donate by visiting our Facebook page and clicking ‘Shop now’. If you are a UK taxpayer and tick the ‘Gift Aid’ box and increase your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you!

Match Funding

Boost our fundraising efforts by asking if your employer will 'match' the money we raise

Match funding is a simple way of maximising the fundraising efforts of individual PSA volunteers. Some organisations will match fund on a pound-for-pound basis; others stipulate a donation limit. A typical match fund would work like this:
£10.00 Your donation
+ £10.00 Donation matched by match fund partner
+ £ 2.50 Gift Aid (For UK taxpayers)
£22.50 Total donation

 Match funding is essentially an informal corporate arrangement between a company and their employee. Many companies offer this under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. Unfortunately it is difficult to produce a definitive list of companies who participate in this scheme, but generally speaking, banks and building societies, insurance companies, supermarkets, utilities providers, phone companies and car manufacturers are known historically to offer match funding schemes. Below is a list of just some of the companies who have been known to operate match funding schemes: 

Abbey National

DHL

Marks & Spencer

Alliance & Leicester

Ernst & Young

Microsoft

Asda

Ford

Norwich Union

Bank of Scotland

GlaxoSmithKline

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Barclays

Halifax

Royal & Sun Alliance

BP

HSBC

Southern Electric

BT

IBM

Swiss Bank Corporation

Citigroup

JP Morgan

Tesco

Deutsche Bank

Lloyds

Vodafone

Simply ask your company if they run this scheme, and let us know!

Come to our PSA meetings

We’re a friendly bunch – don’t be shy!

We hold meetings roughly once every half term. These were historically held in the evenings but we now hold them during school hours too. Meetings are either in the school staffroom, at Christchurch or round someone’s house. We are always welcoming to anyone who pops to a meeting or two - there is usually wine, nibbles and friendly chat as well as a bit of digressing!

We use these meetings to plan events, generate ideas for fundraising, and discuss how to further the work of the PSA. We hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in October and at this meeting we vote on how the preceding years fundraising efforts will be spent. All parents are welcome at the AGM, and our regular meetings.

 Buy a School Lottery ticket

 Be in with a chance of winning a weekly £25,000 jackpot prize and support your school at the same time!

From January 2018 we will be joining the ‘Your School Lottery’ scheme. This is a simple way to support the school and have a flutter! Unlike most other lotteries, Your School Lottery lets you support your local school directly. 40p from every £1 ticket goes straight to the school, in contrast to the National lottery who only pass on 28p in every pound, and the Health Lottery who only pass on 20.2p to good causes.

Everyone who participates is in with a chance of winning the £25,000 jackpot, and there is also a guaranteed local prize that will be won by one of the school supporters – the more people who play, the bigger the local prize, and the more money raised for your school.

You will be able to play by visiting www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/play and searching for Hamilton Primary School.

Our first draw will take place on Saturday 13 January 2018!