Cam’s dad, Craig, wanted to share a message with you if you’re thinking about taking part in Dinosaur Day this year:
We started Dinosaur Day, or Dowser Day as it originally was (Cameron could not say dinosaur), to remember Cam and celebrate his life on the first birthday after we lost him. Cam only lived for 5 and a quarter years, but he packed more love and laughter into that time than many of us manage in 95 years. We wanted to avoid Cam’s birthday on 19 June being a sad day for anyone, so Dinosaur Day was born as a celebration and an opportunity to raise money and awareness on behalf of all those children like Cam and families like ours.
As a family we are honoured that you still remember Cam on his birthday and that you have helped us to share our “Fun Raiser” so widely and to such good effect. Cam would have loved it!
We’re privileged that Cam’s family gifted us Dinosaur Day to raise funds for Contact. That’s why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get involved. From hosting a bake sale to or setting up a Facebook Fundraiser, there a lots of ways to raise money for Contact this Dinosaur Day.
Can you help us raise funds for families with disabled children this Dinosaur Day, 22 June by setting up a Facebook Fundraiser?
It’s one of the easiest way to fundraise and ask your friends and family to donate to support the work Contact does. You can do it from the comfort of your sofa and it only takes a couple of minutes to set one up. Just follow these simple instructions.
By setting up your Facebook Fundraiser you’ll be helping us support even more families. And to show you how much we appreciate your support, for every £50 you raise, we’ll give you a £5 voucher to spend on sensory toys, clothes and equipment in our Fledglings shop.
Other ways to get involved in Dinosaur Day 2022
Setting up a Facebook fundraiser is just one of the ways to get involved with Dinosaur day this year. From hosting a bake sale to having a dinosaur theme party, why not sign up today and receive your fundraising pack full of ideas and tips for having fun and raising vital funds for Contact at the same time.
This March, a group of students from Middlesex University Cultural Events module from the MA Arts Management programme put on a fantastic show to fundraise for us.
The students organised a fabulous charity gig at one of their local venues, the Claddagh Ring Pub in London, and raised a wonderful £215!
Larisa, one of the organisers, said: “The reason why my team and I chose Contact was because of their hard work done over the years helping families with disabled children.
“The event per se went splendidly. We had a band performing at the Claddagh Ring Pub, which is a pub near our university. The whole Contact team were very welcoming and friendly, helping us with the whole organisation and donating raffle prizes. We had friends and other students from Middlesex University coming and donating.
“Thank you again for being part of this beautiful experience!”
“My youngest son Harry has a very rare syndrome called PACS1, autism and associated learning disabilities. He is a joy to our world, and anyone that knows him can see he is an amazing, happy and resilient kid. He does, however, need specialist schooling and most probably lifelong care. The support Contact has given us has been invaluable.
“So, now it is my chance to give something back to this amazing charity, and help as many families with disabled children as possible.”
Our fundraising team work tirelessly to find the money we need to keep going and newest member of the team, fundraising assistant Hannah Hassouni, joined us as part of the Kickstart scheme – a government initiative to help 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment due to their circumstances.
Contact is committed to being an anti-racist organisation that actively strives for greater equity, diversity and inclusion for both our families and our colleagues. We understand that an individual’s circumstances can play a huge part in their ability to get a foot on the work ladder and that traditional routes through education don’t work for everyone. That’s why participating in schemes like Kickstart and securing ongoing funding for roles like Hannah’s, are vitally important to us.
Hannah’s role will be funded by Kickstart until June, when sadly the government scheme comes to an end. During her time with us Hannah has not only helped us to raise funds, she has pushed us to consider things differently, contributed to open conversations about race and how we can reach more families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Hannah continues: “I am really enjoying my job. After leaving education I found it hard to find a job and I am so grateful to Contact for employing me. I feel I am thriving in this environment and truly believe I’ve found my ideal career! I’ve learnt so much from my new colleagues who are really committed to teaching me about all the different parts of the charity sector. I really hope I can continue at Contact once my Kickstart placement ends.”
Peter Beeby, CEO of Prospectus who helped us recruit Hannah to the role says “I think it’s a great way of supporting young people into work, and for me introducing young diverse talent into the charity sector.”
If you are a funder who can help us replace the support Kickstart offered please get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
That’s an average of 11 players a week taking home £5 and £25 prizes – though with a chance to win up to £10,000!
Support our vital services and win prizes
The Contact Weekly Lottery is a great, low-cost and easy way to support our vital support services for families with disabled children across the UK.
For just £1 a week, you’ll be in the frame to win weekly cash prizes and know that every time you play you’re helping us to continue to run our workshops, information and advice services, one-to-one family drop-ins and much more!
We’re delighted to have made someone’s Christmas when they won a huge £1,000 in the last Contact Weekly Lottery prize draw of 2021!
On finding out he’d won the Christmas cash prize , our winner, Mr Brook from London, told us:
“I decided to play the Contact Weekly Lottery as I really wanted to support a UK charity that gives information , advice, and support to families with disabled children. I really hope that my small contribution by playing their lottery will help the Contact continue to reach more families both now and in the future. I was amazed to see the range of services, resources and campaigns that Contact offers. I can see that they really do make a difference to family’s lives.
“I would urge anyone who is thinking of joining Contact’s Weekly Lottery to do so!”
Why not make playing the Contact Weekly Lottery your New Year’s resolution?
The Contact Weekly Lottery is a great, low-cost and easy way to support our vital support services for families with disabled children across the UK.
For just £1 a week you’ll be in the frame to win weekly cash prizes between £5 and £10,000 and know that every time you play you’re helping us to continue to run our workshops, information and advice services, one-to-one family drop-ins and much more! Join our lottery now.
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing a total of £105,000 from John Lyon’s Charity to help our Ealing team support even more families with disabled children in the borough until 2025.
Thanks to the funding from John’s Lyon’s Charity, Contact’s Ealing team will be able to continue the vital work they do supporting families by offering high quality information, support and advice, parent workshops, 1:1 support and wellbeing activities to bring families together to support each other, build resilience and reduce isolation.
“Thank you for listening and caring – I do not have many people in my life who understand the challenges that raising a disabled child brings.”
Parent Carer supported by Contact’s Ealing team
Contact has been working in Ealing for nearly 40 years. The majority of the 1,000 families Contact’s Ealing team currently supports are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Research published by the Disabled Children’s Partnership revealed that a staggering 69% of families with disabled children never receive support beyond their close friends or family. During the pandemic this went up to 76%, making it difficult for parents to balance caring responsibilities with work and wider family life, all of which has a negative impact on the disabled child’s life opportunities and wellbeing.
Brigitte Bistrick-Bryan, Contact’s Ealing manager says,“We’re hugely grateful for the funding we’ve been awarded from John Lyon’s charity. It will make a real difference and means that we can continue to be there for even more Ealing families when their child has a disability, providing accessible information, advice and support and empowering them to make decisions that are right for them – more important than ever as vulnerable communities start to recover from the overwhelming impact of Covid.”
John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in North and West London including Ealing.
We’ve partnered with leading sports charity for disabled people, Disability Sports Coach (DSC), to make this video as part of our joint application to the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund.
The Dream Fund gives charities like Contact the chance to deliver a project we’ve always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. Our dream is to expand our successful Better Together events we currently run in London with DSC so that hundreds more children with additional needs get the chance to experience the benefits of taking part in sport.
If successful, we believe Better Together Through Sport is a real opportunity to transform the lives of hundreds of disabled children and young people through weekly sporting activities.
Mark Davies, director of income generation at Contact, says: “Families we support tell us that leisure and play opportunities for their children – after school, in the holidays and at weekends – are extremely limited and there are many barriers in the way like accessibility and cost. Children with additional needs who aren’t given the same sporting opportunities as their non-disabled peers also miss out on the countless physical, mental and social benefits that taking part in sport brings. Not having access to sport can have a negative impact on emotional and physical wellbeing and contributes to disabled children’s social isolation and lack of confidence.
“Working with our partner Disability Sports Coach we believe that, if successful, Better Together Through Sport will be a trailblazing opportunity to reduce the isolation that some children with additional needs experience and increase their confidence through sport. And because Contact’s family workers will also be on hand at these weekly sessions, parent carers will be able to talk to us directly and get direct access to Contact’s trusted information, advice and support.
Amardeep Gill of DSC adds: “Our shared values with Contact means we have worked closely in recent years to change the lives of disabled children and their families through sport. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved together – but we know there’s more to do. The pandemic has increased the inequalities in society faced by many disabled children and families.
“That’s why we’re so excited to partner with Contact for ‘Better Together Through Sport.’ If successful, we’ll make a truly life-changing impact and enrich the lives of so many in need of our expert support.”
They did it! Our 12 fabulous runners completed the London Marathon yesterday and we couldn’t be prouder of all their hard work.
Our runners have been training and fundraising since 2019 and all their hard work definitely paid off. Everyone finished in good time and altogether they managed to raise an incredible £27,000 to help us continue our work supporting families with disabled children.
We had a fantastic time cheering them on yesterday, shaking all we had and it was great that we managed to see a few of them, as they ran past us at Mile 16.
We would like to thank them for all for supporting Contact.
Fancy joining our team next year?
The ballot for the London Marathon is now open and Contact also has places for next year’s event. If you would like to join us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7608 8786
This is it. The London Marathon is finally here! After many delays and cancellations due to the pandemic, our 12 wonderful runners finally get to take on the streets of London this Sunday 3 October and bask in the glory of running an incredible 26.2 miles.
For well over 18 months, our runners have been training and fundraising to help Contact continue our work supporting families with disabled children. We couldn’t be prouder of all their hard work and dedication.
One of our of runners, Caroline Klage, said: “I am running my second London marathon for Contact because they are an amazing charity working tirelessly to provide invaluable support to families of disabled children at a time when this is needed more than ever.”
And Judith Kippax, who has been training since 2020 and also ran the first-ever virtual London Marathon for us last year, told us about her motivation to take part: “My mother, Ann Smallwood, was involved with Contact 40 years ago when she identified disabilities in children through her work.
“She died in 2018 and I saw the Contact banner near the 16 mile mark while I was running that year’s event and again in 2019. Contact had marathon places so I decide to fundraise in her memory for the charity that had meant so much to her and had done such wonderful work to support families with disabled children.”
A huge thank you and good luck to all our runners – every one of you has made a tremendous difference to the families Contact supports, and we can’t wait to see you doing your thing this Sunday!
Agustin, from Wimbledon, started his epic journey on 4th September on the coast of Cornwall and will finish on the 13th in the north of Scotland.
His eldest daughter has mild cerebral palsy and he wanted to raise money for other families with children who have additional needs. He is a keen cyclist and has been training for many months after the event was postponed last year due to Covid.
Agustin said: “I took up this challenge for two reasons. First, I wanted to show my children and others that if you work hard anything is possible. The sky is the limit. And second, I know there are many families with disabled children who experience tough times so I wanted raise funds for Contact, which I know provides superb and vital support services for families with disabled children.”
The Deloittle Ride Across Britain covers 970 miles of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes accessible on two wheels. passing iconic locations such as St Michaels Mount, Cheddar Gorge, The Severn Bridge, The Lecht and Forth Bridge.
Kaya Korablina, Contact’s fundraising officer, said: “We know that families with disabled children continue to be disproportionately affected by the fallout of the Covid pandemic, and our services are vital in supporting them now and in the future. That’s why we are so grateful to Agustin for his efforts to fundraise for us to support families with disabled children across the UK. Covering over 100 miles a day on his bike is an incredible achievement and we wish him luck in the final stages of his epic journey!”
Vikki matched five numbers in our weekly draw, landing her the windfall. Vikki was so pleased to have won, she almost couldn’t believe her luck.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to know you’re helping others, and on top of that you get a chance to win some cash!”
Vikki used to access our services in the past, before her son Kai sadly passed away in 2014. Vikki said:
“I have used Contact’s resources and sign-posting in the past, and I think the work Contact does is just brilliant!
“Parents need all the help they can get, particularly during these difficult times. So I decided to sign up to help out, do my bit and give something back to such a wonderful organisation.
“It’s fantastic to know that my decision to play the Contact Weekly Lottery will help so many more families. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you are helping others, and on top of that you get a chance to win some cash!
“It’s such a worthwhile cause that does so much for families. Contact campaigns, provides life-saving information and has amazing resources that truly make a difference to parents.
“I’m so pleased I have signed up for the lottery and so glad I’ve won!”
We’re so pleased Vikki’s chances have turned into a win and if you join us – you could be next!
Play Contact’s Weekly Lottery for as little as £1 a week and a chance to win up to £10,000, all while helping us make a difference to thousands of families with disabled children in the UK.
Congratulations to Vikki and good luck to all our wonderful players in the next draw!
Thank you and good luck! Give our new Contact Lottery Facebook page a ‘like’ and find our if your lottery numbers have been lucky as each week we reveal our lucky prize winners here. Follow the page to find out if you’ve won £5, £25, £1,000, or even our £10,000 jackpot!We’ll also tell you more about exactly where your contributions are going. Because by playing the Contact Weekly Lottery, you’re helping thousands of families with disabled children in the UK to live better quality lives.
Our annual fundraising event, Dinosaur Day is back later this month – and we’d love it if you could join us (virtually of course!).
Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. And we’ve made it easy for you to take part in Dino Day and raise vital funds for us at the same time – we’ve even got some delicious recipes to inspire you – dinosaur meringue bones anyone?
And once you’ve cooked up a storm in your kitchens we’d love to see pictures of your bake-tastic creations – tag us on Facebook, #DinoDay2021, and you’ll be helping to raise awareness of our work supporting UK families with disabled children too.
Good question! Cameron Mathieson was a little boy who spent more than two years in hospital before he sadly died aged 5 in 2012. His parents, Craig and Lynette, made history in 2015 when they won a landmark case at the Supreme Court which found that a government rule that removed Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments to disabled children if they spent a long periods in hospital, was unlawful.
Contact supported the Mathieson family’s long and ultimately successful legal challenge to this unfair rule through the courts with our Stop the DLA Takeaway campaign. Because of the Mathieson family’s determination and with the help of our campaign, hundreds of families of the most disabled and poorly children are no longer denied financial help when they need it most.
Cameron absolutely loved dinosaurs – and his favourite was a green triceratops called Troy. Dinosaur Day is a tribute to him, his family and all the other UK families like the Mathieson’s that Contact supports.
We know that with the right support, families can overcome the challenges they face and focus on what matters – being together and growing together. But as a charity, we rely on donations to keep our much-needed services going.
The Movement for Good Awards is giving £1m to 500 charities changing people’s lives for the better over the next few weeks – and with your help we’d like to be one of them!
Happy to nominate us? Here’s how!
Simply use the voting button above or visit the Movement for Good website, click ‘nominate now’ and enter our details including our charity number: 284912.
The closing date for nominations is Sunday 13 June 2021.
The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please spread the word to your friends and family.
Your nomination could be the one that wins us £1,000!