Help Adoption Matters children's charity through donations & fundraising



funds a toy for young children to play with at a contact session


funds a teddy bear empathy doll, designed to help strengthen a child’s bonding through sensory stimuli


provides a place for an adoptive parent on a therapeutic parenting training day


provides an adoptive family a full consultation session with our adoption professionals


provides a parenting programme, training workshop or online course for a family in need


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Meet some of our fundraising heroes...

Jamie Paris Jamie

Cycled from London to Paris

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Eight thrillseekers

Skydivers reach new heights!

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Ruth & Steve

Adopter Ruth chose us 54 years after adopting!

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The Ice Cream Farm

Chose us as their Charity of the Year

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Graham Graham

Took on the Boston Rowing Marathon

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Mike Mike

Took part in the London Marathon

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Sarah Sarah

Sarah ran the Manchester 10K

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How we can HELP...

Contact our Fundraising Team and we can help with:

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Collection boxes and buckets

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Setting up your online fundraising page

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Latest Events

Mountain Biking

Sat 30


Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival

Cost: Free of charge

The Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival, back for a seventh year in 2019, allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and lose themselves in the astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.

Sun 15


Carols in the City – Carol Concert

Cost: Free of charge

Chester Cathedral is hosting a Carol Concert - ‘Carols for the City with Blessing of the Trees’ on Sunday 15 December at 3:30pm ALL adults and children welcome

Fri 28


Wine Tasting Evening

Cost: £22.50 per person

Please join us for an evening of fun, fine wines, food & fundraising with Adoption Matters staff & friends. Your host, John from the International Wine Challenge, will take you on a journey around the world with wine.

Sun 24


Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

Cost: Registration fee £20 (instead of the usual £39) Min Sponsorship £200

We have 30 places for the Great Manchester 10K run. We are asking for a registration fee of £20 (instead of the usual £39) and a minimum sponsorship of £200.

Wed 17


The Alps Trek

Cost: Registration fee: £199 Minimum sponsorship: £2,050

Trekking through 3 countries in 3 days, this long weekend challenge will open your eyes to the beauty
that lies within the Alps mountain range

Thu 18


Kilimanjaro Trek

Cost: Registration fee: £475 Minimum sponsorship: £4150

If you’re looking for the ultimate trekking challenge, then join us and achieve something incredible at Mt Kilimanjaro!

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Fundraise while you SHOP

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Give as you live

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The UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising site.

It’s simple to use and it’s free. Since it launched in 2005, they have helped thousands of good causes raise money simply by shopping online.

How does it work?

easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause. How? Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. The retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.

They have 3,578 retailers to choose from and so far have raised over £25 million for thousands of community groups, schools, sports clubs, small and large charities across the UK. On behalf of Adoption Matters – thank you!

Give as you live

Give as you Live is the free and easy way to raise free funds for Adoption Matters, simply by shopping online.

Join for free today and start raising money when you shop at over 4,300 stores. Click on a store you want to shop with and we’ll direct you to the store’s website where you can continue to shop as normal. Your purchase will automatically generate free funds for charity!

From holidays and travel, to clothing and gifts, you can raise hundreds of pounds from all your online purchases.


Amazon Smile

The online retail giant, Amazon, is now doing its bit for charity. You can shop as usual and when you buy Amazon will donate 0.5% of the sale to us. All you have to do is like Adoption Matters as your favourite charity of choice at

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Log in to your normal Amazon account but through
  2. Select Adoption Matters as your chosen charity
  3. Whenever you purchase through the site, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total directly to us!
  4. Right now, this is only available through your web browser and not available through the Amazon app. But we’ll keep you posted if this changes.


Donations Box

Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. If you think you have a skills, experience or some availability that could benefit Adoption Matters, we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteering also has many added benefits – these include:

  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • a chance to socialise
  • getting to know the local community
  • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others
Supermarket Collections

From time to time we carry out supermarket collections in our areas. If you have any time to offer with one of our lovely new buckets that would be wonderful. Please email or call us on 0300 123 1066. If you can think of a local supermarket that would be a good venue for a collection for us then please just let us know.

Adoption Matters Collection Boxes

Could you place one of our collection boxes in your local area, a community centre, chip shop, hairdressers or even taxi rank?

Please email or call us on 0300 123 1066.

Helping out at one of our events

Could you volunteer your time to assist at one of our events? This could be for a couple of hours helping to collect funds or assisting at a Charity Lunch.

Please email or call us on 0300 123 1066.



This Christmas we are one of the chosen charities for the Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival.

Chester Cathedral welcomes more than 50,000 visitors throughout the month of December so we are delighted to be raising awareness of the need for adopters to a wide audience. In November, our Centre for Adoption Support Choir hand made some decorations which will be hung on our own Christmas tree at the festival, so please make sure you look out for it and also vote for your favourite tree for just £1.

All donations received will be split between two charities, Adoption Matters and Stick ‘n’ Step. More details on our event page here

You can also join us on Sunday 15 December 2019,  3:30pm at Chester Cathedral for their ‘Carols for the City with Blessing of the Trees service’.  All adults and children welcome to this free of charge service.

ALL families and children welcome to this free, festive carol service.  More details available here:

Thinking of fundraising this Christmas? 

Christmas can be a challenging time for our families: Over stimulation, change of routine, heightened anxieties, reinforcement of loss. Our continued support and guidance helps our families to manage these challenges. Support Adoption Matters this festive season and help families to create their own memories and traditions. Email us at  for our new fundraising guide.

You can also support us whilst you shop this Christmas.  Our shop section above has all the details and links Thank you for your support.

Want to help our charity this Christmas?
Volunteer for us

Could you spare some time to assist with any of our fundraising activities over the festive period? Get in touch, with us by emailing: 

Ditch the cards

Why not tell your friends, family and colleagues that you are not sending Christmas cards this year and donating your money to Adoption Matters instead? In 2017 the Greetings Card Association estimated that over a billion Christmas cards were sold and a huge percentage of these are not recyclable so not only will you be giving something back to our charity – you will be saving the environment too.

Hold a gift wrapping party

A fun way to get your presents wrapped and raise funds for Adoption Matters too!

Hold your own Christmas Jumper Day

Dig out your cheesiest Christmas Jumper and wear it with pride for the day, perfect for December weather! Charge your work colleagues or friends and family £1 to join in! You could even give prizes for the best (and worst) jumpers.

Contact us...
For our Fundraising Guide

Call or email our team for our fundraising guide, packed to the brim with ideas and tips to help you help our charity. Email us at or call us on 0300 123 1066.

If you have any other ideas

If you have any other ideas or queries, please do get in touch, we would LOVE to chat with you.

Thank you!
Cheering Children