Help Adoption Matters children's charity through donations & fundraising
Adoption Matters is a children’s charity specialising in adoption – that is all we do and have been doing for over 72 years.
Can you help us?
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
Want to Donate?
There are several ways you can donate
Make a one-off donation now
Make a regular donation
Helps our families today and allows us to plan better for the future.
If you feel that you can spare as little as £5 a month, then please consider setting up a direct debit.
Set up a regular donation
If you would rather send a cheque than make a donation online.
Please pop it into the post to our head office at: Adoption Matters, Fundraising, 14 Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1AE Remember to include your full details so we can thank you.
Download donation form
Many people celebrate special occasions by choosing to ask for donations to Adoption Matters instead of gifts, flowers and cards.
If you would like to do this we can offer you donation envelopes that you can send to guests, or leave on a table. They can choose to Gift Aid (see more info below).
Virtual Teddy Bears' Picnic
Adoption Matters, like everyone in the UK right now, is dealing with the impact of Covid-19. The health and safety of our staff and families is paramount to us. That’s why our planned Teddy Bears’ Picnic has gone virtual and is now extended throughout the month of July!
Grab your favourite Teddy Bear and pack a picnic for a Teddy Bears Picnic at home. You could choose your garden or your own front room fort, wherever you fancy! Make sure you have your favourite story book ready as we will be sharing some amazing videos with you of some very special guests reading their favourite stories on the day.
Please ensure you follow the current Government Guidelines on social distancing.
We’ve got some great resources to share with you including downloadable colouring in sheets, bunting and lots more to come soon including some very special videos.
Gift Aid is a scheme run by the UK Government whereby if you are a UK taxpayer and you donate money to us we can claim tax you have already paid on the amount of the donation. This means we get up to an extra 25p for every £1 you donate to us – and it costs you nothing!
All you need to do is fill in a simple Gift Aid declaration form which is available to download below.
There are rules that must be followed. For instance, we can only claim on your donations if you are a UK taxpayer and if you are donating in your own right. You must also have paid enough income tax or capital gains tax in the past year to cover the amount we claim. We cannot claim Gift Aid on donations you have made and received something in return i.e. tickets for an event. We also cannot claim Gift Aid on donations left in a Will.
For full details about what can and cannot be Gift Aided please click here
What do you like doing? Do you want to set yourself a challenge? How about organising something as a team or maybe you fancy inviting your friends around for Afternoon Tea or arranging a Bake off event at work?
Set yourself a fundraising target and let everyone know how much you would like to raise and how this will help Adoption Matters.
How do I tell everyone what I am doing? If you are happy to share your story, our Marketing Team may be able to help you by sharing on your behalf or assisting you with sharing. You could send an email to your friends and family with your JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page and keep them updated on any progress you make. If you use social media, why not post the details of your fundraising activity on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us in so we can help spread the word.
We are here to support you with sponsorship forms, fundraising materials and plenty of motivation.
Contact us for a free fundraising guide
Meet some of our fundraising heroes...
Cycled from London to Paris
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Skydivers reach new heights!
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Ruth & Steve
Adopter Ruth chose us 54 years after adopting!
The Ice Cream Farm
Chose us as their Charity of the Year
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Took on the Boston Rowing Marathon
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Took part in the London Marathon
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Sarah ran the Manchester 10K
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How we can HELP...
Contact our Fundraising Team and we can help with:
Collection boxes and buckets
Setting up your online fundraising page
Great North Run Reimagined 2020
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Fundraise while you SHOP
Give as you live
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.
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 www.smile.amazon.co.uk
Whenever you purchase through the smile.amazon.co.uk site, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total directly to us!
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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?
Thank you for thinking about leaving a Gift in your Will to Adoption Matters.
Having a Will in place gives you peace of mind and ensures that you look after your loved ones when the time comes. No one knows what the future holds and our circumstances change throughout our lives. By including a Gift in your Will to Adoption Matters you will leave a lasting legacy to improve the lives and futures of local children and their families.
Once you have looked after those closest to you, it’s amazing the difference even a small gift or percentage of your estate can make. A gift of any size has a real impact and ensures that we can support the whole adoption journey in the very best way possible.
We understand that there is a lot to consider when you are planning your Will and we are very grateful for your consideration. If there is anything more you would like to know about Gifts in Wills or Adoption Matters please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org call 0300 123 1066. Thank you for your support.
Remember a Charity Week 7-13 September 2020
Adoption Matters is taking part in this year’s nationalRemember a Charity Weekhighlighting the impact of leaving a Gift in your Will.
Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, says: “While the nation battles Covid-19, charities have understandably held off from a great deal of legacy promotion activity. And yet, legacy giving is likely to be one of the most critical channels for the sector’s recovery, with gifts in Wills needed more than ever. That’s why we’re making sure this year’s Remember A Charity Week campaign not only reaches and engages more of the giving public, but that we create resources to help charities deliver their own unique legacy message too”.
For any further information about Gifts in Wills please contact our team at email@example.com call 0300 123 1066. Thank you for your support.
FAQ about Wills
Why do I need a Will?
About 40% of people do not write a will. This means that their assets will be distributed by a law which was made many years ago, and is not always right for many people, especially those who are not married but live together, people who have second families and people who want to give some money to charity. Writing a Will allows an individual to set out their wishes on who they would want to benefit from their estate.
If I have a Will, will I need to update it?
It is sensible to review your Will periodically, to make sure it still reflects your wishes. Births and deaths, and changing assets, can all be reasons to consider whether your Will currently reflects your wishes. Marriage and divorce revoke previous Wills written, so ensure your Will is both up to date and valid.
What will my Gift help with?
By including a Gift in your Will you will leave a lasting legacy to improve the lives and futures of local children and their families. Your Gift could help us to:
* place more children
* develop and enhance our adoption support services
* offer more fun activities for our families to aid health and well-being