The Urostomy Association is funded partly by the annual subscription paid by its members, and partly by fundraising and donations. A steady income stream is essential for the continuation of the support that we give to people who need reassurance from someone who knows exactly how they feel.
Every penny of our expenditure is carefully scrutinised, and in the end you will be helping us to be there for the next person who is facing a life with a urostomy or other urinary diversion.
Need for fundraising
We care because we know how it feels…but the good work that we do costs money.
The Urostomy Association is an independent charity and receives no regular funding from any outside agency, and is financed solely from members’ annual subscriptions, donations and fund-raising events. Your financial help has never been more important – with a continuing income and a planned agenda, we can budget for, and carry out the important work of the Association.
However, even for a small charity such as ours, there is the added burden of compliance with corporate governance and costs associated even with something as simple as making sure that our literature is in accordance with NHS guidelines.
Fundraising is absolutely essential if we are to continue to exist as the only source of information and support regarding any form of urinary diversion, that is provided by people who care, because they have experienced the condition themselves. With your help we can really make a difference.
Putting the fun into fund-raising
A successful event does not necessarily have to raise huge amounts of money. All efforts are greatly appreciated. Fund-raising may seem like hard work but if you keep it simple and accept offers of help it can also be fun and extremely rewarding.
If you would like to hold an event to support the Urostomy Association, please contact Hazel Pixley, National Secretary, for information. Supporting the Urostomy Association does not have to be a full-on event: there are many other ways in which you can help us.
- Organise sponsorship
- Organise an event and sell tickets
- How about a simple coffee morning, or for the more adventurous, a curry or hotpot night.
- Organise a sale
- Arrange a band concert
- Our golf day (held from 2007-2014) raised over £100,000
Whatever you do, make sure you and your organising team enjoy the event!
Tandem Sky Dive
Dennis Smith will be 80 years “young” in August 2019 and has decided to celebrate with a Tandem Sky Dive. Dennis was diagnosed with bladder cancer in June 2001 and underwent radiotherapy before having his bladder removed in November 2006. Otherwise Dennis is healthy and his stoma has not changed his way of life.
Dennis travels extensively with his wife, plays tennis, cycle and enjoys walks. Until a few years ago he rode an old English motorbike. Apart from raising funds for the Association, Dennis wants to publicise his activity to assure others who find themselves in a similar situation that having a stoma is not necessarily the end of an active and enjoyable life.
You can donate to Dennis at https//uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DennisSmith11.