Inspiring Dorset charity, Diverse Abilities Plus, proved today that charity fatigue is only a myth, as joggers tackled the drizzle to raise funds for their loved ones in the second and final ‘Jingle Jog’.
Moors Valley Country Park welcomed runners this morning, aged from 7 to 70, for an event that, despite cancellation fears, raised almost £2000 for the cause.
The charity’s events fundraiser, Sharon Wells, admitted that she’s never worried about fundraising becoming fatigued. She said: “It is all about keeping up with trends… There’s a determination with smaller charities because it’s local and personal”.
This event concludes an impressive year of fundraising for the charity, with an astonishing £27,500 raised from September’s Rugby Lunch alone: “Each year we raise more than the previous year”.
According to Ms Wells, who has worked in charity events for 25 years, it is the larger, national charities who struggle to reach specific regions. They therefore tend to raise the majority of their money through third-party events such as the London Marathon.
Festive season encouraging fundraising efforts
With Christmas just around the corner, and purse strings possibly at their tightest, one family were especially charitable; managing to raise a staggering £330 for DAP’s smallest event.
Ms Wells said it’s families like this, who ensure events such as the jog continue to take place, because: “Heartstrings are involved”.
Diverse Abilities Plus “focus on the positives” in striving to introduce and support a bright and happy life to those who need it the most. This is specifically encouraged at the local Langside School where 32 students are given the care they otherwise may not receive.
59 years on, DAP remains Dorset’s only charity which supports both children and adults with learning and physical difficulties.