Tesco Community Grants | April – June 2023

You can now vote for Lollipop to receive a Tesco Community Grants using the blue tokens in stores around the city!

Here are Anna’s two boys at the Clifton Moor store getting their votes in!



Sign up to our dragon boat race team! | 9th July 2023

The famous York Dragon Boat Race is on Sunday 9th July and we have now officially entered the race with 35 other teams!

We need a team of 20 Lollipop supporters to paddle us to victory on the river, so if you’re interested keeping reading for all the details and how to book your spot on our team. There’s been a lot of interest so don’t delay!

Details about the race can be found here: https://www.yorkrotary.co.uk/about-dragon-boats

General information

Teams are made up of 20 people who take part in various races throughout the day, the first race is at 10am and the last at 4pm, with a grand prize-giving at the end of the day. There are no training or practice events before the day, everyone just turns up and gives it a go!

Our team name is Deafinitely Lollipop and we are open to ideas about whether our boat should have a theme. Lots of teams dress up in bright and funny matching outfits, or wear silly hats or wigs. Let us know your ideas!

Make sure you have read and understand the following and then email Becky at admin@lollipopyork.org.uk to register!

Ability to swim – Members of the team must be reasonably fit, able to swim at least 50 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.

Minimum age – The minimum age for this event is 16 years old.

Medical Restrictions – Each participant must be reasonably fit and must not be vastly overweight in relation to their height. If you are unsure whether you can take part, please seek advice from your doctor.

Sponsorship – Each team member needs to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.



easyfundraising is here!

Did you know you can raise FREE donations for Lollipop every time you shop online. Just use #easyfundraising! We would love it if you could help us fundraise in this way as it’s so easy!

Over 7,000 brands will donate, including all the big names like John Lewis & Partners, BT, Expedia, Argos, ASOS, Just Eat, Uswitch and many more!

Please sign up and support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/lollipopyork/…

You can send us donations in one easy click with the Donation Reminder. It finds donations when you shop as normal with over 7,000 brands. We’ve tried this out ourselves; it is really useful (and not annoying!)


BIG Donations!

You could raise BIG donations of up to £150 when you use easyfundraising to purchase insurance, your broadband & TV, upgrade your mobile phone or computer, or book your next trip.

Apple, Booking.com, MoneySupermarket, SKY TV & Broadband, Carphone Warehouse, Scottish Friendly and many more will donate to us for bigger purchases. It’s a great way to make your money stretch a little bit further and support Lollipop at no extra cost!

Here’s a short video about how it all works. For all the information and to sign up visit: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/panel/



York Dragon Boat Race Hopefuls! | January 2023

🐲 Join our Dragon Boat Race Team! 🐲

The famous York Dragon Boat Race is in July and we can’t think of a more fun way to fundraise than dressing up in something silly and racing down the river!

What better way to beat the Winter blues than looking forward to an exciting Summer event? Here is your chance to take part in the York dragon boat race in our Team-Lollipop boat on 9th July! Friends and family can sponsor our team, and Lollipop will benefit from the funds raised 👍👍

Teams are made up of 20 people who take part in various races throughout the day. Anna, Becky and a few others are already signed up but there are plenty of  spots left! To secure your place contact Anna at info@lollipopyork.org.uk

There is a donation to book your place of £22.50 per person, which goes towards the entry fee to the race organisers, York Rotary Club. Team members need to be aged 16+ and be able to swim 50 metres wearing a buoyancy aid. Each team member needs to raise just £100 in sponsorship.

Details can be found here: https://www.yorkrotary.co.uk/about-dragon-boats

We hope you will join us for this super exciting event!


Lottery Community Fund Success!! | January 2023

We are absolutely delighted to announce our success in applying for funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. This means we have funding for the next 3 years! Amazing! We are thrilled to be able to continue supporting you and your family and we are massively excited to plan lots of fun activities and events for the years ahead!


Bishopthorpe Sports & Social Club


This year’s Christmas Prize Draw & Raffle Fundraiser was an absolute belter where a grand total of £1209.80 was raised.

We’d like to say a great big thank you to everyone who donated a prize for our draw and raffle and to those who bought and sold tickets for us. You are simply amazing!

Not sure we can beat the prizes for next year, but we will certainly try!


We’re part of the Co-op Community Fund! | October 2022-23

Lollipop is excited to be part of the Co-op Local Community Fund for the coming year!

To find out more about our project and to choose us as your cause for the coming year, click here: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/68911

You will need to be a Co-op member to be able to select Lollipop as your cause (Co-op membership costs £1). We are officially linked to the York community of Co-op stores but Co-op members can raise money for us by shopping at any of their stores across the UK.

Once you’ve chosen Lollipop as your cause every time you shop at Co-op 2p for every £1 you spend will be added to Lollipop’s project!

Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club

Christmas Prize Draw and Raffle Fundraiser 2022 | Tickets now on sale!



Tickets are now on sale for our amazing festive prize draw and raffle! We have so many fantastic prizes this year we think we have outdone ourselves! Details of all the prizes you can win are below…

We will draw the winners at our Christmas party on Saturday 10th December at Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club.



Online Tickets

The easiest way to enter the prize draw is to visit our GoFundMe Prize Draw page. Tickets are £1 each. Simply donate to the page to buy entries into the draw. For example, donate £10 to buy 10 tickets. GoFundMe do not allow us to include all the information about the draw and prizes on our GoFundMe fundraising page, so all the details are further down this page! Please put your name and contact details on the donation to ensure we know who to enter into the draw! We will only contact you using these details if you have won a prize. Help us to sell as many tickets as possible by sharing this link with your family and friends! https://gofund.me/e02fdab7

Paper Tickets

Paper tickets are available from Becky (admin@lollipopyork.org.uk), please email her to request tickets to be sent to you in the post. Tickets will also be available to buy at the Christmas party itself on 10th December.


Thank you to all the brilliantly generous Yorkshire businesses and organisations who have kindly donated prizes this year!

Top Prizes

Spa day for 2 (including lunch) at Rudding Park Roof-top Spa

2-night weekend stay at the The Jonas Centre, on the edge of the amazing Yorkshire Dales

Weekend hot tub hire (Thursday – Monday) from Executive Hot Tub Hire North Yorkshire


There are many more prizes to be won! …

Enter now and good luck!

Yorkshire and London

Luke Zwalf and Sam Walker step it up for Lollipop! | October 2022


Well done to Luke Zwalf for completing the London Marathon and Sam Walker for completing the Yorkshire Marathon and THANK YOU for running for Lollipop. You are both truly amazing! Luke and Sam raised a combined total of £1630- just incredible! Please get in touch with Becky or Anna if you would like to raise money for Lollipop (admin@lollipopyork.org.uk or info@lollipopyork.org.uk).

Dame Judy Dench Walk

Dragon Boat Race | Sunday 10th July 2022

It was a very hot day, perfect for being by the water and watching all the fun! We raised £114!

We are putting together a team to enter the race next year, if you would like to be on our team get in touch!

Our Sponsors

Lollipop is primarily funded through The National Lottery Community Fund. We are also funded by BBC Children In Need with further support from many local and national organisations.