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Fundraising Update | April 2020

Fundraising Update

How the coronavirus outbreak has changed our plans

It has been difficult time for a lot of charities since the coronavirus outbreak and it will be difficult for some time to come. Here are details of what’s been happening behind the scenes at Lollipop since social distancing began and what’s coming up now all our plans have changed!

We’d like to send a huge and heartfelt thank you to John Lewis & Partners and Community Matters as we have just received confirmation of a £1,000 donation to Lollipop! As some of you will know Lollipop were part of the Community Matters scheme at the start of this year, but the temporary closure of John Lewis shops stopped the campaign in its tracks!

The coronavirus outbreak has stopped Lollipop’s many fundraising events that were planned for the Summer, this means that we won’t be able to raise as much money to help support Lollipop families.

We have had to cancel all the fundraising events below. This leaves a big gap in our fundraising for 2020 and the impact of that will felt into next year. We will of course be changing the dates for these events when we are able to do so and look forward to seeing you there when we are able to gather again.

🌈 One Great Day with Vangarde Shopping Centre.

🧚‍♀️ Hollicarrs in Riccall were going to host a magical woodland picnic

🏃‍♀️ We had a London marathon runner racing for Lollipop on 26th April

🏥 Hospital stall

🍰 St Crux

🌞 West Bank Fair

💪 A competitor in a now postponed Ironman race

👕 A clothes swap shop

🛩  A charity skydive

We were on track to be the busiest ever! But this is what we still plan to do with your help…

You may of heard of the 2.6 Challenge in the media. Lollipop wants to be involved we would like everyone to help us raise as much as possible. So whether you can raise £2.60, £26 or £260 you will be making a huge difference and helping to ensure we can continue! Further details of how you can get involved will be right here on our Facebook page in the next couple of days.

Finally, thank you to everyone who supports Lollipop, whether you or your family member/s are Lollipop members, if you’re a past member, a beneficiary, funder, collaborator, fundraiser or volunteer, we appreciate your support and that’s how we know we will get through this time together!


Lollidrop 2 | Postponed

Sadly the Skydive has had to be postponed this year due to the coronavirus outbreak and the uncertainty this has brought. We will keep you posted about when we have a new date!

Lollidrop Sponsored Skydive 202

If you have always wanted to do a skydive or were inspired by last years amazing Lollipop skydivers (see post below), now is your chance! The Lollidrop skydive was a fantastic success last year and we have booked another skydiving day on Sunday 5th July 2020. The location will be the same – Peterlee Parachute Centre near Durham. It is a wonderful experience and your sponsorship will help to support Lollipop! Contact info@lollipopyork.org.uk for more information.

Lollipop Minster Building York YO31 7LX

Swap Shop | Postponed

This event has been postponed due to the need for social distancing at this time. We will update this page with a link to book tickets once we have set a new date!

Donate your unworn clothes and get a new look

£5 entry. Bring 5 items and pick 5 new items to take away!
Ladies clothing and accessories, clothes should be freshly washed and brought on hangers.

Minster Building, 84 Lowther Street, York YO31 7LX
Parking at Lollipop or Union Terrace/Monk Bar car parks are 5 mins walk.

Winning Post

Quiz Night | 12 March 2020

Raising funds for Lollipop!

We had a great night at the Winning Post on Bishopthorpe Road, on the 12th March 2020 for our pub quiz! £74.03 was raised which all goes towards our work to fund free social activities and experiences for deaf children and young people. Thank you to everyone who came along and took part!

Asda, Monks Cross

Asda bag pack | 09 November 2019

Check out our amazing total!

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Asda Monks Cross, York, who recently let our team of volunteers take over the back packing for a solid 6 hours on a very busy Saturday.

The children, young people, parents, staff and volunteers all did a great job raising awareness of what Lollipop provides to our local community, while making sure customers’ tins weren’t squashing their bread as we packed their groceries!

A big shout out to all those customers who said hello, asked about the work of the charity and gave kind and generous donations.

We raised a huge £625.00 of unrestricted funds, which will go towards the running costs and help coordination of the support we provide to Lollipop families. We are thrilled!!

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen.


Lollidrop Skydive | 14 July 2019

This summer saw 13 daredevils flying to new heights in the ‘Lollidrop’ skydive, at Shotton Airfield, Durham.

Staff, volunteers, members, parents and siblings from Lollipop, together raised an astonishing £4,900.00 between them!! This boosts the unrestricted funds that will help Lollipop continue in delivering the outcomes for members and their families.

Parent Dawn Ross, who took part in the jump, shortly after her daughter joined Lollipop said:

We are so lucky and very grateful that we have such a brilliant charity locally. They have been invaluable for our family and we hope to raise lot’s of money for them to continue their amazing work. We honestly can’t praise them enough

Another parent, Mario Janovicius, who has two children at Lollipop was thrilled to dive with BSL support from camera flyer Alan Thompson. Mario was interviewed for That’s TV York, sharing his excitement and achievement in supporting Lollipop as a Deaf parent.

It was a great team-building activity and really challenged each of those who took part.

Thank you to everyone who supported the skydive and to all who donated.



York Dragon Boat Race | 14 July 2019

The Good Ship Lollipop came 13th!

Lucky for us!

Sunday 14th July saw the return of the annual York Rotary Club Dragon Boat Race to the waters of the River Ouse!

There were thirty six teams competing for the prestigious trophies in a bid to raise as much as possible for local charities, and the Visit York Dragon boat crew sailed in 13th place!

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated, those of you who went down to the river to cheer the team on, and the Visit York team for their hard work and commitment.

See the press article for full story.





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.