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Fundraising

We receive fee payments to cover everyone’s day to day care, which is immediately translated into staffing and household costs, but there is no statutory duty for the Government to maintain our buildings or to establish new or different types of housing. Neither is there an obligation for them to provide the many and varied enterprises, skills training, sports and leisure opportunities that exist at the Meath, enabling and empowering people to live safe, happy and fulfilled lives as independently as possible.

Every penny we raise impacts significantly on the quality and effectiveness of the services that we provide and therefore makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of the people we care for and support. So we urgently need your help.
The Meath simply would not be able to offer the wonderful opportunities it does if it wasn’t for the kindness and generosity of the many people who choose to support us each year. While our basic running costs come from fees paid from statutory sources, we rely on charitable income to enable us to maintain and develop the best possible facilities we can for our clients. We fundraise, too, for ‘extras’ that make life that little bit more comfortable – for example, the beautiful garden furniture that allows everyone to enjoy sitting out in the sunshine (of course, we can’t always guarantee the sun!).
If you would like to help us in some way, shape or form, then we would be delighted to hear from you. There are lots of ways to get involved. Our volunteers become part of the team and all say they have a lot of fun during the time they spend with us. On the other hand, you may prefer to undertake some fundraising yourself, and if you’re not keen on marathon running or sky diving, then you might like to throw a tea or dinner party, or have a cake sale for the Meath.
Alternatively, you may like to attend one of our events. Every penny to us is important and helps us to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.

Fundraised since August 2017
Fundraising for Smaller Projects
Fundraising for Major Projects

Take a look at the number of ways you can help:
Many supporters like to complete challenges in aid of the Meath and we are lucky that so many people have completed challenges of all kinds over the last year and have raised so much money for the Meath.
If you are interested in doing an extreme challenge for the Meath, we will support you all the way and publicise your efforts and give you t-shirts, publicity material etc but we do not fund the challenge as we are only a small charity and could not justify doing this.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Helen J. on
01483 411071or email helenj@meath.org.uk
Should you wish to pay for an event or make a donation by BACS transfer please use the following:
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account No: 00013651
Or by cheque – post to:
Tania Cantoni
Head of Fundraising
The Meath Epilepsy Charity
Westbrook Road
Godalming
Surrey GU7 2QH
Thank you for your donation we really appreciate it.
We couldn’t do all that we do without you! Your support has enabled the Meath to develop a successful progressive pathway of care and support that assists and encourages some of the most vulnerable people in our community to live safe, happy and fulfilled lives. Every penny you donate helps safeguard their future care. Please complete the Gift Aid statement if you can to ensure that we maximise your gift by making it tax efficient. You can download a Gift Aid statement here, should you prefer. Thank you so much.
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The Meath enjoys a close relationship with many local schools and we are always happy to do assemblies or come in and talk to individual classes about the work we do and what life is like for adults with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties.
Many schools choose to fundraise for us, whether by holding a sponsored walk or swim, a cake or art sale, or simply holding a collection after a school concert.
For more information, please contact Helen J. on 01483 411071 or email helenj@meath.org.uk
Helen Jackson Helen J.
Schools St Hilarys St Hilary’s School – Godalming
A gift of a regular amount each month enables us to plan our future services much more effectively, knowing that we have your ongoing support. We are especially grateful to anyone able to help us in this way and it is very easy to set up.
Please download and complete the Standing Order form and we will do the rest. Thank you!
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I’m leaving a legacy
“As a Trustee of the Meath, for more years than I care to mention, I have witnessed the transformation of the services on offer and all that has been achieved during that time by the people we care for and support. I am proud that the Charity is continuously at the forefront of positive change, and will be so in the future with your help.So if, like me, you care passionately about the Meath, then please do consider joining me in leaving a gift to the Charity in your Will. What a fantastic way for us to help some very special people to experience all that life can offer—just as I and my family have been able to do.”
Dr Colin Stokes MBE
Mark Dumas, Chair of the Meath’s Trustees, explains the importance of legacies to the work of the Charity:
“It may surprise you to know that, each day, eighty five more people are diagnosed with epilepsy across the country. Many people’s epilepsy will be so severe that medication alone will not control it, some even requiring twenty-four hour care in order for them to live safe, happy and fulfilled lives.
Our services at the Meath are making a tremendous difference day to day for the people living with severe epilepsy and associated learning and physical disabilities we currently support. But it would be wonderful if we could safeguard our service network for the generations to come.
You can help us to do this … and it’s a simple process. A gift to the Meath in your Will, once family and friends have been taken into account, will impact dramatically on what can be achieved by the Charity, as well as provide a wonderfully long-lasting personal legacy.”
Leaving a gift to The Meath in your will is an amazing way for your generosity to last beyond your own lifetime. Any amount or donation, whether it is big or small, can drastically improve a family’s life. Leaving a gift in your will is a straightforward, easy and cost-effective way to support our work.
Giving to charity under your will is tax free so that no part of your estate passing to charity after your death will be subject to inheritance tax (which is otherwise usually charged at 40%).
Giving to charity under your will can also make your wealth go further on your death by potentially reducing the overall rate of inheritance tax charged on your estate. We would always recommend that you use a solicitor when making or updating your Will and they will advise you on the different types of legacy, including:
Residuary legacy – This is a gift of the remainder (or a percentage of the remainder) of your estate after all other legacies have been made and debts cleared.
Pecuniary legacy – This is a gift of a fixed sum of money. The value of pecuniary legacies will decrease over time, as the cost of living increases. If you wish to avoid this, it is possible to word a pecuniary legacy so that it is index-linked.
Specific legacy – This is a gift of a particular named item in your Will, for example, a piece of art.
Longstop legacy – This is a gift that takes effect if the other beneficiaries named in your Will (for example family members) die before you do.

For more information, please call or email Tania Cantoni.
T: 01483 411071
E: taniac@meath.org.uk

Leave a legacy Dr Colin Stokes MBE, pictured beside his wife
Mark Dumas Mark Dumas
1-in100 people have epilepsy
the Meath recognises ability not disability
Payroll giving is an easy and efficient way to donate to the Meath and help ensure that we are able to continue to offer home-from-home respite care for children and young people with severe disabilities.
How it works
Donations made via payroll giving are taken from your salary before tax, with HMRC paying the difference, meaning it is a tax efficient way to give to the Meath on a regular basis:

Your pledge Actual cost to you
(tax payer @ 20%)
Actual cost to you
(tax payer @40%)
What your yearly
donation means to
the Meath
£5 £4 £3 One day’s groceries
£10 £8 £6 Servicing of electric beds and hoists
£20 £16 £12 Servicing one of two the Meath’s buses
£50 £40 £30 Yearly cost of laundering bed linen and clothes

By donating to the Meath through payroll giving you are helping to provide the stability that enables us to plan ahead.

How to sign up
Please call or email Tania Cantoni.
T: 01483 411071
E: taniac@meath.org.uk

Tania Cantoni Tania Cantoni
The Meath organises a wide variety of events each year, including fundraising events, both on and off site in support of the Charity, promotional and educational networking events, and those that welcome people to explore and celebrate our historical past.
Events
You can help the Meath each time you shop at your favourite online stores. Once you’ve registered, all you do is click on the retailer you want and shop as normal. It really is that easy-peasy!
There are over 2,000 retailers registered with Easy Fundraising, including Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco, Debenhams, Currys, Direct Line, e-bookers and many, many more. Register with Easy Fundraising which is FREE, and they’ll ask you which cause you would like to support. Tell them ‘The Meath Epilepsy Charity’.
Donations from each retailer vary, but on average it’s around 5% of your spend. With some insurance companies and mobile phone retailers you can earn as much as £50, which they pay as a one-off donation. But every penny counts! You can rest assured that your shopping won’t cost any more than if you visited the retailer’s site directly. And you are still dealing directly with the retailer – Easy Fundraising merely rewards your chosen cause once you’ve made your purchase.
Please, give it a go. With very little effort, you could be helping to make a real difference at the Meath.
So EASY, so why not?