The givingabit blog

  • Viking – Great new Offers and Increased Donations!

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    Our friends at Viking have some fantastic news – they have increased the donations to 3%! Each week new offers go live, so if it is essentials for the office, stationery for the home, or getting ready to go back to school – Viking is the place to be.

    Please see below for a selection of offers from VIKING for the upcoming week:

    1.            Buy one get one free on selected Back 2 School accessories

    2.            Buy 4 get 1 free with 4 or more of the same Buxton water packs

    3.           Only £10 per pack with 2 or more packs of Cushelle toilet tissue

    4.            Only £49.98 for Desk and Chair combo

    5.            Free 5MP Vivitar Digital Camera with selected HP Office paper

    With plenty of everyday deals, and donations of 3% visit Viking today!

  • Be Oarsome!

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    Dorset Blind Association  are holding an outdoor Virtual Rowing event in Bournemouth Square on Friday 18th July from 9.30 am to 6 pm; where teams of up to 6 people will be sponsored to compete to make the best time for a combined 10,000m on a rowing machine. This is a great team-building activity and could be excellent promotion for your team whilst raising money to help local people with sight impairment. 

    If you would like to enter a team (minimum sponsorship £35 per team) please contact Jaya, 01202 712864

    If you don’t enter a team you can still join the fun: for just £2 members of the public can attempt to beat the time of Olympic Standard rower Simon Banwell, to 250m.

    Come along and enjoy the fun, grab some freebies or win some prizes!

    Contact us to find out more, and for sponsorship opportunities: 01202 712864

    Order tickets via Eventbrite:




  • A Fresh Start in the Garden with John Lewis

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    Dare we say it, but the sun certainly seems to have his hat on a bit more often recently! The team at givingabit have been venturing out into the garden, and looking for inspiration to spruce it all up a bit!

    Our friends at John Lewis have helped out, they have such an extensive range of outdoor living ideas that we have been spoilt for choice! We imagine the perfect day……

    You wake up in the morning, the sun is out, the coffee is on – nothing better to rest your espresso on than the John Lewis Naples Outdoor Coffee Table £70 with five star reviews.

    Whilst enjoying your coffee, planning the lunch for later, when your friends and family are joining you, relax on your Naples Sunlounger (£125) which looks great with your coffee table.

    There will be ten of us for lunch, and we can all sit comfortably around our new Gloster Azore Outdoor Furniture, we love the modern feel, with sharp angles yet soft curves. They have plenty to choose from in this range too from £49 – £2,799.

    We love to barby, and even more so on our new Weber Spirit Classic E210 2 burner Gas Barbecue. It has 5 star reviews and a 25 year guarantee! Good job we ordered all the food and had it delivered earlier in the week from Waitrose. All sorted for a perfect day – time for another coffee I think.



    Plan your perfect outdoor living space, and create a donation at the same time. John Lewis - collect from store, deliver to home, or deliver to your closest Waitrose.

  • The KiliClimb2014

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    Village Education Project Kilimanjaro is excited to share with you that they are now actively recruiting climbers for their largest annual fundraising event – The KiliClimb2014!

    The climb takes place between 22nd October – 2nd November.  This time period is inclusive of travel between London and Tanzania.  For more information on the KiliClimb 2014 please see

    VEPK is the only charity offering sponsored climbs of Mt. Kilimanjaro which exclusively benefit the young people of Kilimanjaro region. The proceeds from this climb will assist them to improve the quality of primary education and skills training. For every footstep along the way you can be proud that you are helping a Tanzanian child to have a worthwhile future.

    If you love the outdoors, immersing yourself in community projects, philanthropy, trying something new, and gaining a sense of achievement from doing something that is truly out of the ordinary than this trek is for you.

    If you have any questions regarding registering for VEPK’s KiliClimb 2014 please do not hesitate to contact Hayley Browning, Event Organiser, at  For anything else please contact John Douglas, Event Coordinator, at

    We hope that you enjoy the charity’s video created to offer you the full KiliClimb experience!  To watch please click on this link

    ‘Elimu ni Uhai’, Education is Life

  • Apricot Launch New Partywear Range!

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    Grab yourself some sparkle and get party-ready for the festive season!

    Affordable fashion brand Apricot is pleased to announce the launch of its partywear range. The collection is full of pretty prints and sparkly detail.

    Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas party dress, or a last minute New Year’s Eve outfit, you’re sure to find something here to fit the bill.

    Party dress prices start from £17. Delivery is free for orders over £75, and the last date to order before Christmas is 17th December. You will also create a 4% donation!

    Click here to visit Apricot – we love their new range!

  • What’s on at Dorset Blind Association

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    Our friends at Dorset Blind Association have lots of cracking events, and remember you can always join their charity on givingabit too!


    We would love to see you next Thursday at our Halloween Hoedown Party at The Anvil in  Bournemouth (from 7.30pm to 3am). We are providing 5 fantastic bands as well as several Burlesque performances.Don’t miss this party unlike any other and get your tickets here: or e-mail to

    You’re invited to attend a free charity launch party at the Elstead Hotel Bournemouth on 13th November 5:30pm-7:30pm with complementary fizz and canapés.  It is to celebrate the hotel selecting Dorset Blind as their charity of the year.  We’d love you to attend, and feel free to bring a friend, but please RSVP to by 1 November.

    Join us for a Charity Lunch 7 November, 12-2pm at Valentinos Italian restaurant in Bournemouth £20 for 2 courses and drinks (one wine or soft drink and coffee)

    The fantastic Swing Unlimited Big Band concert at the Tivoli in Wimborne 2:30pm on 17thNovember is not to be missed. Tickets £13.50/£11.50; contact us for more details.

    Enjoy a fun filled day for all the family with Christmas themed activities, stalls to buy gifts and cards, yummy things to eat and drink, LOTS of prizes to be won and much more at our Christmas Fayre on Sunday, 8. December from 11:00 to 16:00 at Bar So in Bournemouth.


    We have a few events coming up where we could do with some volunteers or donations of gifts, if you can make it even for a short while please let me know: 07956 779910


    • Christmas Fair volunteers needed to help out on stalls:

    o        Sunday 24th November 10am-4pm at Wimborne Football Club

    o        Saturday 7th December 11:30-3pm St Joseph’s School, Poole

    o        Sunday 8th December 10am-4pm Royal Exeter Hotel, Bournemouth


    • We are looking for free venues in which to hold similar Christmas Fairs in Poole (15th December) and Christchurch (1st December).  If you are free to volunteer on those days or know of a suitable no-cost venue please let us know. Donations of craft items or refreshments would also be welcomed.


    • We are seeking prizes for our annual Christmas Raffle to be drawn on 15th December



    • Please drop collections of re-useable second-hand clothes, bags, shoes and sheets to 17 Bournemouth Road, Poole, BH14 0EF by 11 December for us to sell in aid of DBA


    • Here’s a great opportunity to double your impact: we are asking companies to hold their own coffee mornings, dress-down days and other small fundraising events in order to donate to the Big Give Christmas Challenge where all donations made online via on 5, 6 and 7th December will be DOUBLED!


    Thank you again for all of your support for the work we do to help blind and visually impaired people in Dorset…you truly are making a difference to people’s lives.

  • from babies with love

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    Cecilia Crossley is the founder of from babies with love, the unique brand that sells beautiful baby clothes and donates 100% of its profits to orphaned and abandoned children.  Here she tells us about the children their profits support, and why she decided to set up this groundbreaking company:

    My inspiration for setting up from babies with love came from becoming a mum.  My eldest son was born just before Christmas; when the charity appeal adverts came on, with him in my arms, I felt a new level of emotion, and more determined than ever to do something.  Becoming a parent fuelled my belief that every baby should have a fair start in life, no matter where they are born.

    I was out shopping for my son’s clothes when I thought to myself: if I could buy beautiful baby clothes and know the profit helps children in need, why would I buy anywhere else? The answer is I wouldn’t! So I set up from babies with love, selling beautiful organic baby clothes for 0-2 year olds – but instead of profits going to shareholders, 100% of our profit goes to orphaned and abandoned children.

    For example, rewind the clock 2 years. Mariama was a newborn baby whose mother had sadly passed away and whose family was not in a position to look after her. She was born in The Gambia – one of the poorest countries in the world.  But then her life changed for the better, she was taken in by an SOS Children’s Village.

    Fast forward to the present day; Mariama, now a lovely little girl, is living with her new family – she has a new, permanent home, where she will grow up safely, loved by her SOS mother, brothers and sisters, and will go to school.

    We donate our profit to support Mariama and many babies like her. After just one year we’re already supporting ten babies, across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Our profit supports them to live, be loved and cared for, in dedicated children’s villages run by our partner charity SOS Children. We also use our profit to help build and run nursery schools in the villages; we’re currently supporting the nurseries in Chipata, Zambia (where 1 in every 6 children is orphaned or abandoned) and in Lilongwe, Malawi.

    from babies with love’s offering is unique – you buy beautiful baby clothes and enjoy helping babies in need. Our gorgeous range includes chic baby grows, t-shirts, dresses, and accessories. What’s more by shopping through Giving A Bit you can support your chosen charity too. It’s a win-win and a huge smile for everyone; click here to browse their beautiful baby clothes today!

  • What’s on at Dorset Blind

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    Dorset Blind Association are holding a fun “Virtual Row” charity event in Bournemouth Square on Friday 16th August 9:30am to 6pm:  for £2 members of the public can attempt to beat the time of Olympic Standard rower Simon Banwell to 250m OR enter a team of 4 to 6 people – the two fastest teams to 10,000m win prizes.  Team entry is £35 (approx. £6 per person and half price for charities). This is a great team-building activity and could be excellent promotion for your team whilst raising money to help local people with sight impairment. Participants include More Bus, Barclays, The Elstead Hotel, Rotaract and Visually Impaired teams.

    If you’re not sporty just come along and enjoy the fun, get your face painted, grab a free goodie bag or win prizes in our games!

    You can also join their givingabit community here

    Contact us to find out more: 01202 712864 or register online