• Alison Williams

Children in Need: We are a Charity Too

This Friday BBC Children in Need will be shown on TV to millions across the UK. As a small charity we think it is a lovely gesture for charities, especially this year as everyone is uncertain about the future of their businesses, organisations and personal finances.

We understand that BBC Children in Need is an important cause and what it does and has done for children across the UK is great and fantastic. However, at The Believe and Achieve Trust we always wonder why they decide to only support charities who are larger than us small local charities? At The Believe and Achieve Trust we solely rely on volunteers as we have no paid staff members (not even our CEO gets a wage from the charity).

We do not have any fancy or tiny office as we do this to cut down on the costs of our outgoings each month. We do have monthly outgoings these are costs of our Monday Sports Club (Right Image) which enables children who have disabilities and are disadvantaged get into sport. We also provide support grants to those in need. We do all that with no funding from the Government or the likes of BBC Children in Need. Which leaves us to question why do we receive no funding?

From the BBC Children in Needs guidelines to what is needed to be able to apply for a grant from BBC Children in Need you must have assets (office, buildings, etc). Also payment of members of the governing body. All other requirements we meet perfectly which is such a shame because here at The Believe and Achieve Trust we believe that all money received should go back out to make a difference to lives and not pay a wage and have a big office space. We do this for the love of making a difference and carrying on the legacy of Alex Williams.

Last year alone BBC Children in Need raised £47,886,382 as we recognise that this is such a high number. The average wage at BBC Children in Need is £42,000 per year for its 106 employees. Average spent on wages per year is 4.4million. Just imagine what 0.5% of the wage costs could do for a charity like ours which has minimal outgoings and all that money would go to making a difference too many children’s lives who are in need.

Alison Williams CEO of The Believe and Achieve Trust said “I will be watching BBC Children in Need with a deep sense of jealousy as we see charities receive grants to support them when they leave charities like us out just because we don’t pay anyone a wage or have a posh office.When The Believe and Achieve Trust raise any funds from events or donations, all the money goes out in the form of a grant to children in need of support. No funds means no grants for those children in need and we love the support we receive from our believers and you can see how much any support at all would means to a small local charity like ours"

Alison also said “I don’t want the support from our believers to pay me a wage, or for me to drive round in a nice big car, or even pay for my plush office. All I want is a good amount of funds so we are able to say yes to every grant request we receive. Smaller charities work so hard, and in my opinion even harder than the bigger national charities as they don’t have staff behind them getting them out there in the public eye, and are often fighting to get noticed above bigger charities”

We understand that not all charities are able to receive grants from Children in Need but the fact we are not able to apply for a grant with Children in Need is a kick in the teeth. We understand we have minimal overheads and don’t pay wages but we feel that just because we don’t have them overheads doesn’t make us less of a charity and we feel we should be able to apply for grants from the Government and BBC Children in Need. We appreciate all of our BELIEVERS and we can not wait to be able to run an event and come together as a community again and carry on the legacy of Alex Williams and enable children with disabilities and disadvantages believe and achieve in life and sport.

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