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Lymph-what-oedema

Primary & Secondary Lymphoedema Online & in the Community

Why do we need donations?

As followers will know when I first started L-W-O all the associated costs for the first two years came out of my pocket.  Eventually this became unsustainable and therefore I started to ask for donations.  I am proud of the fact that we can operate advert free especially on our website. Without our members, followers and supporters donations we will not be able to continue indefinitely and therefore I need your help.

Late last year I purchased a bookkeeping software as I could not find a bookkeeper locally, who would volunteer services, this way I can make sure our finances are transparent.  L-W-O relies heavily on the goodwill of volunteers and neither myself as Founder or our volunteers receive a salary.  However, from time to time we do have to recompense our volunteers.  My hours are incalculable.

To survive we need to raise approximately £1000.00 per year, last year was very expensive because instead of borrowing display boards, software and other equipment used for both online and community work we purchased our own.  Much of last year’s expense was a 'one off' and we spent £1,935.  Luckily through the kindness of our members I was able to maintain L-W-O's support group with the help of Admin, L-W-O children's group with the help of Marie, our Community page with the help of moderators,          L-W-O-Twitter run by Michelle, my own personal Twitter account very much about our Community,  L-W-O Instagram, LinkedIn and of course continue to maintain this website in addition I attended many meeting in the community raising awareness of lymphoedema and attended several health and well-being events with our information stand.

 

What we do

We have identified a need to support those living with lymphoedema often outside normal working hours not only in the UK but globally. L-W-O promotes self-care and positivity.  We share stories about the challenges of living with lymphoedema.  Through our networks we share research, campaigns and debates for the lymphoedema community and best of all we encourage our members, followers and supporters to become their own advocates.  We are simply making our voices heard.

How we spend your donations?

A typical year of finances:

Rent - £0.00 we do not rent offices, I run L-W-O from my conservatory

Wages, salaries -  £0.00 we are all volunteers

Utility - £0.00 costs absorbed by my household including mobile phone costs and broadband

Insurance - £123.00 (p.a.) covers our admin on social media and volunteers in the community

Home Office Expenses - 

  • anti-virus, security £64.99
  • design software £119.00 
  • hosting package (purchased every three years £170.00) = £57.00 p.a.
  • domain name - (purchased every five years £38.00) = £7.60 p.a.
  • monthly printing costs £7.00 pm (£95.88 pa)
  • stationary costs (New leaflets) £186.00, 
  • postage, subscriptions and miscellaneous stationary £174.53
  • SSL security certificate £75.25 (purchased every two years gives our website HTTPS status) =  £37.62 p.a.

Car and travel expenses - fuel, including 2-night conference stay, sustenance when appropriate and catering costs for lymphoedema awareness day £375.00

 

 We need to raise £1000.00 p.a.

Please donate 

How can you help?

  • Make a donation
  • Set up a monthly standing order for a few pounds
  • Hold a coffee morning for L-W-O, hold a raffle, do a sponsored walk or some other event that would help us raise much needed funds
  • Do you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up perhaps you could ask for donations instead of presents for L-W-O
  • Or a legacy donation in memory of people who have died

 

Help us to continue to support you

 

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Easyfundraising - provides a FREE service where you can shop with your favourite online stores, and at no extra cost, raise funds for L-W-O. You still shop directly with each retailer as you would normally, but simply by using the links from the Easyfundraising site, each retailer will make a cashback donation to L-W-O.