There’s lots of fund-raising activity planned for 2018 – read on for details. If you could help or have any ideas, click here.
‘Stand and Deliver’ stands to deliver even bigger audiences
On Easter Saturday about 16 of us were involved in our ‘Stand and Deliver’ bag-packing event at Marks and Spencer in The Glades, Bromley to tie in with our show ‘The Wicked Lady’. These opportunities are not offered that often and so we are really grateful to the staff and company at M&S for allowing us to participate.
We stood at the tills in the Food Hall and offered to help people pack their shopping. Several of us were in theatrical costume with others wearing BLT sweatshirts. Jess Jenner stood at one of the entrances to the Food Hall dressed as The Wicked Lady giving out flyers for that show.
As well as packing people’s bags we chatted to them and gave out leaflets and flyers. We got through hundreds of these and had some very positive conversations. There were plenty of people who had seen our shows but those that hadn’t showed considerable interest in coming along to BLT shows.
It would be lovely to think that this would immediately result in hundreds more people buying tickets for our shows but the reality is that we need to stage several more similar events to hammer the message home…so we’re working on it, but we raised almost £700 in our newly-acquired collection buckets.
Many thanks to everyone who helped.
Give as you live
Do you ever spend money on clothes, food, wine, gifts, stationery, electricals, books, travel, insurance….? Of course you do! In that case,
register with Give as you Live and let some of your spending be donated to BLT at no cost to you. Here’s how:
Select from one of over 4,000 online retailers on the Give as you Live website or download an extension to your browser so that any participating store is highlighted when you search for a product and the donation is automatic when you place your order.
Buy a store-specific card or voucher on-line from the Give as you Live website and use it in the shop like a debit card. Available for a wide range of high street stores, cafes and services.
How it works
Give as you Live get a commission from the retailer for every sale made through them and they give half of it to BLT. The amount varies from 0.5% to 5% and more, depending on the retailer and the product, but it all helps.
Your positive responses to our questions about running a club mean we are currently setting up the systems to make it happen!
Just to remind you, the idea is to run a sort of lottery for BLT. Effectively you will be required to subscribe to the club once we have set it up by paying either a one off annual payment or setting up a monthly Direct Debit or Standing Order. We are currently debating the amount this should be but think it will be in the region of £5 per month (£60 pa).
All members of the club will be entered into a monthly draw and the winner will receive a percentage of the income for that month.
We are working on the assumption that we should be able to attract 200 participants and pay up to 50% of our income as winnings.
Based on the figures quoted here we should be able to raise £500 per month for the theatre and pay out a similar amount in winnings.
We will of course keep you posted as to how this scheme is progressing and when we will be ready to launch it but please let us know now if you would like to be included in this club and we will add you to our rapidly expanding list.
The Co-op Local Community Fund
This is a fundraising scheme that runs until October 2018. All you need to do is join the Co-op and then once you have your card and membership number, register BLT as your chosen charity. A percentage of everything that you spend on Co-op branded products will then be allocated to our charity fund.
We have already received a substantial donation from the Co-op for purchases made from them since we began our participation in their scheme. What’s more, there is a dividend paid to you, so you should be able to recoup your £1 membership fee very quickly.
If you haven’t yet joined you can do so here it only costs £1 but it could help us raise a lot more than that!
We’re hoping to do a publicity push at the Co – op very soon, so why not come along and help? For more details please email us
When booking tickets for BLT shows online, you will now be invited to donate to our development appeal. Obviously this is entirely your choice and you can still purchase tickets to see our splendid productions at the astonishingly cheap rates you have become accustomed to!
As many of you will be aware, it has been part of our policy for many years now to make coming to see a BLT production as inexpensive as possible so as to attract as many people as we can to share our theatre. Several people have, however, argued that at a time when we are trying so hard to raise money, it surely makes sense to charge a little more for our tickets. We feel that this option is a reasonable compromise which will enable us to attract new audience members whilst giving those who feel able to contribute the chance to do so.
The first Act of our ‘reBuiLT’ campaign is replacing the roof over the bar and we need your help to get things going.
Nothing could be simpler than making a donation via JustGiving. Just click here
When you’ve made your donation, why not click on the Facebook, Twitter or ‘email’ buttons at the bottom of the JustGiving page to get your friends and family to donate as well!
The Big Give
We have also very recently added BLT’s name to a site for large donors called The Big Give. At this stage we are not expecting the really big donors to be pushing much money in our direction, however we felt it was as well to be set up and ready just in case. So if during your Christmas festivities you find yourself hobnobbing with any big movers and shakers with large pockets, please feel free to mention that we can be easily found by going to The Big Give site and searching for ‘Bromley Little Theatre’.
We are considering our Sunday Night Variety programme for 2018 but if there is something that you would like to suggest that would in your opinion draw a crowd please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Don’t forget the spare change tin on the bar counter is now available for you to get rid of your old £1 coins. We have already collected a significant amount and would be delighted to receive many many more.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who has contributed in some way towards our efforts in this first year of fundraising for the Bromley Little Theatre Development Appeal.
We have several ideas in the pipeline to keep up the pressure and hope that next year will see us start to put together some applications for substantial amounts from some of the larger trusts.
Our successes so far this year should stand us in good stead as we begin the real fundraising work in 2018!