"The help I have received from Ami has been outstanding. In a 'world' that can sometimes leave a unit feeling disconnected, it's nice to know there is someone in HQ ready to provide support. Ami has helped me to produce a few documents to put towards grant applications as well as sending out letters to our local community to ask for donations.
Together we initially produced a donation request letter after I explained our unit had spent several months trying to build funds for a new minibus. Not only did she support me in writing my request, Ami took the time to research and share with us, grants that could be of use, including the 'MSSC Minibus Fund' (which I am thrilled to say was accepted and we are now very proud owners of our very own minibus!)
Although the letter was not used as the Minibus Fund fulfilled the financial gap in our funds, I was able to utilise and adapt it for donation requests for prizes towards our raffle at the Bournemouth Air Show. This letter supported us in accessing some wonderful prizes from some very well known brands!
In the last few months, I have also been working on some grant applications. One grant being for a very large sum is yet to be confirmed, however, using the information from the application that Ami had supported me in completing, I was able to use it for a grant application towards the National Lottery's 'Awards for All' which I am also over the moon to confirm that we were successful in acheiving their highest grant to put towards a lift installation within our Unit.
There are no words that can describe the importance of this service. This team of people means that any volunteer, of any ability, in any area or district has a 100% chance of being successful, if you are willing. It isn't a service that provides a generic representation of the Sea Cadet Corps. The National Fundraising Officers work with you to support you, tailoring and personalising your individual fundraising activities to your independent unit.
Many thanks to Ami and the team for the huge amount of support they have given to myself and my unit over the last few months.
Fingers crossed on the next grant to be confirmed!"
- Laura Rosenfeld
Treasurer and Unit Fundraising Trustee | Unit Management Committee