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Online fundraising frenzy!

Despite Covid-19 there are many ways you can help raise vital funds for Carlisle Mencap in the run-up to Christmas and beyond!

Posted Tuesday, 3rd November 2020

From making donations when you shop online to a festive fundraising quiz - you can do your bit to help make sure Carlisle Mencap keeps vital funds coming in despite the new lockdown.

1: SHOP AT THE CO-OP! If you are a Co-op member you can donate money to Carlisle Mencap from now until October 23 2021 when you shop at the Co-op in our Carlisle community. And if you are not a member - join! It costs just £1! To join go to 

2: GIVE AS YOU LIVE ONLINE: A FREE way to raise money for us when you shop online. You can shop at over 4,000 leading stores via the Give As You Live website, Donation Reminder or app and therefore raise free funds for us. Go to to find out more.  

3: AMAZON SMILE: You can also raise funds for Carlisle Mencap by shopping online with Amazon Smile. To find out more go to or visit

4: PHIL’S BIG ONLINE QUIZ: Plans for the Online Talent Contest due to take place early next month have been put on hold due to the Second National Lockdown (all being well will be resurrected in January) but PHIL’S BIG ONLINE FUNDRAISING QUIZ is still going ahead – though the date has moved to TUESDAY DECEMBER 8 to make it a bit more festive as we normally stage the festive fundraising quiz, at the Old Fire Station, in December. See the story in the News section of this website for details on how to enter – and get your teams of two or three sorted as all proceeds go to Carlisle Mencap.

5: STUDIO XMAS DECORATIONS & CARDS: Keep an eye out on this website and Facebook page because next month we will be putting photos on of decorations and cards made by our Independence Studio for people to enjoy and then hopefully buy! We also hope to make a short video of the Studio team making these items.  

For updates on all the above and for news of anymore fundraising fun and ideas, please keep an eye on our Twitter account and Facebook page as well as this website. And please bear in mind because of Covid-19 events and timings maybe subject to change so again, please check our social media sites and website.

THANK YOU for your support ...