You can use a Crowdfunding Page to bring people together to do something positive for a family affected by cancer and help them create lasting memories. Whether it’s something to look forward to after months of intense treatment, or fulfilling someone’s bucket list, you can help make it happen. Here’s our guide to crowdfunding to make great memories.
How much should you raise?
When it comes to costs, of course there are lots of different variables – what kind of thing you’d like to raise money for, for how many people, and what time of year etc. To give you a little bit of guidance, here’s an insight into some of the most popular things people raise money for to create great memories.
People who are crowdfunding now
Walt Disney World
When it comes to making memories, it doesn’t get more magical than a trip to Walt Disney World. Based on a family of four going for two weeks during the summer holidays, flights and hotel packages start from £4,000, with a 14-day ticket to the parks costing an additional £1,200. When setting your target, you might also want to consider things like car hire, food and spending money.
Center Parcs have five locations around the UK. They're hugely popular option for families, with activities on offer ranging from from outdoor adventure activities to relaxing spa treatments covered. To spend a seven-night stay over the summer holidays, prices start from £1,800.
LEGOLAND® is a great option for families looking for a short trip that’s closer to home. For a family of four to spend three nights there during the summer holidays, you can stay at a hotel in the park itself with breakfast included for around £1,000. For cheaper options, staying in a hotel outside the park can take the cost down to £379.
Our favourite crowdfunding stories
So many amazing people have used JustGiving Crowdfunding to bring joy to families affected by cancer. Here are some of our favourite examples.
In 2016, nine-year-old Alexander was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer that affects children. His biggest dream was to go to Disney World and Universal Studios, so to give him something to look forward to, his family started crowdfunding to make it happen. They raised over £16,000, and Alexander met all of his heroes at Disney World in January 2017.
When Heidi's daughter died a week after she was born, Heidi chose to play a Counting Crows song at the funeral. Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was pregnant, and she delayed treatment to save her unborn baby. When Heidi’s friends found out her cancer was now terminal, they started crowdfunding to send Heidi and Steve to America to see Counting Crows play live. In February 2017, they’re heading to Miami to see Heidi’s favourite band.
Five-year-old Sophie has a terminal, genetic disorder called PKAN. Her grandmother, Jacky, wanted to send Sophie on an amazing, memorable holiday with her mum and older sister, so she set up a Crowdfunding Page to help make it happen. She raised £4,000, and in December 2016, Sophie and her family all went on a magical trip to Lapland together.
In October 2016, four-year-old Zeke’s family received the devastating news that he had stage-four cancer. Zeke immediately began treatment, all while his mum and dad took care of his younger siblings, his youngest brother born only days before Zeke’s diagnosis. Friends of Zeke’s family started crowdfunding to give the family the holiday they deserve. So far, they’ve raised over £6,000 to send the family to either LEGOLAND® or Disney Land Paris.
Amy was 24-years-old when she found out she had stage-three breast cancer. After a successful mastectomy, Amy seemed to be recovering well. Then in December 2016, she was given the devastating news that her cancer had spread and it’s now terminal. Amy’s created a bucket list of things she'd like to do to create lasting memories with her husband and children. Her friends are crowdfunding to help Amy do everything on her list.
Amy’s 15-year-old little brother Ben has been diagnosed with stage-four cancer. The bravery he’s shown during his treatment has made Amy want to do something amazing for her brother, reminding him of life outside of hospitals, medication and treatment. She’s crowdfunding to send Ben and their mum (who has been by Ben’s side throughout) on the trip of a lifetime as soon as he’s finished his treatment. She’s trying to raise £8,000 so they can go traveling, explore different places and have loads of amazing experiences together.