Post by VHL UK/Ireland
We are in the new financial year 2014/2015 and it would be great if we could achieve £5,000 in our fundraising activities so that we can get a charity number.
Being a recognised Registered Charity enhances our status within the community and helps generally in all fundraising activities. The reason we don't yet have a charity number is simply because the charity doesn't yet have an annual income of more than £5,000. The UK Charity Commission is not interested until we have that level of income and then we would have a legal requirement to register. However, we are a properly setup charity with HMRC with a Gift Aid Number and that is all we can do for the moment. This does enable us to use EveryClick for online fundraising pages and donations now.
The re-launch of the VHL UK/Ireland website, along with the official Facebook page, Facebook support group, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+, will bring the charity closer to raising the required £5000 to gain registered charity status, by May 2015. All funds raised will be donated directly to research centres in the UK and support for those affected.Any money that we raise will be sent to aid research into our genetic diseases of VHL, HLRCC, BHD and FD. The 2 prime candidates for receiving are Professor Eamonn Maher at Cambridge and Professor Ian Tomlinson at Oxford and their researches benefit us all at a international level.
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