This week charities have been using the hashtag #YouMadeItHappen to thank their supporters and celebrate the difference they make.
An email from NCVO’s Aidan Warner, sent to members to launch the imitative, said, “When we ask the public what they want to hear from charities, one thing comes through loud and clear. They want to know about the difference their support has made.” And on 19th November, charities set out in their hundreds to show the difference that their work makes every single day.
I know that amazing things are happening throughout the sector when charities and their supporters and volunteers work together. I really enjoyed following #YouMadeItHappen to hear more. These are just some of the tweets that I liked.
I was part of the Third Sector Excellence Awards judging panel which chose the Centenary of Cub Scouts as the Communications Campaign of the Year. One of the reasons we liked it was the importance of volunteers in running the cub groups, so this tweet celebrating their volunteers was good to see.
I love the immediacy of the photos that demonstrate the physical expansion which has helped people who have experienced homelessness.
This year, we expanded from 34 to 44 rooms so that we can help even more people who have experienced #homelessness.
A big thank you to all of our supporters for getting behind #10FreshStarts by donating, showing interest, or visiting our community.#YouMadeItHappen pic.twitter.com/40E1RZSIRI
— Emmaus Cambridge (@EmmausCambridge) November 19, 2018
I like the way that they used a series of tweets to cover a whole range of people and activities. It’s visually appealing, each tweet has a simple message and there are some great stats to get their point across.
This year over 3,000 sporting legends have taken part in events across the UK to help us beat blood cancer!
Huge thanks to the…
🏃🏽♀️1034 runners 🏃🏽♂️
🚴🏽♀️1041 cyclists 🚴🏽♂️
🏊🏽♀️1032 triathletes 🏊🏽♂️#YouMadeItHappen pic.twitter.com/x8Emqw2dU9
— Blood Cancer UK (@bloodcancer_uk) November 19, 2018
York Hospital Charity
This smaller charity have used some really appealing photos of cakes to highlight the difference a café has made to some of their patients – it’s something that we can easily relate to.
Today is #YouMadeItHappen day & we're going to be looking back at the amazing things made possible by your support. A year ago, your support helped fund a cafe on one of our elderly wards, a calm and reminiscent space for our patients living with dementia #helpyourhospital pic.twitter.com/SW5v1M2b9P
— York & Scarborough Hospitals Charity (@YSHospCharity) November 19, 2018
This tweet makes the specific difference that has been made to their helpline really clear.
Thanks to you, we've been able to open our helpline for longer on evenings and weekends. Grace from our helpline team tells us how #YouMadeItHappen #YouMadeItHappenDay pic.twitter.com/LUW49Benmi
— Epilepsy Action (@epilepsyaction) November 19, 2018
This one uses gentle humour to get across their thanks and works well from a brand that uses this approach to cover a serious issue in a way that engages younger women.
Because of you, we’ve been able to change lives and do some seriously epic work. So we’ve written a poem to say thanks. (Shout out to Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and our A-Level English teacher for the inspiration) #YouMadeItHappen pic.twitter.com/PkUQvxIYTn
— CoppaFeel! (@CoppaFeelPeople) November 19, 2018
ABC to read
Full disclosure – I was a trustee of this charity until my term came to an end this summer. So I couldn’t put together a list like this without including something from them; I know from personal experience just how heartfelt and well-deserved this thanks is.
Thanks to our amazing volunteers 92% of children felt more self-confident – you really do transform children's lives, thank you #YouMadeItHappen #lovetoread pic.twitter.com/r5LKeWw6DZ
— ABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children) (@ABCtoread) November 19, 2018
And finally, who doesn’t like cute dog videos?!
Our dogs want to give you a paw to say a huge THANK YOU for all your support 🐕👇 We couldn't care for them without you 💛 #YouMadeItHappen pic.twitter.com/AslhxgfpiQ
— Dogs Trust 💛🐶 (@DogsTrust) November 19, 2018
I’m looking forward to #YouMadeItHappen 2019 already.
Until next time
If you want to see more examples from the day, why not take a look at Madeleine Sugden’s blog too?
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