We need your help right now!

To celebrate 21 years of making a positive difference since April 1994, we have conjured 21 meaningful projects and events aimed at communities in deprived areas of Sussex, between April 2015 and April 2016!

Storytelling Adventures in Fishersgate as part of the Adur Festival

Storytelling Adventures in Fishersgate, the Adur Festival

“These opportunities are so needed locally in an area of social and economic deprivation. Many parents/carers cannot afford trips out, new toys. This fun, busy, colourful storytelling includes children so they help to invent the stories, and is positively different to more inhibited forms of play.” Clare Barnard, Early Childhood Project, Tarner.

Our experienced Outreach team have been busy with the 21-21 programme…taking the magic of costumes to groups and individuals who experience disadvantage, providing:

  • creative dressing-up activities and interactive storytelling with children living in poorer areas
  • practical, fun sewing courses to children and young people, including those with learning disabilities and special educational needs
  • reminiscence sessions with older people and those experiencing dementia

To run all 21 projects we have raised grants from Sussex Community Foundation and East Brighton Trust, and raised a fantastic £2105 from our own fundraising event. To deliver the final projects we need to raise a further £1600 and you can help us achieve this by making a donation…

The three very best ways to donate are:

21-21 donations: To help us reach our 21st Birthday goal click on ‘donate now’ button (right-hand column of this site) which will take you to BTMydonate, – online giving that is both free to you and us! Text donations coming soon!

You can also give in person (we’d love to see you!) or by post: cheques payable to ‘Gladrags Community Costume Resource’ and sent to us at: Unit 10, Westergate Business Centre, Westergate road, Brighton, BN2 4QN.

Regular giving: being able to count on your continuing support will greatly help us to plan ahead for next year’s community projects, and ensure we can provide our resources long-term. You can give to us monthly, quarterly or yearly, and you are in control of the amount, and overall time-span of your donation. Please complete and return (by e-mail or post) our standing order form to help us make a difference year on year.

General donations: these are also hugely important to us. As well as funding 21-21, we need to keep the organisation going, and truly every little helps!

However you are able to support us, please can you choose to gift aid, giftaid which you can do if you are a UK taxpayer. Gift Aid increases your donation by an extra third, at no cost to you, by claiming back income tax from the government that you will have already paid on your gift to us. Gift Aid is worth an extra 25p for every £1 you give.

  • BT Mydonate and standing order donations: simply tick the Gift Aid box.
  • Cash donations up to £20: we can automatically claim Gift Aid on your behalf!
  • Cheque donations (and cash above £20): please complete and return (by e-mail or post) our short GIFT AID FORM

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