Communicate for Free Throughout 2014: Results

Communicate for Free In 2014: Results

Choosing a Winner Is…

trophyRemarkably Difficult!

We got a lot of applications, from charities large and small, and especially in the case of the smaller charities got some very creative ideas on how they might use the texts we are offering.

As we found it way more challenging than expected to choose a winner we decided we’d go with two winners for 2014!

We are all very much looking forward to seeing the impact our contribution can make. We’ll giving you some regular updates throughout the year letting you know what our two charities have been upto and what contribution they’ve got from the messaging.

We’ve notified all applicants and the two winners.

We’ll be keeping the main Charity Campaign pages at on the site regularly updated with both their progress throughout the year and some useful charity resources we’re aware of.

You may want to bookmark this section as there’s already some great free resources for charities listed.

The Winners Are:

Great North Air Ambulance
Epilepsy Action

We look forward to working with both our winners getting them set up and active.

A Little About the Winners

GNAA-logoGreat North Air Ambulance

From a small start in 1991, when an appeal was launched to provide the first air ambulance for the North East, the Great North Air Ambulance Service has grown to become a leading healthcare charity, now operating three helicopters in the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The aircraft are all Eurocopter Dauphin AS365. Surprisingly, they are among the few air ambulances in the country to be IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) capable, rather than relying on Visual Flight Rules – the view out of windscreen. This of course means that many of the other UK air ambulances can fly only in good visibility clear of cloud which seems a tad restrictive to us!

It takes £4m a year to pay for the missions.

For a more complete summary of their aims and history, please see the GNAA About Us Pages

Epilepsy-Action-LogoEpilepsy Action

“Epilepsy Action is the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation. We exist to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy.”

“Each year we help over 1 million people understand their epilepsy and treatment options, including through our helpline, and website. We improve healthcare by supporting our epilepsy specialist nurses and epilepsy research. And as the leading epilepsy charity, our voice is listened to, so we campaign for better care and fairer access to education and employment.”

“We are delighted to have won 2014 texts a month for the year. We plan to use these to send reminders to people who are coming along to our events. We will also send a good luck text message to people raising money for us by running races.”

“Over 95 per cent of this life-changing support is funded by donations and fundraising. The hope is that these texts will increase attendance at events, increase our brand awareness and help with fundraising.”

What’s Next?

We’d like to congratulate our winners once again, and look forward to seeing them progress throughout the coming year!

We’ll be working with both to help them make the most of the opportunity and use both the messages and inbound keyword in the most helpful ways we can think of.