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Celebrating 10 years of VFTS

We are proud to say that Visit from the Stork is turning 10 this March. From our small beginnings as the UK’s only magazine for young parents under 25, we have grown into an organisation working in the heart of communities across Greater Manchester, helping families through tough times and connecting them together through our network and social events.

Since 2014, we’ve helped more than 5,000 individual families to thrive and build their support network around them.

We’d like to thank all of the supporters, funders, partners, volunteers and staff who have helped us on the way to this milestone and the parents who have trusted us to help and support them through some of the hardest times in their lives.

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What is the 10 for 10 campaign?

To celebrate our 10th birthday year and our new charity status, we have developed our first ever official fundraising campaign; 10 for 10.

Our target is to raise £10,000 of unrestricted income over the next 12 months and we are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.

We are asking people to make a donation of £10 or more, do a collection of items or join Team Stork at one of our fundraising events we will be hosting throughout the year. Some of the events we’ve got planned are a pizza party, a 10km toddle, our very own bake off and a summer reading challenge. See our get involved page for more details.

Why not consider joining Team Stork in your own fundraising challenge by getting sponsored to do an event such as the Manchester 10k, or walking, running or even swimming.

What we're raising money for

We need unrestricted income to help us continue our vital services in the fight against poverty as well as expand and improve what we do over the next 12 months and beyond.

We are supporting lots of families everyday, but there are clients that need extra support; more than what statutory funds or even grant funding can give them. Parents fleeing DV, families who are asylum seekers or refugees, families who have no access to benefits, families living in emergency or temporary accommodation all have different needs. 

We are determined to raise money for these families so we can provide enhanced practical and emotional support where it’s needed.

Have a read below of our campaigns and choose to donate or get involved in any of them – or raise money your own way for your own reasons.

Other Projects

BOOBS empowers women in Salford and Bury to be open about their breastfeeding experiences and inspire others to breastfeed for longer.

Stork Store is our online and physical store, selling pre-loved and new toys, as well as baby clothes, nappies and more at discounted prices

Our Stork Connections peer support group is to connect and support families together in local areas across Manchester and is a way to continue to help our Stork Support clients with baby essentials.

Your Financial Contribution Can Help Us Support More Parents In Salford & Manchester

How to get involved:

Join Team Stork

We’re fundraising with exercise challenges across 2024 and asking you to support us.

Challenges our staff are doing;

  • Swimming 10 miles – Kerry & Claire
  • Running 10km – Kim
  • Running 10 charity runs including the Manchester Half Marathon – Adam
  •  Completing 5km obstacle course – Kathryn
  • Walking 10,000 steps everyday in May – Kieran

Sponsor us to do these challenges on our JustGiving pages. Follow the button below to donate to our main campaign page for the whole team or sponsor a specific team member by clicking on their name above to see their fundraising page.

Use the button below to donate to our JustGiving campaign page.

Create your own fundraiser

Why not fundraise for Team Stork through taking part in your own exercise challenge or office fundraiser? You could Swim, do an obstacle race, cycling ride or even a marathon in aid of Visit from the Stork! We can support you every step of the way with fundraising materials and lots of encouragement. 

Fundraising with your colleagues is another great way to support our cause. From sponsored treks to your own bake-off or simply having a collection tin in your office or Reception desk – the list is endless.

Got an idea of how you want to fundraise? Click the button below or contact kim@visitfromthestork.co.uk to chat to us. 

Get involved in one of our events

We’re hosting family friendly fundraisers throughout 2024 in Manchester and Salford.

Events we have planned so far include a 10km Toddle, a pizza party, a family disco, a bakeoff, a summer reading challenge and a comedy night.

Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about tickets and volunteer opportunities, or subscribe to our eventbrite page.

Do 10 things

Don’t fancy doing exercise? Do ten things for 10for10 instead!

Here’s some suggestions;

  • Donate 10 items to us
  • Tell 10 friends about VFTS
  • Collect £10 from 10 colleagues
  • Give 10 hours of your time in a year by becoming a volunteer
  • Shop online 10 times over a year with over 8000 different brands to raise free funds via EasyFundraising
  • Donate £10 one off or per month
  • Get a local business to choose us as their charity of the year

Our events

Donate to the 10for10 campaign