British Naturism have named British Heart Foundation (BHF), as our Charity of the Year and will work with them throughout 2020, raising funds and awareness.
The health and well-being benefits of a nude lifestyle are well-known to Naturists and the BHF also place emphasis on healthy living and lifelong wellbeing, so our relationship is a natural fit. We’re delighted to be able to raise money that will directly benefit the population and combat diseases that could affect any of us.
Throughout 2020, we’ll also be encouraging members, groups and clubs to get behind the initiative and put on fund-raising events. There will be a lot of support from us and BHF both in terms of how to put on an event and deal with the fundraising aspects.
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How will British Naturism be raising money for British Heart Foundation?
British Naturism are working with the British Heart Foundation to raise funds from specific fundraising activities and donations at many events. Already, we’ve raised over £500 through raffles and donations at our Alton Towers and Bournemouth events.
BN are also supporting the BHF East Sussex Coastal Fundraising Group with their sponsored Naked Heart Walk with expertise, website hosting, promotion, and on the day support.
BN and the BHF are also working closely on the Great British Skinny Dip, a campaign that BN has promoted for several years. Working together we can give this event a charitable focus and encourage organisers to take the opportunity to fundraise while also encouraging those new to social nudity to take part and raise funds for such a worthy cause that affects so many people. In doing so we hope to raise the profile, encourage more Great British Skinny Dip events, more people taking part in social nudity and more funds raised for the BHF.
BN will also promote volunteering opportunities that the BHF have available and support and promote any campaigns where possible to help raise the profile of both BN and BHF across the country, including where non-nude attendance is being requested.
Who are the British Heart Foundation?
The BHF is the UKs leading cardiovascular research charity. Their vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. The BHF raise money to research cures and treatments, so they can beat heartbreak forever. You can read all about the BHFs research and how they have changed the state of heart disease already, but there is still so much more to do.
The BHF also fund a Nation of Life Savers Campaign to ensure that all children leave school with the skills and confidence to save a life in the event they witness a cardiac arrest. Funding CPR training kits to all secondary schools this has been a key focus enabling schools to deliver the training regularly and widely with ease.
The BHF has a heart helpline staffed by expert cardiac nurses to offer support, information and signposting to those affected by heart disease and their loved ones. For medical enquiries you can call 0300 3303311.
There is a huge resource of information leaflets and guides about all aspects of CHD from stroke to diabetes, to giving up smoking and how to reduce stress and specific heart conditions patients may want more information about.
How can I participate in the BHF Naked Heart Walk?
The inaugural Naked Heart Walk will take place in the beautiful 18th Century landscaped gardens of Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey at 7pm on Saturday 20th June 2020 - the longest day of the year. Participants will have the choice of taking on a short (approx. 2km) or long (approx. 5km) walk through winding paths around the lake and woodland, passing follies including the ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Turkish Tent. The event will raise vital cash towards research into heart and circulatory diseases. Sign up now!
What other fund-raising events are happening?
We expect to see many BHF related events this year. There has been great support from the BN community with lots of ideas for fundraising events by BN regions and individual members. All are encouraged to get involved in any way they can. Keep checking back to this page for updates.
What is the Great British Skinny Dip and can I use it for a fun raising event?
The Great British Skinny Dip (GBSD) is a British Naturism campaign that is now in its 5th year. Every year this great event provides lots of opportunities for people to try costume-free swimming across many varied locations throughout the UK.
This year we are encouraging people to organise a GBSD event in aid of the British Heart Foundation as part of our partnership to promote heart health and well being and raise funds for the vital research to help beat heartbreak for good. Funds can be easily raised through ticket sales, raffles and donations, and swimmers can also have the opportunity to swim a distance in the nude and ask friends and family to sponsor them.
Can I organise my own fundraising event?
Of course! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Organise a Great British Skinny Dip at a beach or your local pool in July. There is lots of information and a how-to guide here on the website
- Host a Naked Dining event. Ask a local pub or restaurant if you can host a event and agree a date and fee per meal. Add approximately 25-50% on to this fee as a donation to the BHF and sell tickets. Create a poster using BHF downloads or make your own using the BHF ‘In aid of’ logo and promote to your networks and the BN community. Arrange a raffle on the evening by asking local companies to donate a prize.
- Organise a nude or clothes optional sponsored walk. BHF have a ‘Just Walk’ fundraising pack you can register for.
- Hold an open day at your club or an open session at your swim and charge visitors an entrance with 25-50% going to BHF.
Is there someone I can talk to about my fund-raising idea or to get help?
The main BHF contact for all things relating to BN and our fundraising and events is Hannah Miller who can be contacted on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07714 069130 but we also encourage you to reach out to your local fundraising manager
What fundraising support and materials are available to me?
For fundraising ideas and to get a general BHF fundraising pack you can visit the BHF website and sign up to receive one in the post here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/do-your-own-fundraising. The pack includes a general guide, stickers, a card collection box and posters.
A new, separate fundraising pack for the Great British Skinny Dip, along with customizable posters, is in development and we hope will be available in March as a download so we would recommend signing up to receive the BHF one as well.
For additional fundraising materials including tins and buckets, t-shirts, balloons, bunting, pin badges or for a letter of authorisation (to confirm your fundraising intentions) you can either contact your local fundraising manager or contact the BHF fundraising support team on 0300 3303322 or email email@example.com.