Below are the top 10 things you can do to help. Some are easy, some require a bit of thought and effort, but most importantly, all will make a difference!

#1 Get Involved

One of the best ways to get involved with the project is to become a member. As a member, you’ll be able to attend our General Meetings, have voting rights and be able to help steer the direction of the project. Our members are the backbone of our organisation.

If you’d like to get more deeply involved with the project, we are always looking for members to join and support our sub committees. Currently we have subcommittees set up for Fundraising, Marketing, Events and Community Engagement.

Another great way to support and get involved is to do a school, college or university project. Some applicable courses could be sports science, architecture, art, ecology, finance, marketing… the possibilities are endless!

#2 Spread the Word

Having passionate and enthusiastic supporters out there spreading the word about the project makes a huge difference. The more of a buzz we can create and the more interest we can drum up, the more likely we will be to get the facility on the ground sooner.

Wearing gravitate jerseys and t-shirts when you are out and about on your adventures is a great way to spread the brand. Make sure you take photos and share on social media. Gravitate merchandise is available through the online shop and at Gravitate events.

Use Gravitate as your team name when you enter events. You can also add it to things like your Zwift or Strava profile. This is a subtle yet effective way to share the Gravitate brand.

Share our promo film ‘Imagine’ with your friends, family, work colleagues and classmates. The film shares our vision of what could be possible at Durris forest and allows supporters and potential investors to imagine what could be created by backing the project.

#3 Fundraise

Having motivated and dedicated fundraisers will be essential for helping us achieve the Gravitate overall fundraising target. The good news is that there are some really exiting benefits associated with becoming a fundraiser and you can do it as a team or individual. There is a list of ideas for ways to fundraise on our website on the Fundraising page.

Fundraise as a team with your friends, classmates, family or work colleagues. Regardless of who you team up with, fundraising as a group can be awesome fun and a fantastic way to build camaraderie as you work towards achieving a common goal.

Fundraising as an individual is a terrific way to motivate yourself to achieve your goals, whether it be a fitness goal or some other personal target. Doing it publicly as part of a fundraiser can increase your likelihood of success, as you are doing it for more than just yourself.

Regardless of whether you chose to fundraise as a team or individual, the rewards are the same. When you raise more than £500 you will receive a ‘Fundraising Champion’ certificate, a custom Gravitate jersey and a VIP invite to the facility pre-opening event. If you are successful in raising more than £1000, you will be elevated to the status of ‘Gold Anodised Fundraiser’. For every £500 raised you will receive one jersey and one VIP invite.

#4 Events

Gravitate attend many events throughout the year and even organise some of our own. Events are a great way to engage with the general public so that we can communicate our vision and encourage people to get behind us.

At most events, we’ll pop up a gazebo and have a couple of people on hand raising money and spreading the word. A useful way that you could support Gravitate is by attending our events and encouraging other to do so too.

We’re also always keen to have more people help out at events and man the Gravitate stand. So if you could spare a half day during the summer to assist our events team, it would be massively appreciated.

#5 Support our supporters

We’ve had a tremendous amount of support from local business over the years. They have provided everything from business advice to financial donation and raffle prizes. You can find out who these supporters are by visiting the ‘Supporters’ page of our website.

Please show your gratitude to these businesses and organisations by investing in their goods and services. Don’t forget to tell them that you appreciate their ongoing support for Gravitate. If we can demonstrate to them that their support for Gravitate is having a positive impact on their business, they’ll be more inclined to support us again in the future.

#6 Social Media

We live in a digital age where social media can have a big impact. Having a few thousand followers across our various social media platforms is a great way to demonstrate to potential backers that we have support and can give good brand exposure. However, having tens of thousands of followers would be even better! Please help us to spread the message and drive social media engagement by doing a few simple things…

Encourage your friends, family, school mates and work colleagues to follow our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. Like our post, but equally as important, comment and share! ‘Likes’ are nice to have, but it’s the comments, sharing, re-posting and retweeting that can have the biggest impact. Let’s try to hit that magic 10K follower mark!

Also don’t forget we have YouTube and Vimeo channels.  There’s not a lot on there just now, but we plan to change this and ramp things up soon. Again, when you see our videos, please like, comment and share.

#7 Donate

Direct donations are always appreciated. A small donation now could unlock larger scale funding in the future. So, when we say every pound and penny is important, we mean it.

The easiest way to donate is through our Virgin Money Giving site and campaign page. Here you can make one-off donations or set up a monthly donation. On our Virgin site you’ll also find the individual campaigns of our dedicated fundraisers. Dropping a donation to one of these fundraisers is a great way to motivate them and keep them pressing on.

If you are one of those lucky people that feel they have everything they need, a nice way to support our charity would be to ask family and friends to donate to Gravitate instead of buying unnecessary gifts.

Earn Trail Karma by donating through Trailforks. Trailforks is a global online trail mapping and management tool. The cool part about this platform is that you can use it to make donations to local trail building organisations to show appreciation for their hard work.

Lastly, what about adding Gravitate to your will as a beneficiary? It’s a bit morbid, but everyone has to go sometime! Why not make your mark by leaving a part of your estate to benefit the community.

#8 Online Shopping

There are a couple of really easy ways you can turn online purchases into donations for Gravitate, and best of all, it won’t cost you a penny!

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Gravitate every time you shop. When you use Amazon Smile, you’ll find the exact same prices and products as Amazon, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Gravitate.

Easy Fundraising turns your everyday online shopping into donations for Gravitate, at no cost to you. How? Just visit your favourite retailers through the Easy Fundraising website and shop as normal. Once you’ve made a purchase, the retailer will then make a small donation to Gravitate to say, “thank you”.

#9 Investor / Donor Packages

We have set up a series of investor and donor packages aimed at corporations and high net worth individuals. By pledging £10K, £5K or £1K to Gravitate North East, the individual or organisation will receive many benefits including high profile marketing exposure.

If you fall into the category of being a potential investor or donor, please get in touch so that we can discuss how we can develop a mutually beneficial partnership. Or, if you know any suitable business owners, organisations or individuals that might be appropriate, we’d love to hear.

#10 Corporate Support

In addition to investing, there are also many other ways that businesses can support. A lot of organisations have social committees who are responsible for deciding what charitable causes to support and how to support them.  Why not suggest Gravitate as a worthy cause?

Most large organisation have some kind of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme where they can provide pro bono support to charities instead of direct financial contributions. If this is a thing that your company does, it would be great to hear about it.

And finally, one really simple way that corporations can support is by providing raffle and auction prizes. These are brilliant ways to facilitate self-fundraising where a relatively modest contribution can help leverage some significant financial returns.