The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choose Tiny Tickers as one of their ‘Forces for Change’ charities
On Monday 5th August 2019, Tiny Tickers was delighted and humbled to be chosen as one of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Forces for Change charities.
The royal couple had previously turned to their 9.3 million Instagram followers and asked for suggestions for ‘someone you look up to, the organisation doing amazing work that we should all be following, an account that inspires you to be and do better (or that simply makes you feel good), or the handle that brims with optimism for a brighter tomorrow.’
As a project, Forces for Change intends to shine a light of smaller, lesser-known charities and organisations. Thanks to nominations from many supporters, Tiny Tickers was selected as one of the 15 charities to be followed by @sussexroyal during the month of August.
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This month we turned to you for ideas of accounts to follow featuring people, organisations and causes that you find inspiring or noteworthy. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed! Many of you have suggested that we use this month as an opportunity to highlight lesser known organisations and shine a light on those working hard behind the scenes that may not get the level of attention that they so rightly deserve. These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another. We were so happy to learn about them and are now able to share them with you! Thank you for being part of this collective conversation with us; we hope everyone has enjoyed discovering many of these accounts and engaging with each other on how we can all be Forces For Change. •All photos used above are from the accounts we are now following•
Within hours, Tiny Tickers saw a huge increase in social media activity – including new followers and thousands of comments and post shares. The story was covered by a number of national media outlets, including ITV and the Independent plus by overseas media such as People and Hello Canada.
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We’re still doing a happy dance about @sussexroyal the Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing to spotlight Tiny Tickers as one of their 15 Forces for Change charities! There are no words to express our gratitude; the difference it has already made to our charity is immense. As our name suggests, Tiny Tickers really is a tiny charity. We have five members of staff (we were six, but one retired last week) and only one of us works full-time. For such a small charity, we really do make a huge impact. We’ve trained 1,421 sonographers since 2016 and placed 96 potentially life-saving pulse oximetry machines in hospitals all over the UK. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people we have reached with our awareness campaigns, videos, printed materials and social media posts. If you want to find out more about the people who make Tiny Tickers tick, visit our website (link in bio). #charitytuesday #chd #chdawareness #forcesforchange #dukeandduchessofsussex #sussexroyal
Tiny Tickers CEO, Jon Arnold, says, ‘It was a wonderful surprise to have been chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as one of their 15 Forces for Change charities. Already we’ve seen a tremendous increase in awareness of the charity, our work, and the CHD cause globally. Forces for Change is a fabulous project and it’s humbling to be a part of it, alongside 14 other fantastic organisations. We’re so grateful to the people who nominated us and, of course, to the Duke and Duchess for their support.’
‘We’ve run out of words to explain what this means to us and the difference it will make to our work,’ says Tiny Tickers Head of Fundraising and Communications, Katie Lawson. ‘It has been a wonderfully bonkers week for our tiny charity. We’d like to say a huge thanks to our fabulous supporters. This would never have happened without them helping us spread the word and raising awareness. All of this is because of them.’
The coverage continues. What an incredible week. ❤️👊🏻👍🏻❣️
— Tiny Tickers Charity (@tinytickers) August 6, 2019
For a very small charity, with only five members of staff, this kind of exposure will make a huge difference. Everyone at Tiny Tickers would like thank the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their invaluable support. The awareness it provokes will undoubtedly help save many lives.