Ask your employer to support us

A step-by-step guide

Migraine is the most common and disabling neurological disorder in the UK. It affects 1 in 7 people, and is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.

It can have a huge impact on a person’s life. It is estimated that the UK population loses 25 million days from work or school each year because of migraine.

With the support of your employer, we can change this together. We’re a small independent charity that works hard to support people with migraine.  We fund pioneering research to develop new and improved treatments and ultimately find a cure, so that no-one ever needs to live with the pain of migraine.

We need your help now more than ever

There are now 10 million adults with migraine in the UK.  We launched a new and ambitious five-year strategy at the end of February 2020 that will enable us reach more people affected by migraine, help more people, and change even more people’s lives for the better.

Our strategy sets out eight exciting projects for our charity to deliver over the next five years, based closely on what people affected by migraine have told us they most want and need from us.  Whatever your own personal reasons for giving to The Migraine Trust, we hope you will find these reasons are part of our new strategy.

In order to deliver our new strategy, we will need to significantly grow our charity’s fundraising income.

Five things you could ask your employer to do to support our charity

  1. Fundraise for us – Whether you collect funds for us with collection tins or hold a bake sale during Migraine Awareness Week or World Brain Day, all funds help support our vital work in funding research to help find a cure.
  2. Employee giving – Give staff the opportunity to give as they earn or match funds of their volunteering or fundraising efforts.
  3. Partner with us – If you would like us to be your Charity of the Year partner, want to explore a strategic partnership or would like to see how we could work together to support people affected by migraine, contact us at fundraising@migrainetrust.org. You can learn more about The Migraine Trust here, including our mission and the work we do.
  4. Gifts-in-kind – Do you have meeting rooms or event space? Could you help support our events and activities? We accept gifts-in-kind to support our events and activities.  To support us with these, please contact us at fundraising@migrainetrust.org.
  5. Donate to us – A donation big or small would go a long way in XYZ you can donate here.

How to make the case to your employer

If you want any tips on how to approach your employer about fundraising for The Migraine Trust, you can contact us on fundraising@migrainetrust.org.

Here are some things to highlight to your employer

Supporting The Migraine Trust is a way to engage your employees and boost morale

With 1 in 7 people in the UK having migraine, the chances of an organisation having at least one employee with migraine, if not many, are high. This is an important recognition of an invisible but serious brain disease that they are living and working with. Also, whether you collect funds for us with collection tins or hold a bake sale, all funds help support our vital work and creates a fun activity for employees.  You could also give staff the opportunity to give as they earn or match funds of their volunteering or fundraising efforts.

It can help to meet your corporate social responsibility needs

Become a migraine friendly employer. We can arrange information and support sessions on migraine for your colleagues across the country and can work with you to find the best way to support your employees with migraine to stay in work.

Who we currently work with

Civil Service

The Migraine Trust has teamed up with the Civil Service to provide more support for the thousands of civil servants working with migraine across the UK. The partnership aims to raise awareness and increase understanding among the Civil Service workforce of what migraine is and how it can be managed at work.

Our partnership with the Civil Service as part of Migraine Awareness Week 2019 included:

  • A poster campaign featuring five civil servants with migraine and highlighting different aspects of working with migraine. The posters were displayed in over 300 Civil Service buildings throughout the country
  • Delivering two workshops to HR staff from across the Civil Service
  • Holding a Meet-up in London that was attended by 25 people with migraine
  • Teams at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, Hillingdon Hospital in London, the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and the Hamilton Medical Group in Aberdeen, holding or promoting Meet-ups during the week
  • Hosting a stand in partnership with the migraine nurse team at Great Ormond Street Hospital to promote how The Migraine Trust can help people and telling them about our Meet-ups
  • A significant increase in social media engagement, ebulletin sign-ups, and traffic to the workplace and Get involved sections of the website.

Barts Choir

We are delighted that we’ve been chosen as the Barts Choir’s Charity of the Year for 2020. This is the first time that The Migraine Trust has been chosen as a Charity of the Year and we are looking forward to working with Barts Choir on increasing awareness and understanding of migraine and raising crucial funds to help people affected by it and for migraine research.

Would you like to speak to someone at The Migraine Trust before approaching your employer?

If you have questions, please fundraising@migrainetrust.org or call 0203 9510 150.