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In times of adversity people come to the fore

Everyone was so sad to hear that Thomas Cook had gone into liquidation not just because it is a household name and been around for ever but more so because of all the people that have lost their jobs and holidays. The tales of people losing wedding bookings and missing out on long standing plans and holidays is really heart rending. This surely is a story that can’t have any good news but again it is in times of adversity that we hear stories of those willing to help and it is these that make our good news.

The Billericay Theatre have offered all the staff and their families that worked in their Essex High Street tickets to this Christmas’s pantomime. Southend’s Independent stationery store LPC have offered all local Thomas Cook employees the chance to have twenty free copies of their CV printed off. These acts of kindness and generosity may well help people to find new employment and give some light relief in a time that may otherwise be difficult to so many. We thought mentioning these companies may help them receive some good publicity as a small recompense for their kindness and show that there can still be some positive news on really difficult days.

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Good News – we are listening……

We are looking for your input. Please read the below and contact us with your ideas by clicking this link

It is now 18 months since we first launched Banana Crumble and in that time we have seen our membership grow. We have given away thousands of pounds in prizes, made people smile, raised over £6000 for charity, promoted numerous events and good causes and certainly spread lots of good news.

When we launched we used Google AdSense and this was the way that we were hoping to generate enough income to cover our weekly prizes. We are a non profit making company so the aim was just to generate enough on a weekly basis so we could continue to give away the weekly cash prizes. If more income was generated then we had the potential to increase our prizes.  In the time since we launched the advertising rates have fallen drastically and we have not been able to generate enough money to cover the prizes.

We have decided after a period of consultation both with members, non members and between ourselves that we need to take some major decisions. We can’t continue to lose money on a weekly basis, the adverts on our site generated by Google Adsense are annoying (many people just turn them off!) and these advertisements are not normally for things that fit in with our values.

What options do we have ?

1. Ask people for an annual £10 membership subscription and hopefully this way we can generate more than enough for the prizes and help us to continue raising additional funds for charity. We would hope that our current members would continue to support us and also encourage new members.

2. To enable us to move away from Google Adsense reach out to our members and ask them for companies that they would like to see featured on our site with their own advertisements. This would give new and start up businesses the chance to advertise with us and enable potential customers to see advertisements that they do want. If businesses want to make a reasonable offer for an advertising space on the website we will certainly consider it either on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.

3. Stop the weekly free cash giveaway and continue with the good news part of the site and just do our own fundraising events. We are looking at hosting a “Banana Ball” on October 5th 2019, as well as many other events over the coming months so this way we are still able to do the fundraising for charity which was one of our major aims when we started.

4. Do you have any other ideas of things we could do to generate income to enable the site to continue with its cash giveaway side of its venture.

5. Find a company or person who would like to sponsor the whole site – if anyone has any ideas then we would love to hear from you.

We hope that over the time we have been in existence you have enjoyed our site and that we will together find a way of moving on and being able to continue with what we wanted to achieve.

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Why do people think it is too good to be true ?

I launched Banana Crumble using some money that my Grandad had left me, wanting to prove that life wasn’t all doom and gloom and wanted to prove that people can do good things and are not all bad or in trouble. I wanted to raise money for charity and to give people a chance to take that first step on the ladder. Perhaps this was a dream too far?

We have featured musicians desperate for that start, sportsmen trying to raise their profile, people trying to raise funds for so many amazing causes. We have had stories where people have overcome such difficulties and managed to turn their life around. We wanted to give people the chance to win a small amount of cash – we knew it wouldn’t change their life but we were hoping that everything we did would bring a smile to people’s faces.

Everything we have done is to try and inspire and to help people to become the best they can, concentrate on the positives and look forward to new challenges rather than turn them into negatives.

Everyone gives us great feed back and we know that we have helped lots of people. The messages saying that we helped one winner afford to buy Christmas presents for her children, another saying it meant that they could afford food for the week really does make all these things worth while. With the money we have raised from our own fundraising and from the unclaimed prizes we handed over a cheque for £5000 to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. A total that I am so proud of and one that will certainly be legacy that my Grandad would be proud of.

The money we give away in prizes was supposed to be covered by the advertisements on our site. Every time people read our articles, like, share or click on adverts this is how we were supposed to raise these funds. Unfortunately this hasn’t proven to be the case!! Predicted advertising revenue rates have dropped dramatically. We thought we would be able to offer new businesses or start ups the chance to advertise at a very competitive rate giving them a chance of national exposure and being able to get their businesses up and running. Yet again people think this is too good to be true and don’t want to take that step to sign up with us.

There actually isn’t anything to lose by signing up. There is no catch and everyone who is a Banana Crumble member can vouch for this fact. When we ask people to sign up most are suspicious and won’t believe us. What a sad state of affairs that everyone thinks automatically that we are a scam.

Our numbers have grown and continue to grow each week which is great but for us to continue we need our membership to grow and for people to be active on our site. Can you help us spread the word so that we can continue to raise money for Charity and to be able to spread our own form of happiness? We need a sponsor or people to help us with advertising as well as new members so please can you help us.

Please help us prove that we are not too good to be true.

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Doris’ Story

A really good family friend of ours, lives in an apartment in Brentwood, Essex. I periodically phone her just to check up on her and see how things are going. She is always happy to chat and seems genuinely pleased to hear from me. After the bad weather last week and the fact it is almost Christmas I wanted to give her a call.

We chatted about the usual things and the subject of the weather came up, as it always does. Doris then told me a story and my Banana Crumble Good News radar was alerted!!

Doris – I won’t give her age away but needless to say she isn’t 21 any more had decided she needed to pop to the local supermarket just to pick up a few bits. When she got down to the communal entrance hall there were two lads standing by the door. Doris said she thought she had muttered “Oh no” under her breath but it was obviously louder than she thought and one of the lads who was waiting asked her what the matter was. Doris said that she hadn’t realised the weather was quite so bad and just how icy it was and that she wasn’t confident about walking in the ice.

The young lad told Doris he would go with her and he walked with Doris on his arm all the way across the road to the supermarket, he said he would wait outside and be there when she came out. Doris picked up the bits she wanted and Doris being Doris picked up a box of chocolates for the lad. The lad, true to his word was waiting and again he took Doris’ arm and made sure she was safely back home.

How nice is it when you hear a story where someone goes out of their way to help someone and doesn’t expect to get anything from it. The lad was apparently visiting a grandparent at the time.

Why is it only the youngsters that do bad things that make the headlines. This is a true Banana Crumble Good News Story and if this gets back to the lad then we hope he realises in our eyes and Doris’ he was a true gentleman and a real credit to himself and his family.