The Charlton Champion has been running since October 2010, telling you what’s what and what’s happening in London SE7.
Apart from a small income from ads, it’s always been produced in spare time by Darryl Chamberlain and Neil Clasper.
We know that a lot of people are grateful for what the site provides, and we’re also looking at ways to develop the site.
So we’ve launched a membership scheme for The Charlton Champion. We would be very grateful if you could consider supporting the site with a monthly subscription.
How does The Charlton Champion membership scheme work?
We use Patreon, which means we can manage our income and keep in touch with members.
Membership is charged in US dollars and aims to reflect the London Living Wage (currently £10.20/hour) – it starts at about £2.60/month, which covers just over 15 minutes of work on the site.
How do I do it?
Sign up for a Patreon account, then click on www.patreon.com/charltonchampion. Because payments are taken in US dollars, we suggest you use PayPal for simplicity if you’re new to this. Follow the instructions, and you’re in. And you’re free to cancel or change your donation at any time. Please be aware that Patreon charges VAT on donations, so factor that into your payment.
What will I get in return?
There are some goals we’d like to hit. If we raise about £300/month, we will restore comments to the site. If we get to £500/month, we will look at producing a one-off printed version of The Charlton Champion. (Darryl has knocked one up already, it looks pretty good…)
At present, we aren’t able to offer anything extra in exchange for becoming a member other than occasional email updates – unless you’re a business wanting to sponsor the site, in which case you can have your name in lights on the site.
But if this scheme is wildly successful, it may change, and we may have a few things up our sleeve at a later date. So if you’re interested, please leave your home address if prompted.
I’m a local business – what can I do help?
We’d be delighted if you’d like to sponsor the site – please take a look at the sponsorship option on our Patreon page: www.patreon.com/charltonchampion.
How will the money improve the site?
It means we’ll be paid something for what we do – which is an incentive to do more of it. Please remember the site is run in our spare time, so that’s always a restriction – there are are only so many hours in a spare day or evening – but we’re always looking for new contributors. Building up a pot of money means they can also be rewarded for what they do.
What will you do with the money?
The money will be split between the site’s two main contributors – Darryl will take 60%, Neil will take 30%, and we will save the rest to pay the site bills and pay new contributors. We may tinker with this as it goes on, but the aim is to pay us for our work and make the site sustainable.
How can I help improve the site?
We’d like to keep the site based around what it does now – telling you about community events, sharing what’s planned for the area and giving you an insight into what your elected representatives are doing.
But we would like to do more, and do it more regularly – a regular Charlton Athletic column, perhaps, or interviews with people in the area. If you can help do either of those things, then please let us know.
And if there’s some news that needs sharing – don’t just keep it to an email list or Facebook group. Let your other neighbours know too, and tell us – get the details here.
What if I don’t want to use Patreon?
You won’t be able to become a Charlton Champion member – but you can always provide funds to Neil or Darryl through the ko-fi.com link at the bottom of each story, or directly into the site fund via PayPal – paypal.com/charltonchampion.
The Charlton Champion will remain free to all – any money you can give will help us keep it that way.
The Charlton Champion provides news and information about issues and events in London SE7.
– Help us by telling us your stories
– Buy Darryl a coffee at ko-fi.com
– Buy Neil a coffee at ko-fi.com
– NEW! Become a monthly patron at patreon.com/charltonchampion
– NEW! Donate directly to the site at paypal.me/charltonchampion