Many people are unaware of what goes on behind the scenes of a fundraising event they just attend and enjoy the finished product therefore I’ve decided to give you an insight into the life of a fundraiser. I have been a volunteer fundraiser for a number of years as well as being in full-time employment. I hope to bring you a weekly blog about what I got up to the previous week so let’s get on with my first ever blog, let’s hope you like it.
Monday 15th February 2016
Tomorrow is the first ever Lagan’s Family Bowling night so tonight is taken up with final preparations for this event including finalising bowling teams, checking payments and preparing for the running of the event. Lagan’s Foundation is a Bolton based charity that supports families around the UK with babies and children under 5 with heart defects and feeding issues. I’ve sourced some amazing donations for raffle prizes through contacts and volunteers. I firmly believe that our resources are in our relationships so building up a network of contacts really helps with support for events. I’ve prepared a list of raffle prizes and a sneaky plug appealing for businesses to nominate Lagan’s for their charity of the year. Never miss an opportunity because you never know whose eyes might see.
Looking forward to meeting the Digicomm 360 team tomorrow they are a Bolton based business who are this year supporting Lagan’s Foundation.
Tuesday 16th February 2016
Shift change at work to accommodate tonight’s event so it’s a 5:30am start and is going to be a long day. Prizes check, Raffle tickets check, Team list check, Table cloth check, Collection tin check,
Football cards check, Posters & Flyers check. My box is packed up with the assistance from my husband who is my rock. I don’t usually stress before an event but for some reason tonight I am a little nervy which is very unusual. Arrived at Hollywood Bowl at Middlebrook and received the usual friendly welcome by the staff.
I have held this event four years in a row and have had nothing but support from the bowling alley.
Teams of bowlers begin flooding through the doors we had 87 bowlers aged from 3 – 71 years old. Ilove this event because it invites a mix of age groups and different backgrounds. The event was a massive success and £700 was raised for Lagan’s Foundation.
Wednesday 17th February 2016
When I started out fundraising I was invited onto Bolton FM’s Community Corner radio show which is broadcasted live every Wednesday evening 7-10pm by the lovely Elaine, David and Tony. Since my debut appearance on Community Corner I became a regular promoting my events and sharing my fundraising antics with Bolton. At the end of 2015 I was surprised to be asked if I could stand in for Elaine on the show when she was out of town due to work commitments. Bolton FM is a community radio station based in the heart of Bolton run on volunteers and all the shows are produced and presented by volunteers. So that’s when I joined the Bolton FM family, tonight was my first night back on the show since November and we interview some avid fundraisers of Francis House and the Manager of Bolton based charity BRASS.
Thursday 18th February 2016
Tonight was spent catching up on emails, sending tweets appealing for sponsors for the Lagan’s Cycle Challenge event and updating facebook in relation to the Kearsley in Bloom project. I have lived in Kearsley all of my life and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Last year I decided that I wanted to be more proactive in my community so alongside Stephen Tonge from Kearsley Mount Methodist Church and some other local residents we planned, organised and delivered the first ever Kearsley Scarecrow Festival. The event was held last September and raised over 6k to place Community Public Access Defibrillators in the area. We are currently installing the 8 defibrillators bought within our community. This is when the Kearsley Festival Group was formed and we are currently planning our next community project Kearsley in Bloom.
Friday 19th February 2016
Night off!!! I try my best to have one evening off every week day although this doesn’t always happen. With this in mind tonight will be spent letting my hair down and singing along to an Adele tribute act. This is a local event which is raising funds for Walkden Community. Sarah and the team do a great job of putting on local events in Walkden to raise funds for the area.
Saturday 20th February 2016
Morning spent collecting banners made by M&A Brown Signs for the forthcoming Easter Family Fun Day at Kearsley Cricket Club followed by a few hours cable tying them up on railings around the area.
Afternoon was family time catching up with my mum and sister who have just come back from a week away and in the evening an unexpected visit to the 64th annual magic festival in Blackpool where my younger brother is the official Magic Circle photographer.
Sunday 21st February 2016
I spent the afternoon sorting out prizes for the Easter Family Fun Day and tidying up my second lounge which turns into my headquarters leading up to big events. In the evening I was babysitting my niece and nephew so it’s always a great opportunity to catch up on replying to messages and email whilst they are tucked up in bed.