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Week commencing 29th February 2016

Welcome to behind the scenes of the life of a fundraiser. I have been a voluntary fundraiser for a number of years whilst also working full-time. Here is a little insight into my fundraising antics and voluntary roles. Please enjoy reading Blog #3 and feel free to share.

 

Monday 29th February 2016

An exciting meeting this morning with 6 students at University Technical College (UTC) Bolton www.utcbolton.org who are now part of #TeamLagan. A few weeks back Carren Bell (CEO of www.lagans.org.uk) and I interviewed a large number of students from UTC Bolton to become part of a team fundraising and raising awareness of Lagan’s Foundation within the UTC. It was great meeting with our chosen 6 to represent Lagan’s Foundation and I am really looking forward to working alongside then and watching their ideas come to life. I loved sharing my tips and giving advice on fundraising and showing the team how to think outside of the box when it comes to fundraising and organising events.

Tuesday 1st March 2016

After work I went to meet Craig from The Lancs Leafleters www.facebook.com/lancsleafleters to drop of 5,000 leaflets which he and his team will be delivery to 5000 homes in the area over the next 3 weeks leading up to the Easter Family Fun Day.

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

This morning I met with the beautiful Christina Cunningham who is currently Miss Northwest 2015/2016 and a finalist in the Miss England 2016 competition in July.

It’s hard to believe that Christina and I have only known each other less than a year. Christina’s supported a number of the events that I have organised over the last 12 months and I have supported Christina in her aim to become Miss Northwest and currently with the forthcoming Miss England competition. As part of the competition Christina must raise funds for Variety Children’s Charity and I am delighted to support and advise Christina in any way I can. We met at Kearsley Cricket Club so I could introduce her to the committee in relation to a forthcoming event that Christina is planning.

I headed over to the Bolton FM  studio straight after work for#CommunityCorner. Tony was back from Spain so it was a full house and we had a full house of guests including 20 year old Jessica Humphreys who bravely shared her story with us of her battle with anorexia and how she overcome it by baking. Jessica recently opened up her first cake shop in Bolton named Jessica’s Patisserie.

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Before work today I met with Andy Thorp and Simon Murphy from the charity Street Soccer Academy to discuss a forthcoming event that I am organising in aid of the work they do. Street Soccer Academy is a professional service provider that specialises in the rehabilitation and reintegration of people with complex and multiple needs. They work on behalf of some of the nation’s hardest to reach groups within our communities including people with homeless related issues, ex-offenders, those recovering from additions, mental health conditions and disabilities and the long-term unemployed. I am really excited about the launch of this event so watch this space.

Friday 4th March 2016

Due to the high winds I’ve been having trouble with one of my Easter Family Fun Day banners so I had to go out in the snow to find a new location. A big thanks to Sarah Fitton at Ryder’s Farm who helped me!

Saturday 5th March 2016

Day off spent with my mum and sister ahead of Mothering Sunday although I did send a few tweets and posted on Facebook.

Sunday 6th March 2016

Mother’s Day morning was spent at Kings Church serving “love all serve all” wearing my red volunteer t-shirt whilst dishing up coffee and cake.

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Followed by a quick drive back home for a skype meeting with Carren and Deniece from #TeamLagan http://www.lagans.org.uk about the forthcoming Lagan’s Cycle Challenge which is the main event in memory of baby Lagan  This event is opento everyone even people who want to raise funds and support other charities.

The lovely Adele Twist dropped off four big bin bags full of donations for the Easter Family Fun Daybfrom herself, Hilary Taylor, Karen Stokes, Karolina Stariczak, Florence Chen and Becky Kinsella. I really do appreciate support from local people for the events I put on in the community. I then spentban hour or so sorting out the donated items and the boring job of folding raffle tickets.

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