The life of a fundraiser #4 by Tracey Wilkinson


Week commencing 7th March 2016

If this is your first time reading my blog then I welcome you to behind the scenes of the life of a fundraiser. If you have read my previous blog and are still here then I must be doing something correct. I’ve never blogged before but was asked by the Bolton Live team and thought what a great way to show people what a voluntary fundraiser gets up to whilst also being in full-time employment. I hope my blog gives you a little insight into my fundraising antics and voluntary roles.

Please enjoy reading Blog #4 and feel free to share.

Monday 7th March 2016

Back on those dreaded early shifts at work this week but it’s a good job I’m on earlies because I have a busy week outside of work. After work I spent a good few hours walking around Farnworth centre putting up posters of the Easter Family Fun Day in shop windows and giving out flyers.

This evening was our first #LoveDoes meeting with Kings Church  whereby we are organising two projects within our community. The first project will be held on Saturday 18th June where the #LoveDoes team will give back to our community in various ways. Whether it’s painting a fence, clearing gardens, litter picking, singing for the elderly, giving out free gifts or washing people’s cars. The second date is the following Saturday 25th June which is the part of the project I am mainly assisting with organising. This will be a 5k fun run for all the family to get involved in and at the same time raise funds for a local cause/charity. Followed by a family fun day which you will say well that’s easy you know what you are doing but here is the challenge. We want to provide a fun day where people in the community can come without having to dig into their pockets. It’s not about making money but sharing love with our community. You will hear more about this project over the next few months. #LoveDoes

Tuesday 8th March 2016

This evening was supposed to be my night off from my voluntary work but with a big event fast approaching I was still folding up raffle tickets whilst watching the box and the odd sneaky Facebook message and emails whilst the husband wasn’t looking. I am so thankful for an amazing family who support be continually in everything I do and ensure that I take enough time out.

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Straight from work I headed over to the Blackhorse Public House in Kearsley/Farnworth boundary to assess the location for their community public access defibrillator (CPAD). I met up with Andy the landlord and Dan who is a local electrician who’s kindly volunteered his time to fit all our community public access defibrillators in Kearsley. There will be 8 of these life-saving pieces of equipment being installed around the area after we raised over 6k from the first ever Kearsley Scarecrow Festival  back in September. For those who didn’t attend this event it was an amazing day with 211 scarecrows on display we had thousands of visitors descend on Kearsley. Dan and I then visited Wells House Kindergarten which already have a defibrillator donated by the #defibs4bolton campaign that I ran. They have willing allowed us to use this defibrillator to place into one of our bright yellow defibrillator cabinets on their exterior wall. This will make their defibrillator public accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

A quick change of hats before arriving at the Bolton FM studio to present #CommunityCorner with David and Tony. We had a couple of guests in the studio one being Mark Golding who is running the Manchester Marathon in aid of Macmillan. Mark’s incredible story is that he suffered a severe head injury after he fell down some stairs and was in a coma for 9 days.

Following this he was diagnosed with epilepsy this might have hindered most people but no Mark continued running and is now in great shape to run his first marathon since the accident. If you can support Mark to reach his fundraising target visit his fundraising page here

Thursday 10th March 2016

On my way home I popped into GEP Motors in Kearsley  who have kindly donated a car MOT for the grand raffle prize draw at the Easter Family Fun Day they are a local business who really support the community in which I live. Dropped a few posters off in the local shops in the area on my way back home.

This evening I attended my first Kearsley in Bloom meeting at Kearsley Mount Methodist Church as part of the Kearsley Festival Group. There’s been a lot of working going on behind the scenes before this meeting so we have given our team ahead start.

We were delighted that we had 16 local residents turn up for tonight’s meeting who all want to get involved with bringing our community together. It’s amazing that we started off with only 5 residents at the start of the scarecrow festival and this festival is starting off with 16 and continually growing. We had local business owners from Easy Lawn Turf and Kids Kapers both involved again and the support and backing of local Councillor Liam Irving. Also a new addition to our team one of my favourite Kearsley girl’s Christina Cunningham who is the current Miss North West and Miss England finalist


KIB Photo


Friday 11th March 2016

Popped into the newly opened Escape Lounge in Kearsley  to collect some raffle prizes from Jade and Shannon for the big Easter Family Fun Day these ladies are lovely and a new asset to our community.

Invested in a new A3 laminator so spent the rest of the afternoon laminating signs for the Easter Family Fun Day. As you can see weeks leading up to a big event just take over every spare minute to ensure that it all runs smoothly.

Saturday 12th March 2016

1622033_10154264493170166_8040189384469761899_nAny spare time I had today was laminating signs, folding raffle tickets, sorting out raffle prizes and compiling my list of volunteers for the Easter Family Fun Day. My family are always at the top of my volunteers list for events and I cannot thank them enough but I am also fortunate enough to have 25 volunteers in total for my big event on Easter Monday and if you’re are not sure what it is you haven’t been reading my blogs properly.

Sunday 13th March 2016

Busy Sunday serving at Kings Church #Wigan  this is a newly planted church that needs support for the sister church that I attend. It is based in Tyldesley and is run by some great people two of which we had the pleasure of lunching with this afternoon.

Dropped off some Easter Family Fun Day flyers and leaflets off at my sister in law Christine’s and Carren Bell CEO of Lagan’s Foundation  in Horwich so that they can be distributed in that area.

This evening was spent on ETHOS which is a leadership course that I started back in September to grow myself into becoming a better leader. There is a lot of studying and assignment writing which I’ve not done for a very long time but finding it very helpful to be able to assess my views and thoughts.

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