Week commencing 4th April 2016
Welcome behind the scenes of the life of a fundraiser. I have been a voluntary fundraiser for a number of years whilst also being in full-time employment as a Collision Investigator. My blog is designed to give you a little insight into my fundraising antics, community work and voluntary roles.
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Monday 4th April 2016
This evening was a team meeting in relation to the forthcoming #LoveDoes project in June as part of Kings Church. This project is all about giving back to the community to serve and invest in two aspects. The project day is making a practical difference in the community by various projects i.e. litter picking, tending to local gardens, decorating homes that are in need, singing to local elderly residents, free-gift giveaways to passer-by’s. The second part of the project is a 5k Fun Run in aid of local charity Brass followed by a free fun day for all the community.
Tuesday 5th April 2016
After work CEO of Lagan’s Foundation http://www.lagans.org.uk Carren Bell came over to go over the final total of the Easter Family Fun Day and talk about the forthcoming cycle ride event and other plans for the future of Lagan’s Foundation. We also announced on facebook that the final figure raised at the Easter Family Fun Day was £85 short of £4,000 however within an hour of publishing we had over the 4k mark which is amazing.
Wednesday 6th April 2016
Back on Bolton FM tonight presenting the #CommunityCorner show with David & Tony. This show is all about people in the Bolton community, I really love meeting new people every week in the studio. This week we had Jason Simpson from the Neo Gallery and two artists Bella May Leonard and Susan Syddall talking about their forthcoming exhibition Structure. The Neo Gallery is situated within the Market Place in Bolton and regularly holds art exhibitions. The exhibition Structure is about the use of textiles and all artists involved are women.
Check out www.artrabbit.com/events/structure-neogallery27 for more details
Thursday 7th April 2016
One event finishes and then the planning for the next event starts. I am organising an event in aid of locally based charity Street Soccer Academy . This is my first event that is being held outside of the Bolton area so I am having to start from scratch building up newcontacts in the location of the venue. This evening I spent seeking new businesses and vendors who want to be involved in the event. 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.
Friday 8th April 2016
You may recall me talking in a previous blog about the Kearsley Scarecrow Festival and raising funds for public access defibrillators in Kearsley. Well we already have two cabinets fitted and in place at Wells House Kindergarten and Black horse Public House. After work I met with Dan the electrician who is offering his services free of charge to discuss the fitting of the next three cabinets. We spent a few hours going to each location to look at the best position to site these cabinets which will be available 24/7 in case of a cardiac arrest situation within our community. There will be 8 CPAD’s in total within the Kearsley ward area which will be the most public accessible defibrillators in one area of Bolton. Making Kearsley the safest place to live in Bolton.
Saturday 9th April 2016
Today I had a bag pack in the diary however due to unforeseen circumstances this was cancelled so I had a full day off with my husband with no plans. We decided to spend the day in Bolton, visited the new Prezzo in The Vaults, Shopping and also popped into the Structure Exhibition which was fantastic. Some of the pieces were so creative and the use of textiles alongside other materials such as perspex, concrete, windows and china were outstanding. It would lovely to see the work of the ladies I interviewed on Bolton FM on Wednesday. We really enjoyed the exhibition and encourage you all to pop in before it finishes at the end of May.
Sunday 10th April 2016
Still got a handful of raffle prizes that need to go to their rightful winners so I dropped some of the prizes off this morning. It was a great opportunity to speak to the winners and get some feedback about the event. I always like to listen to the public about what they enjoyed and what I could do better at future events.