The life of a fundraiser #13 by Tracey Wilkinson

Tracey at Laptop

Week commencing 16 th May 2016

The aim of my blog is to allow people behind the scenes of my voluntary, charity, fundraising and community work. Everything you see within this blog is in addition to my full-time employment and working around my family life. Volunteering is so rewarding and I encourage everyone reading my blog to consider volunteering within your community. Please read and share blog #13.

Monday 16 th May 2016

After work I met up with the inspirational Karen Openshaw who’s an amazing women and a total role model. Karen’s always been there for me offering help and advice wherever I need it. It was great catching up in relation to her new career path and my future. Visit Karen’s website ( ) for more information on her business, she’s got years of experience and comes well recommended.

This evening was spent planning the #LoveDoes project which is happening next month in Bolton. Organised by Kings Church ( )it’s a project of two parts. The first being a community project whereby teams will go out into Bolton showing love by painting their homes, tidying up their gardens, litter picking the streets, giving out freebies, singing at the hospitals. There is lots of going on and lots of planning behind the scenes. The following weekend is all about raising funds for BRASS (Befriending Refugees and Asylum Seekers)  and having family fun. There will be a 5k fun run at Leverhulme Park all proceeds will go to the work of BRASS. Followed by a Family Fun Day at Kings Church on Bury Road for all the community lots of family fun for free. Follow more about#LoveDoes on facebook

Tuesday 17th May

Kearsley in Bloom is now underway and today we finally got to see one of our project develop. We have had four giant photograph frames made which will be place around the Kearsley ward area for the community to snap precious moments. The local payback team who also helped us with some aspects of the Kearsley Scarecrow Festival yet again have stepped in again to support the community. They have taken the time to install our first frame and will be preparing the sites and installing the other three frames over the forthcoming weeks. I popped up to visit the frame with a car full of rocks which I placed at the front of the frame just to give it an added feature. Whilst I was there Miss Northwest Christina Cunningham and local Kearsley girl turned up to be the firstone to have a photograph taken behind the frame. The frame still as a few extras that will appear inthe forthcoming weeks but once they are all finished they will be a great asset to the community.You can follow Kearsley in Bloom on www.facebook Bloom-511757432318894/?fref=ts.


After visiting the frame I spent some time putting together a facebook event page for the #LoveDoes Fun Day aspect of the event in order that we can invite the community of Bolton to the event.

Wednesday 18 th May 2016

Today I met with a lady named Jayne from Zacs Youth Bar in Farworth she is in charge of the area of Kearsley and Stoneclough. They have a community centre in Prestolee a stone throw away from where I live. With the increase ofcommunity work in the area I thought it was important to connect to Zacs to see how they can get involved in our community more and be involved in our projects.

From one meeting to another meeting this time with a local businessman who is also the land owner of the location of one of Kearsley in Bloom frames. We are trying to bring our community together so it’s important to try and communicate with local businesses and try and get them on board to support out projects.

20160518_193844Last stop of the day is presenting on Bolton FM #CommunityCorner with David & Tony. Our first guests were from the Oral Improvement Department at Royal Bolton Hospital to talk about the work they do in schools and within the community. Also they were coming in topromote National Smile Month and promote their competition for local dental practices.

Thursday 19 th May 2016

I visited West Didsbury & Chorlton Football Club in relation to my next big event which is a Celebrity Football Match and Family Fun Day on Saturday 16 th July in aid of Street Soccer Academy Whilst I was there I met with the committee to update them on what will be going on at the event and how they can support the event.

Friday 20 th May 2016

Received a call from Craftprint to say that the posters and flyers were ready for collection. So I shot up the motorway after work to collect them before the shop closed. As usual Craftprint have done an amazing job with the printing and I can’t wait for the flyers and posters to start being distributed.

This evening I had planned to do some work on the Celebrity Football Match & Family Fun Day  event  however I came home to no telephone line or internet. We have discovered its BT issue and we have no idea when it will be up and running. This is a complete disaster for me not to have internet for my laptop. I’m trying to stay calm because overthe weekend most of my time is out of the house but if by Monday it’s not up and running I think I might start freaking out. So tonight was an unexpected night off which to be honest I didn’t need because I have lots of work to be getting on with.

Saturday 21 st May 2016

My diary entry today says “Reserved for Husband” because tomorrow is our 12 year wedding anniversary so Michael told me he had booked a surprise. I finally got to find out what the surprise was and I’m delighted that today I get to switch off and spent the day with my amazing kind, loving, totally understanding and patient husband. We are off to Haydock races for the day with evening meal book and hotel stayover. I’m super excited and once I finish typing that is me switching off until tomorrow.

Sunday 22 nd May 2016

This afternoon although our 12 year wedding anniversary I took Michael to the It’s a knockout and family fun day that Kellie McGarry organised at Central Drive in Westhoughton. Considering the weather was on and off it was an amazing event and a lot of work gone into organising it. Well done Kellie!

I attended an evening called “Growing Big People” by Paul Scanlon it was a fantastic evening of learning from an amazingly knowledgeable guy. I learnt so much and made me very excited about the future.

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