The life of a fundraiser #14 by Tracey Wilkinson


Week commencing 23 rd May 2016

Welcome to my blog “The Life of a Fundraiser” which gives you an insight into my voluntary, charity, fundraising and community work. I spend a lot of time spinning plates but everything is so much fun and rewarding. Everything you see within this blog is in addition to my full-time employment and working around my family life. I hope you enjoy reading the blog and I would love you to share it with others.

Monday 23 rd May 2016

Up early to meet Bolton News photographer with Stephen Tonge and Sandra Arden at one of the giant frames we have installed around Kearsley for the Kearsley in Bloom festival.. After our little photo shoot we went to visit the payback team who are helping us with the installations of the giant frames and other parts of the community projects. It was lovely to see the lads from the payback team buzzing about being part of something good in the community and proud that they have achieved something positive. One of the lads made comment about wanting to get a job around the work he’s been doing for us.


I work on a few other different areas today including the Love Does facebook event pages , emails and phone calls from Street Soccer Academy event and also management of the raffles page for Lagan’s Foundation. The raffles page is a great way for the charity to raise funds by doing some raffling of great prizes. Check it out HERE

Tuesday 24 th May 2016

Morning spent working on the Lagan’s Raffles page as well as chasing up insurance documents for vendors in relation to my next fundraiser.

Dropped off 5000 flyers to Craig from The Lancs Leafleters for my forthcoming Celebrity Football Match & Family Fun Day in aid of Street Soccer Academy Check out the event page on Facebook there is lots going on for all the family

Wednesday 25 th May 2016

After work drove straight over to the Bolton FM studio to present #CommunityCorner with David & Tony. We had some great visitors including the lovely Stacey from Audi Bolton and some lovely ladies who are part of the organisation team Muslim Community Events (MCE) for the forthcoming fun day at The Macron Stadium this bank holiday weekend in aid of breaking through poverty in the world.

Thursday 26 th May 2016

Today I had the honour of visiting Queensbridge Primary School in Farnworth alongside the Manager of Tesco store Farnworth and Ronnie Walker one of our friendly security guards at the store. After an emergency incident involving a little girl in store, Ronnie held a fundraiser for a defibrillator and screens for the store. I assisted the store with training 30 members of staff on how to do CPR and use their defibrillator. However recently Tesco rolled out defibrillators to all their stores and therefore the one at Farnworth now had two defibrillators on site. Ronnie phoned me and said the store would like to donate one of the defibrillators to a local school. I checked my schools directory and discovered Queensbridge was the nearest school to the store without a defibrillator. I contacted the school who were delighted to accept this defibrillator. So today was the day we attended to hand it over. The school were so chuffed with the donation and I will be going back into the school to provide some training to teachers and pupils.


It was definitely a photograph day today because I also had my photograph taken with Bolton Live the lovely team who let me blog for them. I recently assisted them in finding a sponsor the lovely Emma from HomeXperts to fund their new uniforms. Pete made me get dressed up in a hoodie, hi vis and baseball cap with my work skirt on and pose for a photo. Not sure I’m looking forward to seeing the image but you know what it’s all for a good cause. Thanks Emma for supporting Bolton Live.

This evening I was honoured to be invited to a dinner party at Bolton Octagon Theatre which was put on by the staff to connect with influential people in the community. I was blown away with the event from the décor, hospitality, food and people I met. I enjoyed a backstage tour and listened tosome of their talented musicians and singers.

Friday 27 th May 2016

You find that the more you do with the community the more invites you get to community events.

Tonight’s invite was one I wouldn’t have missed and was definitely close to home. It was the Kearsley Youth Brass Band Awards  which Iattended last year and yet again I was blown away by the talent of these youngsters in Kearsley. I had chance to stand up and promote Kearsley in Bloom and Kearsley Scarecrow Festival too which was a great opportunity. After the event which was attended by the new Mayor Lynda Byrne and all our local councillors. The Farnworth councillors approached Stephen Tonge and I to ask when we will be starting these festivals in Farnworth.

Saturday 21 st May 2016

A few hours this morning spent on my bigger summer event for Street Soccer Academy working on the market place area signing up stallholders for the event. Then I took the rest of the day off to spend with my family.

Sunday 22 nd May 2016

Sunday morning I was serving on Blend café at Kings Church followed by an afternoon of fun with my husband Michael at Boltfest. However I couldn’t help the fundraiser inside me to go and visit the big event at The Macron hosted by MCE. It was good to see it all came together and there were hundreds of people enjoying themselves.

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