Week commencing 4th July 2016
My blog is designed to give you just a little insight into what I get up to in my spare time. I work full-time, but voluntarily I love to fundraise, work with charities and give back the community in which I live. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and if you get chance, please share.
Monday 4th June 2016
The last two weeks leading up to a big event are always exhausting, giving everything you’ve got to make it a success. After months of planning, the Celebrity Football Match and Family Fun day in aid of Street Soccer Academy www.streetsocceracademy.co.uk on Saturday 16th July at West Didsbury and Chorlton Football Club is creeping up on me. www.facebook.com/events/854982074623851. I do find it difficult leading up to an event, juggling things around work, but somehow I manage. This evening I finalised details for first aid cover for the event and even got a very good deal because they recognise the work I have done with raising funds for defibrillators in the community. I also finalised stalls with the Market Licence and continued to chase up insurance documents that I am still missing. Constant chasing up is hard work because people think it’s just them I am chasing but it’s not, it’s several people, so it takes a lot of working and trying to keep on top of it.
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Same as last Tuesday, today I spent time promoting and advertising the event. With any event you cannot rely on just one type of advertising, you need use a variety of different methods to increase your footfall. The use of social media is a great way nowadays to promote quickly and easily to thousands of people, and locate the target audience by using local facebook pages. Also I updated the facebook event page with what will be going on to try and promote that there is something for everyone at the event. Whilst on social media I sent out a few tweets and facebook messages to local businesses in Chorlton to see if they could support the event with a raffle prizes. I got some amazing responses including a small business called Nico AV who are donating £100 to spend in their store for one lucky winner.
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Today I launched the registration form for the Kearsley Scarecrow Festival www.facebook.com/events/805364802934348. I also emailed the registration form to people who have expressed an interest in the event after last year. I also sent the art work (created by my amazing brother Stephen) to Craftprint www.craftprint.com.uk for printing, then we can distribute registration forms to every household. Last year we had 211 scarecrows on display and this year’s goal is to double the number. It seems a big goal but it is achievable if all the team dig deep.
After two weeks off I was back on the radio to present #CommunityCorner with David and Tony on Bolton FM www.boltonfm.com. Volunteering for the local radio station is so rewarding because I get to meet some amazing people who are doing awesome things in Bolton. I make some great contacts with people of Bolton.
Thursday 7th July 2016
I finished work at 7pm and drove up to Chorlton to collect some of the raffle prizes promised for the event and then drove straight over to Darwen to collect a great donation of children’s toys for the tombola and raffle from an individual who supports my fundraising events. Without this kind of support fundraising would be a lot more hard work and cost to the charity. I really do appreciate anyone who supports me in my fundraising antics. Two and half hours driving I finally made it home at 10.30pm and was completely shattered.
Friday 8th July 2016
Morning meeting with Street Soccer Academy to finalise what needs to be done this week and who’s doing what. Time this week will be precious, so the more we can share with workload the easier things will be. I left the meeting with a very long list of things to do but it is all part and parcel of organising such a big event. After work I got straight on with reducing that to-do list.
Saturday 9th July 2016
I popped down to Walkden to support an event put on by the Walkden Community group. Sarah from the group and I are always chatting all things fundraising and exchanging contacts and ideas. They always do an amazing job of putting on events for their local community.
This afternoon was a momentous occasion in our family when my sister brought her baby girl home from hospital 1 day off being 2 weeks old. For those who didn’t read my announcement on my blog two weeks ago, Phoebe was born 7 weeks early but is a little fighter and is now at home with her family. We had a great family afternoon visiting the new parents and sharing cuddles of the latest addition to our family.
Sunday 10th July 2016
I had the privilege this morning of announcing the grand total raised for local Bolton based charity BRASS from the #LoveDoes Fun Run & Fun Day at Kings Wigan. It was great to see that £1500 was raised for such a great cause and watching back the video clip just showed how successful the whole #LoveDoes project was in our community.
Today was spent mainly working on the fun day aspect of the Street Soccer event and involved sending out final details to all vendors with information that they will need for the day, i.e. arrival times, facilitates and location details. Then an afternoon of labelling up tombola prizes and that endless task of folding up tombola tickets.