Last week I shared a blog post with you about how I’ve accepted a charity place for the London Marathon with WellChild, the national charity for sick children.
My fundraising target is £1,600. This is a huge amount of money to raise, so I’ve decided to give myself the best chance, I’d start fundraising right away!
In order to confirm my acceptance of my charity place, I was asked to kickoff my fundraising with a £100 donation. I did this pretty much the same day I received the email offering me the charity place.
With my £100 donation confirmed, I’m left with £1,500 to raise.
I started off by going through our personal belongings and selling things online via a local Facebook selling group. In addition to this I made some dreamcatchers, and sold some of them as well.
I’ve also been overwhelmed by the generosity of others who have also kindly donated to my online fundraising page.
So, here’s how the fundraising is looking so far:
£100 – My donation to confirm my place
£31 – Online donations
£111.50 – Selling unwanted items and homemade dreamcatchers
This brings the total to £242.50, so I now have £1,357.50 to go!
We’re getting there slowly!
I’ve also decided that I’d like to try and organise one event a month.
My first event in May is a family magic show in my local community. By selling tickets, having a raffle in which Tesco have very kindly donated prizes, and by selling refreshments, I’m hoping to raise some more money.
In June, our girls school have an inset day so I’m hoping to utilise this by inviting other parents over to my house for a coffee morning. There’ll be homemade cakes, and games and activities for children.
My thoughts for July is a summer garden party, and in August a pub quiz or children’s craft session.
The biggest event will be a children’s Christmas party, and I already have the most wonderful Santa lined up!
Having said all of this though, these events are incredibly hard work to organise. After paying entertainers, and buying food and drink etc, this doesn’t leave much for the charity. That’s why it’s so important to me that people continue to donate to my fundraising page online.
If you can donate any amount, even just £1, I’d be very grateful. You can find my page online here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmilyHiggins3