London Marathon Fundraising Update

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.

Raffle prizes – some of which have been donated by Tesco

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 

 

23 thoughts on “London Marathon Fundraising Update

  1. Awesome work doubling last weeks donation tally already! Great idea about organising one event a month. The pub quiz & children craft sound like fun. #thatfridaylinky

  2. Fundraising is hard. Fact. So many people do it now that there isn’t a week goes by with a friend or colleague or family member calling out for donations. Taking on the challenge of raising that much money to me is far scarier that running a marathon. I ran a marathon last year, and I did fund raise, but I was under pressure to reach a target – thankfully. I think it amazing what people can do when they put their minds to it.
    #thatlinkyfriday

  3. Well done you and a very good cause that I want to look into more. Good luck in reaching your target and soon. #ThatFridayLinky

  4. Best of luck for a great cause!

    Have you thought of reaching out to businesses to offer product/family passes and holding an online auction to raise money?
    #ThatFridayLinky

  5. Wow that’s brilliant! I too have been offered a charity place for next year’s London Marathon, but I have never run more than 8 miles before. I don’t know if I have it in me. It seems like SUCH a long way. I struggled running 4 miles last week. I don’t know whether to accept or decline. I’m far more worried about the actual run than the fundraising. The events you have lined up to fundraise sound brilliant! Best of Luck to you! #ThatFridayLinky

    1. If you stick to a training plan, it’s definitely do-able. I trained for a half in 6 weeks! I would say to do strength training too, it’ll help you run stronger and minimise risk of injury. Let me know what you decide. I can be your online training buddy! xx

  6. This is awesome! Well done you. This is a TriumphantTale if ever I’ve seen one. You’ve come so far with your running! Well done, I’m sure you’ll smash your target! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales.

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