Fundraising Update

I update you on my training all the time, but there is another side to the London Marathon, fundraising.x

To run the marathon this year I have to raise £2,000 for the BHF. It’s a great cause that really helps to make a difference in the UK by raising vital funds for the fight against heart disease.  Thankfully, I have managed to raise £1,000 already from a lot of lovely people. But how did I manage to encourage so many people to dig deep? Here’s my fundraising lowdown…

There are lots of fun ways to fundraise, but all of them require a lot of hard work; after all you’re asking people to part with their hard-earned cash.

I started with a Just Giving page – it’s the easiest way to share the news that you’re running a marathon – I was then able to share this with friends and family all over the world on my social networking sites. Don’t be scared to set this up Just Giving is a reputable site and every penny that you raise will end up with your charity.

I’ve also had great support from the Meliá White House London and Virgin Wines who have provided me with raffle prizes. Raffle prizes have been a great way for me to get extra donations, as most of my colleagues were happy to give me £10 if they it meant that they could win a weekend break or a case of wine! Don’t be afraid to ask, if you know anyone that works for a restaurant or clothing brand, see if they are able to donate any prizes, it really does make a difference to your donation pot.

I’m not the best cook in the world but for some reason people can’t avoid buying cake. I’ve held a few bake sales and they always help to boost my fundraising. It’s a very simple task to book out a meeting room at work during a lunchtime and set up shop with a few delicious cakes.  Okay, so it won’t make you a great deal but it’s a nice way to get people thinking about donating, and if you make enough cakes you can certainly make a reasonable gain from this type of event.

If you don’t like any of my ideas you could also try one of the following:

  • Wash your neighbours’ cars in return for donations
  • Spend a day bag packing at your local supermarket
  • Offer a spring cleaning service for a month
  • Arrange a book swapping event and charge everyone £1 to come along

What are your favourite fundraising ideas?


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