The whole point of taking on a fundraising challenge is to raise as much as possible for whatever charity you support and doing a Help for Heroes challenge is no exception, you have to pledge to raise a certain amount to cover the cost of your participation in the event and to make as much as possible for the charity. I’ve committed to raise £2500 and hope to raise significantly more than that but to do that isn’t easy. I’ve always said that raising the money is harder than doing the actual bike ride so getting the first big fundraising event done and raising a good amount is a bit of a relief.
Last night it was a Curry Night at The Savoy Court Hotel in Eastbourne it was a fantastic night with friends & family turning out on a bitterly cold night to enjoy a fantastic authentic Kashmiri curry. The food & atmosphere was fantastic as it always is at The Savoy Court and everyone seemed to have a great time. Lots of companies & individuals donated raffle prizes and are listed to the right of the page and their generous donations encouraged everyone to dig deep and all the raffle prizes found appreciative homes. At the end of the night a fantastic £437 was added to my fundraising amount so far.
Successful fundraising means doing a range of things to get support, I’ve been lucky that people have donated online via my BmyCharity page , have text BBR51 £2 to 70070, have donated raffle prizes, brought raffle tickets, & eaten curry so far to support me. The next events planned include a quiz night, a stint packing bags at a local retailer ESK on Good Friday, getting on the turbo trainer and pedalling hard for a few hours with the collecting tins hopefully filling up as fast as I pedal. My partner Vicky is holding a coffee morning and i’m hoping that in the next week or so a local company will confirm that they will sponsor me to do the ride and i’ll be pleased to have their name & logo on my cycle shirt while i’m training & on the ride. I’ve written lots of letters & emails and some companies and individuals have been very generous and please check out their websites and support them if you can. I’m still hoping more companies will come up trumps too to provide me more fundraising opportunities to maximise the amount I can raise for Help for Heroes.
If you are thinking of doing a challenge for charity my advice would be to go for it, raising money isn’t easy especially when times are hard and lots of people are trying to support their chosen charity and there are so many deserving causes out there, but it’s very rewarding when an event you plan raises loads and it keeps you motivated to raise loads and complete your challenge. I certainly couldn’t do this without the help, encouragement & support of my partner & family, some good friends & some very generous local businesses.
Have fun & raise loads.