Fund raising bonanza
June was always going to be a busy month with Ethan’s 2nd Birthday and me sitting two exams, however it got even busier when I decided to go on a fundraising frenzy!
First up, Kayleigh and I will be walking the Race For Life in Luton. It’s the first time I’ve taken part since having children so I’m really looking forward to it. We have some very generous family and friends and so far have raised over £200, which is fantastic. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer and to me this was a great chance to do something to help out, even if it’s just a little.
Three days after that is probably my biggest challenge. I am a local community manager on the online neighbourhood of Made For Mums. On here you can find local mums to chat to as well as the latest groups and classes that are going ahead in your area. It’s a great site at finding new things to do in and around your area as well as meeting new mums.
Once a year the local council hold an even called picnic in the park, where they invite local groups and pre-schools to hold a stall promoting their services in the area. This year my Made For Mum’s neighbourhood is going to be there! It makes me a little nervous, fronting the stand, as I would like to give a great impression but I always get really nervous! I’m also going to be making crowns with the local children to celebrate the Jubilee and Olympics. Once we booked our stand, we found out we could raise money as well as having a presence. Being part of a big organisation, it was decided I could use my stand to raise money for a local charity if I there was any I would like to do this for.
It was difficult picking between two local charities that I felt deserved the help with fundraising, but in the end I decided to pick Keech Hospice. The hospice is very much a part of this town providing care to those who need it, plus their families, all free of charge. The work the staff and volunteers do is simply amazing – not something I could do, but I appreciate the hard work and dedication they put in.
Using some of the amazing contacts I’ve made via the blog, I’ve managed to gather a great selection of goodies to give away which I am so grateful for. In the end I received so many goodies I have decided to run a raffle for two gorgeous hampers (one for a girl and one for a boy worth over £50 each) plus a tombola on the day. There are lots of great prizes, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed the sun is shining and the people of Luton are feeling generous.
I just hope I do Made For Mums & the Hospice proud!
Do you do any fundraising with your children, or for groups they and you are involved in? I’d love to hear all about your successes and the charities you’re supporting. Good luck!