Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Fundraising Update

Thank you  to everyone who popped their green token in the collection tube in Waitrose in Cobham during March. My tube ended up with 46.25% of the tokens, so that means Waitrose will be donating a fantastic £462.50.  That brings the total raised so far now including Gift Aid to £1862.50.

I wanted to share with you some of the other ideas that are in the pipeline.  A few friends have been kind enough to let me rope them into a little fundraising team and they're doing an amazing job of helping put together various activities.  This is what we currently have on the list:

  1. 28th April - a coffee morning organised by a couple of ladies from the Guildford Rock Choir.
  2. 6th May - a Quiz and Ploughman's Supper at the West Horsley Village Hall (tickets still available).
  3. Sweepstake - guess how many steps it will take me to climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro!  If anyone is willing to help promote this, maybe at their work or with friends and family, let me know and I can send you a 'sweepstake kit'.  It's £1 a guess and the prize is the height of Kilimanjaro in pennies (£58.95)!
  4. Buy a Block of the Mountain - my lovely friend Sonia has designed an amazing poster with a picture of the mountain split into blocks (see picture above and click here to see it in full size and download it).  The idea is to ask people to buy a block for a £1 to sponsor me to get to the top!  Again, if anyone is willing to take one of these and try to get it filled that would be great.
  5. Kilimanjaro on a Treadmill - I've come up with the idea of trying to climb the height of Kilimanjaro in a day on a treadmill, by setting it at maximum incline and walking all day!  Next to the treadmill I would have a big map of the mountain and a marker, which can be moved along throughout the day to show my progress.  Also, other people could possibly sign up to walk sections.  I just need to find somewhere to do it, ideally with a lot of people passing by.  So, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
  6. 'Ain't No Mopuntain High Enough' Banner - as my friends and family will know, I've been a member of the Guildford Rock Choir for the last 5 years.  The choir has been an important part of my life and hugely supportive to both me and Beata through the terrible journey we had trying to overcome her cancer.  They were there when we needed help with fundraising for treatments, they were there at our wedding and even to her funeral.   So, I thought it would be fitting to somehow include Rock Choir in my challenge to climb Kilimanjaro.  Obviously I can't take everyone with me (there are 23,000 members nationwide) but instead I've come up with the idea of carrying a big banner to the summit bearing the words "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" which of one of the songs that Rock Choir is most well known for.  I'm not sure if the idea will come off yet but I will keep you posted.
  7. Live Music Event - we're hoping to organise a live music event in the summer, probably along the theme of "Band in the Park", with a live band and various guests vocalists.  More news on this as it develops.
That's most of the ideas we're looking at.  I do also want to say a thank you to my friend Steve Roberts, who has offered to do a charity bike ride in the summer to support my fundraising - thanks Steve.

Thank you everyone who has sponsored me so far.  The money is going to two very worthy causes. Both of them are small charities with low overheads, who help people directly, so your donations will make a real difference, here and now, to ease people's suffering.