Hey Guys
It’s my turn to share an amazing story this time… Alex is working really hard for his expedtion next summer – and he has only one payment left to go! Plus he has turned one of his hobbies into a great fundraising tool…… 

Hi my name is Alex and I’m 15 years old living in Weston super Mare in the South West of England.  I began my fundraising journey in July and am excited to go to Kenya next July where I will be helping the local communities.

To be completely honest I knew that the fundraising was going to be tough and will require lots of effort but you’d be surprised by speaking to friends and family how much support you can get. I have currently paid the first three payments of the campaign and am currently collecting money from companies who are advertising in an upcoming fundraising event so the pot is uncertain but should be around £2000 but am still working hard to get the rest of the money raised before exams.

There are many events and ideas I have done which have contributed to my campaign…

£40: Gofundme – I didn’t find this gave me too much success but I feel I could raise more if I advertised it further.

£97: Justgiving page – I managed to gain some attention from this as I advertised it well and attached it whilst emailing companies asking for support.

£150: 100 square idea – I used this idea from another Fundraising Friday Star and found it filled up quickly when I went around my local pub asking for people to contribute (£2 per square with £50 going to one lucky winner.) 23798461_2194586447435496_1552045525_o

£250: Services for you – I used this idea from a student who previously raised lots from this. This involved putting leaflets through the neighbourhoods letterboxes saying I will do any odd jobs to raise money. I am currently doing regular jobs so the pot will increase. 23798558_2194586337435507_31283492_o

£1000: Pub related game competitions at a local sports bar. This has been my most successful way of raising money. As I am a well known regular at this sports bar because I play pool there, I have had three  days so far and look to do many more.23846993_2194586444102163_485510776_o

£100: Pots in local sports bar     – I was fortunate to be able to place my pot in my local sports bar and have filled them up many times. I strongly recommend asking shops to put a pot there as although it’s small , overtime it will add up! Every little helps!

Top tips: My advice to anyone who is struggling with there campaign would be to priories their time more and really focus. You can achieve anything if put your time and effort into it. And again try as many things as possible and try reduce the risks of doing so and just do it. In no time with the support of friends and family your pot with increase.

Great work Alex!

As ever, PLEASE send us your fundraising experiences, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories. When sending in your Fundraising Friday Star please tell us what you felt when you first heard about the expedition, a few paragraphs about what you have been up to so far for your fundraising, any future fundraising plans and some pictures of your fundraising. LOTS of pictures! (pleeeeeease) The pictures do need to be of a high quality that can be uploaded online… no fuzzy mugshots!

Click here to submit your entry today, I can’t wait to hear from you all. Remember, every Fundraising Friday Star will win a FREE HEAD TORCH.

If you win, you will automatically be put into a draw to win an even bigger prize… every quarter we will choose one Fundraising Friday Star to win A FREE RUCKSACK, SLEEPING BAG LINER, TRAVEL TOWEL AND WATER BOTTLE! Which means less kit you’ll have to buy.

Have a great weekend! 

Rach 😀