It’s been another crazy week, one of those weeks where you feel like you’ve been working non-stop but feel like you haven’t got a single thing done! Add that to the fact that it’s January, it’s gloomy and the post-christmas blues are in full swing! The only thing keeping a smile on my face is hearing about everyones fundraising. You know how tinkerbell is fuelled by the belief in fairies, well I am fuelled by your fundraising stories, so send them over and help me! Yes, I did just compare myself to a Disney fairy, and no, I am not taking it back! I will never outgrow my love of Disney!

Anyway [sorry I lost myself in the world of Disney then], after a few phonecalls and emails from those of you on 2016 expeditions trying to fundraise, I thought maybe it would be a nice change to have a Fundraising Friday Star who will be travelling next year, rather than this year.

Please meet Adam, this weeks Fundraising Friday Star, he has got really stuck in with his fundraising, and I thought it would be good for everyone to see someone at the beginning of their fundraising journey, rather than nearing the end!

When I first heard about the trip I was excited about the challenge of the 5 day trek. The thought of also gaining life skills, a chance to speak some Spanish to the locals and experiencing a different culture appealed highly to me. As the power point progressed in the assembly I was getting more excited about the whole idea. Then it reached the stage of the power point where they started to mention about the sort of insects and creatures we may come across; this slightly put me off going. After that the price was displayed where I was then flabbergasted. Going away and talking to my friends about it, and discovering their views made me think overall it is a good trip and possibly a once in a life time opportunity, so I thought about it and discussed it with my parents and then signed up.

Over the Christmas period I tried to think of ideas of what would go down well with fundraising. Firstly I was thinking of how much time I had over the holidays and where I could squeeze in some fundraising. The first week of the holidays I was unable to do any fundraising due to me being ill so that left me with one week to do some fundraising. As I was in a pantomime it was going to be quite difficult. Mixing fundraising and pantomime resulted in me holding a bucket by the exit of the theatre at the end of each show asking for a small donation. Some were really generous with notes; others were just as kind with their understanding comments and their support. I would like to thank Pendly Court Theatre Tring for allowing me to collect donations.

Giving some credit to my dad, he thought of the idea of collecting Christmas trees. I gave it some further thought and decided it would be a great idea to recycle. So I designed a leaflet giving information of the collection, where the money is going, contact details and how much of a donation to give. I printed out over a 100 leaflets, delivering them to local houses. Even though I requested a donation of £3 on the leaflet, the lowest I was given was £5. The people who wanted me to dispose of their Christmas trees rang me up telling when they were available for their Christmas trees to be collected. I then went round the houses of where they lived with my bucket decorated in tinsel, they would give me a donation and I would walk off back to my road to dump the trees in my dad‰’s trailer. I would like to thank the local kind residents of Bovingdon.

With everyones help, I managed to fundraise a total of: £263

This is an amazing start, and I’m predicting awesome things to come from your fundraising!

So for everyone travelling, please don’t panic. We are only on the other end of the phone, and we are happy to talk through fundraising ideas and any problems you are having with your fundraising anytime!

As ever, PLEASE send me over your fundraising story, it makes me smile when I get to read your stories! What I look for when picking a Fundraising Friday Star is 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) But the pictures do need to be of a high quality that can be uploaded online‰! no fuzzy mugshots! 😉

Please email all entries to sophie.cohen@campsinternational.co.uk, I can‰Ûªt 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.