I‰’m not going to lie; I kept thinking it was Friday every day this week! I think I just wanted to share the love and pass onto you the amazing success these students are having with their fundraising, and hopefully inspire you! So, come and read some more about this weeks star, Bethan!

Bethan has really tried hard, and it shows! She has come up with amazing new ideas for her fundraising journey, and experienced some exciting things.  Here is a little more information from Bethan:

When I first heard about this once in a life time experience I thought there was absolutely no way I would ever be able to spend a month abroad and away from my parents at the age of 15, let alone manage to raise over £4000 to help get me there. However, my mind was quickly changed when I began to learn more about the amazing experiences I would have, and the effect I would have on the lives of people living in remote communities of rural Ecuador, and also to the wildlife and its habitat.

So, I signed up and started brainstorming ideas for fundraising (with a bit of help from the camps fundraising team) and seven months down the line, I have raised a grand total of £2900 out of £4480.

So far I have…

  • Set up a web-site and Facebook page to let people know about it, facilitate fund-raising (there is a link to donate) and to keep people up to date with how I am getting on through my blog
  • Valentine‰’s Day Cake sale with two friends raised £134
  • Held a refreshment stand at school play with a friend raised £40
  • Applied for and been awarded a grant by Notts County Council – raised £25
  • Applied for and been awarded a grant from the guiding association; this was linked to completion of the ‰Free being me‰ peer counselling training ‰I attended a residential weekend course to learn about becoming a peer educator delivering ‰free being me‰ sessions to brownies and guides – raised £250
  • I independently completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in 10 hours, and was sponsored by friends and family to do it – raised £1500

  • I wrote to companies, some of whom agreed to do some corporate sponsorship in return for an advertising spot on a t-shirt I wore throughout the challenge (£500 thanks to Classic, Custom and Retro, Mad Dog Sports, XMatters) and matched funding for sponsorship by Experian (£250)

  • I dusted off my sewing machine and made bunting, toddler t-shirts and baby-gros to sell at craft fayres ‰raised £50

  • I have been earning money by doing baby-sitting and baking cakes for people

Future fundraising plans:

  • Host a Quiz and Curry Night in October, including an auction of donated services
  • Get a part-time job
  • Following extra interest and special requests, making more t-shirts, bibs and burp cloths for extra craft fayres in the run up to Christmas

As you can see, Bethan has been pretty inventive with her fundraising and it has worked really well for her!

To be in the running for our next ‘Fundraising Friday’ star, please send your fundraising photos/videos/blogs and websites to sophie.cohen@campsinternational.co.uk. Don’t forget to include any newspaper mentions!

Please don’t forget to tag us in your fundraising pictures on Facebook! We love to see what all of you are getting up to.