It’s very nearly the joyous month of December; the birth month of some pretty awesome people (including myself!), and of course the time to celebrate the Christmas period! The office will get decorated with Christmas cheer next week, and I‰’m quite excited for it to be acceptable when I accidentally get Christmas songs stuck in my head and sing them to the office! (Yes, that happens‰! quite frequently may I add!) We even picked for our secret santa today!!!

If you‰’re looking for ways to fundraise during the festive period go take a look at the November Newsletter you were emailed!!! If you need any further ideas, take a look at the fundraising resources online, and if you are still unsure or want some help, then give us a ring in the office! We will be glad to have a chat with you, but if you get through to me there is always the chance I may sing to you, or you know, just be the hilarious person I am and make you laugh a lot!

Before I get any more sidetracked, meet Georgina, this week‰’s Fundraising Friday Star:


Hello! My name is Georgina Leadley, and I have done some pretty cool things whilst fundraising for my expedition to Ecuador.

I didn’t really know what to think when I first heard about the expedition, it sounded like an amazing opportunity and something I’ve always wanted to do because of my love of exploring.

However the trip will fall on the summer before I go to university, so I did some careful thinking about it but decided that I just couldn’t pass it up. The staff that came to our school gave an incredible presentation. I was blown away by the scale of the adventure and the charitable aspect, even though it seems like it will be tough! We saw pictures of the scuba diving place and octopus houses (I think?!), and that excited me further. I used to do scuba diving when I was little, and I‰’ve known about the blast fishing for a long time, and was always angry about it. In the end, not even the fear of being without wifi could change my mind!

The first (and most beneficial) thing I did was straight after I decided to come on this trip; I got a job. I have great connections with my local church who are twinned with a coffee shop just around the corner. I am now a trained barista and love everything about my job, from my colleagues to our regular customers.

In March this year, I took part in the three peaks challenge along with my friend and my dad.


I raised over £700 through the support of friends and family, and donors who knew about my expedition through the Internet!

I also hosted a dinner with entertainment with a friend of mine called Nick, who is taking part in a similar expedition. I waitressed along with 8 other volunteers and sang a few songs as part of the entertainment!!!

A good Christmas fundraiser I have been doing is to sell fancy Christmas cakes to friends and family who are looking for an easy Christmas present.








My future plans for fundraising are:

  • cycling a marathon on a static bike outside waitrose
  • Christmas supermarket bagging of course!
  • a concert at my local church if I can get enough people together

…Plus I have two jobs now! Just to get the money flowing faster!


I love hearing your fundraising stories so much that I‰’d be perfectly content getting your fundraising stories through for Christmas! Georgina has done absolutely amazingly! I‰’m so impressed with all of her hard work, and I love all the varied activities, it means that you won‰’t get bored of your fundraising! Variety is the spice of life and all that jazz!

After meeting some of the lovely students from Ringwood last night, I realized that you guys must think that I only pick people that do one big event to fundraise! However, as Georgina shows, it‰’s often more fun to do lots of little things. Please don‰’t worry if the only thing you‰’ve done is get a job, I still want to hear all about it!!! It‰’s still incredible that you‰’ve managed to save your money instead of spend it, that‰’s something that a lot of people can‰’t do‰! (I may have a secret shopping addiction that steals the money out my account!)

So pleeeeeease send me your fundraising stories!!! I really love hearing what you are up to! Even if it’s just getting a job!

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! 😉

Email all entries to, 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 BAGPACK, SLEEPING BAG LINER, TRAVEL TOWEL AND WATER BOTTLE!!! Which means less kit you’ll have to buy, so why not enter today???