After a rather terrible start to the morning thanks to the -6 weather here, and my car door being frozen shut…. [yup, that actually happened, only me!] It brightened up my day no end to find a few new Fundraising Friday Star applications in my inbox, some of your stories are so incredible it is actually becoming a serious struggle to pick only one winner every week.

Please don’t worry if you have emailed me and haven’t yet been chosen to be one of our Fundraising Friday Stars, I don’t just pick it on the basis of what I receive that day. Plus there are plenty more Friday’s to go, so don’t worry. However, if you could send me an update on your stories if you have one that would be great! :)

Anyway, enough of my chit-chat, time for our Fundraising Friday Star, Hannah to tell you her fundraising story.

When I first heard about the trip to Ecuador my first thought was that I have to go!  Going to south America and being able to do something that actually makes a difference in the world, to people as well as the environment, is some something that really appeals to me. And then when I found out that we get to learn to scuba dive while we are in Ecuador, it appealed to me even more because I already enjoy snorkelling and have wanted to learn to scuba dive for a while.

So far I have raised £1696 through many different ways. My first fundraising idea was to see if I could do any jobs in my local village, so I dropped around a flyer which resulted in me getting a dog walking job as well as a waitressing job.

I do my dog walking everyday and waitressing usually every other weekend at weddings and similar events. I also do weekly ironing for my neighbour to raise some money. My mum and I have done a car boot sale and I have been selling all my old stuff on eBay which together has raised £215.

I have done a cake sale in my village which raised around £50, and I also made candles which I sold at Christmas markets.

With three of my friends also going to Ecuador, I organised a mud run which was a 5k run through muddy obstacles and streams, from doing this I raised about £250 through sponsorship. We also did a carwash at school together.

Over Christmas, my friends and I went carol singing to fundraise. In the future, we are planning to do more cake sales together. I have also been writing to different companies for sponsorship, and so in the future hope to raise some funds through that.

Incredible! It really is possible to fundraise the money for your expedition yourself, you do just need to get stuck in and even get a bit muddy if you have to! I know at times it can seem difficult, but 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.