At Camps International, we have one day a year that we join you guys with fundraising! Every year on our birthday (29th May), we have started what we have called the Camps 100% Giving Day.  We felt that with all the fundraising you guys have undertaken towards our projects over the years, the very least we could do was to give one day a year where everyone in the company committed to some form of fundraising or challenge. In line with the Foundation’s tag line of “Giving 100%” (all our donation money goes directly to the projects), we felt this was an apt name for the day! Keep your eyes peeled on social media to find out our staff challenge for this year!

This year our 100% Giving Day falls on a Friday, which means that next friday we won’t have a Fundraising Friday Star, but instead, an 100% GIVING DAY FUNDRAISING FRIDAY BLOG! It’s almost like we planned it! So make sure to watch our social media sites on Friday for updates of our challenge throughout the day!

Sorry, I’m getting excited just thinking about it! Right, back to this week! We chose a Fundraising Friday Star who is as excited about fundraising as we are and who wants to give back! Our star this week is Hannah and here is her story so far…

I spent weeks hard at work organizing a big event, which took place today at my local church. It was held at Brighouse Central Methodist Church. I was very thankful to the support I received from my Grandma, Sister, Mother and Janice and Ruth who helped considerably and I don’t know what I would have done without them, as it was really quite busy!

We sold bacon sandwiches, buns and cakes, tea and coffee, had an auction on offer and a bookstall! I managed to raise £365! I am so happy with the result, as it was an awful lot of work and at first it didn’t look like many people were going to turn up. Another success of the morning, which is equally important, is that everyone had a lovely morning. There were activities on offer for free for the children and everyone was nicely fed.

I then did my Easter Quiz. At first the questions were a bit too difficult, but I picked out the easier ones and it went really well in the end. I raised another £54.80! Just getting going has really motivated me to do more. I charged £1 per entrant and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves (especially the kids who had an Easter egg hunt in the back room!)

And finally I did a weekend where I prepared and put on a 3 course meal for 75 people.

We went shopping on Friday to get all the ingredients and I’ve never seen so many carrots in one place at one time! On the Saturday we were cooking and preparing the tables from 11.30-4.30 and I learnt so much about how to be a hostess!

On the Sunday, the day of the meal, we got there at 8.00 as the turkey hadn’t been finished. The turkey was one we had raised at home, as I live on a farm and help my dad breed turkeys every Christmas but this Christmas we had a few left over. It was a good use for them, and it meant it wasn’t taken out of the profit! We started serving at 12.30 and it took till 13.45 till everyone had finished eating. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the meal, which was our main aim!

When fundraising I am trying to work hard for my money. Much as I would love to do the three peaks and probably will do at some point, I don’t feel as happy asking for sponsorship as I do asking for money in return for a nice meal.

At the meal we also had books and bits and bobs for sale as well as an absolutely HUGE Easter egg on auction!! Everyone was really interested in the expedition and listened to me talk about it.

I couldn’t have done this event without all the help from my family and friends, as I never realized how many steps and jobs there are in catering! I will never see a cafe in the same way again. We got home at 5.00 after finishing all the washing up, which was positively the worst part. So many knives and forks! It was a huge success on the monetary side of things. I raised £585.51 even after subtracting the cost of the food!

I have to say, I’ve got to agree with you Hannah! Washing up is the worst part of anything and washing up after dinner for that many people is my personal nightmare! So I commend you for that… and of course all of your fundraising activities! Well done for putting in so much effort, it is really showing and just going and you will fundraise the whole amount in no time!!!

Want to share your story?!?! Send it over! What we 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 fundraising@campsinternational.com, we 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.