I remember once being at the bottom of a mighty hill on my noble stead of a pushbike, when the Rumble Strips ‰Motorcycle‰ came onto my mp3 by chance on shuffle- if you haven‰’t heard it already I suggest you get onto YouTube immediately after reading this post. I can only hope that Tobias had an epic playlist during his fundraising antics, he only went and cycled to Germany. Lets just say that again for effect, he CYCLED to Germany. And raised over £2000 by doing it! Impressed? Me too, read on to find out how‰!

Below is a snapshot of my fundraising so far – hope it inspires others.  £4000 seems such a huge figure at the beginning but it‰’s amazing how quickly you can chip away at it.

When I decided to go on the trip to Peru I knew that I would need to do something big to get donations.  I started my fundraising slowly, getting money through working in peoples gardens, car boot sales and I also had some very generous donations for items to sell on eBay. Sales included bikes, squash racquets, weight lifting gear and some studio lighting equipment and I raised over å£1400 doing this!  The idea for a big cycle trip was planned over the Christmas holidays and we decided on a route from Brempt in Germany to my school in Newbury.  This would mean that I covered 5 countries and 500 miles.  My dad and my Uncle decided to accompany me and my mum and brothers formed the support crew.

We set off on the day school broke up and headed for Germany. After a bumpy start trying to get out of Germany and across Holland we made it to Belgium where we followed the LF5 cycle route.  This took us through some amazing scenery, often following canals and going through Bruges & Gent.  We camped along the way.  The weather was challenging – head wind most of the way, rain and occasional sunshine and one morning we awoke to 80mph winds with trees blown across the route.  Once back in the UK it was uphill all the way but we made better mileage covering around 170 miles in the 2 1/2 days it took to reach home.  502 miles in total.  I received over £2000 in sponsorship pledges.  That leaves me a small balance to raise.

I hope to raise the rest over the next 11 months doing more gardening work, car washing & I have a few more items to sell as well as any joint fundraising that I do with school.

 

Awesome! As ever, PLEASE send us over your fundraising story, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories! 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‰’t 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.

Until next Friday,

Lauren