If you are struggling for ideas or motivation, check out Charlottes fundraising journey so far. What a great example of using your initiative and when a fantastic plan comes together! All it takes is a little bit of thinking outside the box sometimes, you might surprise yourself…Well done Charlotte!
When I first heard about the expedition I thought what a wonderful opportunity this would be to help people who are less fortunate than the people here in Britain but also an amazing experience for myself to improve my employability in the future as I have something interesting and unique to talk about in interviews.
To raise my first amount my friend and I did a Haribo sale at school which raised £60 for each of us. We went to the Haribo factory shop and then from this made 50p, £1.00 and £1.50 mixes which everyone at school loved with people buying multiple bags at a time! I also sell cakes at the monthly coffee morning in my village which makes about £30 a month. In addition to this I did a Grand National Sweepstake around the village which raised £50. This put together raised about £150 and my parents agreed to pay for the rest of the deposit on the condition that I organised events and paid them back as soon as I could.
Therefore, I knew that I had to get some fundraising done quickly. So, as I live on a farm I decided that I would sell eggs out the front of my house. This started at a couple of dozen a week, it is now escalating to 60 dozen eggs a week with me having to buy them in from a neighbouring farmer. So far, this has raised £385 meaning that I was able to pay my parents the deposit back.
My father and I were also thinking about what we could offer back to companies if I asked them to sponsor me. We then decided that we would make straw bale structures and offer them space to put their banners on them as we had the Tour de Yorkshire coming through our village so they would get potential media coverage.
I began writing to companies and from this some didn’t want a banner and just gave me some money, others really liked the idea and provided me with a banner. Overall I have raised £695 from this venture, with some companies still waiting to give me money. We told le Tour de Yorkshire committee about our straw bale structures and the local radio station Minster FM asked to do a story on me.
I set up a go fund me page which has so far raised £80. Minster FM came and did a recorded interview and article on me for their website and radio station, which meant that lots of people have heard about my expedition and want to help me with future fundraising events. See the story on Minster FM:
Next I am planning on doing an old clothes collection with a friend who is also going on the same Camps International trip to Tanzania so I have sent a letter around the village and have currently collected nearly 50 bags which will be collected and weighed at the beginning of June. So hopefully I will gain some money from this. I am also sorting the house out to find any items that are suitable to car boot which I am planning to do in the next few weeks. My friend and I are also planning to do a lot more Haribo sales at school over the coming year. We are also going to do one at our Schools Sports Day in July. However the main event that I am preparing for is a stall at the Great Yorkshire Airfest which attracts over 20,000 people over 2 days where I will be selling water and confectionary. Although I am now taking a short break from fundraising until my GCSE exams are finished!
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