Riley has got off to a fantastic start! She put a plan in place and worked out how much she needed to raise and how she would do it! This may work for lots of you, planning big events every few months has worked out extremely well for Riley and she is already chipping away speedily at her final balance for NEXT may! You are a superstar Riley! Have a read folks….

I just wanted to let everyone know about my fundraising journey so far. I have worked out that I need to have a big event every 3/4 months to get to my target. So far I have: Set up a website – rileypond2001.moonfruit.com, putting a PayPal donate button on there has so far raised me £100.00 and written to some local businesses – one response so far with £250.00

My biggest event yet was at the beginning of December – an Art Exhibition and Sale which raised £440. The idea for my Art Show came from my Grandad who is house bound at the moment because he has bad legs. He is a really good painter and has taken up this hobby again while his legs get better. He let me have around 50 small water colour paintings that we could sell and keep the money from. Also, my uncle who lives in Canada, is a really good painter and he sent me some oil paintings. My neighbour heard about the show and donated lots of canvasses that he had painted over the last few years. Also a friend of my Dad’s on the day came down from London with his artwork.

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The Show took place in a hall behind a pub in Essex. My godmother and friends organised a tea and cake corner (making the cakes and donating them) and we also raffled a free range turkey – kindly donated by a family friend, who is a farmer. The day went really well. I had complete strangers coming in and donating money to my fund. Lots of people bought pictures and also raffle tickets. Also, the hall should have cost £20 but the Landlord said we could have it for free! We raised £440 in total! £120 was from the raffle, £50 from tea and cakes, £60 in donations and £210 on art work (we had to take off £80 for cost of frames). As it was my first fundraising event, I was really worried and did not know what to expect. I was scared no-one would come! Also, I had to explain to people about what the Art Show was for and that was nerve racking. However, I should not have worried, people came and were genuinely interested in what I was doing it all for. It has encouraged me to do further events.

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I planned a street collection to be held in December. This was organised with the Round Table (a local charity) and me and my family and friends dressed up as Santa and snowmen and went around the local streets with sweets for children and collected money in return. I raised £200 from this. For this I had to write a letter to the Round Table to ask if I could take up one of their evenings. This year I plan on doing another race night and a band evening, where people pay to watch a few bands play. We thought this was a good idea because a lot of my friends and family, and my parents’ friends and family enjoy music so many people would love to come!

See! What did I tell you, she’s awesome right?!

As ever, PLEASE send us your fundraising experiences, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories! When picking a Fundraising Friday Star please tell us 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 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.

Stay Groovy!

Meg 😀