Happy Friday guys, check out this awesome student Lauren – she has almost raised the total cost of her expedition and travels in 2018! Next year! We love the effort Lauren has made to get started, and her amazing arts and crafts – check it out! 

When I first heard about the expedition, I felt so excited; I couldn’t believe that there was such an amazing opportunity being offered to me! After seeing the photos and videos of previous expeditions, I couldn’t believe that I could possibly be one of the people going out there and making a difference like those in the photos. I was obviously a bit nervous- the prospect of being away from home for 4-weeks with little to no connection to my family was daunting, and I was also worried if I would be able to raise all of the money. But, after weighing that up against the incredible memories I will make, I decided to go for it and sign up!

To begin raising money, I received a couple of pledges from family and friends, as they too wanted me to have the incredible experience of going there. Then, after some thought, I began to approach local businesses asking for sponsorship in return for having their logo on a t-shirt. I got the t-shirt donated and printed for free from a local print shop in return for adding their logo on there too! Being shy, I was quite scared to go in and pitch to managers of companies, but after asking a couple I got the hang of it, and I currently have five logos on there. In addition, I also approached the local charity ‘Adventure For Girls’, which pledged me a total of £350.00!

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As well as this, I’ve been doing lots of car boot sales, getting items donated from various people’s spring cleans and selling them. I made a sign explaining what I would be doing in Ecuador to stand up at every sale I did, and people ended up giving small donations as well as buying things.

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I also approached my local newspaper asking if they would cover my fundraising story, and after a short interview over the phone, they’ve written two articles.  Also, doing odd jobs for people, such as car washing and brass cleaning, has helped me to raise money, as well as a 22 mile sponsored walk from Lyme Regis to Budleigh Salterton!

However, the main thing that I’ve done to raise the majority of my money is up-cycling wooden pallets, and using them to make things for the garden: for example, bird boxes, bird tables, planters, and wooden hearts, as well as planting up old donated teacups. My mum, dad and grandad helped me make them all, and I got some paint donated from a paint shop so we could make them look nice! We then sold them at various fetes and garden sales, along with bric-a-brac, home made cakes, and a ‘Guess the name of the Amazonian Sloth’ game!

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Thanks to all of this, I’ve currently got only £354.30 left to raise!

I am so excited to go to Ecuador next summer, and I’m really proud of all of my family and I’s fundraising efforts.

Next, I am planning to approach a few more local businesses and my local rotary club, and I have organised to have a radio interview regarding my expedition with the local station Bay FM in September.

This is truly amazing! All of this wonderful fundraising and Lauren doesn’t travel until next year!

As ever, PLEASE send us your fundraising experiences, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories. When sending in your 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) The pictures do need to be of a high quality that can be uploaded online… no fuzzy mugshots!

Click here to submit your entry today, I 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.

Have a great weekend! 

Meg 😀