Monday, April 26, 2010

Hannah White is fundraising for her India expedition this Autumn

Hannah White is up to all sorts of fundraising such as a Bollywood party, a 40 mile sponsored hike, car boot sales and more!

I'm going to India in Autumn this year as a volunteer manager. I'm fundraising with a couple of big events which I think should raise most of my money, and have roped in people who can help me.

A Bollywood party: Beer, Bollywood and Bhajis! I've managed to get a great free function room at a bar in Manchester, I have friends with full DJ-ing kit and lights who are doing the music for me, and I'm working on getting some free or discounted Indian catering. I've done a lot of asking friends and colleagues if they have friends who can help me out with stuff - it's amazing who people know!

I'm selling tickets, which another friend has designed for me, and also putting on a raffle on the night, currently working my way round Manchester's Indian restaurants for Indian themed raffle prizes.

A sponsored walking challenge: I wanted to do something meaningful, and came up with the idea of hiking the full breath of the Peak District in a single day, 40 miles from my home town of Sheffield to my now home of Macclesfield. Again I've roped in a few hardcore friends to join me (and help with the map reading!). We've tested the route out over two days and it was really difficult, so doing it in one will be a huge challenge, and hopefully something people will think is worth sponsoring. Check out my just giving page that I'm about to launch:

Top up events: I'm doing a couple of car boot sales next month. I've asked friends and colleagues at work to bring in stuff for me, it's a great way for people to support without having to put their hands in their pockets and I've got loads of stuff to sell. If I need a bit more money after that, I'll be recruiting people to do some baking for cake sales at work, as well as getting creative in the kitchen myself - always a winner!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stephen Nunes fundraising for his expedition to Borneo

Stephen Nunes is fundraising for his forthcoming summer expedition to Borneo. As well as hikes, runs and skydiving, Stephen is also planning on shaving his head and putting on sponsored karate training sessions...

I decided to raise most of my funds by doing a series of sponsored events and encouraging friends, colleagues and family to donate to my cause.

I got lots of ideas from the fundraising pack provided by Raleigh and decided to try and do events which would challenge me physically and help me prepare for the expedition to Borneo in July.

I did a 16 mile hike and a 26 mile hike back in March and I still have a 5K run, skydive and head shave to do. I also prepared a press release that I sent out to local media and I was able to get an article about my sponsored skydive in my local newspaper.

My karate instructor read the article and offered to organise a sponsored training session at my club. Club members brought their friends and family along and helped raise over £250.

The best part of fundraising for me has been the opportunity to talk to people about Raleigh and what I’m going to be doing!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Narin Cakir is fundraising for her forthcoming expedition in Borneo

Narin Cakir is fundraising for her forthcoming expedition in Borneo this coming July and has just finished a 5km run.

I signed up to a 5K run quite early on in my fundraising plans and it turned out to be a great way to raise awareness of Raleigh and why I was raising money. Friends saw me training or even better, joined me on my jogs and I think they appreciated that I was working hard to earn my sponsorship. It was a great way to keep people updated on my fitness progress through my Facebook group and also give gentle reminders to sponsor me throughout my training. I invited friends to watch me run and they helped spread the word about how hard I had worked and why! In the end it was crossing the line, my own personal sense of achievement and photographic evidence that encouraged friends to visit my fundraising page and donate.

I'm really glad I did it because if nothing else I am that little bit fitter and hopefully stronger for the Borneo expedition challenges to come!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chris Morris, Graduate, is cycling from Lands End to John O Groats

After weeks of training rides and hours spent preparing for his trip, Chris will be setting off on his bike ride from Lands End to John O Groats this Sunday, with an aim to complete the ride in just ten days. For the past month and a half, Chris has been preparing for the ride by cycling 160 miles a week, buying kit, planning his route and fundraising for the charity Raleigh. With his training complete, kit brought, route planned and fundraising target due to be smashed with the help of fund matching from his employer, Bupa International, Chris is ready and raring to go. Chris commented, “I feel confident and can’t wait to start the ride ... I’m prepared for all conditions, but hope the weather is good and the snow in Scotland has melted by the time I get there!”

You can find out more about Chris’s preparations and follow his progress on the ride by visiting his blog at . Chris will be updating his blog with pictures and a day-to-day account of his ride.

All the money that Chris has raised for his bike ride is going to the charity Raleigh, who help young people, including those disadvantaged and ‘at risk’, to work on worthwhile environmental and community projects that achieve sustainable outcomes. Chris will be travelling to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Raleigh in July this summer to work on these challenging projects that are positively benefiting local communities. Previous projects the charity have successfully completed have included constructing schools, sourcing water supplies to villages and restoring natural habitats for wildlife.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Louise Norris' fundraising walk for her India expedition

Louise Norris is currently fundraising for her forthcoming India expedition and has shared one of her latest ideas with us, a London Bridge Challenge Walk

On Saturday 27th March a friend and I walked over every bridge from Kew Bridge to Tower Bridge along the Thames dressed as Tower Bridge. I made the costumes, we were dressed as Tower Bridge, with joint hats and stripes on the sleeves for the drawbridge. We collected £28:38 from passersby along the way. I have raised almost £800 from my JustGiving page through sponsors for the walk so far.