Putting the fun in fundraising!
“Several years ago, Nicola wrote to Every Life supporters asking if we would consider becoming charity ambassadors. My first response was, ‘No way! I don’t want to ask people for money, or do a sponsored run, walk or parachute jump!’ A couple of days later, I visited my local community market where local people sell plants, bread, jams, chutneys, ceramics, etc once a month, and surprised myself by thinking, ‘I could do this!’ I could rent a table and sell hand-made sewn or knitted items to raise funds that way. I must explain that I am retired and love making things, so I do have the time and the inclination.
So, for nearly three years, I have been enjoying sewing and knitting, the camaraderie of fellow stall-holders, meeting the local community, market visitors and customers, AND ultimately being able to raise money for this fantastic charity! I even joined the market committee two years ago. I sell one kind of thing each month, rather than a jumble-sale-type random selection, – for example, bunting or lavender bags in summer months; hats, hand-warmers, neck warmers or gloves in winter. I’ve also made shopping bags, bean bag frogs, children’s clothes and toys. Christmas always goes really well with various hand-made decorations. I make a plate of biscuits too and invite donations for those (not cakes as they are for sale in the café area). There are photos and publicity leaflets crammed onto my table too and I often get an opportunity to talk about our work in Kampala and impress people that I’ve been out there three times, so I do know what I’m talking about!
Last year, I was asked on several occasions about starting a knitting group, so I now do that in my home every other Wednesday afternoon. Cake is involved and a contribution of £1 for Every Life, which was suggested by the participants. Then, a few months ago, I launched an Every Life Supper Club, to make use of another of my keen interests – cooking for and eating with guests in my home. They pay £30 for a three course meal with drinks, I have the pleasure of planning, cooking and being hospitable, and Every Life benefits from the profits – every one’s a winner! I offer a themed menu which I enjoy putting together from my 100+ cookery books. I have advertised this in my church and on my monthly market stall, but although many people say it is a great idea, they have been slower to actually book. However, I have done two dinner parties, and a 60th birthday party for ten (Indian menu and a reduced price) and am offering Middle Eastern mezze for £20 over the summer.
This all goes to show that anyone can do anything to help Every Life to raise funds. I don’t make a lot of money but it is regular, and it really blesses communities around the world. I am simply using my own interests, skills and time, and having lots of fun while I do it. Go on – try it yourself!”
Annabel has been such a blessing to us over the last three years, raising nearly four thousand pounds for Every Life, simply by doing things she is passionate about. If you would like to become a charity ambassador for Every Life or simply raise money for us through an activity you love, why not get in touch and we will do our best to help. If that sounds too much of a challenge, why not raise funds for us whenever you shop online with Give as you Live…