Past Fundraising Events
Diary of an obsession!
You can see my fundraising progress so far, and donate safely here.
My fundraising goes back quite a way so forgive me if there's gaps in this list. I even met my husband Gary at a charity event 20 years ago!
My first recorded "giving"... or was I being robbed?!
Aside from my usual duties at work, at the Croydon branch of the Yorkshire Building Society, I also have the role of Charitable Representative. This allows me to spend time & resources on organising events and in assisting local good causes in making applications to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, who typically add to funds raised from the public in order to provide equipment for good causes.
Below are some of the events I've been involved in:
The Flora London Marathon, Sunday 22nd April 2007
Yes I do have multiple sclerosis, and no I hadn't run much before, but then I am mad (or so I'm told - I like to think of it as enthusiastic) ... so I was determined to get round this one way or another.
(doing a practice 10km)
The Pepperton uk Pre-Marathon Healthy Buffet, April 2007
An opportunity to not only meet Karen & Celestine and wish them the best for the imminent Flora London Marathon, but also to wine, dine and feast to your fill.
In aid of In aid of the MS Society and the LCCA.
CLIC smile campaign, December 2006
Hardika, a thai masseuse, volunteered to give head and shoulder massages to kickstart our fundraising to help children and young people with cancer.
In aid of CLIC Sargent.
Fun Run, August 2006
This was on Rebecca's birthday (sorry Rebecca), and was my first attempt at any kind of distance running. I managed 5K which was pretty good because I was suffering from a leg injury from sitting on a motorbike for an extended length of time! It was a really hot day and us MS people aren't good with heat, but this was when I realised I had the determination if not - quite yet - the fitness to do the London Marathon.
Sky Dive, July 2006
I overcame my fear of heights to do a tandem sky dive. Besides sponsorship, Tanith & I also raised funds with a quiz night at The Windmill Pub, and Tanith arranged a pub crawl.
In aid of the MS Trust.
"Christmas in the Community", August - December 2005
Alongside a national YBS competition, I organised prizes for local school children's Christmas card designs. The winning designs went on to raise money in the 2005 Christmas Appeal.
Abseil down Lunar House, Croydon, October 2004
Tabitha joined me on on this. It was more physical than I expected and about half way down my arms gave way. With hindsight it was actually harder than the tandem sky dive as that didn't require any physical effort. We were raising funds for the Garwood Foundation, an independent school for children aged 2-12 years with severe learning/physical disabilities.
Family Fight Flab to be Fantastically Fit & Firm, October 2004
Lose weight, get healthy hearts & raise money!
YBS customers were given a choice as to which charity they wanted to support, and donations were topped up by the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.
Guinness World Record attempt at the most people impersonating Groucho Marx at once, May 2003
I arranged the use of Broadmead School field and worked with the BRIT School who put on a great show. The Croydon Steel Orchestra played and there was a huge bouncy castle. A local ice cream seller came and gave a substantial donation for future fundraising, and another friend brought their burger van. Unfortunately we didn't break the record but we were joined by the Mayor of Croydon and a local MP in addition to the press. However, the record that did stand was smashed the following Monday... I would only have held it for a few days, how gutted would I have been?!
It was a good day and the children had a fantastic time, and so did the adults!
And more to be added later!
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