Why do I fundraise?

A question I have been asked a few times down the years (I’ve done at least one charity event every year since 1985) and the main reasons are the charities are personal or ones that support/help young people, like this year’s one the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Plus I love helping others as much as that sounds like a Miss World reply!

It is always hard coming up with a novel idea for fundraising be it Forty Nights for my fortieth birthday where I held a charity gig at Brentford FC and got a whole host of bands to plug it at their gigs or webpages. The Shirt Of Hurt (kindly borrowed of Sports Relief/Danny Baker) back in 2010 saw me complete the Staines 10K in a P*** V*** top – I still have nightmares about it 😉 Still it raised over £550 for the Macular Disease Society.

In fact running is a good way to raise funds as I did a 10K back in 2007 and rasied over £1,000 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society. I have even run between WHS Travel stores (train & underground stations) in central London in the late 90’s. A more leisrely fundraiser was last year’s All Booked Up where myself and my daughter (who has done some sterling fundraising herself and made me one proud dad) did a year long sponsored read for Surrey Young Carers.

So times are hard but try & help where you can, as the real stars are those who donate their money or signed goodies for charity auctions and spread the word as fundraising is no good if no-one knows you are doing it or supports it.

Top 10 highest bidded items (to date) 

(Final selling price listed at the end of each item)

1  Rebus (Ian Rankin) malt whisky (for Beating Bowel Cancer)       £1,319.00

2  Signed Red Dwarf script (for the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust)  £857.77

3 Guitar lesson and lunch with John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Frost) (for CLAPA) £370

4  Signed Pendragon ‘Passion’ CD/DVD (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK)  £105.00

5  Signed Harry James (Thunder/Magnum) drumsticks (for Donna Louise Trust) £103.00

6  Vinny Burns guitar lesson (for the Macular Disease Society) £62.00

7  Signed Eden’s Curse goody bag (for Parkinson’s UK)  £54.01

8 John Sinclair’s tour jacket from his days in Ozzy Osbourne’s band (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK) £46.45

9 Signed FM CD (for the Macular Disease Society)  £41.00

10  Signed Rodney Matthews ‘Sleepwalking’ poster (for Parkinson’s UK)  £35.27

Total  = £2,973.50

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JACKDAW4 signed CD charity auction for CLAPA

SIGNED copy of the final album from the superbly talented JACKDAW4 and kindly donated by Willie Dowling. All proceeds go to CLAPA (Cleft Lip & Palate Association) and there are two more Jacdaw4 CD’s to follow.

 

 

Summer fundraising update

After completing the Staines 10K last month I am gearing up for my first half-marathon in over twenty years, the Ealing half-marathon on September 29th. As a warm-up I am doing the Dorney 10K on Saturday 20th July and this should be a good race as a) it’s flat and b) it is around the Olympic rowing lake. These two races I will be raising funds for CLAPA (The Cleft Lip & Palate Association). The fundraising for CLAPA (The Cleft Lip & Palate Association) is currently at £418 and looking good to hit my £500 target 🙂

http://www.justgiving.com/rochdale2013  (CLAPA – Cleft Lip & Palate Association)

I am also rounding up some more signed goodies for charity auctions on EBay and these will include a set of all four Jackdaw4 CD’s (kindly donated by Willie Dowling), plus more TBC (any contacts for items gratefully received). For the latest on signed items for auction on EBay pop over to:

https://keeponfundraising.wordpress.com <https://keeponfundraising.wordpress.com>

Thanks again for your continued support as it is very much appreciated.

JOHN MITCHELL (IT BITES) guitar lesson now at £370 :)

The guitar lesson/lunch with John Mitchell of It Bites is currently at £370! All proceeds are going to Cleft Lip And Palate Association (CLAPA). If it breaks the £500 that would be amazing.

Thanks again to John Mitchell and the fans currently bidding.

eBay link

Charity auction for a guitar lesson & lunch with JOHN MITCHELL (IT BITES)

The EBay auction is for a guitar lesson and lunch with JOHN MITCHELL, guitarist/vocalist in IT BITES and also a member of FROST* & ARENA.

The winning bidder will need to make their own way to and from the lunch/guitar lesson in the Reading (Berskshire) area. Date and time TBA between winning bidder and John Mitchell.

100% of the final sale price will support Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA). The Cleft Lip and Palate Association seeks to reduce the distress often experienced by parents in bringing up a child with a cleft lip and/or palate and to improve the quality of life of those born with clefts.

BIG ‘thank you’ to John Mitchell for this unique experience for one lucky fan!

http://www.outhousestudios.co.uk/

http://www.itbites.com

EBay link

Jimmy Cricket DVD, CD & signed photo rasing funds for CLAPA & NDCS

Comedian Jimmy Cricket, a long standing supporter of my fundraising, has kindly donated a DVD and CD (with a signed photo) to help start off my fundraising year for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

You can bid on the DVD here and the CD/signed photo here

 

 

Other goodies pledged include a signed CD and t-shirt for UK melodic rockers Dante Fox plus a rather special treat for fans TBC.

Also the band FM, lovely folk who have kindly promoted my fundraising, I am proud to say I will be wearing their t-shirt for my runs next year 🙂

More news soon and as ever any help promoting and/or with donations for charity auctions most welcome.

 

TWO weekend passes to HRH VI

Two tickets to Hard Rock Hell VI now on Ebay and all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. You can bid here

BIG thanks to David Wilson for this and to Hard Rock Hell.

There is the first HRH AOR and Prog festival next April 6th & 7th in Rotherham:

HRH AOR

HRH Prog