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contents With Easter almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to let you know about World Emergency Relief’s fantastic Be a Good Egg campaign. Donating just £6 buys and helps care for one egg-laying hen providing at least 120 eggs per year for a family in a poorer country. Visit www.beagoodegg.com to find out more. Also this issue, we have some great interviews with fundraisers who are all doing something amazing this year to help charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Disabilities Trust and Arthritis Research Campaign (arc). Finally, thanks to the British Kidney Patient Association for supporting this issue of Raise. To find out more, tick more info number 23 on the reader-reply card at the back of the magazine. Enjoy your Easter and we’ll see you next in May. Stacey Wright, Editor

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We also have 10 copies of Organic Places to Stay to give away – perfect for helping maintain an organic lifestyle away from home. This revised and updated 3rd edition is packed with over 200 new entries, and for the first time includes a section of organic places to stay in the Republic of Ireland, giving you all the information you need for an ‘organic holiday’. So whether you’re looking for a hotel that serves organic food, or a cottage where you can buy your own fresh produce - this could be just the prize for you. To be in with a chance of winning one of ten copies, tick the appropriate box on the reader-reply card and send it to us by 1 May 2009.

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Beckham accepts donation to UNICEF Football star David Beckham accepted a £100,000 cheque on behalf of UNICEF from the Rangers Charity Foundation’s Charity Champion Barry Ferguson this month at Ibrox Stadium. “As an Ambassador I’ve seen the impact of UNICEF’s work with children worldwide.” David said, “The pledged by the Rangers Charity Foundation will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of children across India, giving many the chance to go to school for the first time.”

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Join Race for Life in 2009 Get active this summer and join your family and friends by walking, jogging or running 5k to help beat cancer. Race for Life events are not competitive, and are just over three miles, which may seem like a long way, but women of all ages and fitness levels do it every year. It’s not that much further than the distance you cover when you take your dog for a walk or go shopping. Whether you’re a Race for Life regular or this is your first event, you are doing something amazing to help people with cancer. Visit www.raceforlife.org to sign up now.

Coleen Rooney is urging the public to support the Variety Club’s Gold Hearts 2009 campaign by buying a badge she designed herself. The £1 badge is on sale at retailers WH Smith, Wallis, H Samuel, Ernest Jones, Village Hotels, and Odeon Cinemas or directly from the Variety Club website - www.varietyclub.org.uk - and helps to raise funds for sick, disadvantaged and disabled youngsters. Coleen said, “The Variety Club is now in its 60th year, and amazingly in that time, the charity has helped almost a million children and young people. That’s why I’m really happy to be a part of Gold Hearts this year.”


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World Emergency Relief (WER) has shipped emergency supplies of pharmaceuticals to Zimbabwe and Gaza in the past two weeks. The pharmaceuticals sent to Gaza have already been used in emergency mobile clinics. You can support WER so they can send even greater quantities of vital supplies. WER is also seeking to respond to urgent requests from their partners world-wide as they are affected by the world economic crisis. Food costs are spiralling. Help today by calling 0844 249 2129 or donate online at www.wer-uk.org

Slumdog Millionaire raises money for Plan Cast and crew from the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire joined Plan India for a fundraising charity dinner and art auction in New Delhi last month. The film’s stars Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and director Danny Boyle attended the star-studded event, which raised money to support Plan India’s work in preventing exploitation and abuse of vulnerable children.

Dirty Dancing gala raises £40k West End show Dirty Dancing teamed up with Capital FM’s Help a London Child to host a Valentine’s Day Gala Performance, which raised £40,000 for the charity. Capital presenter Greg Burns and showbiz reporter Sam Mann, accepted the cheque on behalf of Help a London Child, which offers support and opportunities as well as raising funds for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people in the capital.

Walk your way to helping others Pull on your walking boots and step into fundraising for Breakthrough… Do something for the women you love by taking part in one of Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s exciting walking events there’s something for everyone! You can join in on a Breakthrough trek in one of six beautiful locations across the UK, which are great for groups or an ideal opportunity to make new friends. Or you could fundraise closer to home with your nearest and dearest by organising your own Crocus Walk. To find out more call 020 7025 2426 or email trekking@breakthrough.org.uk

Put your best foot forward Help the Motor Neurone Disease Association by joining them in a sponsored walk this year. Walk To D’Feet MND is their signature national fundraising event and it’s a great opportunity for you and your group to raise awareness and much needed funds for the charity. You can either organise your own walk at a time to suit you and your members, or take part in on one of their many walks across the UK. Visit their website to find an event near you. www.mndassociation.org

Pop along to a poppywalk It has often been said that the best way to get to know London is on foot. This year’s Poppywalk - in aid of The Royal British Legion - will take place on Sunday 12 July with entry Walk a Mile in Memory categories for individuals, groups and Rally your group together and join fsid families. Its route has been carefully in walking a sponsored Mile in plotted to take in places of interest in Memory this May to raise funds and central commemorate lives of babies who London, have died. You’ll find a number of and walks all over the country that you can walkers will take part in, and if you can’t get to follow clues one, why not organise your own? It’s and answer easy and fun to do and fsid are on questions that can only be solved by hand to give you all the help you walking the route. There will be prizes need. Visit www.fsid.org.uk to order for each entry category. Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk. your Walk Coordinator’s pack.

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are around 40 different types of epilepsy, widely ranging in seriousness and complexity. Having epilepsy means that you experience multiple seizures - and there are lots of different types of seizure. Not all seizures involve convulsions (jerking or shaking movements), and seizures are far more likely to be triggered by stress and tiredness than flashing strobe lights.

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Come Dine with NSE is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a great night in with friends and family while raising money for the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE). We can’t promise to transform you into the next Jamie or Nigella, but we can guarantee that you will have a fantastic time while raising money to support people with epilepsy.

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Calls to our Helpline continue to increase, with 5,000 callers each year, from people with epilepsy and the people who care from them, needing to talk and receive information. 165 trained volunteers with personal experience of epilepsy provide support and information to around 10,000 patients and their families in epilepsy hospital clinics around the UK. We talk to thousands of school children to educate them about epilepsy, with some really positive results; “NSE’s talk had a powerful impact on the children. The child with epilepsy and her brother no longer get teased. Children are aware that they need to look out for a child with epilepsy.”


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Rachel Jones favourite of mine, with Crocus Walks being one of Breakthrough’s most treasured events and a great way of celebrating loved ones. For those looking for something a bit more challenging we have trekking weekends in some of Britain’s most beautiful locations, so lots of arrangements are being made with the professional walking company that organise these for us. We’re also getting lots of emails and phone calls from fantastic people who want to run for us in the London Marathon and Bupa Great Run Series. We have a running seminar next week for all our runners where they get expert advice from our team of volunteer physiotherapists and athletic coaches so the team are currently putting plans for the evening in place. Next month we also have two groups of intrepid explorers heading off on treks in Thailand and India, so we’re helping them with all their last minute preparations and answering many questions about kit and insect repellent! For the rest of the day the team are all in the office and looking forward to hearing from our supporters about what they’ve been getting up to and providing them with all the help and advice they need to achieve the fundraising challenges they’ve set themselves. Together I hope one day we will achieve our vision of a future free from the fear of breast cancer.

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Events Manager - Breakthrough Breast Cancer My role as Events Manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer is varied and of course busy. There are five of us who look after Breakthrough’s events and this includes Runs, UK Treks, Crocus Walks, Parachute Jumps, Bike Rides, Overseas Treks and looking after relationships with fantastic supporters such as Middlesex County Cricket Club. I never know what is going to come our way next! I’ve worked at Breakthrough for five years and this really is my dream job. We have so many fantastic supporters who inspire me each day to make sure we achieve all that we can. Breakthrough is the UK’s leading breast cancer charity and exists to improve the lives of people affected by breast cancer through innovative research, campaigning and breast health promotion. Sadly 46,000 women and 300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year but with the tireless support of our fundraisers we are able to fund Breakthrough’s world class research, identifying better methods for diagnosing breast cancer accurately, developing more effective tailored treatments and finding ways to prevent breast cancer in the future. The Events Team are currently in full swing as we are launching all of 2009’s fundraising events so there’s lots of artwork to approve and mailings to be sent out. Walking events are always a


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Supported living There are disability charities all over the UK that are looking for people like you to get involved. Volunteering, fundraising or simply donating money are just some of the small ways you can help make a big difference.

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Vitalise is a national charity that provides essential services for disabled people, visually impaired people, and carers. The charity firmly believes that disabled people should have the same rights, freedoms, responsibilities and quality of life as those without disabilities. Vitalise also offer inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest, most diverse volunteer programmes in the UK, with over 6,000 people volunteering their time every year. Anyone and everyone can volunteer as there is no upper age limit and you don’t need to have previous experience. The charity will provide you with the appropriate induction, training and support to 14 carry out your role, whether you are volunteering in one of their care centres, an office or a shop. To get active and lend your support call 0845 330 0148 or visit www.vitalise.org.uk

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Volunteering is also at the heart of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, which encourages and enables adults with disabilities to increase independence and improve life skills. Based in southeast England, the charity provides specialist centres focusing on brain injury rehabilitation, vocational training for mainstream employment, the coaching of life skills, mobility assessment and tuition. Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation Development Centre works with severely disabled young people to give them the skills they require to enable them to move on to a lifestyle and location of their choice. They are currently fundraising to provide better facilities for other clients and need to raise £2.5million each year to ensure the ongoing development of the Foundation’s work. This would not be possible without voluntary donations and volunteers who dedicate their time to helping with various fundraising events and street collections. To find out how you can help call 01372 841100 or visit www.qefd.org Your time and energy is also needed at Motivation - an international disability and development charity working in lowincome countries to enhance the quality of life of people with mobility disabilities. Their programmes aim to improve opportunities by positively impacting on disabled people’s physical, social and economic situation to enable their full participation in society. Mobility is an essential human right that enables people to achieve inclusion in all aspects of life. Motivation works in partnership with a range of organisations - from grassroots disability groups to national governments and international actors

Above and top: You could help others by dedicating your time and effort to Motivation.

- to ensure that local people and organisations have the skills to meet the needs of disabled people in their communities and to affect positive lasting change. There are many ways you can get involved, from fundraising events and volunteering, to collaborating with the charity on one of their international programmes. Call 01275 464012 or visit www.motivation.org.uk for details. From motivation to inspiration Inspire is a leading arts organisation that is committed to the promotion of the value of the arts within a holistic approach to health. The charity have successfully

developed and delivered arts projects, training, information and advice to people who are disadvantaged or disabled for over 20 years. They aim to advance the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems or disabilities; challenge and promote social inclusion through the arts; influence and promote the use of arts in health care; and inspire the development of their quality services. Inspire gets support from a variety of sources including charitable donations but they wouldn’t be able to function without the active involvement of people like you. To help support Inspire in providing arts and disabilities services in the community visit www.inspire.org.uk

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Does Naomi get on well with the other people at Hollyrood? Since she moved into one of their

Heaven on Earth Vicky Warren is a mother of five who dedicates her time to fundraising for The Disabilities Trust. Here she tells Raise about the personal reasons behind raising awareness and funds for the care of Adults with Autism. Naomi went down hill very quickly, it was a real challenge for the family. We have four other children and some of them needed counselling to come to terms with what had happened.

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How do you help raise awareness for The Disabilities Trust? Back in the 80’s and 90’s I used to work on hospital radio where we made programmes for different charities up and down the country. I stopped this when Naomi was at the height of her breakdown and it wasn’t until she had been at Hollyrood for a few years that I decided to set up a website - The Bookfiend’s Kingdom – which has podcast interviews and book reviews, to raise awareness of the issues faced by adults with autism and to raise funds for The Disabilities Trust.

How does the money you raise help The Trust? We have a Just Giving webpage where the money raised goes towards improving Hollyrood’s facilities, and providing specialist support staff. This year we hope to raise over £5,000 so they can start to build an allotment garden for the residents. I also want to raise money for the care of adults with autism, so that others can have the same care and quality of life that Naomi and others at Hollyrood have had over the years. To make a donation to The Bookfiend’s Kingdom visit www.justgiving.com/bfkbooks or www.bfkbooks.com. To find out more about The Disabilities Trust visit www.thedtgroup.org

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We have some highly soughtafter places available for next year’s Virgin London Marathon. It’s never too early to start your preparation, so dig out those trainers and get in touch today! Date: 25 April 2010 Location: Central London Fundraising target: £1,200

This would not be possible without the support of people like you, so why not put the fun into fundraising this year? Challenge yourself with these events and raise money for a worthy cause at the same time!

&WFOUT  +VTU 8BML If you’re more of the ‘don’t run before you can walk’ type, how about a leisurely stroll through some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside? You can choose either the family 10km, the gentle 20km, the brand new 40km or the BIG 60km hike over the South Downs. Date: 9 May 2009 Location: (start) Goodwood Racecourse, West Sussex. Fundraising target: none – every penny gratefully received. Registration fee: to be paid directly to Just Walk organisers.

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Prove that women are better drivers in a whole host of weird and wonderful vehicles including HGV lorries, sports cars and Tractors! Why not get the girls together for a great day out with a difference? Date: 27 June 2009 Location: Bentwaters Park, Suffolk Fundraising target: £125 Registration fee: £25

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If you are interested in taking part in any of our events, please get in touch. We would be delighted to support you and send you a fundraising pack. Please phone 01825 741 272 or email events@cats.org.uk

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Climbing mountains, braving sweltering temperatures, and undertaking vigorous gym sessions - it’s all in a day’s work for Liz Williamson when it comes to fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Above and Beyond How did you get involved with Marie Curie? I was aware of the local Marie Curie Penarth Hospice in South Wales, as a friend of mine had passed away there some time ago. Then about four years ago, I decided it was about time I got fit, and I was looking for a way to challenge my fitness in a way that meant something to me personally. I then spotted an article in a local paper saying Marie Curie were looking for people to do a charity trek, and for me, it was the right opportunity at the right time.

How long have you been fundraising for the charity? I got involved in January 2007, which is when I signed up for my first trek, and since then I’ve done two Hospice treks, walked up Ben Nevis and taken part in various races.

Where do you go for the Hospice treks? The first one was Mount Toubkal in the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains, and then last November I went to the Sahara Desert. I’m also doing two treks this year – I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in June, and then Mount Sinai in Egypt in September for the Hospice.

What was your motivation? It was due to how brilliant Marie Curie were with my friend. They were so caring and nothing was too much trouble for them. If there is something such as a good death, then that’s what the charity provided.

Do you fundraise as part of a group or individually?

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To find out more about Marie Curie Cancer Care and how you can get involved in their Hospice Treks, call 08700 340 040, email events@mariecurie.org.uk or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk

Hard work aside, do you enjoy the treks? Oh yes, I enjoy them so much. It’s a great opportunity and it really is life changing. You meet some fantastic people and you’re all in it together, it’s such a good experience.

Do you fundraise for Marie Curie in any other ways? fit for each trek, as they differ. I also do a lot of weights, long walks up mountains, 10k runs, and half marathons to prepare for the treks. It really is hard work, but it’s nowhere near as hard as what some people have to go through with Cancer, and that’s what keeps me going.

My main way of fundraising is the treks, but I do put on my own events to fund them. I’ve arranged events in restaurants, where I’ve put on a meal and a dance.

What would you say has been your toughest trek?

They are a local charity that provide such a good service. They are very supportive and welcoming to families and they provide a homely atmosphere to patients within the Hospice.

Would you recommend other fundraisers to take up a challenge for Marie Curie? I would definitely say give it a go! You don’t know what you could achieve until you’ve tried.

Jordan Mt Toubkal The Sahara Mt Sinai Discover your adventure at www.mariecurie.org.uk/discover or call 08700 340 040

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Visit the Real Food Festival The Real Food Festival is much more than a food market. Taking place from 9 to 10 May 2009, the show gives you the chance to challenge preconceptions about the food that you eat; to taste food as it really should be; and to meet the people who grow, nurture and produce real food. The Festival also aims to show visitors how choosing food that is fresh, in season and produced with care won’t blow the budget. Plus you can watch their master chefs in action, take part in hands-on workshops, and meet the producers who bring food and drink to life. Visit www.realfoodfestival.co.uk to book your tickets.

It’s game on as UK’s first zeroLondon launches new carbon home recycling campaign The latest Recycle for London campaign is using innovative technologies to encourage Londoners to think before they throw away their rubbish and to feed their recycling habit instead. The campaign includes a downloadable game for mobile phones, which challenges the user to starve their hungry ‘evil bin’ by catching all recyclable materials in a green recycling box. The initiative, which forms part of a 12 month Recycle for London campaign, aims to reach the “digital generation” to increase recycling rates by 20 per cent. Visit www.recycleforlondon.com to download the game to your mobile.

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Reduce your heating bills and make your home warmer with this handy Radiator Booster. This innovative, eco friendly product uses a small fan to capture the heat that comes out the back of your radiator, circulating it better into your room. It will heat your room faster, save lost energy, and reduce your heating bills. To use, simply place the Radiator Booster on top of a standard domestic radiator, plug it in, and away it goes. There is a slight humming noise when the Booster is on, however it’s all worth it as it heats your room quickly, allowing the boiler to shut down sooner, saving you huge amounts of energy. www.nigelsecostore.com


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Where do the clothes go once you have collected them?

Which areas do you collect from? We collect bags from all over the UK and Northern Ireland. We’re also just about to launch Bag2School in Boston, Massachusetts, and we’re working in Holland and Belgium where we’ve received a great response.

The clothes we collect are sold to numerous export markets through Eastern Europe and also in the area of the former Soviet Union. We also sell to East and West Africa as well as parts of the EU, Asia and South America, where there is still a great need for good quality second-hand clothing.

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When did Bag2school get started? Bag2School started in 2000 and was launched as a project in North Yorkshire. We specialise in collecting good quality second-hand clothes. The scheme was an instant success, so extra resources were installed to roll out the model nationwide. Now we operate with over 20,000 schools throughout the UK and we have paid out over £5 million to participating schools.

collection bags and wanted to know how it worked and how they could get involved. These included church members, community groups and sports groups, who were all interested in donating too, so we decided to set up Bag2TheFuture for non-school groups. The scheme suits all types of groups and organisations, regardless of size and also works alongside charities in helping them organise clothes collections from corporate supporters.

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Above: Children from Model Primary School, Northern Ireland, raised £498 for their school

Bag2school and Bag2TheFuture can be used by any organisation who can pool their resources to enable at least 40 to 50 bags minimum to be collected. It’s a great way to dispose of unwanted clothes - DEFRA now consider textiles as one of the fastest growing items entering the waste stream and have established a roadmap process to look at the end of life solution for textiles. Bag2school and Bag2TheFuture are part of that process and have a simple message of ‘Don’t throw that funding away!’ Sort out your unwanted clothes to raise money for a school, organisation or charity of your choice. It’s one of the easiest ways to fundraise that you will find.


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Luna is a lucky 13 kilo grey seal. At five weeks old she arrived at the BDMLR Highland Seal Hospital underweight and dehydrated. She was given fluid and while waiting for it to go down, hospital staff noticed there was sand coming back up with fluid. This was not the first time we’ve seen this, as seals can get blocked, so our centre manager Jamie Dyer wondered what she’d ingested. It turned out to be a balloon. Balloons are a serious hazard for turtles, whales and dolphins, but this was the first time Jamie had seen one in a seal. Luna had apparently mistaken it for food, and she found out the hard way it wasn’t. Luckily

she was found by BDMLR trained volunteer rescuers. She was very weak, but she is now making a recovery and being fed and cared for at the BDMLR hospital. When well she will be released back into the wild where she belongs. Luna is not the only seal to come to grief after making contact with man-made objects. In January, BDMLR Medics captured a seal with fishing line hanging out of its mouth and took it to the seal hospital at Scarborough. The X-ray discovered a 5cm long fishing hook lodged it its stomach. This was successfully removed and the seal is now being cared for. In a similar incident a few years ago a plastic fishing line

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splitter killed an adult bull grey seal after lacerating its intestines. However, ingesting is just one of the problems. Over the last year BDMLR has been to several similar incidents. A seal off the Lizard Peninsula, for example, was picked up with oil covered flippers and another had a deep laceration on its neck after being caught up in discarded monofilament net. These incidents are becoming more common and our countrywide rescue teams are busier than ever picking up seals who have inadvertently fallen foul of human activity. If you are walking on a beach and see a seal in distress please contact BDMLR who will send a team to investigate. All our medics are volunteers who give up their time to help marine animals. They have the resources - thanks to public donations - to rescue the animals and take them to special wild animal rescue centres such as the BDMLR Highland seal hospital near John O’Groats, Scotland.


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Group Organiser Biddie Lawson

Group Wincanton Branch

Local fundraising

Biddie Lawson has been a member of arc for over 20 years. Here she tells our Editor Stacey Wright about the local fundraising branch she set up in aid of the medical research charity. Tell us how your group got started?

What attracted you to arc?

I became a member of the Arthritis Research Campaign in 1986 and received their quarterly magazine. Then in 1991 there was an article about National Sponsored Hippy Walks, for people with hip replacements, which I thought sounded interesting. I found out a local branch in Yeovil were taking part and decided to join in and get sponsored. This attracted the attention of arc head office who approached me about starting a local branch in Wincanton, which I finally agreed to do in 1992.

I was diagnosed at the age of 46 with Osteo Arthritis and I had my first hip replacement when I was 52. The charity is therefore incredibly close to my heart.

What’s your role within the group? I’m Honorary Secretary of the group, which involves administration, publicity and general organisational duties. We use our local newspapers for publicity and often get free editorial columns and photos. We also send out about six newsletters a year to our members to keep them updated with fundraising activities.

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Is it members only or can anyone 32 join your branch?

Anyone is welcome to join our group. At present, we have 90 members and a committee of nine, who meet up around six times a year and decide on our fundraising activities. We occasionally have a guest speaker too, which is open to the public.

How do you help to raise awareness for the charity? We hold a variety of events such as coffee mornings, street collections, Bingo nights, lunches and auctions. We also organise special summer and Christmas events and we are lucky to be able to do an annual bucket collection at Wincanton Racecourse as the punters leave the ground.

Do you only fundraise in your local area? Yes, most of our fundraising is local, however, we do run events in outlying villages occasionally. Tesco has recently nominated arc as a charity they support, so we have spent two days collecting at their Yeovil store 15 miles away - but very worthwhile.

What events are planned for this year? We have a packed programme, starting with a bingo night in March, followed by a spring coffee morning. We then have an annual flag day, which is a town collection, where we have anything up to 30 members out collecting in the street. We also have our popular annual summer event coming up,


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Fergus Logan, came down and all members were invited. We usually raise between £6,000 and £7,000 a year.

What advice do you have for anyone who’s interested in fundraising for arc?

which is held in the garden of one of our group members, where we have cheese and wine, and a raffle.

Do you have a favourite fundraising memory?

First of all fundraising should be fun and not too ambitious or you will end up not enjoying it. I also believe that fundraising should be geared towards your particular town or village. Organise events which are going to be popular and well attended and don’t overdo it or people will get bored with your charity always asking for money!

I would say one of the most hair-raising ones was when we organised a sponsored cycle ride from Wincanton to Weymouth in 1996. We had about 40 riders and raised £2,500. It was so tough and the weather was horrendous, but it turned out to be good fun and very rewarding.

How much have you raised for arc over the years? We’ve actually just had a very special event, where we celebrated raising £115,000. The Chief Executive of arc,

To find out more about arc call 0870 850 5000 or visit www.arc.org.uk

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