Owen Herbert is a long-term devotee of The Donkey Sanctuary and a member of our special Rosette Group for supporters who generously donate £1,000 or more each year to our charity. He has sent us this wonderful article, in memory of his wife Kay:
Become a fundraiser
With so many donkeys needing help in the UK and overseas, The Donkey Sanctuary is always grateful for any assistance you may be able to give in raising much-needed funds. We are fortunate to have a large group of voluntary fundraisers who kindly help us in very many ways, this could be anything from a coffee morning every month, to an annual gala ball. All we ask for is as little or as much time as you feel you can give because every single penny assists us in our vital work.
We would be delighted to give you any advice, support and assistance you may require. A fundraising pack is available on request and we produce a bi-annual voluntary fundraisers' newsletter to keep you up to date with all the latest news and views. We will also supply you with a copy of our fundraising guidelines leaflet which has been drawn up for the benefit of both you and our charities, outlining rules and regulations which must be complied with.
Remember to always keep the 'fun' in fundraising.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer fundraiser, or have any questions, please contact us.
For supporter Monica Carr from France, this year plans to be action packed as she tackles the tough London Marathon on 21st April in order to raise funds for The Donkey Sanctuary.
I’ve been looking forward to writing this blog and I can now say that I survived the snow, wind, rain, and knee deep bogs, the endless hills and pebbles of the Grizzly run!...The months of training, fundraising, blogs, porridge and fudge finally paid off.
On Sunday 26th May teacher Sarah Bridgewater from Stoke-on-Trent, will take part in the Edinburgh Marathon, to raise £500 for international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary. She is seeking the public’s support to reach her target.
When I received my bib number I realised that I only have three weeks to go until the run. It’s finally dawning on me what I am actually doing. I talk about running the Grizzly on a daily basis to interested friends and work colleagues. But now, I find that I’m talking to myself, “Nicola, you’re running 21 miles, across the pebbles, up and down hills, what are you doing?!”.
On Saturday (9th February) I attempted my longest run. After having a relaxing morning, consuming two pints of water and eating, once again – the dreaded porridge, I still didn’t feel prepared for the 18 mile run. I started in Sidmouth, Devon and ran to Beer through the back lanes, hills and muddy fields.
For those that aren’t familiar with my recent blogs, I’m taking part in the multi-terrain coastal Grizzly run in March. I started my training after Christmas by doing a few gentle jogs and now I’ve steadily increased my distance to a 15 mile run which I completed – just! on Saturday (20th) January.
After enjoying a more gentle set of training sessions over Christmas, I really wanted to get back into my running and get back to a serious training programme. I keep hearing people say, ‘they don’t call it the Grizzly for nothing’ and this side of the New Year, I’m realising that it won’t be a walk in the park and I have lots of work to do, to get physically and mentally ready!
We are delighted to be able to announce the three winning ticket numbers for our Christmas Raffle 2012, drawn on Monday 17th December 2012, as follows:
1st prize winner (£5,000) Winning ticket no: 4778352 (Sheffield)
2nd prize winner (£2,000) Winning ticket no: 6205911 (East Sussex)
3rd prize winner (£1,000) Winning ticket no: 3208823 (Keighley)
I held a raffle at our Candlelight event on Friday 8th December 2012 to help me raise funds for The Donkey Sanctuary. Thank you for all your support and help, not only with buying a raffle ticket, but for taking an interest in the Grizzly race.