After attending the volunteer day, we all got together as a team to begin planning, some events to fundraise for the Rosie May Foundation. I think we were all feeling a bit apprehensive to begin with as raising £500 each sounded like quite a lot of money!
|Students selling cakes in the front of the Student Union.|
The second event we decided to do was a raffle. The first task was to find companies and businesses who were willing to donate prizes to us. I work at Chino Latino so I spoke to my manager and asked whether it would be possible for them to donate anything, and he agreed to give us a £50 voucher to be used in the restaurant. I spent a lot of time emailing different business asking for donations and googling which companies tend to donate to charities and racking my brains for local businesses who might donate!
|Prizes and information for the fundraising raffle.|
Our third and final event was the ‘big one.’ We decided to do a sponsored sleep out in the middle of March – were we mad? We decided to set up camp from 7pm til 7am outside the student’s union and prayed it wouldn’t rain. We laid out groundsheets and cardboard to sit on and huddled together under sleeping bags to try and keep warm ‘it was freezing’. Like the cake sale, we spoke to anyone who passed by and told them all about the charity and what we would be doing. As it was a Saturday night, there were a lot of (drunk) students around who were heading out for the night and were very generous! We raised £450 on the night alongside any sponsors that were put on our Just Giving pages, which was all match funded by Santander!
|Students sleeping outside the Student Union.|