Volunteer fundraising tips – Declan Wildish

Posted on the 12th October 2017

Declan Wildish is fundraising to volunteer overseas in Canada with Lattitude in 2018! He is aiming to raise £3,500 and has shared with us his fundraising journey to encourage and inspire others to do the same…

What have you done so far to try and achieve your target?

So far I have held a lot of cake sales courtesy of my school “The Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy”. Alongside the cake sales the school allowed us to hire their hall for free so we could hold a craft fair. People had to pay £10 per stall they had – this was probably the most successful money raising event we have done. Alongside all of this my family and I cleared out our loft of all the things we did not need so we could hold multiple car boot sales, which helped me out a lot with fundraising.

 

What has been your most successful fundraising event?

The craft fair was my best event due to the amount of money that I made from it. People had to pay £10 to have a stall and we did a tombola and raffle. Overall, we raised the most amount of money out of all the events yet!

How have you engaged people with your fundraising?

I have mainly engaged people through the craft fair as I have done a lot of advertising for the past few months through leaflet drops and asking local businesses to put up posters. This increased my confidence a lot and has prepared me for my journey ahead.

I have engaged with more people over my social media page that I created on Facebook – this has been where I have told my followers about what I am raising money for. The page (Declan’s fundraising journey) is also a perfect place for people to donate. Here is the link to the page https://www.facebook.com/declangap/posts/1723278004633426

What are your future fundraising plans?

I want to hold more cake sales, car boot sales and I am currently in talks with my school to see if we could hire the hall again for another craft fair – maybe at a later time in the day to raise more funds!

How much have you raised?

So far I have raised £1474 by doing all of these fundraising activities.

Do you have any tips for future volunteers who are thinking about fundraising?

Do not sit back and expect people to pay, you will have to work hard to be able to reach your dreams. It is the people you least expect who help!  The main advice I would give is to not get disheartened when things get hard or go wrong or if you feel that you can’t go any further – you must keep fighting because something will happen. Never give up on your fundraising!

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