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Fundraising through the Decades

Susan MacKellar from Stakeford has been fundraising for over 10 years now, with this year’s event and theme called ‘Through the Decades’. We caught up with Susan to find out why she loves to fundraise and if she had any tips to share with budding fundraisers out there.

I’ve been fundraising for years now and it just seems to have snowballed. It started with a coffee morning in 2011, to multiple events through the year and now I just do one big event a year. I got a buzz from raising money and having fun with everyone together, so I really look forward to these now.

I’ve always supported charities that are close to my heart, I’d known about the work of St Oswald’s and it wasn’t until I had a tour round the Hospice that I couldn’t believe everything they did. I then decided to keep supporting the hospice as well as other charities and splitting the money raised in half.

"Sadly we had to cancel my fundraising in 2020, but this year although I was very apprehensive as covid-19 hasn’t gone away, I decided to go ahead after asking friends whether they’d come along. I have had many themes over the years and this year was “Through the Decades”. We were entertained by local band The Audio Jacks, with my daughter joining in for 1 song, and we had a buffet, raffle and disco. There were people on the dancefloor from the first song and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I have had some great feedback for the band, which is good seeing as they’re already booked for next year! Fancy dress was optional but highly encouraged and it’s always exciting seeing the fabulous outfits people come dressed in. We raised £1000 in total which at first, I must admit I was a little disappointed as we normally raise double that, however, I had to remind myself that we are still going through a pandemic and we had half the room filled.

If I was to give any advice to people hosting their own event I’d have to say to accept all offers of help. From sourcing raffle prizes, printing tickets, booking a venue, advertising the event, setting up the room, selling raffle tickets on the night and then clearing away and tidying up. Having a core set of people you can rely on and brief them in advance of what you’d like them to do – any extra offers of help on the night is a bonus. Also, keep those relationships going afterwards. Someone has made the effort to donate or buy a ticket to your event – keep them informed afterwards of how much was raised and how the event went. Direct them to a Facebook group or page and keep them informed of what you are doing next. Over the last 10 years I have met so many amazing people and they come back year on year, no matter what the theme, as they know they’re going to have a great night.

Next year will be my 10th annual fundraiser and I am so looking forward to it. The theme is Posh Frocks and Pink and I am going back to where it all started. We will be fundraising for St Oswald’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Now."

Photo's supplied by Stephen Hicks