very best of luck to you also in your training and fund raising. We are looking at the frost on the ground this morning and trying to motivate ourselves for our 9 mile run today! Good luck to all! See you at the start April 13th!
We have been trying to raise funds for over three months now and I have to say it has been a surprising experience.
Smaller shops and local stall holders in our town have been very generous and un expectedly open to offer good wishes and support.
The biggest surprise has been the big stores for e.g our local Tesco where we have actually spent £1000.00's wouldn't offer us anything except a £5.00 voucher!!! I know they get asked all the time by local groups etc I am well aware of all their arguments of defence but as a person who has worked in retail marketing I also know that they could have done so much more without it hurting profit margins or setting dangerous presidents!
Very sad when a local plant lady in our market didn't even want to know who the charity was just said here's £10.00 very best of luck! Its this kind of lovely attitude that makes us want to run the marathon in the first place because we know just a few generous individuals can make a big difference to a good cause.
Anyhow, Ive taken off my Victor Meldrew cap now and the real reason I wanted to write was to help with ideas on fund raising.
We are doing our own prize draw and have asked local shops and business's etc if they can't give us cash maybe they might donate a prize? this has worked well. When we ask people to sponsor us we can add incentive to their decision by telling them of all the prizes they could win!!! Most people are brilliant but when I have met a few that start asking what's it for? when are you running? who are you running for? when will I have to pay?...then I tell them about the prize draw and it is a good clincher! There are some tight wads out there like the man who has sponsored us 50p FOR THE WHOLE MARATHON!!!! Now you know why I said it has been surprising.
Hope this might help anyone who like us have quite alot of cash still to raise. Good luck everyone. Happy running!