I believe that we all probably get asked most weeks to give to charities. There are so many good causes that need our pennies and pounds, so how do we choose ? A difficult question to answer maybe.
My Uncle died from Parkinsons disease and a year after he died I won, yes won, a place in the Oxford half marathon. I had never run more than 10K before. It was double that, plus a bit, this was going to be tough. The photo above is of my fellow winner Simon and I enjoying our training day with Sir Steve Redgrave (photo bombing our pic!!). I trained hard and decided to raise money for Parkinsons UK in my Uncles memory. When I was passing mile 11, with only 2 miles to go Uncle Don joined me. I felt like his spirit was sitting on my shoulder and willing me to keep going. I had a sudden surge of energy, I felt tears well up in my eyes, I talked to him and told him what I was doing. Writing this blog I feel emotional again, I told him I had raised £1,300 on my Just Giving page in his memory. I knew he was proud of me and he stayed with me until I crossed the finishing line. As I crossed the finishing line (in a very respectful 2 hours and 15 minutes) my 12 year old son was there to give me my medal. The whole experience was amazing and it was great that the money went to such a good cause, to fund much needed Parkinson nurses.
Since then I have organised a Macmillan coffee morning at the Funeral Directors that I worked alongside in Cookham, I have also raised money for the Prince’s Trust by cycling from Buckingham Palace to Windsor castle and raised money at the Cookham Christmas Fayre for The Alexander Devine hospice that is being built in Maidenhead.
As a nurse for over 30 years I saw what good work and how supportive and needed are the Macmillan nurses. Raising money for The Princes Trust was my way of saying ‘Thank You’ to them for supporting me as they inspired me via Prime to write my business plan. The Alexander Devine charity have started building a much needed hospice for children. My Mum was kept busy knitting things for the stall we ran at the Fayre. My son came along to help, we all had fun while raising money for a good cause. So my tip would be keep it personal and something that is dear to your heart and that you enjoy.
At Funerals families often ask for donations to a favourite charity instead of flowers. Families often choose a charity that is dear to their heart, or if the person that died suffered from an illness or disability, a charity related to that. We are happy to collect donations at the funeral or we can advise you how to set up a charity page. Families often find it comforting to know that money has been raised to help others.