International Day of Charity is on 5th September, so I thought I would share with you all a little bit about my personal journey in supporting charities.
Over the last 15 years, I have supported many different charities by raising awareness and organising different events. Two charities close to my heart are Birmingham Children’s Hospital and The Children with Cancer charity. My family and I have participated in events such as running in the London marathon, Wolf runs and football days. Over the last 15 years we have raised an incredible £30,000!
This year saw me celebrate a special birthday so I thought it would be a great idea to organise some events throughout the year and finish off with a birthday party fundraiser. One of my children had been accepted to run the London Marathon for the Children With Cancer charity so we decided that all monies raised would go directly to them. My family and I started off the events by organising a charity football match with the Birmingham City Old Star Football Team. It was a great turn out with many people coming along to support. My son then ran the London Marathon, which was truly a great day to see him participate! Despite him never having run that distance before, he crossed the finish line with a fantastic time of 3hrs 52 minutes. Very proud mom alert! Our final event was my birthday party. Organisations and individuals were hugely generous and we were able to have some wonderful auction and raffle prizes. The evening was spent with my wonderful family and friends, a great night was had by all!
I was so overwhelmed by all of the support from all of these events and in total we raised £12,000! That amount of money will make such a difference to families and children who are going through any cancer journey. It is a very long road but with help and support from charities such as Children With Cancer, it makes it just a little bit more bearable.