Today sees the launch of our new events calendar to promote the exciting ways in which people can get involved in fundraising for us. I’m a firm believer that there’s something for everyone when it comes to fundraising and we have provided a good range of activities to inspire our supporters.

When considering which challenge event to sign up for, remember what might be one man’s challenge could be another’s walk in the park. For example, if I were to ask people to sponsor me to shave my hair off, I don’t think I’d raise much as I’ve been doing it for over a decade now. My winter beard, on the other hand, is very new and can be a challenge in itself to maintain. For me I’ve decided to get back into fitness and take on our virtual running event, Marathon in March – something I know will be a test for me.

I know my limits too and this is important for anyone thinking of setting a personal goal. It’s great to challenge yourself, but it’s equally important to be realistic. No one wants to drop out of a commitment at the last minute. Remember, by fundraising you’re giving your friends and family a reason to give to a cause that’s important to you. Do they really care what you are doing? Or is it why that really counts?

It doesn’t always have to be a physical challenge either. The other way to maximise your fundraising potential is to use the skills you have under your belt. If you’re the world’s best baker you’d be perfect for our Bake Well Wednesday event. If you can create a glorious showstopper that will draw in the crowds, get baking!

Perhaps you have the voice of an angel and want to share your talent?  Then join us in The Great Brunel Buskathon this June and you can reach new audiences. After all, you never know who could be watching to help you on your way to stardom …

And what to do if you’re fortunate enough to have a team of enthusiastic colleagues raring to ‘Do Something Super for Southmead’? There are plenty of challenges you can do as a group which will help you build better relationships and which help spread the burden of fundraising.  You can always add a little bit of friendly competition and have a nice box of chocolates waiting for the person who raises the most. Why not join the The Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast’s Dragon Boat Festival, or take on Tough Mudder? Just the excuse you need for a spot of dressing up too. Or is that ‘Hero for a day’? Any excuse in this office to be fair.

Get inspired and find out everything you need in our 2017 events calendar today.


Adrian Brown

Community Appeals Manager