Preston Save the Children fundraising branch
21 years ago, as a new mum, in a new town, I wanted to make friends. I had been donating to Save the Children for a few years, since the Ethiopia famine, so decided to try the local Save the Children branch. When we moved to Preston five years later, I had hardly unpacked when I recieved a call from the local branch, inviting me to their meetings. The rest as they say is history. Now we meet about 7 times a year to plan fundraising events.
At the meeting last week we talked about Save the Children Week, Sunday 26th April – Saturday 2nd May. We are holding a lunch at Thyme Restaurant in Longridge (food will keep popping up in my blogs). This will be our 4th year with this successful event. Barbara and I will be going to talk to the owner/chef Alex, to discuss the menu, but we always have great food.
We are also having a street collection in Preston City Centre on Saturday 2nd May, but we do struggle to get enough volunteers to stand for a couple of hours, I expect it will be back to my long-suffering friends to get help.
Before that though, we have a Coffee Morning at the United Reform Church in Garstang on Thursday 2nd April. The church provides tea, coffee and cakes, and we take items to sell on a stall, usually books, plants, bric-a-brac and a few new goods.
It is always a challenge to come up with new and exciting ways to raise money, but as I now how important every penny is, it makes the effort worthwhile.