The final fundraiser that we have organised was a Grand National party. Richard went to Aintree for his stag, and since then we have hosted a Grand National barbecue every year. We decided to extend this to more people this year, and hence hold it in the pub as our little flat wouldn’t be able to cope with the numbers. Obviously since we weren’t having the traditional barbecue the weather was glorious!
We charged everyone £10 to attend, and that gave them an entry into the sweepstake, for which we had been donated some prizes. This meant everyone had a horse to cheer during the race, and they got something for their money as well. We had about thirty-five people there in the end, and a few more who paid and then couldn’t make it, so we raised about £400 from the ticket sales. We also got lots of entries into the ‘Guess the Finish Time’ competition.
A huge thank you has to go to The Hurlingham, who were brilliant throughout the whole thing. The room we had was perfect for the event, they were quick to offer help, and they didn’t charge us anything for the private room. There wasn’t even a minimum spend.
Thanks also to Riverford Organic and Berry Bros & Rudd for providing prizes, and finally to my family who all helped out on the day.
We also managed to get a collection at High Street Kensington tube station. Unfortunately we were allocated a Friday, with very little notice, so we weren’t able to get the day off work. Richard and I did about three hours in total though, and collected about £200, so it was definitely worth doing. It makes you wonder how well the collections at the really big stations do!
In other news this is now Marathon week! I am fully into taper now, and so just a couple of runs and a yoga session on the agenda. Other than that lots of drinking water and eating carbohydrates. It seems to have come around so quickly, but to be honest I am ready to run it now and would quite like to get it over and done with.
Motivational quote of the week: Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put in.