When I first started thinking about registering ICP Support as a charity I spoke to the CEO of another charity to let them know what I was contemplating. Their first words were: “I hope you like fundraising because that’s what you will be doing a lot of unless you have the money to pay for a professional fundraiser”.
We didn’t have any money to pay anyone at that stage. Nothing. Zilch. The reason I was registering the charity was because by 2011 I realised I was in it for the long-haul (yeah, I know, took me 20 years to figure the obvious out!) and registering as a charity meant that we would be able to fundraise more easily, which meant that we could reach more families affected by ICP. Simples!
So, like it or not, I had to take on the mantle of fundraiser. The one job in the charity that made me shudder. The one job that I really didn’t want to have to do. The hardest job in any charity (I think). Such a challenging role and so easy to get it wrong. It reminds me of that phrase, “You had one job, just ONE job!”.
I was bound to get it wrong…
In reality, I haven’t done too badly and since we registered as a charity in 2012 a lot of people have come on board to actually do some fundraising for us and I have even been known to don my swimming googles for the odd challenge…
It was very important to keep the smile on my face during the whole process of the Ice Challenge so that’s what you can hear me saying after I had been been doused. Some people thought that I was wearing a plastic cape to protect myself but it was actually a velvet one to cover up my lumps and bumps! And yes, Professor Williamson did do the challenge.
NB: The text number I mention in the film no longer exists, but if the film inspired you to make a donation you can text SIXT00 £10 (or the amount you can afford) to 70070. For the record, I’d do the challenge again for the right amount of money.
Last year was a bumper year for ICP Support and our income was just over £80k (and that’s all public fundraising), but it’s left us with the challenge of repeating it again this year (and still no paid Fundraiser).
So for some reason and I can’t quite explain to you why, other than it’s my age, hormones (why does everyone feel comfortable to talk about everything under the sun except menopause?!) and a general feeling of, “OMG, I am 60 next year”, I decided it would be a jolly jape to embark on my biggest fundraising project to date – 60K before I am 60. Seriously – 60K. I have to be out of my tiny, menopausal, brain. Really. I’m not even joking.
But, hey, you know what? It may be my daftest idea yet. And I may not succeed but I am going to give it my absolute best shot. So what if I am selling my flat, moving to rented accommodation and having a hip replacement in October? Pah! Mere trifles to contend with! I’ve got this. I can do it. Really. I can.
This week I lost another 1.5 lb so my sponsored weight loss is going well and I am buoyed on by the fact that everything I raise will go to research into ICP, which is very, very exciting. If you can help me raise 60k before I am 60 I sure would appreciate it – you can donate using the link below or you can also text your donation (SIXT00 and the amount you want to donate to 70070) – thank you!