Taking the Fun out of Fundraising

by David Hughes
Posted on: September 1st, 2014
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I need your support.

Anyone who knows me will realise that the invitation, ‘Let’s walk!’ may as well have been followed by ‘on hot coals’ such is the dread it inspires in me. So you can only imaging my bewilderment when I tell you that somehow I’ve managed to commit myself to walk 20km on the 6th of September.

It’s all in the aid of a good cause, of course: Home-Start Woking a fabulous charity, local to where I live, which supports families with young children.

But all the same – 20km. What was I thinking?

The walk, 20km for 20years, is the second of three events planned around the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Home-Start Woking. The charity has supported over 1500 families with young children during that period.

The first anniversary event was a children’s tea party back in June this year. The picture below is from the tea party and shows my son and I playing air-guitar to an old-time melody by Status Quo in the vain hope of my winning him a balloon fashioned into the shape of a monkey climbing a coconut palm.

The things we are persuaded to do for our children know no bounds it would seem.

I didn’t win.

Air-guitar is one of the few activities that I practice even less than walking.

With your help I hope to make my participation in this second event more of a success.

The third event is a dinner/dance planned for the 31st October. More of which another time. But pencil the date in the diary.

In the meantime, please consider giving me and the charity your support by going to Home-Start Woking’s totalgiving page and giving whatever you can afford to keep me from walking the streets in future. Bear in mind that it is unlikely that I will be ‘celebrating’ anything in quite the same way again.


Home-Start tea party - Status Quo look-unlikes


Other air-guitar finalists included Jonathan Lord MP and his daughter (middle of frame) and the White Rabbit (right of frame).