Monday, 16 May 2016

Where it (the fundraising) all started

This weekend 15,000 women and men took to the streets of London as part of a charity walk. Not any charity walk, but 13 or 26 miles overnight, with everyone wearing a decorated bra. They were raising money for Walk the Walk – a grant-making charity who fund projects researching breast cancer and caring for women living with the disease.

The MoonWalk will always have a place in my heart as it’s where my fundraising career started. Nine years ago I was living in Woking (don’t ask), looking for temp work that would bring some cash in. An incredible agency took the time to ask me what my long term career goals were and I was offered a data entry job at Walk the Walk, processing donation forms.

At the time I was naive to how hard it can be to break into the charity sector, especially if you can’t afford to be a London intern.

It wasn’t glamorous (litter picking after working 24 hours), and it didn’t utilise any of my degree. But it threw me into the deep end of working in a busy, dedicated team of brilliant individuals with a unified desire to make the world a better place.

It saddens me that young people today are deterred from our sector. I want to be out in colleges and universities, to dispel any myths and offer support to the next generation of fundraisers. Who’s with me?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Use your heart AND your head #LondonMayor2016

14 years ago I sat in a classroom in Somerset, aspiring to change the world. Politics was one of my A-Levels. I remember two things: 1) Don't trust The Sun; 2) The pros and cons of different electoral systems.

The value of the second rarely surfaces. Other than weeks like this, when London votes for our new Mayor. 

It's a Bank Holiday so I'll keep it brief:
  1. This is a Supplementary Vote - different to our General Elections.
  2. You can vote two candidates, in order of preference.
  3. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two are taken through to the next round where SECOND CHOICES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
  4. But only if the second choice is for one of the remaining two, and the first choice has been eliminated.
Vote for who you wish. Use your heart in your first choice. But consider using your head for your second, and don't leave it blank! 

If you've been in the pub this afternoon (lucky you), what I mean is, by all means vote Green or Women's Equality top but please don't waste your second choice - make it Labour.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sending love and blessings

May 1st is powerful day. Whatever your faith or beliefs, I invite you to join me in taking it as an opportunity to set intentions for the months ahead. And allow those intentions to be for yourself but also others. Others you know and others you don't.

Particular love to those who will be joining in Beltane celebrations in Edinburgh tonight. Next year, I'll be by your side. x