In this guest blog, Lyndsay Killick from The White Hart in West Bergholt, Essex gives this year’s 925 Challenge teams her advice.
Hi all, its Lyndsay here from The White Hart in West Bergholt! Hopefully, if you’re taking part in the 925 Challenge at least one of the MS-UK team members will have mentioned us and how brilliant we are already, haha!
In 2018 I decided to give the MS-UK 925 Challenge a go for personal reasons.
As a child growing up, my dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and it had a massive impact on all our family’s lives. For many years, we as a family fundraised and I thought it was about time to do it again. So we signed up!
Little did I know at the time that we, a small country pub, would be up against some major corporate companies. The pressure was well and truly on!
We organised a game called ‘Pennies for Pounds’ and our customers got well and truly carried away. So much so that we got three or four boards completed really quickly!
We then held a raffle for an alcohol hamper, but my main event was the Auction of Promises. This proved to be an amazing fundraiser and being in a village, we were lucky enough to get our whole community engaged and involved. Customers and local business jumped on board and donated their time and services to be auctioned off. We had so many different types of auction lots, from an hours’ worth of ironing and freshly home baked scones, to free swimming lessons, dog walking and even a chance to fly in a two seater plane, plus football season tickets, a day’s shooting trip – the list was endless!
The evening was a huge success and we raised just over £4,000. I was absolutely overwhelmed at how the whole village dug deep and pulled together. It made me quite emotional. Our target was obviously to raise £925 in 9 weeks, 5 days and 2 hours but in total we raised an impressive £6,000 and definitely gave the big coproates a run for their money! I really can’t express to you how proud we all felt and how much fun we had smashing through that target.
Keep going guys and girls, every penny will make a massive difference and no matter what you raise you are all heroes!