Why did you decide to fundraise for the Oral Health Foundation?
I was inspired by Charlie Rees’ story, a young lady who lost her life to mouth cancer. I wanted to add something to her legacy.
Can you describe what your fundraising event was?
A 15,000ft tandem skydive.
Why did you choose to do this?
I choose to do a skydive, then decided to make the most of the opportunity by doing it for charity, then choose the Oral Health Foundation.
The inspiration for the skydive was mainly to help overcome my fear of heights and to see what I’m capable of.
It turns out, I’m far more capable than I first thought and it has spurred me on to keep challenging myself and venturing outside of my comfort zone.
What was your best fundraising moment?
There were three in fact.
Firstly, being sponsored by people who I didn’t think would be supportive.
Secondly, achieving my fund-raising target.
Then, finally, smashing my target by raising 115%!
Because the Oral Health Foundation isn’t an official charity supported by GoSkydive, my jump was self funded (I paid all jump costs myself) so everything I raised went straight to the charity.
What top tips do you have for fundraisers to be?
- Don’t leave it to the last minute.
- Don’t be afraid to post regular updates to nudge people who want to sponsor you, but just hadn’t got around to it yet. But, make sure they are interesting, relevant and each one is different – steer clear of just saying ‘sponsor me’.
- Say thank you personally to everyone who sponsors you regardless of the amount.
- Think about what you’re going to do if you don’t reach your target – are you prepared to top up the difference yourself? This is because for events like a skydive you won’t be able to jump unless you have achieved your target before your jump day.