Sam Kemp from Barclays got in touch with us recently, to let us know about a “very exciting event that I am tracking hard for” as part of a big week of fundraising for Barclays.
LifeCycle, which starts today and aims to raise £250k for Children’s Hospices UK, is a cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End which forms part of Barclays’ annual charity week. The team sets off from John O’Groats today and they’ll be letting you know how it’s going on their website.
They’re already half way to their big fundraising target, but there’s still a long way to go. So if you’d like to support them, you can make a donation on their Justgiving page.
We asked Sam a few quick questions about the event, before they all set off:
How did you choose Children’s Hospices UK as this year’s charity?
We wanted to raise funds to benefit needy children across many communities. As Children’s Hospices UK is a national charity, it has a national network which can support and assist us in the ride and drive out PR. There are also children’s hospices along the route which we can visit.
Who came up with the idea of LifeCycle?
Ian Tetsill and Mark Attwood from Barclays wanted to do the ride and it was an obvious opportunity to raise money for charity. This then dovetailed with Ian’s involvement in organising a BCB charity event.
How have you all found the fundraising so far?
The fundraising is one of the key reasons we are doing the ride. The generosity of the donations we have received provides great motivation to go out training when the weather isn’t great!
What different ways have you promoted your Justgiving page?
The main way has been through our LifeCycle website: http://www.lifecycle-uk.net/
Have you got any good fundraising tips to pass on, especially to other companies?
E-shots work really well as a way of advising lots of people on what we are doing. Getting a professional website done also really helps – you can direct people there with all the relevant info in one place.
Good luck with the cycle to everyone involved – we look forward to hearing how you get on!