Swimathon 2015: Helping your fundraising to go swimmingly

Ben Wicks, one of Marie Curie’s Media & PR Managers, is taking on the world’s biggest fundraising swim event, Swimathon. In the run up to the challenge Ben will be telling his story, documenting all the aches and pains of training and explaining why he’s raising money for Marie Curie.

Ben Wicks, Media and PR ManagerWell that’s another week of training done and dusted. I can’t believe how fast time is going; the Swimathon challenge will be here in no time. But for many of us, training for the event isn’t the only challenge we face, fundraising is a challenge in itself.

I’ve done the standard call out on Facebook and Twitter to all my friends and family to donate, which so far has proved to be relatively successful, but to increase the totals I knew I had to up my game.

So I teamed up with a colleague who’s also taking on the Marathon-Swimathon combo, and from there the Great Marie Curie Bake Off was born. Our recipe was simple, everyone loves a bit of cake, add a dash of competition and sprinkle of a prize to be won and that makes one tasty fundraising event.

We had a massive 20 entries and instead of Mary Berry, our new director Jude was casting her critical eye over the entries. There were three prizes to be won: best in show, best taste and highly commended. The crowd that gathered around the judging table was fantastic and the competition was fierce. There were cakes in all shapes and sizes, from mini cheese cakes to Mississippi mint cake.

The total raised was absolutely mind blowing. The generosity of people when it comes to cake is always hugely impressive. We raised…wait for it…£330! This will be split between myself and my colleague and will be added to our JustGiving pages.

I’m sure you all have some amazing fundraising ideas and I’d love to hear them. If not, I can highly recommend a work bake sale. If that’s not for you take a look at some of Marie Curie’s other great ideas.

I am very excited about writing next week’s blog, as I get to meet and have a swimming lesson from a British swimming legend. Watch this space to find out more!

If you’re enjoying reading my blog then please do donate below.