I usually work from home and spend a lot of the day on the computer or the phone, but every so often I venture out of my virtual world and work with real people for a day! I met up with some local supporters this week, they are helping to organise a Great Strides Walk in Ashridge Forest, Hertfordshire and a Big Cake Bake in Dunstable, Bedfordshire during Cystic Fibrosis Week – they have a direct family connection with Cystic Fibrosis, as many of our fundraisers do – but are so excited to be supporting the whole CF community. Cystic Fibrosis Week has really brought so many people together throughout the country – all fighting for the same thing! It was fantastic to spend a few hours with them, ordering them some materials to help raise extra awareness on the day and chatting through some ideas for types of fundraising – meeting so many great supporters is why I love my job!
It has been amazing to see so many of your events and ideas coming through in so many different ways, we’ve had emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and the team are replying to each of those individually, let them know how they can help – we need to keep them busy!! Many of you ‘like’ the CF Trust on Facebook and we are hearing about a lot of events that way; the number of people following us on Twitter is also growing and hopefully #cfweek will start trending with more of you tweeting about your Cystic Fibrosis Week plans!
I spent a day down at the Head Office in Bromley too this week – I have been allowed out a lot just lately – many of the staff have signed up for one of the collections so if you are in the neighbourhood pop along to Victoria Station on Monday 9 May or Bromley High Street on Friday 13 May. Toby, our designer, is finalising some posters for the front windows to advertise the Big Cake Bake – he’s started seeing Cystic Fibrosis Week colours in his sleep – have a look at the website www.cfweek.org.uk as he is also uploading short video clips of our five faces of the week at the moment – they really show how inspirational people with CF live life to the full every day.
My family are all getting ready to do their bit for the week, Graham has a few more teams for his golf day now, he’s going to see how many donations he can get towards funding the helplines for a few hours, his plan is to buy a couple of rounds of beers, after a round of golf and then do the asking! Harry and Jay, as teenage boys, aren’t very good at fundraising (yet!) but they have loads of friends on Facebook so they are going to get all of their friends to like the CF Trust – all the awareness helps too! And Beth and I will be baking cakes galore, I’ll take some down to Bromley and the rest will go on the local stall – well if those teenage boys don’t get to them first…..
Look forward to hearing from you all soon!