Simon Robinson is a fantastic example for anyone looking to inspire colleagues to take part in a challenge. Simon encouraged 14 colleagues to take part in the London Nightrider and raised lots of money and awareness for Kidscape, as well as benefiting his own company in terms of marketing.
Simon, why did you decide to support Kidscape?
Because I had the need to call on the services of Kidscape for my son who attended the ZAP course and I wanted to help raise awareness and money for the charity.
What was your highlight of the event?
My highlight has to be the overwhelming support of the people that donated to me and to the team of customers that joined the team. Many hadn’t heard of Kidscape but once they found out what you do they were keen to donate.
Were you confident about fundraising, how did you do it and what did you raise?
Yes, I knew we could achieve a good amount of donations, we mainly sent out emails, made calls to customers and suppliers. One retailer (Atul of Londis Harefield) collected money from his customers as they paid for goods. I thought we could raise around £3,000 but we actually raised £6,000
What did you gain from taking on this challenge?
For me personally, it was good to give something back. Kidscape was a lifesaver and the ZAP course was an eye opener to just how destructive bullying can be. I am really pleased that a few more people are aware of it now, in fact I even know people that have gone on to the ZAP course since they found out about Kidscape.
What would be your key advice for other fundraisers?
Start early and be passionate about the cause, this was easy for me as I had seen what Kidscape do first hand.
Is there anything you would like to share about your experience?
I would highly recommend finding a group event like this to raise money for Kidscape, I put this team together mainly to raise money and awareness but also as a marketing campaign for the company so everybody wins.