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Challengers Chat: The support of our Fundraising Volunteers

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In this Challengers Chat blog, our Community Fundraising Officer Emily Blackley explains why fundraising volunteers are so important. We also hear from a few of volunteering heroes!

Volunteers are absolutely vital here at Challengers. Whether they are holding an orange bucket at a street collection or getting stuck in on scheme, we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. For the fundraising team, volunteers play a really important role in helping us create a bright orange presence across the Challengers region and raise both money and awareness.

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We asked some of of our volunteering stars to describe what volunteering for Challengers means to them.

Paul Kemp

I enjoy volunteering for Challengers because I have seen first-hand the difference they make to the children and young adults who use their facilities, as well as their families. I really enjoy working with the Challengers team at events and I love knowing that your help is appreciated.

Without committed volunteers, Challengers would struggle to host the amount of events they currently do and that would have a huge impact on the amount of money they are able to raise to run their schemes.

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Paul Kemp (far right) at the 2017 Prudential RideLondon

My favourite volunteer roles are the ‘challenge events’ such as the London Marathon, the Kelly’s events and Prudential RideLondon. I prefer these types of events because the people taking part deserve to be encouraged and cheered at every possible opportunity as they are taking on such gruelling events to raise money for Challengers.

Natasha Morris

I started volunteering about 2 years ago once my son Toby was at the Challengers Pre-school! Toby uses Challengers a lot and goes to the Playschemes as respite care, and I got involved as I wanted to give something back to Challengers for all the support they have given us as a family.

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Natasha Morris (left) taking collections for Challengers

It doesn’t matter what kind of volunteering I do: from collecting to public speaking and supporting at events to handing out leaflets. I know every little helps Challengers and it makes a massive difference! I see daily how important Challengers is and volunteering has become a massive part for me. I love helping out and getting to know different people and spreading the orange cheer. Plus it really is fun!

Inspired by those stories?

This year is our 40th birthday so we would love for you to join us in celebrating. If you can spare a couple of hours in the coming months, we have some great collections and events that might just be perfect for you to volunteer at.

Our volunteer opportunities are varied and flexible, meaning that there is something for everybody to get involved with. Whether you want to commit to something regular or just a one off event, we would love to have you on #TeamOrange.

You don’t need to have any volunteering experience, you only need a big smile!

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Volunteer slots are 2 hours long and involves holding a bucket to collect donations as well as being a wonderful representative of Challengers. You will also get to wear one of our bright orange t-shirts!

Challengers Collections 2019 (PDF)

If you would like more information or would like to sign-up for one (or a few) of the collections listed in the above PDF document, please email me on emilyblackley@disability-challengers.org or call 01483 230 060.

For more information on other events that you can support Challengers at this year, including the London Marathon, Kelly’s Cycle Challenge, Guildford Abseil Challenge, Prudential RideLondon and Kelly’s Cross Country Challenge, visit our Volunteer Vacancies page.

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