Making myself known to raise money for Honeypot

Post date: Mar 05, 2015 9:32:5 PM

I have to admit, self promotion (or any kind of promotion) is not really my thing. More introvert than extravert. So getting people to come to this site and donate money does not come naturally. But I now consider this task all part of the challenge.

Awkwardly I truly have absolutely no clue on the amount of money I can expect to raise and the JustGiving site insists on your inputting a target for all to see! I have not the foggiest, so I put in £5,000. It's going to a bit embarrassing if I end up with a couple of hundred quid. Fear of failure eh, it's a nasty disease. On the other hand, I notice their default amounts are £10, £20, £50, £100 which seem to me reassuringly optimistic. If you're reading this and thinking of £1, for goodness sake don't feel obliged to give more - every bit counts!

I now feel a real connection with Honeypot and I want to do the best I can for them. I'll be meeting up with them and will even visit their "Honeypot House" in the New Forest which is where they take the children for a holiday break. So how am I going to deliver?

It's strange because while every donation will benefit these children I feel a certain selfishness in wanting to achieve as much as possible because the figure raised will give me personal satisfaction and inspiration to get the job done. And while the job is going to be tough it's also a huge personal opportunity and dream.

Anyway, if I put aside this introspective concern, I think it's right to say that I want people to donate both because of who I am and what I am doing as well as for the charity itself. There. Got that cleared up!

It's still several weeks before I start off and so there's no hurry, In fact it may well be too early as there's going to be more "live" action once I'm under way. I don't want to peak too early! So here's what I'm thinking:

Once underway, I shall make it a policy to ask every service provider (mainly harbour berthing fees) to donate their fee (that I have to pay them) to Honeypot. I gather this is quite a reasonable request and often acquiesced. Perhaps I'll get me a bucket which I can park at my mooring with a suitable notice asking for donations from fellow mariners.

I could prance around each port pro-actively collecting donations, but I'm afraid that's one step too far for me. I have my limitations and I'll be knackered most of the time.

Anyone got any other suggestions? Let me know.