Our guest blogger for this post is Nikkie who shares with us her fundraising and awareness events.
In February 2012, I set up my JustGiving fundraising page for Pseudomyxoma Survivor. I wasn’t planning on doing anything other than to go in for MOAS (the mother of all surgeries) but I thought I could turn that event into a positive by asking friends and family to donate and to raise awareness for the charity. In 5 months the total now stands at £4,392.
One of the most significant contributors to that sum was my parents. My mum in particular felt that she was to blame for my illness (clearly she was not) and felt hopeless that she could do little to help. She decided to organise a tea party to raise funds and she threw heart and soul into the event spending many weeks sending out flyers to friends and family, hand making some cards to sell at the event, running several sweepstakes and collecting raffle prizes. On the 23rd June 2012 the awful English weather shined and the tea party took place in my parents' garden with the whole family helping out, either washing up, serving cakes, selling cards and raffle tickets and making tea and coffee. There was a great turn out of people during the course of the 2 hours and in total (with donations coming in through the post from those who could not attend) we raised just over £1400.
I know that I have shamelessly marketed my condition in order to raise money but it has been worth every penny and I would encourage everyone to do the same.