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Help me raise oooodles of dosh :p

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    AdamW

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    It's ok I don't want it all from you :p

    As many of you know my father had a stroke in January so I've decided that between now and next year's Great North Run I'm going to try and get fit enough to run it.

    I assure you this is no mean feat. Exercise is my arch enemy! But do you have any hints/tips/advice on:

    a. Getting fit.
    b. Raising a shed load of money. I know I'm not climbing a mountain but I want to raise more than a couple of hundred quid.

    Any good spin I can put on it? My thoughts currently are splitting the money raised between the Stroke Association and the specialist stroke unit that looked after my father - do you think the later will put people off sponsoring as they aren't themselves an "official charity". I do know that the funds will go to very very very good use there.

    Any help you can proffer that I can use will be gratefully received. I know it's a long way off but I like to plan things and want to do the best I can!

    (No one suggest doing it in a donkey costume - unless you are going to pay me handsomely to do so :p)

    Thanks guys,

    Adam
     
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    Hi Adam

    Good luck with the project!

    I have no idea about getting fit. My main exercise is walking to the fridge for another beer.

    Raising money? Why not start a blog about your journey from where you are today through to your successful (we hope!) completion of the Great North Run?

    Blogging isn't the easiest way to make money by any means but it can be done. Get your own domain so you have control over what you do - you already knew that, didn't you?

    Try asking for donations via JustGiving.com.

    Also, once the blog is up and running, make sure to tell your local paper(s) about your quest. These papers are always hungry for news so if you give them a "local boy done good" type of story, they'll love you for it.

    Try getting sponsors too. Again, I think you'll have more luck by going local. Go and talk to all your local shop/business owners. Ask them to sponsor you in return for an advert on your blog. Also give them some kind of publicity material (flyers, bookmarks, pens?) to give to their customers.

    Invite guest bloggers who are doing the Great North Run, or something compatible with your venture, to post as well - more content, more interest.

    Write about the Stroke Association and the specialist stroke unit on your blog. Tell the hospital what you're doing and ask for permission to leave your publicity materials in their waiting room.

    Create a buzz around the whole idea and get interviewed on your local radio station.

    Try to find someone famous who has suffered a stroke and get them to support you.

    Write to the local newspaper every week with an update on your progress. Make sure to mention your new sponsors. It'll please the ones you already have and encourage new ones to get a piece of the action.

    Talk to your local pub/newsagent/corner shop and ask them to put a collection box on their counter.

    Go and talk to your Dad's friends and see if any of them can help you. Maybe they're a member of the local bowling club, golf club, angling club or photography club. See what these clubs might do to help you. Also what about the police, schools, students, gyms etc in your area?

    And, seriously, dress up in a donkey costume (maybe two of you?) and trot down the local High Street on a Saturday afternoon. You'll certainly grab attention that way. :D
     
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    Thanks Kay - loads of great ideas there :)
     
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    Thanks, Adam.

    Gi's a shout if you want to brainstorm suitable domain names. :D
     
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    Had already thought about that - get yer thinkin' cap on :p
     

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