FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why We Give

Rachel and Spencer Saddler's baby Henry was born four-and-a-half months early. He weighed 1lb and had little chance of survival. Five months on, he is doing well and his parents have pledged to raise £10,000 for Bliss, the premature baby charity

Why and when did you become involved with Bliss? Our son was given a 20 per cent chance of survival and needed lots of medical expertise. The whole period has been our most traumatic experience. The hospital was great, but Bliss has also been fantastic in providing immeasurable support for which we will always be grateful. The charity helped us from the moment Henry was born, which it does in every hospital in the UK.

What qualities do you bring to Bliss? We are incredibly motivated and determined. We are also resilient, assertive and not afraid to reel in all our contacts to help raise money.

How much time or money do you plan to give per year? We have set a £10,000 target over the next year. So far, we have raised £1,500 from paid interviews with newspapers, so we will do more of that. We are planning a PR stunt with the former boxer, Henry Cooper, after whom we named our son, and will get donations from friends.

Do you consider new approaches from organisations? Yes, if the cause is relevant to our lives. But we feel numbed towards most causes because so many bombard us with requests for money.

What is a good way for a charity to approach you? We are most sympathetic when we have time to listen and it's made very clear what the charity does and where the money goes. Fun methods or approaches through personal contacts also work for us.

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