FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - Ian Rumbold

Businessman Ian Rumbold begins 10 consecutive days of golf on 31 July , playing 32 nine- and 18-hole courses (486 holes in total), and walking 150 miles to raise £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year?

I give a monthly donation to Oxfam and to TV appeals I'm touched by.

Something of this scale is a first, but it wouldn't be hard to get me going again after this - if I'm still here.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

As captain of my local golf club, in 1999, I chose Cancer Research Campaign as the club's charity. I have lost three friends and the ex-captain of my golf club to cancer, so I see myself as lucky to have dodged it. That's why I'm using my able body to help. At 52, it's nice to be back in training.

Do you consider new approaches from charitable organisations?

I look at all applications for money that come into my business, but I give more time to people that I know, such as a supplier's employee who happens to be making a big effort to raise money.

What is a good way to approach you?

It depends on how I feel at the time but I have to be moved by somebody's plight, like the Chicken Shed Theatre, where I recently witnessed a heart-rending singing performance by kids with Down's syndrome.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached?

I won't be hounded into anything and wouldn't do it if I wasn't given an easy option to say no.

To give, visit: www.orwell.co.uk.

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