FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is a 26 year-old model and actor, currently trekking to and climbing Mount Kota Kinabalu - the highest mountain in Borneo - to raise money for Richard House Children's Hospice. The 10-day event includes 75km bike rides and 15km hikes to the summit. He will descend 13,500 feet to sea level this Friday.

Why did you become involved with the Richard House Children's Hospice?

I was introduced to it about five months ago. My sister's daughter has made me aware of the happiness a baby brings to any family, and the love and support they require. Being able to help families in need of treatment and professional support is a great thing.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? I'm unable to give thousands of pounds, but I am young, fit and healthy, and in a position to get sponsorsed for doing crazy things.

Are there any other causes or organisations you support? Mainly cancer charities such as Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Cancer Research UK. I have lost members of my family to cancer and know how important it is to find cures and treatments.

What do you feel you bring to the charities you support? A little bit of help. If everyone did their bit, the world would be a more liveable place. If the money I raise makes a child more comfortable or helps them to smile through a tough time, then no mountain is too high to climb.

Do you consider new approaches to fundraise from other organisations?

I try to help as many charities as possible, but I have a career and don't have enough time to help everyone.

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