FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give

Derek Brown from Leeds spends most of his spare time dressed in a nappy to raise funds for Tommy's, the baby charity. He will also take part in a parachute jump for it this autumn

Why and when did you become involved with Tommy's?

I started to support the charity in 1998, which is the year I learned of it. I chose it because my wife, Angela, lost two babies during 1993.

What do you bring to the charity?

Loyalty. I often dress up in a nappy in pubs and the street to raise awareness and funds for Tommy's. Although most people can't stand pub collectors, I get support because I answer questions and talk freely about the charity. The costume seems to help too.

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

I spend 20 hours per week seeking support for Tommy's. I arrange sponsors, do pub and street collections, write letters, and phone people. I never ask for expenses because I support the charity voluntarily in memory of my daughters.

Do you consider approaches from any other charities?

I have in the past. But I am now dedicated to Tommy's because it takes up so much of my spare time and I want to be a part of its success.

How should a charity approach you?

As I am hearing impaired, the best way to is to write to me at Tommy's main address.

How do you feel about being approached for donations?

I don't like pub collectors in general because some have no manners - rattling tins or refusing to give reasons to support the cause.

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