Focus: Fundraising - Me and my charity - Linda Lawrence

Linda Lawrence works at the HM Revenue & Customs' solicitors' office as an administrator. She signed up to the Battersea Dogs Home Sponsor a Kennel scheme last year and donates the prizes she wins from her hobby of entering competitions.

Why did you choose Battersea Dogs Home? By accident. I have always loved dogs. I had two, and one of them died last year. It was when I saw an advert for the charity's Sponsor a Kennel scheme in PAWS magazine that I decided to sign up in his memory. Unfortunately, my other dog died a few months later. I thought: "Why not get another dog from Battersea Dogs Home?"

I first went to its London branch, but I couldn't choose one - there were too many of them and it was a hard choice to make. I went to the Windsor branch in August and found Casper. The centres are professionally run and standards are high.

What do you do to support it? I visited the website not so long ago.

It has a list of items you can donate. I started collecting blankets, dogs' treats, cats' toys and baskets for Christmas last year. I took them to the Windsor branch because you cannot park at the London office.

I also donate £10 a month through its Sponsor a Kennel scheme. You can give as much as you want, but there is a minimum of £5. I am also more and more involved in the fundraising.

I won £500 in a competition recently and decided to give it to the home.

I am in regular touch with its fundraiser now. I enter a lot of competitions - I have done it for 20 years. It's an obsession. I keep all my competition winnings aside for Battersea Dogs Home now, such as bottles of wine from my latest win and a ticket to Legoland. The charity uses them for raffles and tombolas.

Do you volunteer as well? I would love to but I am in London five days a week and live in Twickenham.

Do you support other charities? I have got a membership with Dogs Trust.

However, Battersea Dogs Home is my charity, really. I have seen how it works, how clean the centres are and how well the charity looks after the dogs.

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