Focus: Fundraising - Me and my charity

Rachel Rowlands is a lawyer at the Criminal Appeal Office of HM Courts Service. She and her partner Dave Scott have taken part in four endurance challenges this year, raising more than £4,000 for the World Land Trust.

Why did you choose the World Land Trust? Dave and I started to get involved in environmental charities two years ago. We felt that climate change was going to threaten a lot of species and woodlands.

I discovered the World Land Trust while looking for gift ideas for friends - I wanted to offer something different from the usual present that nobody wants anyway. I learnt that you could give £25 to the World Land Trust to buy one acre of land anywhere in the world, and get a certificate in return stating that you purchased the land. You don't actually own the land, it just helps the trust purchase it to protect it.

What do you do to support the trust? At the start of the year, we decided to do a series of fundraising events. Since March, we have run three half-marathons.

In July, we completed the Three Peaks Challenge. You have to climb the three highest mountains in Britain and travel between them in less than 24 hours. We have raised £4,000 in sponsorship so far.

Do you plan to do more challenges? It has actually been really difficult, what with all the training every Sunday on top of the challenges themselves.

I wouldn't say I enjoyed it. It was actually a bit stupid to do it during the year of our wedding.

We finished the Three Peaks Challenge and realised we had not planned anything. Instead of having a wedding list, we are going to ask people to buy acres of land through the World Land Trust or make a donation to Born Free, the conservation charity.

Do you volunteer as well?

I do web research. I look at other websites and let the trust know how it can improve its own. For example, I thought the wording on the website was slightly academic and needed to be a bit more snappy.

Do you support other charities? Yes. Born Free - we have only just started supporting it - and WWF, through which we sponsor a lot of animals.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Latest Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners


Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Guide: What insurance does your charity need?

Guide: What insurance does your charity need?

Partner Content: Presented By Markel

Third Sector Logo

Get our bulletins. Read more articles. Join a growing community of Third Sector professionals

Register now