Fundraising News: Me and my charity

Ralph Foljambe has been a land manager in Nottinghamshire for three years. He has raised money on behalf of the Institute of Cancer Research for almost a year, while preparing for the Marathon des Sables 2005. Foljambe is hoping to reach his £10,000 target in July.

Why did you choose the Institute of Cancer Research?

I find cancer particularly scary and when a friend told me about the institute last year I decided to get in touch. I wanted to raise money for cancer research in general but they suggested that I support the Everyman campaign, which raises donations for research into two types of cancer: prostate and testicular.

What do you do to support the charity?

I took part in the Marathon des Sables in April. I want to raise £10,000 and have raised between £6,000 and £8,000 so far. It's difficult to have a precise figure because not all donations are in yet and I still have to pay a few bills related to my fundraising activities.

The challenge takes place in the Sahara and you have to complete six marathons in seven days, carrying your equipment, which weighs 14kgs.

I had never run a marathon in my life but trained for a couple of months until I got injured in December. At that point I thought it was all over but I was told I could continue my training.

In order to reach my fundraising target, I also organised a charity clay pigeon shoot and auction in my local area this month. Contacting the media turned out to be useful in attracting people to the event. I had a few articles in the local press in January, March and April.

Do you volunteer as well?

At this stage no, but it is not something I would rule out. For the moment I am still focusing on reaching the fundraising target I set myself.

Do you support other charities?

No. I had never done anything for charity before. Everybody raises money for charity through their family and relatives at some point in their life and I thought it was high time for me to do it. I am proud to have achieved this on my own.

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