FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - David brand

David Brand devotes most of his time to raising funds for Motability, which helps disabled people become mobile by providing a car or a powered wheelchair. Before health problems curtailed his career, he worked as a window cleaner and a painter and decorator.

When and why did you become involved with Motability? I became involved more than two years ago when a friend told me about it. My then-wife suffered from MS and I prefer helping to raise money to sitting about indoors.

How much time do you give to the charity? Six hours a day, for at least five days a week. I run a tombola stall at the indoor market in North Shields, Tyne & Wear. Sometimes I run a stall at annual events such as the Fish Quay Festival, the Wallsend Forum and the Ashington Fayre.

What do you feel you bring to the charity?

I bring its name to the attention of the local community. I tell them about Motability and how nearly 400,000 disabled people in the UK would be housebound without it. I am pleased to think that the money I raise is being put to such good use.

Are there any other particular causes or organisations you support? Before fundraising for Motability I used to work as a volunteer for the MS Society.

I am always happy to put £1 in a collection box or buy a raffle ticket.

Do you consider new approaches from organisations? No. My days are dedicated to Motability.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached? I am always pleased to answer questions about Motability, but I feel cross when people whinge because they haven't won a prize on my stall - those people seem to forget it's all for a good cause.

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