Fundraising News: Why I Give - Donald Clark

Donald Clark is a caretaker at the Southampton Institute of Higher Education. He is preparing for an 84-mile walk along Hadrian's Wall this summer to raise money for The Leukaemia Research Fund.

When and why did you become involved with The Leukaemia Research Fund?

I sold raffle tickets on the fund's behalf about a year ago. It made me realise how generous people can be for a good cause. I took up walking as a hobby a month ago and decided to walk along Hadrian's Wall in August in support of the charity. I hope to complete the walk in four days and will only break for meal times. I put on a few pounds after I gave up smoking two years ago, and walking is a great way for me to keep fit.

Also, knowing this is for a good cause will motivate me.

Are there any other charities you support financially, or with time?

No. The Leukaemia Research Fund is the only charity I support at the moment but maybe in the future I would consider others.

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

It is hard to say. I train for Hadrian's Wall every day and have so far raised around £650. I am currently seeking further sponsorship and hope to raise £1,000 in total.

What do you bring to the charity?

However much I raise, I hope that every pound will help someone live just that little bit longer. Thanks to research into the condition, there is now an 80 per cent survival rate compared to 4 per cent in 1960.

Is there anything you do not like about being approached by a charity?

My main gripe is being approached on the street. There are loads of them!

In Southampton town centre it was becoming a nightmare just walking down the high street. The authorities must have done something as it seems a bit safer to go to the shops now. As for direct mail, I always cast my eye over it to see whether I would be prepared to support their cause or not.

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