Fundraising News: Why I Give - Mark Frodsham, Centrepoint

Mark Frodsham works for homelessness charity Centrepoint, and spends time raising money for the cause. He took part in L'etape du Tour, a cycling challenge in which participants complete one leg of the Tour de France.

What makes you want to raise money for the charity you work for? Everyone asks me that - why Centrepoint, why not another charity? Good question, but at least here I can see where the money goes and meet the young people that we support on a day-to-day basis.

Is it the first time you took part in L'etape du Tour? The first, and by the time I had finished, I thought very much the last. At the end I just wanted to throw the bike into the nearest hedge, but by the next day all I could think about was doing it again next year. At 238km it's tough, but such a great event - about as close to being a pro cyclist as you can get. The support is just incredible, especially in the mountains with the locals shouting "Allez, allez, courage!". They will even fix your tyre if you get a puncture.

Are there any other charities you support financially, or with time? I donate on an ad hoc basis, mostly to international development projects and human rights causes.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? Annually, I would say my donations add up to about £50. I have dipped my toe in the fundraising water before with a couple of 10km races, but L'etape was the first big project, raising around £2,500. Time-wise, I work full-time for Centrepoint, so quite a lot - but I do get paid for that, of course.

What do you bring to the charities you help? I would like to say value for money, although you'd have to ask my boss to confirm that! I also bring enthusiasm, an in-depth knowledge of homelessness and good communications skills.

What is your next fundraising project? I am definitely doing L'etape again next year, if I get in. Riding from Land's End to John O'Groats would also be fun, especially if I can persuade a few others to drive the support car.

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