My Week: Angela Harris has the bear necessities for fundraising

The community and events fundraising officer at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity recounts her week

Angela Harris
Angela Harris

Monday: I'm taking part in a cheque presentation with a fundraiser who collected money for us at rock 'n' roll events in the north west. He's fully kitted out in rock 'n' roll gear and gets many admiring glances as we pose for photos in the hospital. He is raising money for paediatric research into the condition he has. I meet so many fundraisers who do this and it never fails to humble me.

Tuesday: A great start to the day because one of our case study mums phones to confirm her son is well enough to come to an event organised by one of our corporate supporters, the car and Formula One company McLaren. I like being able to give something back to the families who share their stories to help our work. At the event, I'll be dressed as our mascot, Humphrey - a big green bear. Sadly, he's too large to fit into the Formula One simulator for a photo opportunity.

Wednesday: I'm catching up on paperwork before this afternoon's hospital tour and I'm checking the targets I've agreed for 2012. We've gone from strength to strength since the charity launched in 2009, but I do wonder how the recession will affect the amount of money people can donate. If the income of the big, national charities is reducing, how will a regional charity fare in the coming years?

Thursday: The Christmas lights at the hospital are switched on today and it's lovely to see some of our patients outside enjoying the carols. I'm dressed as Humphrey again. I love seeing the children's faces when they see him, and I'm equally delighted when our patron, the actor John Thomson, presents us with £20,000 from money he won for charity on a recent TV game show appearance.

Friday: I'm finalising preparations for our street collection in Manchester city centre on Sunday. Fingers crossed it doesn't snow or rain on the fantastic pool of volunteers who'll come out to help with this event. On the day, in between registering volunteers, allocating pitches and securing donation buckets, I'll be getting into the Humphrey outfit again. I love it.

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity raises funds to support projects at the hospital.

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