6 May 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 28

Rebecca Hobbs, Wales Millennium Centre

I’ve always enjoyed following the London Marathon coverage, watching other people test themselves to the limit whist being able to sit in the comfort of my own home with a cuppa in hand, feeling both thoroughly sluggish and full of admiration for the participants. This year, I got to watch the largest annual fundraising event in the world, knowing I’d played my own very small part in it.

Wales Millennium Centre is involved with the Marathon’s silver bond scheme which guarantees a place in the London Marathon every five years to raise money for our Community Outreach Programme; this year we received our second entry to date. My community fundraising objective from the Centre has been to manage this place from start to finish, from circulating an application form, selecting a successful candidate and creating a welcome pack to managing all communications with our runner, supporting and advising on his fundraising ideas, writing and scheduling social media posts and carrying out the practical tasks such as organising a running vest or a photo opportunity and overseeing the JustGiving donations.

Our runner, Steven Taylor, who raised an amazing £100 a mile, applied for the place through an Admiral communication. Admiral is a principle supporter of the Centre so this became a wonderful opportunity to integrate a corporate element into the objective and further develop our relationship with them. Thanks to our Admiral contact Hannah and runner Steven, I have also ticked off an office goal. I am no longer a) baffled by how the phone even makes a conference call or b) intimidated by the thought of leading a conference call from my desk. Small victories!

Being able to see a project through from start to finish (October to May) has been an eye-opening experience and one that I have learned a great deal from. Whilst I often found myself needing to refer to the IOF code of practice for answers, for example, when advising our runner about the do’s and don’ts of bucket collections and raffles, being given the responsibility to make my own decisions (and mistakes) has given me a much more realistic understanding of community fundraising and building working relationships. 

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