18 Jun 2015

No pressies thank you: Charity supporter celebrates birthday with fundraising picnics


This August, Sue Woodcock will be marking her 70th birthday by doing something she absolutely loves – supporting her favourite charity.

Sue has invited her friends, family and colleagues to join her at two birthday picnics to raise money for ACE (Africa’s Children in Education).

St. Helens-based ACE works in Tanzania and Kenya to provide opportunities for children living in very disadvantaged communities to attend school.

Lightbulb moment

Explains Sue: “I had already decided to hold a picnic on my birthday, but then, while chatting with the founders of ACE, my friends Sue and Ron Hayes, the idea came to me…instead of presents, I could ask for donations to the charity. I’m using MyDonate because it’s really important to me that all the money raised goes directly to ACE.”

She adds: “I have been a supporter, volunteer and fundraiser for ACE since 2008. The charity’s commitment, passion and dedication to the children and young people of Tanzania is inspirational.”

The first picnic in the park is in Manchester on August 15th and the second in Harpenden, the town where Sue lives on the 30th.

Sue will be providing nibbles, drinks and a cake at the picnics. However, as well as requesting a donation, Sue is asking her guests to bring some food to share and ‘lots of enthusiasm’.

“Both picnics will be great fun,” says Sue.

Long-time supporter

Sue Hayes from ACE says: “Sue Woodcock has been a great supporter of all we set out to achieve with ACE. When she came up with the idea for these picnics in the parks and donations instead of presents – we were delighted.” “We are also very pleased Sue is using MyDonate for her fundraising,” adds Sue Hayes.

“We have a MyDonate facility on our website so people can donate to us directly. As a small charity, we wanted to make sure that all the money donated to us goes directly to benefit the children with none of it lost to commission charges. MyDonate comes up trumps here."

Visit Sue Woodcock’s fundraising page

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