Fundraisers saddle up for 24-hour spinathon
Around 100 fundraisers are taking on a 24-hour spinathon challenge on the 20th of February in a bid to raise £3,000 for the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) in Hereford.
The marathon spinning event, on stationary bikes, will be fundraising through the MyDonate website, so every penny raised will go towards supporting blind and visually-impaired students on the road to independence.
‘Empowering our students’
The RNC is the UK’s leading Further Education College for those aged 16 or over with visual impairments.
Alongside academic and vocational qualifications, including business, IT, languages and sports, the college provides Orientation and Mobility (O&M) and Independent Living Skills (ILS) training – equipping students with the skills and confidence to fulfill their ambitions.
Rachel Read, fundraising officer for the college, explains: “We offer a unique combination of education, training and real world experience which empowers students to achieve their potential, engage in their community and succeed in their chosen career.”
Making donations go further with MyDonate
MyDonate doesn’t charge commission so every penny goes straight to the RNC.
The charity is clear as to why MyDonate came out top for their fundraising mission.
Rachel says: “We chose MyDonate because more of our participants’ sponsorship reaches us, and ultimately our students, than with other fundraising websites.”
While the college receives statutory funding for its work, it subsidises each student by around £10,000 a year, leaving a funding gap of a minimum of £3,000 per student per year.
According to Rachel: “This provides for the margin of excellence which makes all the difference to our students.”