Action Awards 2017

What an INSPIRATIONAL and INCREDIBLE night at the 2017 Loughborough University Action Awards.

This past year I have been the Kids Olympics Project Leader alongside the lovely Chirali! Together we organised four events at the local nursery, primary school, rugby club and at a community event running multi sport events to inspire children to be active. From planning projects to volunteer recruitment and running the events on the day, its been the most enjoyable experience ever!

I have learnt so much about myself, event management and leadership. Last year, apparently they only ran one project, so to go from one to four in a year leaves the next project leaders with some great progress and improvements that can be continually made.

The awards night was the most fantastic way to end my time the Kids Olympic Project Leader, being shortlisted for 4 awards,  what a surprise, and secondly what a honor!

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Thank you UNiDAYS

A little post to appreciate the generosity of such an incredible organisation! Sometimes you don’t realise the extent that companies are willing to go above and beyond to help others. Especially, when it comes to charity. Having such a big fundraising target can sometimes be quite difficult. £1500 may not seem a lot to some of you, but to me it has been an absolute challenge to do whilst also fundraising for my Challenges Abroad India trip.
So here’s a shout out to UNiDAYS, not only do they do amazing student discounts at an incredible amount of retailers, they are also going to be donating to my Volunteer Zambia fundraising page!
So, if you are a student and haven’t got a UNiDAYS,account, firstly, where have you been? And secondly, click the link… NOW! To access hundreds of discounts! From Fashion, beauty, lifestyle and fitness, to food and finally, technology, YOU can gain some incredible discounts at your favorite brands.
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Or, if you want to donate to my fundraising, you can find my page here; https://give.everydayhero.com/…/volunteer-zambia-sport-hann…

Coach and Volunteer Academy Awards 2017

What a night! Not only did the Volunteer Zambia fundraising group make £200 on the raffle, photo booth and heads or tails game, I was also part of the Midlands Conference Cup team, who won Team of The Year, at this years CVA awards night!

The CVA is an incredible part of Loughborough Sport which allows students to volunteer and log their hours, across a range of strands; marketing and communications, events, coaching, officiating, gym, health and fitness, facility operations, sport science, and of course Volunteer Zambia!

The CVA has made my final undergraduate year absolutely incredible and I honestly could not have developed my media, marketing, communications, organisation, leadership or confidence in a better way! I logged over 200 hours despite the demands of a dissertation, my course, football and several other commitments!

Being part of the Midlands Conference Cup Senior Leadership team as the Senior Media Lead provided me with the greatest sense of independence and confidence. This role was pivotal in illustrating to me that media and marketing is definitely the direction I want to take in life. Furthermore, it showed me how I can lead, manage and work under pressure. We came up with a whole new brand, we only had one month to plan, promote and establish ourselves. On the day we had 25 fixtures to cover, safe to say that was a challenge in itself, but we did it! And I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this incredible team and the recognition we have received by winning this award!

p.s. If you’re a Loughborough student, you can find more information about the CVA here; http://loughboroughsport.com/cva

Zambia 50 for 50 Challenge

So, as the fundraising challenge keeps on going my £1500 fundraising appears minimal in comparison to the feat that GB Gold Medalist Adam Peaty and Head Coach Mel Marshall are facing. 50 hours of sport in just 5 days to raise £50,000…. INCREDIBLE!

Joining them, Gareth Southgate the current England Football Manager helped to launch the campaign at Loughborough, a couple of weeks ago. The launch video can be seen below;

“The campaign seeks to create sporting opportunities for some of Africa’s poorest children. Mel Marshall, who is a patron for the Perfect Day Foundation, the charity who support the initiative, will lead a group heading to Zambia in August with the aim of raising £50,000 for 50 hours of sport. With the support of Peaty and his fellow athletes the team will undertake 10 hours of sport per day for five days at five different locations in Lusaka and the surrounding communities. They will be joined by 100’s of young Zambians from four of the most deprived communities in Lusaka, where poverty, HIV, domestic and gender based violence, teenage pregnancy and homelessness are rife.”

Full details: http://www.theperfectdayfoundation.org/

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(Loughborough Volunteer Zambia group 2017, the whole team except me, as at this point I was still slaving away at my dissertation, absolutely devastated to miss the opportunity to meet these incredible athletes and fellow fundraisers!)

FutureSense Foundation

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Just under 3 weeks to go before my India Fundraising comes to a close, I have £260 left to fund raise and I would love your support here; http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Hannah_Thompson&un_jtt_redirect 

All money donated is gratefully appreciated and if you want to know where it goes, keep reading on…

Future Sense Foundation

“The FutureSense Foundation is a charity registered in the UK (Charity No. 1132101) that supports community development in some of the poorest regions of the world.”

They work and partner more than 100 non-profit organisations with the aim to increase education, child welfare and living standards across four continents. They provide financial support for development in oversea projects that;

  • Improving education
  • Relieving poverty
  • Helping create sustainable and secure livelihoods
  • Improving the transfer of vocational and entrepreneurial skills
  • Addressing issues related to health and HIV/AIDS
  • Promoting child welfare
  • Empowering people living with disabilities
  • Enabling voluntary participation and cultural exchange

All information cited and further details can be found via their website: http://www.futuresensefoundation.org

Featured image also sourced from; http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/futuresensefoundation

India Fundraising

In June I will be taking part in a Challenges Abroad expedition, in support of the FutureSense Foundation. The FutureSense Foundation works for the benefit of disadvantaged communities around the world, and I will be supporting their efforts both as a fundraiser and as a volunteer during the expedition. I will be going to India where this charity works in rural and widespread communities, check their website out for more information http://www.futuresensefoundation.org/charity-work-worldwide/volunteer-abroad-india/

I will be going to Palampur India  to do the following: “supporting the local children and schools in Palampur. My work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities.”
So far I have raised money through bucket collections, family donations, part-time work, cake sales and quizzes. Cake sales have been the biggest income, achieving over £100 profit each time!
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I would be very grateful for your support, at whatever level.  I have just £260.50 left to raise, no matter how big or small your donation is, it will make a huge difference to the young children that I will meet.