Our fundraising stories show us just how many different types of fundraisers there are; from the marathons to the bake offs, from the skydives to the baths of baked beans. Elizabeth’s fundraiser not only raises money for the charity Food Cycle, but also raises awareness for the charity’s cause.
Elizabeth writes Britain’s most northerly food blog – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, based, in her words, in “the remote, wild and rugged Shetland Islands“. She tells us a bit more about her challenge.
From the 24th-30th of November 2014 I took part in the FoodCycle Breadline Challenge. This challenge, designed to raise awareness of food poverty in the UK and help raise vital funds for the Food Cycle food hubs, asks participants to live off of only £2-10 per day (per person) for food and drink. I blogged recipes, tips and thoughts throughout the week.”
The charity FoodCycle “combine volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation“. At a time when food banks are relied on as heavily as ever before, the help of FoodCycle is invaluable. More than 4 million people are affected by food poverty in the UK, a staggering statistic, so Elizabeth’s fundraising is more important than ever.
Not only will all the funds donated to Elizabeth’s Virgin Money Giving page go to FoodCycle, but her blog will match, pound for pound up to £200, the amount raised and donate that to the Shetland Food Bank for their Christmas Food Parcels. She tells us that around 60 Shetland families will be supported by these food parcels this festive season.
Elizabeth tells us that she chose this event because “as a food blogger, I wanted to do something useful with my website instead of just sharing pretty pictures of cakes and whatnot; something practical that would actually benefit someone else.” She goes on to say that “the work that Food Cycle does, and during this time of the year where we’re all focused on consuming it’s really important to remember that we are not all that fortunate to just eat what we want to eat.”
You can support Elizabeth via her Virgin Money Giving page.