Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Great news on the fundraising front

Holmes Place Zurich are just fantastic and have been very helpful to me yet again.

As you may know already, and as is mentioned on my blog, they had already agreed to donate a 12 month membership to their gym and spa that I could use as a raffle prize to attract new sponsors.  The idea was that each person in the Zurich area that sponsored me a minimum of £10 and mentioned Holmes Place in their message would be entered into a draw to win the membership.  This was what I had agreed with them  at the beginning.

Whilst a lot of people seem interested in the idea, not much money has been forthcoming so far as a result.  And I still have a minimum of £3,400 sponsorship left to raise.  So a few days ago I asked the manager of Holmes Place Zurich if I could change my tactics slightly in order to be more sure of some sponsorship as a result of the prize.  I asked him if I could auction 6 months membership on a site like ricardo.ch and then to use the remaining 6 months for the raffle as per the original plan.

I wasn't sure what his response would be, but he came back to me today with a positive one, that I could go ahead with my plan.  The reason this is great news is because hopefully by auctioning 6 months membership I can get some sponsorship money guaranteed, but then I still have the raffle running to afford people the chance to win the other 6 months membership, where the resultant sponsorship potential is not limited.

If you are interested in buying the 6 months Holmes Place gym and spa membership, with all proceeds going to Mencap, please let me know so I can have a better idea of the reserve price to put on the auction.  The membership is worth around 1,390CHF.

For more info on the Holmes Place Zurich spa please see http://www.holmesplacespa.com/en/zurich-spa/index.php and for more info on the Holmes Place Zurich gym please see http://www.holmesplace.ch/en-ch/clubs/fitness.Zurich.php.  Remember that the membership I have available includes both the spa and the gym.  It's a great way to try out the facilities first without being committed to a full year.

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