Last week was busy for me in the West Yorkshire region!
On Saturday myself and one of our volunteers, David, attended a halloween event in Haworth. We had a stall on the main street and we got into the spirit of things by dressing up as a witch and a ghost! Then on Sunday whilst our volunteers went back to Haworth, I went and collected a cheque from The Lion Pub in Castleford, who recently held an event called 'Lion Fest' in aid of YAA.
Monday I headed in to the charity office, where I had arranged a meeting with a student from Hebden Bridge who is organising a sponsored walk for us after one of her friends was airlifted by the helicopter following a rugby accident. Thankfully she is okay now and wants to get involved in supporting us
After this I was over to Keighley to give a talk to the Lothersdale Young Farmers Club, which was great fun and a successful presentation, as well as seeing all the trick or treaters out for Halloween!
Tuesday was a busy day with lots of stops. It started with a school assembly at Howard Park Community School in Cleckheaton where I gave a presentation to the pupils about the YAA and how they can get involved with the recycling scheme. Then it was off to Normanton and Pontefract to collect some donations as well as dropping off some promotional items at M&S in Pontefract who have chose us as their Charity of the year. Finally I dropped some merchandise off at Joseph Priestley School in Morley who were holding an event in aid of YAA the next day.
Wednesday was a very early start – 6am! I met my colleague Mark, who is South Yorkshire Development Officer, in Pontefract for the Catchpenny Farm car boot sale. It was very busy and we had been invited to go along and fundraise for the YAA, even though it was absolutely freezing standing at the gates holding the collection tins! We had a good time in the end, and straight after this I went over to Ossett to do a cheque presentation from an art exhibition which had recently raised some funds for the Charity.
Thursday I hosted a visit to our Air Support Unit. Our guests were Sainsbury's Local in Yeadon who were presenting the money which they had raised in store in aid of YAA. After this I then went to meet some fundraisers from the area, who buy christmas cards from us every year. I also dropped off some equipment to a volunteer who would be attending an event in aid of YAA at Ledstone Equine Centre at the weekend.
I use Friday as my admin day, where I can catch up on my emails and messages, what has gone on in the week as well as planning for the week ahead! It has been a hectic and varied week as usual, I have met some great new supporters in addition to catching with the existing ones, and I'm looking forward to what next week will bring!