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I found plenty of threads about how to raise sponsorship for golden bond/charity places but wondering if anyone has done it the other way around i.e. is willing to cough up part/most of their sponsorship themselves?
I have a a few charity places for the big events this year, including a charity place for GNR. The charity I am with gives runners several options for raising the pledged amount, one of which is where the runner sets up a 12 month standing order. So there is no fundraising requirement, instead the runner pays the donation over the course of a year themself. I chose that option, as, although expensive (12 months = the average total sponsorship most charities expect) it is spread out over a year and I have absolutely no pressure to get people to sponsor me. One or two less meals/nights out a month and I barely notice the cash going out.
Traditional sponsorship has become harder and harder as I've had charity places in races before so a lot of my mates are probably getting a bit tired of being asked and I don't want to keep asking the same people! Plus I have a GB place for VLM next year, which I'd never be able to afford myself, so am having to "save" all my begging/organised fundraising events for that!!
Anyone else come across a standing order/pay your own donation options, or simply been happy to save up and donate all or part of the expected amount themself?
Be interesting to hear other's thoughts. By the way, I'm not rich at all haha, just very keen to do some of the large/over subscribed events at least once, and unsuccessful in ballots and I see it as no different than saving up for a holiday!