By Jodie Collins on 3rd July 2018

Greetings Beyond Ourselves followers! We’ve had a little gap in our blog writing due to a very hefty work schedule for all, but we’re back! And what better way to start than by updating you on the wonderful fundraising that has been going on!

Those who know me will be aware that I do like to have fun, so for me some fundraising has to involve that word!

In mid June we held our 9th Beyond Ourselves Golf Day! We had a change of venue as we moved to Crews Hill Golf Club where Lee and Dan Fickling have moved to (the pros!)


The weather was fantastic and has been ever since! There were 23 teams out on the course, with their usual stop at the Pimms marquee which Jodie and I sacrificially manned – with the assistance of our able helpers, Mel Jones and Jan Atkins. 

Congratulations to the winning team – Andrew O’Donnell, Jordan Clarke, Ed Benson and Ben Collins.
The golf day was followed by an evening party including our raffle and auction with the infamous Ben Collins. Thanks to the generosity of those present, the day raised £11,500 which is brilliant and will greatly help with our costs in Zambia.

A big thanks to all those who played, contributed raffle or auction prizes, bid for said auction prizes and made it a fun day!

Special thanks to Ben for auctioneering, Lauren Knight of Hype Branding for supplying us with items for our goodie bags, and Lee and Dan Fickling for all their help on the day.

Stephen James BMW has chosen Beyond Ourselves as their ‘Charity of the Year’ this year. So far this year they have raised over £3,500 through various means – the Central Functions Department have raised over £600 by making and eating lots of cake! Every Friday without fail somebody makes cakes. Such a great way to raise funds.

Jim O’Donnell, who was Head of Business at one of the Centres at Stephen James, has just very successfully completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrim walk across northern Spain. He completed 500 miles in one month. An amazing feat and raised £2,600 for Beyond Ourselves. Thank you Jim!


Two of the UK schools that we partner with have also been busy fundraising. St Margarets primary school in Barking raised over £900 for their Lent appeal. Jodie visited their assembly and shared some stories of the schools in Zambia which the children got very excited about.

Pupils from St Pauls School organised a sponsored walk in March and raised over £32,000! Amazing! Thank you to both schools for their wonderful support.

If you are able to undertake some fundraising for Beyond Ourselves, however big or small, we’d be so grateful! All this is to contribute to transforming the lives of the children we partner with in Zambia.

THANK YOU for your partnership with us. Have a great summer!


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