Scott’s tips to help News and Chronicle Guide Dog fund-raisers

Scott Cunningham and Travis
Scott Cunningham and Travis

CONTINUING our Guide Dogs campaign, this week we meet veteran fundraiser and guide dog owner Scott Cunningham, MBE.

Scott, from Larkhall, organised the Travis Treks - a series of epic sponsored walks around Britain with superfit guide dog Travis.

Thanks to the support of the public and organisations such as Rangers Football Club and the Royal Marines, more than £120,000 has been raised since 2003. Read the full story at www.legendstrek.co.uk.

Scott has some expert tips for anyone who’d like to help the News and Chronicle’s bid to raise enough money to sponsor a Guide Dog

He said: “When organising a fundraising event it’s very important to get an overall plan set out: timescales, location, costs, volunteers to help, what you aim to raise and how to keep costs to a bare minimum.

“You need a good idea to capture the imagination of supporters you hope will donate. My ideas have been such like Travis becoming the first Guide Dog to undertake each challenge we chose. Get support from local football/ rugby clubs and try to gain support via the local media.

“Try to think out of the box to get more support - ideas such as events with a unique name. Charity dinner parties and dances can lead to bigger events the following year. “It’s important to choose a charity that means something to you, then you feel more determined to ensure the event is a total success.

“Fundraising can take up a lot of time and be frustrating, but handing over money to that chosen charity that they did not have previously is just fantastic.”

Scott is organising a gala ball for Guide Dogs and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust. Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow on Saturday, September 24, featuring sports heroes such as Ally McCoist, Sean Lineen and Graeme Dott. Tickets, £50, can be bought on www.legendstrek.co.uk