As you will probably know, I’ve now met my £3000 fundraising target for Barnardo’s. I wanted to write a quick blog post about it, as I obviously could never have raised this much-needed cash without your amazing support.
There’s a lot of press at the moment about the very small minority of people who are using social media for horribly wicked reasons. The bullying and threats of violence have always existed wherever online platforms have allowed people to communicate in a faceless fashion, but it’s now front page news.
I don’t want to get drawn into a debate about the ugly side of social media right now, right now I’d just like to remind people that good people exist too.
For anyone not using Twitter, after reading the papers this week you could easily envisage it as a room full of nutters hurling misogynistic abuse at one another, but it isn’t that. Not in the main.
Obviously my family and ‘real life’ friends have contributed to my fundraising efforts over the course of this swim challenge, but hundreds and hundreds of pounds worth of donations came from strangers. Strangers that only know about my swims from Twitter.
Just as Twitter can be a place for anonymous hatred, it can also be a place for anonymous support. Hundreds of pounds were donated anonymously by people I’ll never be able to thank. But I’d like to thank you. All of you!
Whilst the online community may be facing a tirade of problems, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with celebrating the fact that the majority of people using it are good people. And I for one am certainly very grateful for the support I’ve received from my Twitter followers for the duration of my swim challenges.
I’ve had words of encouragement from Olympians, world champs, sports journalists, my favourite authors…and literally hundreds of strangers have shared their tips to help me get in the water and achieve my goals.
A huge great many of you supported me as I undertook the challenge, shared why I was fundraising for Barnardo’s with your own followers and got me to that mystical £3000 fundraising target which I never thought I’d reach.
At the time of writing I’ve raised £3535.70, including GiftAid. The money will be used to support Barnardo’s projects in the North West.
Through over 100 vital community-based services, Barnardo’s transforms the lives of more than 33,000 children, young people and their families in the North West every year. Barnardo’s believe that every child deserves a chance – and they work tirelessly to ensure that as many children as possible do.
Thank you to every single one of you who helped make raising this much cash possible. The money will go a long way to changing the lives of some of this country’s most vulnerable children and young people.
Thank you, thank you, thank you…whether you were getting up at 5am to come to the races or simply sending a 140 character message of support.
Sometimes, online communities are just brilliant.
p.s the donation page will be open a little longer, just in case!