Inspired by the TEN 2016 conference to help raise funds for TEN, supporter Ros Holt organised a fundraising event for the Harvest for the Hungry campaign.

When Ros popped into the TEN office she told us that she was inspired to put on a fundraising event by the question asked at the TEN conference in May, ‘What can you do to raise funds for TEN?’ Ros decided to plan a concert at Speedwell Methodist Church, Bristol on October 1st, and raised a magnificent £716. 70 in support of Harvest for the Hungry.

Ros Holt, TEN Fundraiser

We asked Ros about how took the idea forward. Her starting point was to ask the musicians at her church if they could do anything, either as individuals or together. Several people agreed to take part. She then heard about a local choir, Emmaus Christian Choir, who were delighted to be invited. A man from her church came forward with an African drumming group who were also able to perform at the event. Entrance to the concert was free and a retiring collection was taken. About 60 to 70 people attended, largely from the choir itself and the local congregation.

Asked how she found putting on a fundraising event, Ros said ‘It wasn’t difficult.’ Organising the concert was a great encouragement to Ros, to her local church and to the TEN team. It’s great to hear what can be achieved by one individual who decides to step out of their comfort zone and ‘give it a go’.

A huge thank you to the many churches and community groups who took part in Harvest for the Hungry special fundraising events this year with quizzes, concerts and collections. So far something in the region of £16,000 has been raised to support the work of our partners in providing food parcels for hungry families in Europe. Your generosity makes a huge difference.

We hope this story will inspire you ‘What can you do to raise funds for TEN?

For more fundraising ideas check out our Challenge page on the TEN website or contact Melanie at melanie.griffiths@ten-uk.org, or if you want to talk over any ideas you have, do give us a call us on 0117 961 5161.