This was a very Marie Curie collection orientated week, with struggling to get volunteers on board for the Tesco collection, and actually personally taking part in the collections too. Feature piece looks at the ‘Medusa effect’ of street collecting. Please note that the links go to set pages of the Marie Curie website, looking at what the Daffodil Collections achieve, and where your money goes, so please click through if you’d like to know more.

  • Monday 4 March – Did a small social media campaign to try and get more volunteers for our next round of Marie Curie collections.
  • Tuesday 5 March – Got all the materials ready for the Marie Curie Tesco collection (such exciting things such as labelling tins, getting information ready for volunteers and making sure the store was all set and happy for the collections to go ahead).
  • Wednesday 6 MarchDropped off the Marie Curie collection materials off to Tesco before work. I then also did a shift of collecting from 5pm to 7pm, followed by taking all the tins over to Treasurer’s house. See the feature piece on the ‘Medusa effect’ of store and street collections.
  • Thursday 7 March – Helped Cancer Research UK with the next stage of their ‘Setting the Standard’ campaign by putting together some text to appear in some of the marketing materials.
  • Friday 8 March – Signed up for the YMCA ‘Sleep Easy’ (aka sleeping rough) night. I had put this off for quite a while, having seen some tweets about it a few weeks before. Seeing them tweet again, now about the impending sign up deadline, I thought, hey, it’s nuts. Why not??
  • Saturday 9 March – Text in to donate to the RSPCA after seeing an advert on TV.
  • Sunday 10 MarchGave a small donation to a friend doing a half marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK, in memory of a deceased family member.

Feature: Wednesday 6 March

Today I enjoyed both the coordination side of collecting, and collecting itself. I do always like to get involved and actually take part when possible, so I happily signed up to be one of the collectors. I did not consider in advance that I would be looking quite so fetching (see feature image above!)

I find collecting for a few hours such an interesting opportunity to analyse human behaviour, and it teaches me never to judge a book by its cover. It tends to be those that ‘look’ less able to give who do. And those, at least judging by appearances, who look most able to, don’t. I encourage you to spend a couple of hours fundraising with a bucket in either a store or on the high street, and see what you think. Anyone reading this who is a collector, leave your comments – the more amusing the better.

I also encounter what I like to call the ‘Medusa effect’, where I often have to check to make sure it’s still hair I have on my head, not a handful of snakes. So many people work super hard to avoid all eye contact, it actually becomes amusing after a while. If you know this is you – and let’s be honest, it probably has been (heck I know it’s been me on occasion!) – then please consider the following…a tid bit of advice and reassurance, if I may.

Charities are getting a lot stricter with guidelines around do’s and don’ts for collectors – it’s even illegal to shake a bucket now!

So I challenge everyone reading, next time you see a collector, even if you’re not in the mood, don’t want to give, etc. just make eye contact, and if you can muster it, a smile. Most people collecting are doing it for free, and because they really believe in a cause and want to make a difference. That, and we’re still all human at the end of the day.

A smile will pretty much make that collector’s day (and probably help them focus more on collecting, and less on checking their head for rogue snakes).


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