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Zillah Bingley

Challenge 50

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]2018 is the year I turn 50. It is also my second year as Chief Executive of the amazing Rainbow Trust Children's Charity. I have decided to use this milestone year to raise much needed funds in order that Rainbow Trust can provide its incredible support to more families with a terminally ill child. Our support allows those families to spend quality time together, whilst benefiting from the expert emotional and practical support of our dedicated Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers.[/p][p]I am undertaking Challenge 50. This comprises fifty different challenges to be undertaken on fifty different days throughout 2018. Challenge 1: I am having my first saxophone lesson and for Challenge 50 I will play a piece on the saxophone in front of an audience.[/p][p]The intervening challenges are a real mixed bag and I will be releasing them very shortly a few at a time. My aim is to raise more than my £10,000 target - after all that is only £200 per challenge. I want to use as many of the activities as possible to raise awareness of Rainbow Trust, what we do and why our support is so crucial to families with a life-threatened child.[/p][p]Rainbow Trust is unique - we are the only charity that provides this kind of tailored family support and we need funds to ensure that we are not only sustainable but are able to grow and develop into areas that we do not currently cover. It is only lack of funds that prevents us from supporting more families.[/p][p]Please help. You can find out more at https://rainbowtrust.org.uk[/p][p][b]Challenge 1: Have a saxophone lesson - done.[/b][/p][p]Now to be clear I [b]can[/b] read music. I also played the recorder as a child and tried to play the oboe for a short time. But goodness me how VERY different it is attempting to get a noise out of the saxophone![/p][p]Rainbow Trust’s very own Karen Shortland was my excellent teacher. Aside from working for Rainbow Trust in her spare time Karen plays a vast number of instruments in a marching band, teaches children to play them and is part of running a local scout group. She is a busy woman![/p][p]We decided to do the 45 minute lesson in the office conference room – much to the concern of the team, given the expect noise akin to a strangled cat. In any event, the room proved to be a little more sound-proofed than expected, although Dave did decide to join in in the open plan office with the bicycle hooter which normally signals that someone has donated. On this occasion I was hoping it was not a hint to get me to stop!![/p][p]The lesson was great and focused mostly on getting the right sound out of the instrument which depends on the way you move your facial muscles – all very technical. The other thing that I noticed was how much puff you really need to play it. Whilst where to put the fingers was not too tricky as it is very similar to a recorder, going up an octave is really hard. I was fairly exhausted after 45 mins. [/p][p]Having attempted a few scales, struggled my way through most of Strangers in the Night, we called it a day. The big challenge for me will be to get in the hours of practice (without making my neighbours leave home!) in order to play something in front of an audience at the end of the year for Challenge 50![/p][p]So I am up and running and let’s see where it goes. Huge thank you to Karen and to all of you that are supporting me.[/p][p][b]Challenge 2 is to knit a Rainbow scarf - done.[/b][/p][p]It has been a very long time since I knitted anything – I think I was about 11 years old and I have a “How to knit” Ladybird book to which I had to refer in order to remind myself how to cast on stitches. Have managed to go through the colours once and, getting to violet, have gone back again. Not as long as I would like but keeps the neck warm.[/p][p][b]Challenge 3 – Letter to editor - done[/b][/p][p]Some of the most important acts of kindness are the small things. In advance of Valentine’s Day I wrote to various local papers to see if people would be prepared to donate the cost of a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers to Rainbow Trust. Have had two published so far so that means Challenge 3 is done! [url=https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/your-say/challenge-50-1-9012524]https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/your-say/challenge-50-1-9012524[/url][/p][p][b]Challenge 4 - Ring some of our Rainbow Trust Marathon runners [/b][/p][p]So the London Marathon is done and there were over 50 runners for Rainbow Trust. I was given a random list of competitors to ring on Friday and wish good luck, and a few today to ring and say thank you and well done. It is really lovely to take time to speak directly to our supporters and I had a great time chatting to them all about their nerves in advance, and their aching limbs today. Thank you to ALL of our runners and here's to next year![/p][p][b]Challenge 5 - Bake a Rainbow Cake[/b][/p][p]In advance of Rainbow Trust's 'Great Rainbow Bake" challenge on 7 May, I took it upon myself to bake a 7-tiered Rainbow cake. I am not a baker really but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and the team at our head office claim that it tastes fairly good! Please do get involved with the Great Rainbow Bake on 7th May https://rainbowtrust.org.uk/great-rainbow-bake[/p][p][b]Challenge 6 - Work in Rainbow Trust's charity shops[/b][/p][p]Well what an amazing experience. I started the day opening the charity shop in Harold Wood with Maggie who showed me where we sorted stock, priced it and put it out. Huge diversity of things coming into the shop - apparently Monday's are always like that. I helped Pauline put some of the stock out front where it attracted lots of attention before we were even open and, not one to turn away a customer, Pauline was trading before I could turn around. I then did a bit of a stint behind the till, making sure I knew how to account for the various items sold, back to sorting through endless bin-bags of amazing donations and then, even chopping the hedge at the back of the shop! With huge thanks to the Harold Wood team I was then off to the Upminster shop with JulieAnn. Lots more sorting, particularly children's clothes which do well. I then had a lesson in how we accept and record gift aid on donations, how to work the till and learning about all the unusual bits and bobs that come through the door. These include several flagons of Bells whiskey commemorating various royal events - apparently Christie's might be interested. All very interesting and a really fun, if somewhat exhausting, day. Huge thanks to all![/p][p][br][/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

31 Dec 2018

Charity

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Supporters

15-Jun-2018

Anonymous

Zillah...you are an inspiration! Only met you on Tuesday and you left a lasting impressing. You are such a friendly, enthusiastic person and your kindness was so much appreciated! May there be more Zillahs in the world!!! Thanks again Nina

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

15-Jun-2018

Mark Jobling

So good to meet you the other day. Good luck with the challenges!!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

28-May-2018

Trevor

Well done, Zillah! Start planning for 100...

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

15-Feb-2018

Anonymous

As requested in your letter to Shropshire Star Good luck

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

15-Feb-2018

Anonymous

Zillah - love the challenge! Sax is a favourite of mine - please, please, please post a video of your performance date! All the best, this is no mean feat, but I’m sure with your musical skill and dedication you’ll be up there on stage.

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14-Feb-2018

Anonymous

£30.00

14-Feb-2018

Stevie

Like it!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

14-Feb-2018

Nick Carter

I hope your birthday thought makes a lot of youngsters very happy... :-)

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

11-Feb-2018

Gavin Prentice

Great initiative!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

10-Feb-2018

Veronica

Very best of luck for all your challenges.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid