Party fundraiser’s Italian Job

23 February 2016

Keen cyclist Alistair de Kare-Silver gave a masterclass in fundraising when he put on a party to get his friends to donate to charity.

Alistair is taking on a five-day cycle challenge across Tuscany to raise money for Norwood, the UK’s largest Jewish charity supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities.

He said: "I visited Buckets and Spades, which provides vital respite for children with very complex needs and disabilities. When you’re there you see first-hand how the charity helps families with a child who requires such a high levels of care. It’s amazing."

Talking about the challenge, which will take him from Pisa to Montalcino, Alistair said: "I decided to get on my bike, get some sunshine and raise money for a great cause."

Alistair’s unconventional fundraising technique has proved so successful he’s already decided to raise his target. "I invited as many people as I could to fit into my flat, served up a few drinks and canapes and told everyone about the challenge. By the time the party was over I’d almost hit my £1,500 target , so I’ve increased it to £2,000. I’m training hard and looking forward to the ride, but it’s going to be tough."

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