Original article – GetReading
Lisa Boyles has been nominated as Fundraiser of the Year in the Pride of Reading Awards.A Woodley couple are so proud of their daughter – who, from the age of 11, has generated thousands of pounds for charity – they have nominated her for a Pride of Reading Award.
Lisa Boyles, 24, from Redwood Avenue, could walk away from this year’s glittering ceremony with the Fundraiser of the Year gong after being put forward for the accolade by proud parents Donna and Chris.
Mum Donna, 49, said: “As her parents, we are immensely proud of Lisa, and her dedication to charitable fundraising over the last few years.
“As a teenager, she often engaged in local charity events, swimming the distance of the English Channel for Aspire in 2003 and 2010 (raising over £650) and organising a dance team Race For Life (£700) after a friend of hers was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
“But her passion for charity really shone once she started university at Brunel. As well as volunteering on the Raise and Give society committee for two years, she was introduced to Childreach International in 2012, where she signed up to climb Kilimanjaro.
“That year, she raised over £5,300 and was the highest UK fundraiser for the charity, earning her a special internship in Tanzania.
“Throughout her masters, and for her first two years of post-university working life, she continued to fundraise for Childreach International. In April this year, she crossed over the £10,000 mark – a huge achievement and rarity for the charity from individual fundraisers.
“What touches me most, personally, is how she coped with my stroke in January 2015. As well as working, taking care of me and continuing to fundraise for Childreach, she coordinated the fundraising of my husband and son in their Reading Half Marathon run last year and helped them to raise more than £1,400.
“She also organised a fish and chips cabaret night in Sonning to raise over £600 for the Stroke Association and Wokingham support group.”
On hearing on her Pride of Reading nomination, Lisa said: “It means the absolute world to be nominated, and I am so grateful. Fundraising over the years I’m constantly amazed by how supportive and encouraging my friends, family, and even complete strangers are. It has really kept me going and this is a great honour.
“I’m so touched my parents have nominated me. It means the world to have their support, especially as I’m sure my constant fundraising push must have been irritating after so many years.”
One of her proudest moments as a fundraiser was hitting the £5,000 mark for Childreach – a child rights organisation that works in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK to help children fulfil their potential.
The cabaret show for Stroke Association was also a key moment as her mother – who is recovering well from the stroke – was able to attend and speak about how much the charity means to her.
When asked what she finds most rewarding, she said: “When you hear really great news from the charity you’ve raised money for. Whether it’s their annual review, a new project or just a monthly update, it’s really motivating to see how fundraising has helped to fund this. And now I am working in the charity sector I appreciate it even more.”
To find out more or to sponsor Lisa, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rebuildnepal
The Fundraiser of the Year Award is sponsored by Cream Design.