Linda Neve took over the position of Charities Officer on the 1st June 2023, here’s a few words from her.
Where does Charity fit with Hogsback Chapter?
Here at Hogsback Chapter UK, we do three things really well; We ride. We have fun. We support charitable causes.
Riding is what brings us together, having fun is what keeps us together, and our charitable fundraising is our way of saying thanks, our way giving something back to our world. Sometimes we even manage all three at the same time!
How do we choose which charities to support?
At the end of each year, our members nominate charities they would like to see supported by the Chapter over the following year.
These nominations are submitted to the Chapter Committee for voting at the first committee meeting of the year and three are chosen. There are many, and all are worthy, so it’s a tough job to decide!
So as Charities Officer, what do I do?
I identify opportunities for raising funds for our nominated charities and I listen to the voice of our members in shaping these ideas, bringing developed proposals to the Committee and gaining support to include them within the ride and event programme, working with officers and members to make sure its successful.
As Charities Officer, I also manage the Hogsback Charities bank account, including banking donations and reconciling the account. I prepare financial reports for the quarterly Committee meetings to ensure the club is kept updated on our charity activities and financial position.
One of the most pleasurable aspects of the role is liaising with our nominated Charities throughout the year and organising the distribution of funds raised. This is usually by way of a lump sum to each of the Charities at the end of the year.
We are lucky to have members of the Chapter who raise a great deal of money by activities of their own, including baking and patch sewing which boosts our charity pot brilliantly, and for that I am very grateful.
What can you do?
- As a member of the Hogsback Chapter, you get to nominate charities you would like to be considered for support in the following year. Please do get involved when nomination time comes, it’s wonderful to get good input from you.
- I’m not on my own, we are quite the family here at Hogsback Chapter and I welcome your support and involvement, whether ideas, feedback or help of the more practical kind with the jobs that need to be done such as sourcing prizes and selling tickets. If you would like to be part of the “charity dream team” please get in touch!