Meet the fundraisers
Our amazing fundraisers have taken on a wide range of fundraising activities and challenges for us and helped raise thousands of pounds to support adopted children and adoptive families. Read more about their stories below.
Eleanor supplied her work colleagues with cake
"I wanted to raise funds for Adoption UK but a marathon was out of the question. I considered a sponsored bike ride but sometimes it can feel like you're always asking work colleagues for sponsorship money. Then I realised that I could raise just as much by eating cake! Plus, at least colleagues would be getting something in return for their cash. I baked one batch of cakes a week and asked people to contribute whatever they wanted in return for each cake. Over several weeks, my collection tin got heavier and heavier (as did my colleagues!) and I raised over £70 in the end."
Suzie added a fundraising spin to her birthday celebrations
"To mark my 50th birthday, I decided to raise money for Adoption UK as they provided me and my husband with invaluable information and support before, during and after we adopted our son 10 years ago. The work they have done to highlight and improve the issues adopted children face in school has been particularly pertinent to our story. So to raise money, I simply set up an online JustGiving page and asked family and friends to make donations rather than buying me birthday presents. I wasn't sure how well it would go, but people were very generous and I raised over £250."
Malcolm re-homed a vintage bicycle with a Christmas raffle
"This beautiful bike, which I'd acquired through work, had been in storage, where it was broken and gathering dust, for about a decade. We didn't know what to do with it but then we met someone who suggested we restore the bike and hold a Christmas raffle for it in our local pub. My wife and I had recently become adoptive parents so we thought we'd donate all the money raised to Adoption UK. We had hoped to raise £200 but ended up raising £255 which was fantastic."
Stuart ran the extra mile (or 30) for families in his community
"We've been lucky enough to have had our wee girl in our lives for over a year now. I wanted to fundraise for Adoption UK as they have been fantastic in helping us meet other adoptive parents who understand what we're going through so I wanted to help the charity set up a new support group in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. I wanted to take on a fundraising challenge that was personal to me so decided to run my local Parkrun ten times in one day – 30 miles in total! I set myself a fundraising target of £1,500 but was so pleased to raise over £2,300 in the end!"