Meet a Michael Page fundraiser

Meet Steve Ingham, CEO of Michael Page International and read about some of the unusual challenges he has taken on in support of the charity.

How did you get involved with fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity?

I was invited to join Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as a member of the Corporate Partnerships Board and quickly realised what a critically important cause this is and how much value members of the Board could add.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is very local to my company’s head office but the hospital serves patients nationwide and abroad.

As a result, Michael Page International’s staff voted for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to be our charity of the year.

What is your favourite activity that you have taken part in while supporting the charity?

Being so competitive I have most enjoyed our Three Peaks Challenge. With over 100 of us, it was a great event for team building and fitted well with the competitive nature of our business.

The event raised £66,000 on what has to have been the wettest, coldest, most miserable weekend on record!

What do you like most about being a fundraiser?

Knowing exactly where and for what the monies raised are going towards. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity are really able to demonstrate exactly what benefit your fundraising is having to the hospital and the children it helps.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity has gripped our business and it has been amazing to see how the entire business has got behind our fundraising.

From a local quiz night, to an office tuck shop, to running marathons, to shaking buckets at a sports event or a big challenge event. We have smashed our annual target already and we are part way through the year. 

We have now extended our partnership to a second year and I am looking forward to seeing us break through £200,000.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Without being repetitive it would be the Three Peaks Challenge. A charity event like that has to be challenging enough to win sponsorship, but not so impossible you won’t finish it - with the weather as it was it came close!

Getting 1,500 people in Michael Page to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity has been less challenging than I expected. With the staff at the charity’s help and the feedback we constantly get, everyone has quickly got behind our efforts.

What is your secret fundraising tip to share?

Make sure that everyone knows exactly what their fundraising efforts are going to achieve and who will benefit and then provide constant feedback – in our case this has even been from the patients!

If you could run any event/activity where resource was not an issue, what would you do?

The event/activity has to fit with the culture/personalities of those participating. A competitive/physical challenge works for us. With more time I would love to lead a challenge abroad, over a longer period such as the Sahara Desert Trek or the Inca Trail.

What is the most original/novel fundraising experience you’ve ever had?

The most novel and more importantly simple is the tuck shops. We have 40 offices in the UK and each have a Charity Officer. They have set up tuck shops with everything from Mars Bars, to fruit, to cakes and crisps with honesty boxes for paying. These have raised a lot of money whilst keeping everyone happy at the same time.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done for charity?

Not me, but each office took part in Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s Ted on Tour, to see who could photograph one of the charity teddy bears on holiday or in the most ridiculous situation. The teddy in my office has been skiing, diving and up the Eiffel Tower.

If you were not a fundraiser what would you be?

Scrooge!

What would you say to someone who was thinking about supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity?

No other charity has provided as much support, as many great ideas or as much immediate feedback and gratitude.  It’s a national charity that does so much for children – it’s not difficult to relate to that.