@Rich Bennett explains why he got involved with Blue Prism for Good and became a Fundraising Ambassador in the EMEA region.
Funfact: "I was on stage with Bon Jovi" (Milton Keynes, 1996)
Why did you choose to get involved with BPFG?
Both my daughters play for our local football team, in fact my eldest daughter has been playing there for 7 years. After a couple of months of just being an enthusiastic parent, I was approached by the Chairman and after we exchanged pleasantries, he said to me “So, seeing as you are always here anyway, why not make yourself useful?” I clearly didn’t come up with a good reason quick enough as three weeks later I was looking after a group of U6/U7s and frankly haven’t looked back since.
The truth is, you can always find things for volunteers to do so, after seeing the great work already being done and the “call to action” he gave us at GSKO, I asked Matt if he needed any additional support.
Why did you choose the Fundraising role?
It’s an area I have some experience in. Since volunteering at Garston Ladies FC, I’ve held several voluntary roles at the club, including looking after sponsorships and funding.
The reality of running a grassroots football team is that if you cannot generate money yourself, then it must be paid for by the members or you simply can’t have it.
Over the years I’ve increased the level of kit sponsors, one of whom I’m proud to say was BluePrism, managed to secure a £10k grant through the Aviva Community Fund and introduced “EasyFundraising” at the club.
Hopefully, I will be able to replicate some of this success for BPFG. We’ve already started by setting up an EasyFundraising* page for BPFG. If you’ve not signed up for this already and want to know more then click here. * only applicable to UK residents
What would you say to anyone who is interested in getting involved?
Simple – just ask yourself “What’s stopping me from getting involved with BPFG?” - and if you don’t come up with your own good reason fast enough, let us know… We can always find something for volunteers to do!