Our volunteers are extremely important to Rainbow Trust working across the organization to help with fundraising in particular. So it is vital that we are able to supply our volunteers with up to date materials to use at our events - from marquees to pop up posters, from character costumes (which always bring the children in) to balloons and t-shirts - donation towards these costs helps raise awareness of Rainbow Trust at the many events we attend.
Andrew Goodwin was introduced to Rainbow Trust just before Christmas 2007 and has been an enthusiastic volunteer ever since.
"I was told by a friend that some help was needed with wrapping Christmas presents in exchange for donations in the shopping centre in Guildford and I thought I would give it a go," says Andres, who works as a report writer to the Independent Financial Advisers in London while also working towards his qualifications as a chartered financial planner.
"It raised some money, but more importantly, was a good way of spreading the name of Rainbow. I immediately offered to help again at future events."
Since then Andrew has worked on the Rainbow Stall at Ashtead Village Day and Box Hill Village Fair, handed song sheets and collected donations during carol singing in Trafalgar Square, and manned the entrance point to a host of fundraising events at bike rides, the London Hilton on Park Lane, Ascot Park Polo Club and Goldsmiths' Hall.
"I'm known as the Rainbow doorman as I'm often the first person people see when they arrive at an event." Andrew has a lot of fun helping at events and has enjoyed visiting places he might otherwise never have gone to.
"Volunteering for Rainbow is very easy. It is great to work with such a good group of people and it fits very well with my job in London and exams. I can help out at events after work and when I'm free at weekends. After spending all day working on behalf of wealthy clients, Rainbow Trust provides me with a very good balance in my life." - Andrew
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