Mandy Leyburn's Sing for Sponsorship and Skydive raised £1,050 for the Cancer Fund for Children
A YOUNG Middletown woman has used her musical talents to raise over £1,000 for the Cancer Fund for Children.
Mandy Leyburn had initially set a fundraising target of £400 for the worthy charity, after signing up to take part in their Skydive Challenge.
While committing to a Skydive is a challenge, fundraising can be another, but Mandy’s motivation followed the loss of her grandmother Jessie McSorley, her uncle Sean Mooney and several family friends, to cancer.
“I was motivated to raise money for a cancer charity after the impact cancer had on my family last year,” explained Mandy.
To complete the fundraising, Mandy made use of her musical talent, taking requests for songs and posting videos of completed requests on Facebook, in exchange for sponsorship donations via her JustGiving page.
Mandy’s Sing for Sponsorship Campaign was inspired by the #KeepThePromise campaign, advocated by American artist, Chris Cornell, which encourages the use of skills and passions to support vulnerable children around the world.
The unique Sing for Sponsorship Campaign was a success, with over 40 requests made and played in six weeks.
These included requests for everything, from Disney songs to rap classics, all of which Mandy performed.
“I now know songs I never dreamed I would, but it was a bit of fun to learn each song, particularly the ones where I drafted in help!” she revealed.
Mandy was joined for a few of the requests by her mother Jessica, brother Aaron and friend, Elise Ng.
When the Cancer Fund for Children learned of Mandy’s fundraising efforts, they remarked on her “clever way of fundraising never seen before”, and commentedL “Whatever somebody’s hobby is, there is a way to turn that into something that makes money for charity and this is a brilliant example”.
Mandy completed her skydive at the Wild Geese centre on Monday, March 19 and played her final song request the following day, with a fundraising total of £1,050 for the Cancer Fund for Children.
Mandy would like to thank all her requesters, donators and supporters throughout her fundraising challenges.
Would she attempt something like this again? “Definitely!” she added.