As you might have heard me mention once or twice (!) I’m off to the INBF Worlds! It’s exciting, overwhelming… and expensive. The UKDFBA can only afford to fund the Pro athletes at this time, so for the amateurs on the team, it means a largely self-funded trip.
Given what I do as a job, I ought to be able to put together funding bids, press releases and heart-string-tugging editorials which persuade corporates to get behind the uplifting story of local girl done good 😉 After all, what business doesn’t want to openly align itself with values of hard work, goal setting and achievement?
The following companies have generously supported me in my INBF Worlds dream (come true): with cash, with cheques of varying sizes, with goods and services (including a taxi ride to and from Heathrow).
Little by little I am getting close to my funding goal (and, in the meantime, I’ve officially got tendonitis in one hand from the enormous extra agency project I’ve taken on, because I certainly don’t expect the entire trip to be funded by other people!)
To everyone who has supported me in any way: thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂
First to throw their hat into the ring was my friend Heidi at Fasttrack Fit Camp – Berkshire’s leading outdoor fitness bootcamps who get people around Wokingham, Earley, Henley-on-Thames in shape. Find them on Twitter and Facebook too.
This next lot are all fellow members of BNI Folkestone (a local business networking group). At our most recent meeting, despite it being 6:30am on a Friday, we did a bit of bodybuilding posing. Aren’t they a fine bunch of fellows?!
First up has to be Steve from Free Flow Drains (“number one for number twos” – yes, we hear that at 6:30am every Friday!) Steve helped me immensely with achieving the amount of funding I’ve got and I am so grateful. He helps manage a few amateur football teams locally and I think he understands the challenge (and achievement!) of being an amateur athlete. Free Flow Drains, as the name suggests, keep your drains clear. He’s really an expert in what he does and is trusted by restaurants, local councils, and big corporates as well as home owners. Free Flow Drains are on Facebook as well.
JJ’s Taxis Kent supply taxis, executive cars and wedding cars in Kent (and beyond) – their boss Jake is a fellow member of BNI Folkestone and he offered to take me to and from Heathrow for my flight, despite it being a pretty long drive (and a pretty early arrival on my way home).
You can also find JJ’s Taxis on Twitter andFacebook.
Colin Wood of Colin Wood Engineering who has a garage and MOT Centre out on the Romney Marsh. He doesn’t have a website (he’s too busy doing things like getting my car through its MOT and service) but here are his details.
Paul Roberts of Metroline Security based here in Folkestone. They provide security systems and alarms, as well as consultancy services, to homes and businesses. They’re on Twitter.
Chris Dodd at Pentins who are accountants and business advisors. He’s about to help me get my shiz together so that my 2013/14 accounts don’t make me want to gouge my eyes out like my 2012/13 ones did. Pentins are on Twitter giving lots of useful tips.
Ray Johnson of Independent Insurance Services, who are independent brokers with clients ranging from me/my dog to international corporates in high-risk industries. Ray is a keen runner (he’s done 13 London Marathons so far) and is on the organising team of local races including the Folkestone Half Marathon and Folkestone Coastal 10K. Ray is on Twitter here.
John Betts of HSI Roofing, affectionately known in our BNI group as “the rooftop gladiator” (and a few other names which are best kept off the blog). He specialises in rubber roofing, if that’s any clue.
David at Frizbee who print and embroider corporate clothing and gifts, everything from sports kits to mugs and coasters and all those little things you sometimes need for Christmas and hen dos etc! Frizbee are on Twitter and on Facebook too.
Andy of Why Not Fix who offers an amazing service repairing everything from smashed iPads to hair straighteners, white goods and lawn mowers. Probably anything really! He’s just one of those handy guys who understands how to take things apart and fix them. He cleaned my macbook out recently and it is much better. Why Not Fix are on Facebook and he just joined Twitter today so go and say hi!
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.