My name is Anna and I am the founder of BRoW4, a non-profit volunteer run fundraising group. We organise events where people can choose to Bike Run or Walk with or without their 4-legged friends and help raise money for air ambulance charities across the UK, which surprisingly receive no funding from the Government or from the National Lottery.
BRoW was created in 2014, as a result of my being a volunteer for the MAGPAS air ambulance charity. I helped to organise coffee mornings and other events to raise funds and awareness for the charity, and then came up with the idea of a Bike Run or Walk event, with two possible distances of 5km and 8km. This took place on Saturday 25th June 2015 at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. We repeated the event in 2016, and added a 12km option as well as allowing dogs too.
In order to advertise the 2016 event as much as possible, I went to Ferry Meadows with flyers to hand out to people before the event. Many said that they did not live in the area, or that they supported other air ambulance charities. That got me thinking, and so I decided to open up the event to support all UK air ambulance charities in 2017. The 4 was also added to BRoW so that the dogs were included in the name, as I am myself a dog owner and couldn't imagine life without my 4-legged friends!
Since 2017 the event has got bigger and better, and in 2019 we decided to add live music to the event for the first time. You can read all about our 2019 event here! We're now busy working hard on 2021's event, and we're regularly posting updates on our facebook pages and here on our website, so please do follow us for the latest news.
With the event at Ferry Meadows growing, and me living in Huntingdon we have asked our local council if we could hold an event here for the locals of Huntingdon to enjoy. Hopefully when this pandemic is over not only will be at Sapley park in Huntingdon and also Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. We no longer have enough time or resources to help all of the charities, and so we are focusing on the air ambulance charities, but if you wish to come and register and join others to raise money for your chosen charity by doing a sponsored Bike Run or Walk as this event , then please feel free.
BRoW4 has also raised money for other non-Government or National Lottery funded charities in the past - the RNLI, the Dog's Trust, Canine Partners, Therapy Dogs Nationwide and Medical Detection Dogs. However, we are very proud to have been able to have helped others! In total, BRoW4 has managed to raise over £10,000 so far!
In order for BRoW4 to hold these events we need to fundraise to cover costs. We have to pay for use of the field that we hold our event on, our public liability insurance, admin costs, replenishing are stocks and much more! We do this by attending other events within the local community, not only do we advertise what we do and who we are doing it for, but we also have a few games for the children and adults to enjoy plus we sell home made craft items that either our volunteers have made for us or supporters of BRoW4 have kindly donated to sell. We also have a craft page here on the website plus a just giving page. We are also asking supporters to register on the Easyfundraising page, You can find out more about this on our News page.
Not only do we advertise in the local news papers and local newsletters, we also advertise on local radio stations, and you can hear an interview of Anna here on HCRfm below.