14-year-old-fundraiser-recognised-for-turning-£10-into-£2300-to-help-save-lives

Byline: A teenage fundraising superstar is set to receive a Youth Award from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for turning £10 into £2,300 for the charity.
Page Content: 14-year-old Rachel Matthews, from Corfe Mullen in Dorset, has raised £2,285 for the charity that saves lives at sea – enough to train and kit out a new volunteer crew member.

As part of the Tenner Challenge – a Young Enterprise Project run by Rachel’s school, Parkstone Grammar – the Year 10 pupil pledged to play Mozart pieces on the piano every day for a month in the bar of the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.

A simple concept, but one that Rachel took on with gusto, using her £10 start-up fund to buy a promotional t-shirt and then finding free ways for her venture to be seen – on Twitter, through a JustGiving page, and, most innovatively, auctioning off a Skype performance on eBay.

By the end of the month Rachel had raised an impressive £1,500. But, spurred on by support from friends, family and RNLI staff and volunteers, she pledged to increase her total until she had raised enough to kit out and train a new volunteer crew member.

Rachel says: ‘I love playing piano and I thought I could combine it with raising money. The Matthews have always been part of the Poole RNLI crew – my great-great-great grandfather Thomas was the first of the Matthews family to join the crew 150 years ago.

‘I’d like to think I’ve made the difference to one crew member who I’ve been able to train and kit out with the money I’ve raised. I hope they will have confidence from their training to enable them to go out and save lives at sea.’

Rachel is due to receive the Youth Award at the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards at the Barbican Centre in London today (Thursday 22 May).

Selina Taylor, Community Fundraising Manager at the RNLI, said: ‘Rachel used her imagination to come up with something different and innovative. Auctioning a performance via Skype was not only a unique way to raise money, but meant that others could enjoy her performances, too. Like our volunteer crews, she is incredibly dedicated and committed. We are very proud of her.’   

Rachel recently visited Poole Lifeboat Station to present the cheque to Lifeboat Operations Manager Rod Pace and the rest of the crew, who have been supporting her on her fundraising journey.

Despite surpassing her original target, Rachel’s always looking for the next challenge and her next goal is out of this world – getting her performance played on the International Space Station. ‘I’d be over the moon if I achieved that,’ she says.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
• Lauren Hockey, Public Relations Officer on 01202 336134 . 07884 117369 or by email at lauren_hockey@rnli.org.uk

Byline: A teenage fundraising superstar is set to receive a Youth Award from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for turning £10 into £2,300 for the charity.
Page Content: 14-year-old Rachel Matthews, from Corfe Mullen in Dorset, has raised £2,285 for the charity that saves lives at sea – enough to train and kit out a new volunteer crew member.

As part of the Tenner Challenge – a Young Enterprise Project run by Rachel’s school, Parkstone Grammar – the Year 10 pupil pledged to play Mozart pieces on the piano every day for a month in the bar of the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.

A simple concept, but one that Rachel took on with gusto, using her £10 start-up fund to buy a promotional t-shirt and then finding free ways for her venture to be seen – on Twitter, through a JustGiving page, and, most innovatively, auctioning off a Skype performance on eBay.

By the end of the month Rachel had raised an impressive £1,500. But, spurred on by support from friends, family and RNLI staff and volunteers, she pledged to increase her total until she had raised enough to kit out and train a new volunteer crew member.

Rachel says: ‘I love playing piano and I thought I could combine it with raising money. The Matthews have always been part of the Poole RNLI crew – my great-great-great grandfather Thomas was the first of the Matthews family to join the crew 150 years ago.

‘I’d like to think I’ve made the difference to one crew member who I’ve been able to train and kit out with the money I’ve raised. I hope they will have confidence from their training to enable them to go out and save lives at sea.’

Rachel is due to receive the Youth Award at the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards at the Barbican Centre in London today (Thursday 22 May).

Selina Taylor, Community Fundraising Manager at the RNLI, said: ‘Rachel used her imagination to come up with something different and innovative. Auctioning a performance via Skype was not only a unique way to raise money, but meant that others could enjoy her performances, too. Like our volunteer crews, she is incredibly dedicated and committed. We are very proud of her.’   

Rachel recently visited Poole Lifeboat Station to present the cheque to Lifeboat Operations Manager Rod Pace and the rest of the crew, who have been supporting her on her fundraising journey.

Despite surpassing her original target, Rachel’s always looking for the next challenge and her next goal is out of this world – getting her performance played on the International Space Station. ‘I’d be over the moon if I achieved that,’ she says.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
• Lauren Hockey, Public Relations Officer on 01202 336134 . 07884 117369 or by email at lauren_hockey@rnli.org.uk