Day 55 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Wednesday, 24th February 2021

The cricket is back on today, and it’s on at a reasonable time! The first ball is bowled at 9am and it goes on until about 4.30pm our time as it’s a day/nighter. This is really awesome, as I’ve missed my background cricket so much! Today, I’m adding a couple of volunteer jobs that haven’t actually featured yet in my 100 Day Challenge. They’re not new to me, but they’re not tasks that come around very often.

What: Giving Blood
Organisation: NHS Blood and Transplant

I always count donating blood as a volunteering task, even though it’s not one of the most obvious ways to volunteer. I donate at Tooting St George’s Hospital, and the staff are always amazing there. Today though, they exceeded themselves and put on the cricket so I could put up my feet and watch it while donating blood. It would have been perfect, but we’ve made a terrible start in the first innings. 112 all out, which is not good. Giving blood itself was absolutely fine. I’ve never been one to be afraid of needles, this is despite the fact that I have tiny veins and it usually takes a few goes to stick the needle in. Today, they got it in on the second go and I was done in 20 mins.

What: Fundraising call
Organisation: Dons Local Action Group

On the DLAG fundraising call, I had to explain the rules of raffling, as that’s what I was researching yesterday. While I’m no expert yet, I’m getting to know the rules around raffling and am now going to be helping to organise it properly. I’m happy to do this, but I don’t want to have to go sourcing prizes – I’m already doing that for my cricket charities, and DLAG has many more volunteers who can tap into their contacts for prizes. The fundraising team is doing well though, and it's good to have the one year anniversary to focus on, as it's given us a date and an event that we can use to attract new donations.

What: Volunteer Zoom Meeting
Organisation: Oval Ambassadors (Surrey County Cricket Club)

This is a role I was interviewed and accepted for four days before we went into the very first lockdown back in March 2020. I haven’t actually volunteered for the Surrey Oval yet (not counting the Cricket World Cup in 2019), because the 2020 cricket season was Covid-kiboshed. I was clearly the youngest person on the call – by a fair margin. The volunteer group seems to be very well-established, and it’s full of seasoned volunteers, a lot of whom also volunteer at Twickenham. I was pretty quiet on a call as I’m not quite a part of the clique yet, but they all seem really nice, and I’m looking forward to meeting them all at some point in the next few months – pandemic-pending.

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