Interview: Emma-Louise Forshaw
Thursday 11 June 2009
Emma-Louise Forshaw works for the London
Borough of Lewisham and is set to do a parachute jump to raise
money for NCB. This is the latest fundraising event for Emma, who
at only 20 years old has a history of raising money to help
children and young people.
In 2007, Emma was one of the stars of a documentary called Into
the Big Wide World, which followed the progress of teenagers
leaving care. The programme showed a small group of young people
volunteering in the townships of South Africa and at an animal
sanctuary in Limpopo, north of Johannesburg, as part of the South
East London to South Africa project.
What motivates you to fundraise for children and young
people, and for NCB in particular?
As a child, I was looked after by the London borough of Lewisham,
where I now work, and I know how children and young people can
sometimes miss out on the opportunities they need and deserve due
to a lack of funding. That's the main reason I've become involved
in fundraising for NCB.
Can you explain how your own experiences have influenced
your decision to get involved in fundraising and charity
A few years ago, I volunteered on a project in South
Africa. I went as part of a group and we had to raise all of the
funding ourselves. On the trip I learnt that I was a bit of a
natural at fundraising and that I really enjoyed it. I didn't want
to put a good talent to waste.
How do you feel about doing the parachute
I am so excited about taking part in the parachute jump. I have
done one once before when I was raising money for the South Africa
trip. I really enjoyed it that time and I know that I'll enjoy it
What message do you have for anyone who is interested in
getting involved in raising money for charity?
I feel that I have achieved so much through volunteering
my time and raising money for charity. It's not only a sense of
pride and feeling great for doing something selfless; I have also
gained invaluable experience. If people want to get involved in
fundraising I have just two words for them: do it.