Hi, I am Tanya, also known as Mummy Barrow. As my intro says I am an “online shopper extraordinaire”. This isn’t because I have nothing better to do, or because I have money to burn, it is the exact opposite.
I work from home, have three children in three different schools, which involve 50 mile school runs six days a week, a mad dog for whom no walk is long enough, and I am a volunteer for Victim Support.
So, going out shopping, either for food or clothes is never high on my list of priorities, Online shopping has become my saviour because I can ‘shop around’ online to find the cheapest deal, buy everything I need without leaving my desk and I am in for the resulting deliveries.
I do joke that I am the reason the high street is dying; I dread ever bumping into Mary Portas!
I became aware of Give as you Live last year after a fellow blogger attended an event organised by Give as you Live and blogged about it. It all sounded too good to be true. Shop online and money goes from the retailer to your chosen charity…really?
Signing up straightaway, it soon became obvious that this wasn’t too good to be true. It was in fact very true. My weekly food shop of around £100 could make my charity over £50 in a year. I could raise £50 without having to either put my hand in my pocket or ask friends to do the same.
With everybody feeling the pinch, money for charitable donations is in short supply and charities are really feeling that pinch.
In March of this year, I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador with BritMums and Give as you Live to tell my friends, Twitter followers and blog readers all about this fabulous campaign called Mums for good. What could possibly be better than mums (and dads to be fair) coming together to raise money for their favourite charities without it costing them a penny.
My chosen charity is Victim Support for whom I have been a community volunteer for just over a year. Victim Support is a national charity that helps victims of crimes, witnesses and their families either with emotional support or by sign posting them to other organisations. They also speak out as a national voice for victims and witnesses as well as campaign for change.
I have witnessed first hand just how vital donations are to this charity and what a difference just a small amount of money can make.
And therefore I am thrilled that within the first year of blogging and the first year of being involved with this charity I have brought these two things together in such an amazing way. My target is simply to raise as much as I can through my online shopping, but I would like to reach at least £100 by the end of 2012.