So I got a letter in the post on Friday from the village parish council, saying that they wanted to sponsor me with £50! I’m so happy! That equates to nearly 6 months of anti-malarials, or 1/6 of my visa. I didn’t expect such a quick response, having only sent a request to them the week before. Following on from this success I’ve now just finished another application to my regional council, which would make a massive difference to my fundraising target if I got it as their standard amount to give to individuals is £500.
This also made me think perhaps I should let more people know what the money is actually going towards, and the sort of target I’m aiming for. Obviously I’m hoping to fund as much as possible from my own pocket, but unfortunately minimum wage waitressing/betting assistant/mystery shopper/avon sales rep/busker just doesn’t cut it in the savings stakes. So here, for you perusal, is my budget for the year:
|Return flight London-Bangalore||£500|
|Employment visa (working unpaid with a charity)||£310|
|Anti-malarials (12 months)||£120|
|Travel insurance (12 months)||£450|
|Accommodation (12 months)||£2000|
|Living costs (est. £30/week)||£1560|
|Total project cost||£5434|
…about £5400, which is cheaper than you can live on in the UK for a year.