Why do you raise money for charity? That's exactly what our JustTextGiving team has been asking on Twitter, and now it's time to hear some of your best #WhyIRiase stories...

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Why do you fundraise? It might be a something you’ve never really thought about before, but chances are that if you’ve ever asked people to help you raise money for a good cause, then there’s been a very good, probably personal, reason behind it.

Throughout August, our JustTextGiving team went on a mission to uncover these reasons – to find out why text code-using heroes like you choose to fundraise. Using the hashtag #WhyIRaise, we chatted to fundraisers of all walks of life and encouraged everyone to share their fundraising stories. And the response? It’s been incredible, with #WhyIRaise entry stories coming in thick and fast from a wide cross-section of the UK. Read on to get inspired, or to see if your story was one of our favourites…

Food for fundraising thought

The variety of stories we’ve received over the last few weeks has been fascinating. Some people raise in memory of loved ones, some are passionate about finding cures and fighting diseases they suffer from themselves, some love nothing more than a tough physical challenge, and some people out there just want to have fun! Now that we’ve been through all 150 #WhyIRaise stories, it’s time to share some of the most memorable.

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As you can see in the picture above, @MarshieP chooses to raise for The British Heart Foundation in memory of his father. His dad was one of the first ever full heart transplant patients, making his efforts a wonderful way to show the charity his and his family’s gratitude.

@MarcPowellJudo’s story was equally touching; as a visually impaired Paralympian he fundraises because he wants to change the perception of those who are visually impaired. What a guy!

Likewise, the #GetYourBellyOut team had lots to say on Twitter, and it was amazing to see how passionate this group of fabulous fundraisers are. In particular, @lornamary_1981. Like so many of the #WhyIRaise participants, Lorna aims to make a difference to a charity that is particularly close to her heart. As a sufferer of IBD herself, she’s made the decision to raise as much as possible for those who also suffer. But a firm favourite, and one of the worthy winners of a JTG text code vest, was @TurtyPie. She shared her motivational mantra, and perfectly summed up what the campaign was all about:

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It wasn’t just fundraisers who shared their story, though. Some wonderful charities also got involved with #WhyIRaise to share what motivates them to keep providing such great services. While some of the fearless fundraisers who already own and cherish their text code vests took to Twitter to explain what keeps them going when undertaking even the toughest of challenges.

@markflannceo believes in supporting Beating Bowel Cancer so passionately that he’s taking on a 3000 mile cycling challenge to help make a difference, for instance!

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For loads more stories and inspiration, check out the #WhyIRaise hashtag on Twitter right here. And don’t forget to follow @JustTextGiving for tips, ideas and much, much more.
Feeling inspired?

Becoming a fundraiser is simple and easy to do – in fact, all you need to do is decide to get started! Pick a charity that’s close to your heart, pick a challenge that you’ll enjoy, and start using your JustTextGiving text code! Information about setting up a text code can be found here.

On behalf of JustTextGiving, we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who shared their #WhyIRaise stories. They were touching, entertaining and – as always – incredibly inspiring.

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