We’ve created some hints and tips for getting started with your own fundraising event from us and our fundraisers!

  • DO YOUR RESEARCH: Identifying a need and catering for that need is often the key to success. For example, if you know your work colleagues angle for a coffee and a cake in the afternoon, a cake stall will work a treat. Once you've got your idea, bounce it off others to ensure it's the right one.
  • BE CREATIVE: Choose a theme and how your event will look, and once again, ask others what they think.
  • BE PRACTICAL: All ideas are good ideas but not if they can't be executed. Think about how much effort is involved and be realistic about resource availability. Adapt or lose an idea if you feel it just won't work - you will be thankful for this in the long run!
  • SET A DATE: Start off by choosing a date when you know you've got the time to dedicate to your event, and give other people advanced notice.
  • SET A FUNDRAISING TARGET: Give yourself a goal to work to and communicate this to others.
  • BUDGET: Ensure you budget against this target. For example, to raise £500, you may need to spend £100 upfront and make £600 on the day to cover your costs.
  • INVOLVE OTHERS: Don't try to do everything yourself. Establish a committee and spread the load, matching talent with tasks.
  • CHOOSE A VENUE: To achieve your fundraising target, think about the number of people you want to attend your event and approximately how much you think they will spend (minimum), for example, £5 spend per head and to make £600, you will need 120 people. Then, look at venues that can accommodate this amount of people. Also, consider the practicalities of this venue, for example, parking and facilities.
  • BE RESOURCEFUL: Think about what you will need at your event, and how to obtain it. For example, if you're running a tombola, ask people to have a clear out and donate unused items they don't want, or a raffle, ask local businesses. You will be surprised at how many businesses will donate their goods or services for a good cause. 
  • PERMISSION: Make sure you obtain any appropriate licences. Your local council should be able to help with this.
  • INSURANCE: Ensure the venue has sufficient insurance to cover your event.
  • REFRESHMENTS: You are responsible for ensuring these are safe. Your local Environmental Health Department can give you advice if required.
  • PROMOTION: If you don't tell people what you're doing and in ample time, your event may fail. Think about what you can do to spread the word, such as displaying posters on community noticeboards, handing out leaflets in the local neighbourhood and using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • ADVICE: If you need some help, we're more than happy to give some advice. Please contact us