Our top fundraising tips

Tommy's top fundraising tips

Have fun!

Choose an activity you will enjoy organising. If people see that you’re having a good time they are more likely to support you. Click here for some fundraising ideas.

Keep it simple

The best fundraising projects are the simplest. Be realistic and cost your event carefully. Keep a checklist so you know exactly what needs to be done at each stage.

Decide on a date

Check the calendar for any clashes such as an important test match or a friend’s birthday!

Work out a budget

Set yourself a fundraising target and make sure it’s around three times as much as you spend.

Use social media

Social media is a great and simple way of communicating your event, run or challenge to your friends and family, and can create a real buzz. Visit our Facebook page to post on our wall about your challenge with a link to your fundraising page. Mention your fundraising drive on your personal Facebook status so that your closest friends and family can chip in. Keep posting throughout the challenge.

For example, if you're running a race, post about how the training is going. Include a link to your fundraising page with each post about the event. Ask directly occasionally, especially after you've completed the event. Many people will have planned to donate and then forgotten, so they'll be grateful for a reminder.

Share your story

If you have a personal reason for supporting the charity then share this with the local media as it will help bring your appeal to life and make it more engaging, which means the press will be more likely to feature the story. Click here to read more about getting publicity for your event.

Advertise your fundraising event

Tell everyone in your neighbourhood, social club, gym, office and so on. Put posters up in local shops, businesses and town halls. Contact your local paper and radio. Click here to read more about getting publicity for your event.

Try to keep costs down

Ask local businesses to help out. For example they could donate raffle prizes or cover the cost of printing leaflets or posters about your event.

Thank everyone

Make contact with all donors and attendees after the event to let them know how much you’ve raised and thank them for their support.

Get in touch with us

We want to help you and we have free fundraising materials, such as balloons, stickers and blank posters (with space to write the name of your event), that will help make your event a success. Complete our online event registration form so that we know you are doing something for us - if we know, we can help you!

Send in the money!

Please send in the money you raise quickly so that we can start putting it to use! Thanks.

What to do now?

Complete our online event registration form, letting us know what you have planned, and we'll provide all the materials and support you need to make it a huge success!

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