If you have decided to raise money for us, we want to make your process as simple and straight forward as possible. Your event deserves to be a massive success and we can help you achieve that.T here are a few key things to consider and it often helps to talk your ideas through so please Contact us for more info.
What is your target?
It costs us £600 to pay for a Members annual treatments at the centre. This is a great amount to aim for and quite acheiveable. It is also a good barometer to give to supporters to let them know what you are trying to achieve. If you are new to fundraising, you may want to opt for £300 which would pay for 6 months treatment for one Member.
Gathering Donations or Sponsorship:
The traditional route:
If you like to hold something tangible in your hand, then why not use a sponsorship form where you can gather people's details and how much they are willing to sponsor you. We also include a tick box for gift aid which allows SECHC to collect an extra 25p on every £1 donated.
To request a sponsorship form, please Contact us.
The online route:
If you prefer to use an online portal, please use Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving. Online fundraising are easier to share with your friends and family. It is also a great way to see all your hardwork adding up! You can also add any 'offline' donations you have had to the total so supporters can see a real time amount.
Publicity - get the word out there for your event.
Publicising your event is the most challenging but equally the most important thing you will do for your event. Without a structured publicity plan, the number of people attending your event will be affected and so will the amount you raise.
Use Social Media:
- Create an event page on Facebook and keep it updated.
- Post frequently to let people know what you are doing.
- Share stories.
- Social media is more a community rather than an advertising platform. Interact with others who are doing similar things, retweet on Twitter and share on Facebook.
Use every form of communication available to you; email all your friends and family well in advance; send another reminder a week before the event and a final one the day before.
Create an attractive flyer that you can give to people when you are talking to them at the school gate, on your lunch break from work, at church or at any other place you frequent where there is a gathering of people.
Make everything you send out fun, colourful and full of images.
Remember to say Thank You!
For everything that someone does, whether it be a donation, their time or the tickets they have bought, make sure you always say thank you.
Do a Bit of PR:
- Write a press release and send it out to all your local publications.
- Start a blog that is linked to your Facebook event page and Twitter feed; do regular updates.
- Take photos at your event and post them online, send out to participants and to the local press.
Keep your Event Safe and Legal:
If you are running an event, ensure that your event is safe and legal. See below:
Raffles and Auctions:
If you are holding a raffle or auction, it is important to be aware of the legalities associated with that. You can check the latest information and advice at www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
You may need insurance for your event; please make sure you research this prior to your event. Although we are here to help and guide you through your event, we cannot supply insurance.
If you are organising a food event, please ensure that you have considered food hygiene. Please look at www.food.gov.uk for more information.