Be a fundraiser in your community
Be a fundraiser and save lives. There is a multitude of ways to raise funds for Fuel for Life – here’s some suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
Cake Sales – A classic way to raise funds and also indulge in some delicious treats! Cake sales can be organised in schools, workplaces and even as a part of another larger event!
Coffee Mornings – Not only is this a great way to raise funds, but it will also bring the community together and encourage them to get involved.
Dress Down or Fancy Dress Day.
Persuade your friends and colleagues to pay 50p and lose the suit or uniform for a day. The brave amongst you could even come in fancy dress!
Battle of the Bands – Get some budding musicians together and run a Fuel for Life concert. Charge entry on the door to make sure you raise plenty of funds.
Sponsored Run – Help raise funds for Fuel for Life and get fit at the same time! Take part in a fun run and get sponsored using the form in this fundraising pack. If you’re feeling brave then run in costume to make sure you get noticed.
1 Day Fund – Donate a days salary to Fuel for Life and ask your colleagues if they will join you.
Talent Contest – Organise a talent contest and show your skills to colleagues, friends or family. Ask for donations on the door to raise funds.
Bike to Work Week – Help Fuel for Life and the planet too by spending a week cycling to work. Ask for sponsorship and get others involved too.
Fundraising Ball – Organise a fundraising ball in aid of Fuel for Life. With a great venue, food and music both you and your guests are sure to have a great time.
Pub Quiz – A great reason to get the community together! Arrange a quiz at the local pub and invite friends and family to take part.
Five a Side Football Tournament.
Arrange a five a side football tournament with teams from different schools or departments at work. You could even play in fancy dress for a day everyone is sure to remember.
Guess the… – number of sweets in a jar or a similar game. Try running this as part of another event so you can really get people involved
Below we have included a list of tips which we hope will help you make the most of your fundraising.
Have Fun – Other people will be much more likely support you and get involved with Fuel for Life if they see you having a great time.
Stay Safe – Think about any Health and Safety or legal concerns when planning your fundraising. Keep reading for our helpful guide.
Check the Date – It is very important to pick the right date. The last thing you want is for people to be busy on the day of your fundraising so check local events listings and plan carefully.
Set a Goal – You will be more motivated if you set yourself a fundraising goal. If you’re ambitious with this goal you may be surprised at what you can achieve!
Thank People – Everyone appreciates it when their contribution is recognised. Be sure to thank everyone who helps you with your fundraising and include their business logos on your publicity material.
Get Feedback – Obtaining feedback on your fundraising will be the key to succeeding again in the future. Improve on what people love and learn from any mistakes you might make.
Before undertaking any kind of fundraising activity consider any Health and Safety or Legal issues that might be involved. We’ve included a brief guide below get you started.
Health and Safety is largely a case of following common sense. Simply by doing your research and taking the advice of professionals and venue staff you won’t go far wrong! That said, Fuel for Life cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained by you or anyone else as a result of taking part in a fundraising event under the Fuel for Life banner so please complete the risk assessment guide included in this pack and take any required precautions to protect yourself and others.
Always check you have appropriate insurance at a fundraising event. When hiring buildings or equipment, insurance will often be a part of the hiring fee but please check as this isn’t always the case. Certain events may also require you to arrange public liability cover which will protect you against claims made by third parties for injury or property damage as a result of negligence.
Events involving the sale of alcohol, live or recorded music, dancing, the showing of films or plays, indoor sporting events or other events of a similar nature may require an Alcohol and Public Entertainment License. If you think this will be the case with your event then contact your local authority, the police and any other parties who might be effected by your event.
Food safety is incredibly important, especially when running an event such as a cake sale or a barbeque. Always wash your hands before you begin and take great care when preparing, cooking and storing food. You can find lots more great advice about food at:
Press and Publicity
Making the local media aware of your fundraising is a great way to ensure you’re successful as well as inspiring others to get involved with the Fuel for Life campaign across the UK.
Before your event it is essential that you send a press release to the local media. This will help your event gain publicity and therefore result in more people attending. You don’t need to write too much, but make it as interesting and informative as possible.
Once you’ve finished writing your press release, use it to gain as much publicity as possible by sending it to local newspapers, TV and radio stations. Consider following this up with a phone call as people will be sure to appreciate speaking to you about your plans for fundraising.
The local media will welcome a follow-up release after your event. Describe what happened on the day, how much you have raised and be sure to include plenty of photos.
As well as sending out a press release be sure to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to maximise your exposure to the public. The internet is an incredibly powerful tool for marketing and you should make the most of it!
Any information you store about people involved in fundraising will need to comply with the Data Protection Act. Don’t keep the information any longer than you have to and remember never to share information about someone without first obtaining their permission. A brief overview of the act is available via this website: https://www.gov.uk/data-protection/the-data-protection-act.
Lastly, there are some very strict laws regarding the organisation of raffles, lotteries and prize draws. To make sure your event stays legal please take a look at the information on the Gambling Commission’s website.
If you follow the advice given here then your fundraising should be both safe and enjoyable for everyone involved. However, if you are ever in doubt about anything then feel free to contact the GlassBox Media events team by sending an email to email@example.com.