FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR GROUPS Our new fundraising pack is crammed full of inspirational ideas to help kick-start your fundraising. It doesn't matter how much time you have – there's something for everyone! Cancer, we’re coming to get you. Our Partner Our Sponsors Welcome to our Race for Life family! We can’t thank you enough for uniting with us in the fight against cancer and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Every two minutes someone in the UK is told they have cancer. And this number continues to rise. We want to create more tomorrows for more people and we’re determined to keep pushing forward in the fight against cancer. You are cancer’s worst nightmare. Welcome! Save time – get sponsored online. Benefits of setting up an online fundraising page include: Every pound you raise in sponsorship helps us continue our groundbreaking work and helps more people survive. We know the idea of fundraising can be daunting, so to help get you get started we’ve put together some top tips and great advice to boost your efforts. Good luck and have fun! Make sure you share this fundraising pack with all your group members and get everyone to join in! Your friends and family can easily sponsor you. It’s easy to promote on Facebook and Twitter. Get your fundraising off to a flying start by following our top fundraising tips. ✓ Have fun! ✓ Keep it simple ✓ Aim high ✓ Choose a fundraising project that you will enjoy. If you’re having a good time, people are more likely to support you. The best fundraising projects are often the simplest. Be realistic and plan well. We love a checklist! Be realistic about your fundraising target but set your sights high. Then you can really show cancer who’s boss when you reach your goal. Gift Aid Ask your sponsors to tick the Gift Aid box on your Race for Life sponsorship page or form. This can add at least an extra 25% to every donation at no extra cost to you or your sponsors to help us gang up on cancer. ✓ Do your sums - profit, profit, profit! ✓ Timing is everything ✓ Spread the word ✓ Say thank you! Aim to raise at least 3x more than you spend. Set a budget and keep expenses to a minimum. Try using your bet smile and sweet talking to get items donated for free. Choose the best time for your fundraising. Make sure it doesn’t clash with other things going on amongst your friends or in the office. Get on Facebook and Twitter and let everyone know about your fundraising. Even see if you can talk to your local paper or radio station, especially if you’re planning to make a real splash. Let the people who sponsor and help you raise money know how your Race for Life event went and how much you raised. Top tips for fundraising success Let people know about your Race for Life event and fundraising efforts! Word of mouth Email Social network Pro m fun ote y dra ou isin r g Tell everyone in your neighbourhood, social club, gym or office what you’re doing and why. Email your friends and colleagues asking for support and let them know why their support is so important. Remember to include the link to your online fundraising page. Share the link of your online fundraising page on Facebook and Twitter so that everyone you know can sponsor you and let cancer know you mean business. How your fundraising helps Do you fancy helping us keep our scientists safe? Every day they use different chemicals as part of their groundbreaking work and some of them can be harmful. Around £23 is enough to kit them out with a lab coat and a pair of safety specs to protect them. Cancer Chat is a moderated discussion forum. It’s a safe online space open to anyone to discuss any aspect of the disease, from symptoms and treatment, to living with cancer. £46 is the cost of running the forum for 1 hour, helping many people through very difficult times. £82 enables a man to take part in one year of a study looking at a potential screening test for men with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. In the future, this could help detect the disease at an early stage when it is more likely to be successfully treated Around £260 pays for a powerful bit of kit called a microarray, which staggeringly can examine around 40-50,000 genes in a tumour sample all in one go! Keep your fundraising activity legal and safe Fundraising advice and rules Health and safety It’s so important you consider health and safety requirements when doing any fundraising. Doing a risk assessment beforehand will help you find out if there’s anything you need to do to prevent accidents happening. It doesn’t need to be a complicated process – it might be as straightforward as making sure spillages are cleaned up promptly so people don’t slip. Licences You will need a licence from your local authority for any of the following activities: • Providing alcohol • Providing entertainment Food hygiene • A public collection If you are providing food, you need to follow the simple guidelines for preparing, handling and cooking food by the Food Standard Agency. You can find lots of useful information at food.gov.uk and nhs.uk/LiveWell/Homehygiene. • Putting up banners or signs Raffles and lotteries There are strict and complex laws relating to raffles and lotteries. There are also legal requirements regarding prizes, the costs of running a raffle or lottery, and the way they are organised. Please contact your local authority for advice before holding an event like this. Please see our guidelines that you can download from cancerresearch.org.uk/fundraising for more information. in public areas • Selling goods in a public place . Smash your group’s fundraising target... Fundraising story Dress down day Doesn’t the day go quicker when you’re wearing jeans! Get colleagues to pay for the privilege, or why not go all out with glittering gowns and sparkling suits? Fantastic fundraisers Office Olympics Get your colleagues involved in a mini Olympic challenge. Think of some fun competitions such as speed typing or bin basketball. Charge for entry and give prizes to the winners. Do you have a new fun way to raise money? Share your fundraising tips on Facebook so everyone can give it a go! Change it up Why not keep it simple? Of the 22 billion coins in circulation, around 13 billion of them are lost – that’s a lot of money lurking in handbags or down behind the sofa. Make a change jar, and go hunting! Sweepstake Whether you plan to walk, jog, run or even dance your 5k, why not run a sweepstake for people to guess your time? Your friends can pay for a guess, with a prize for the winner. ‘Smifull’s and Co’ took part in Race for Life Crawley in 2013 and raised a fantastic £800! Group leader, Alice, says, “We all got together to plan our fundraising. Both families involved, the Smiths and the Fullers, love quizzes, so we held a quiz night in a local community centre, and invited lots of friends, family and colleagues. People were so generous, especially when they knew that it was for such an important cause, and it was a really fun evening”. Smash your group’s fundraising target... Fundraising ideas Quiz night Hold a quiz night in a pub or at home. Charge to enter, and then offer half the money raised as a prize for the winning team and pay the other half in to your fundraising page. Themed evening party Organise a themed evening base on a film, era, letter of the alphabet or anything else you like. Why not theme the food and tell guests to come in costume too? Charge for entry. Sell your skills Whether it’s cooking lessons, manicures, talking a foreign language or gardening, you’re bound to have a talent that you could share! How to return the money you’ve raised Once your Race for Life event and fundraising activities are over, either make sure all your money is on your JustGiving page, or please send us the total amount you’ve raised. Online – make an online payment with your credit/debit card at raceforlife.org Phone – call us on 0845 600 6050 to pay with your debit or credit card. Sponsored Something! Known as the resident chatterbox? Hold a sponsored silence. Always hopping in the lift? Get sponsored for a fortnight of only using the stairs. Just think of something that will challenge you! Post – send a cheque payable to “Cancer Research UK” to Race for Life, PO Box 1579, OXFORD OX4 9HX We hope this pack inspires you and has helped you with your fundraising efforts. Every pound you raise will help to keep the momentum going – and get us closer to winning the fight.
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