Worried that fundraising will be difficult? Think again...

Thinking about fundraising for St Wilfrid’s Hospice but having doubts? It is true that there are common misconceptions when it comes to fundraising, however here at St Wilfrid’s we want to assure you that it is not only easy, but a lot of fun too!

Here are 5 common fundraising myths debunked...

Fundraising is too difficult
Fundraising can be as easy or hard as you want to make it!  The team at St Wilfrid’s are here to help you in any way we can and to make it as easy as possible to raise the maximum amount of money.
We can offer you various support such as...

  • Decorations for events, bunting, balloons and banners
  • An official letter of introduction for you to take to local businesses to ask for donations, raffle prizes etc.
  • We can help you to design posters and flyers
  • Help you with some of the printing
  • We can sometimes add events to our community board in our local Hospice shops, on our website and to our events listing in our local newspapers.
  • We can supply you with St Wilfrid’s collection pots and buckets, branded running vests and t-shirts

So as you can see, whether you are taking on a bake sale or running a marathon, our team is here to support you every step of the way to make your event a success.

No one will give me any money

Nowadays people are being asked to give to charities all the time, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to hit your fundraising target.
You could do so much more than just ask people to donate money to you.  You could...

  • Hold a bake sale at work, school or in the local community
  • Ask your employer to match what you have raised
  • Have a clear out and go to a car boot sale – you will be surprised how much you can make.
  • Run a coffee morning
  • Hold a raffle

The list is endless so there really is no limit as to ways to get people to part with their cash!

Not all of the money goes to the charity

If you pay the money you have raised directly to St Wilfrid’s, then let me reassure you that every penny you fund raise for us will go to the Hospice.
If you’re using an online giving page such as JustGiving or EverydayHero, then they will take a fee.  The fees for EverydayHero are significantly lower so we would suggest this site for your fundraising page. 

The money that is donated to us is used for several different things. Take a look at our ‘Where does the money go’ page, on our website, to see how we spend the money.

My contribution won’t make any difference

Your donation, no matter how big or small makes a huge difference. We only receive 13% of our £7million annual running costs from the NHS, so we rely heavily on the local community to help us raise the rest.
Don’t forget about GiftAid – If you are getting sponsorship for running a marathon for example, download our sponsorship form and make sure your donors are filling in their details and ticking the Giftaid box. If they are a taxpayer, we receive an extra 25% from each donation!
– this really does add up to a huge difference in the total you make.

It’s too difficult to think of an idea

It’s true that it can be difficult to gather some fundraising inspiration, however there is no need to reinvent the wheel!  Some of the traditional fundraising ideas such as bake sales still work, but there are some other fun ways you can raise funds for us.
When thinking of an idea, play to your strengths. Do you have a skill or a hobby you could use to get some donations? For example you could wash cars or walk your neighbour’s dog for a week.

If you do decide to fundraise for us, please don’t forget to enjoy it!
Although some fundraising activities require more planning than others, at the end of the day it’s meant to be doing something that you enjoy for a good cause.

If you are interested in fundraising for St Wilfrid’s, please contact Jasmine on 01243 755199 or email jasmine.cotton@stwh.co.uk