Whether you are holding a dinner party or cake sale, abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower or shaving your head, you can count on us to give you all the support you need. Our Fundraising Team is on hand to give you help and advice to organise and promote your event or challenge and to give you the benefit of their experience and knowledge. In fact, everything you need to make your fundraiser a success!
If you’ve never organised a fundraising activity before, there’s no need to feel daunted, just follow the easy steps below! If in doubt, just give us a call!
Having worked as a local gp for many years, I so appreciate all the wonderful support I and my patients have received from St. Wilfrid's Hospice. All the people I have known who have suffered from cancer have been such an inspiration to me - they are very special people! People with cancer don't have a choice in losing their hair. I DO have a choice, so it seems fitting to shave my hair as a small tribute to thank them all for the privilege of caring for them
Tell us about your plans/ideas
You’re not on your own, come in and have a coffee and a chat about your idea. We can help you put on a successful event or achieve your dream challenge.
Keep it simple
Remember from little acorns great oaks grow! If it’s your first time and you’re planning a coffee morning, just serve coffee and cake it’s as simple as that! You don’t have to provide entertainment and a goody bag for people to take home!
Fix a date
Be aware of what else is going on locally and nationally. Thinking about an event during Goodwood Revival, can people get to you, will the A27 be blocked? On the other hand, a tennis tournament or strawberry tea held during Wimbledon week could help boost your funds.
Make sure you start planning well in advance – even a year ahead is fine! Do you need to book a venue or obtain permissions from anyone?
Ask for help
Putting on a fundraiser is more fun when you have friends, family and/or work colleagues to help you – don’t be afraid to ask them. Don’t forget to ask us as well - we’re also here to help you!
Work out how much you’re likely to spend, can you use your charms to get some freebies? If you’re running a raffle ask friends, family or local businesses to donate prizes rather than buying them. Remember the less you spend, the more you raise for the Hospice!
The scary (but actually not so scary) bits!
It’s really all about common sense…
Make sure you find out if any special licenses are required. This particularly applies if you are planning to organise a raffle, street collection or sell alcohol – please ask us if you are unsure. It is important that you ensure the safety of your guests. Have you undertaken a risk assessment? (We can help you with this.) You may need public liability insurance for your event. Check with your venue and service providers (caterers, marquee hire) as they may already be covered.
Read all about it!
Tell everyone about your activity, and we mean everyone! You could display posters, hand out flyers, mention it on Facebook/Twitter or other social media sites, advertise in free local magazines/websites, tell the local papers and radio stations what you are doing.
Remember - the quickest way to spread the word is to tell a friend!
Those that help and those taking part - on the day or afterwards, make sure you thank everyone involved.
There’s an awful lot to think about but don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself!
Share your success with us
Do let us know how you got on – we love feel good stories and you never know, you might even inspire someone else to fundraise for us too!