Tools and advice
Here’s a few bits and pieces of advice and useful tools to help you make the most of your fundraising
- Get yourself a sponsorship form and start raising money straight away!
- Create your own posters, invitations, flyers and more
- The awesome Shooting Star Children’s Hospices Quiz (don’t forget to email us for your answer sheets)
Shout about it
Promote your event on social media before it happens and shout about it afterwards! Remember – the people most likely to donate are your friends, so social media is a great place to start publicising what you’re doing.
Facebook is the best way to keep everyone in the loop about your fundraising, and brings in more visits to JustGiving pages than any other social media.
Some handy hints to get the most from your Facebook page:
- Share your story on your JustGiving page then use Facebook to spread the word – it’s really easy to do if you download the JustGiving App for your phone.
- Update your status with a link to your JustGiving page so that it appears on your friends’ Facebook timelines
- Post photos or videos of your training, preparation and event or challenge on your wall
- Thank everyone who has supported and let them know how much you raised
- Like our Facebook Page and share your progress with us
If you are on Twitter, make sure you follow Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and include @sschospices in any Tweets and we will be sure to follow your progress. Use hashtags relevant to the content of your Tweet, so people searching Twitter for particular words or subjects will see your Tweet and learn more about your fundraising.
The Dos & Don’ts: Advice, guidance and legislation around fundraising
Some things to think about when planning your event:
- Ensure that your event is organised efficiently and safely – the Health and Safety Executive has further information on event safety (www.hse.gov.uk).
- If you are selling food, contact the Environmental Health department at your local council office for advice and to obtain any necessary licenses.
- Ensure that your event is adequately supervised. Where children are involved, this should include providing adult supervision. You will need to carry out appropriate background checks if adults are to have unsupervised access to children.
- Consider what insurance cover you need for your event.
- Check with your local council whether you need any special licences, e.g. a public entertainment licence or a licence to sell alcohol.
- Always have two people present to count any money raised.
There are strict laws relating to raffles. You can obtain comprehensive guidelines from your local authority ‑ we recommend these are followed in full. If you are still unclear of the guidelines, please do give us a call. Please visit the Gambling Commission website for more information.
All street collections need to be registered with your local authority and a licence obtained. Please contact your local council for further information. If you are planning a collection at a train station, supermarket or a similar place, please contact the manager of the premises to gain permission to collect. Under 16s (18s in London) are not permitted to collect money through public collections. They can be present at collections, but cannot hold a collection bucket or can. If you would like to borrow collection buckets or cans, please do get in touch with us on 01932 823100.
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices children’s hospice care cannot accept any responsibility for your event, nor for anyone who participates in it.