Keeping it Legal
Seek permission where necessary and check legal requirements. Make sure you find out whether special licenses are required. This particularly applies to public collections, lotteries, raffles, sweepstakes, selling alcohol and food. There are also strict guidelines on children under the age of 16 being involved in fundraising.
Please make sure you have suitable insurance cover for example, Public Liability Cover and Event Cancellation insurance. Check with your venue and service providers (for example bands, catering, marquee hire) as they may already be covered.
Keeping it Safe
As the event organiser you must ensure the safety of participants. Not only are you required to comply with Health and Safety legislation but you may also need to consider First Aid and Fire Safety requirements. Your local council will be able to provide you with full details.
Keep your supporters updated and always thank anyone who has sponsored you.
- Gift Aid - The Gift Aid scheme was introduced by the government in April 2000. It allows for the tax on donations made by UK Tax Payers to be reclaimed by the charity – equivalent to 25p for every £1 donated. If you hold a sponsored event, ensure your sponsorship form has a tick box that people can use to declare this.
- Match Funding -Many employers support ‘match-giving’ for charitable causes. Tell your employer about your fundraising and see if you can get them to match the amount you raise.
- Online giving - Set-up an online giving page it is a convenient and safe way for people to sponsor you like Just Giving - Remember to give your page a closing date otherwise we will not be notified and able to thank you.