Fundraise for Hope

Fundraise for Hope

Doing something different, challenging yourself, meeting others… and all while making money for a fabulous cause. Fundraising is maybe one of the very best ways to help give something back. Check out the ideas below for how to get started raising money for young people who need your support.

Jump right in! It’s as easy as…

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Get ideastorming! Is  Tough Mudder  open for new entries this year? Do you make a mean lemon sponge? Could you collect donations  instead of gifts for your birthday?

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Tell your friends! With the date set, it’s time to spread the word. If you’re collecting sponsorship,  a JustGiving page  makes it really easy (don’t forget these  Top Tips  for success).

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Congratulations!  With your event completed, it’s time to send in your money to Hope. Thank you so much for supporting young people through a family health crisis.

Some FAQs

I’m stuck! What kind of things can I do to raise money?

A great way to start is by checking out  JustGiving’s A-Z of Fundraising   for some top ideas (in alphabetical order)! If you’re still stuck for ideas, we’d love to chat with you about it. Give us a call: 01989 566317 or send an email to  lorna.russell@hopesupport.org.uk.

How will my fundraising help?

Hope is entirely self-funded, so the money that you raise really will make a difference to us. Take a look at what £12.50, £30, £50 and £72 could provide our young people, click here to  see how your money can help.

Can I have some Hope flyers and posters so that people know what my event is for?

Yes! Either pop into the office, or  get in touch  and let us know how many you would like and how we can get them to you. Please return any extra leaflets you don’t use as we can reuse them and reduce our costs.

I want to do a collection for Hope at my event. Can I have some collection tins?

Yes! You’ll need to pop into the office to collect them, as unfortunately they are too big to send in the post. You can  find our address here.

I’d like to run a raffle for hope, is this as easy as it sounds?

A raffle can be a great money-raiser. However, there are some serious legal points to consider before you run a raffle, such as pricing regulations, prize requirements and licenses.

If you’d like to talk it through with us, we’d be more than happy to chat with you. Give Lorna a call at the Hope office: 01989 566317.

How can I spread the word about my event?

There are loads of ways to get the word out! You could think about the following…

  • Share your event and  JustGiving page  (if you have one) via your social media pages
  • Send an email around your work and friends, explaining what you are doing and why (don’t forget to include the link to your fundraising page if you have one).
  • For the more creative out there, why not make a video diary of your progress and share it via social media or email? People love to see behind-the-scenes footage and hear about the personal trials, challenges and inspiration behind your fundraising. From your first training sessions to your gold medal moment, you’ll build momentum and support along way.
  • Tell everyone at your local clubs, groups you’re involved in, coffee shops you’re a regular at etc.
  • Put some posters up around town and hand flyers out.
  • Feeling brave? Your local radio stations may be happy to interview you and publicise your event to all their listeners! Be sure to mention the reasons behind your fundraising event and what is motivating you get involved.
  • Send press releases and photos to your local papers –  email us  for a template.

We will happily publicise your event on Hope’s  Facebook  and  Twitter  pages and award you the eternal stardom you deserve! If you can, be sure to send us photos to help us promote your fundraising efforts really effectively.

Can my company or workplace support me?

If your fundraising event involves sponsorship, the easiest way is to set up an online fundraising page at  JustGiving.com. Follow the link, then simply click “Fundraise for us” at the top of the page and follow the instructions to create a unique webpage you can share with your friends and collect sponsorship and Gift Aid online. All the money comes straight through to Hope, leaving you free to focus on your challenge!

You’ll probably also need to collect some money from supporters face-to-face, which is why we’ve made a Sponsor Form for you to download and print from the  resources  below.

What is the easiest way to collect money?

If your fundraising event involves sponsorship, the easiest way is to set up an online fundraising page at  JustGiving.com. Follow the link, then simply click “Fundraise for us” at the top of the page and follow the instructions to create a unique webpage you can share with your friends and collect sponsorship and Gift Aid online. All the money comes straight through to Hope, leaving you free to focus on your challenge!

You’ll probably also need to collect some money from supporters face-to-face, which is why we’ve made a Sponsor Form for you to download and print from the  resources  below.

How do I send my money in?

We’re glad you asked! Please make cheques payable to “Hope Support Services”, and print out the Gift Aid form in the  resources list  below to add an additional 25% to your funds at no extra cost to you, if you are a UK taxpayer. Please send your forms and the cheque of your total amount raised to  our address here.

Please include a covering letter telling us all about who you are and your fundraising event, we love to hear about what you’ve been doing and can give you a shout out on our social media pages. Don’t forget to include a return address or email that we can send a thank you letter to – or let us know if you’d rather not receive one. Alternatively, you can email us and we will provide bank details for direct transfers.

We’d also LOVE to see a photo of your event/challenge in action, so we can promote your efforts on social media!

Is it true that you’ll cook me breakfast on the day of my event?

No.

Some helpful free resources

Gift Aid form

Gift Aid adds an additional 25% at no extra cost to you, if you are a UK taxpayer. If you’re sending us a cheque of your total money raised, please sign and enclose this form along with it in the post. Thank you.

Get it here >

Sponsorship form

Be sure to encourage your supporters to include their home address and check the “Gift Aid” column – it could add 25% to your total raised!

Get the form >

Raffle letter

When hunting for raffle prizes or other fundraising, some businesses may ask for a letter from Hope to prove that you’re really raising money for us.

Request a letter >

Press release

Local media can be a great help for fundraising. Just add your own details and a photo to our template and start spreading the word!

Request template >


Top tips

Check out this collection of top tips from JustGiving.com, to help support your fundraising and make every penny count!

Get the tips >


Event posters

If you’re not a designer, you can find lots of inspiration online. Check here to see a few which are ready to go.

Event posters >


Make it official: start your JustGiving page today

Log on to JustGiving.com and hit start fundraising. They’ll guide you through sign-up and afterwards you can create a beautiful page to track your goals. Once you link your page to our charity you’re on your way to success!

Visit JustGiving today >