Fundraising resources

Whether you’re shaving your head or being sponsored for a challenge, we have the tips and tricks you need to reach your goal.

Kickstart your fundraising

Begin your fundraising journey today and download your free Fundraising Pack. It’s crammed full of tips and tricks to help you get your fundraising underway. 

REQUEST YOUR FUNDRAISING PACK

Next, get in touch to tell us your plans. 

Useful fundraising downloads

We’ve created some downloadable guides and templates to help get your fundraising off to a great start.

  • If you’re currently working remotely, our Guide to Wellbeing and Fundraising at home has lots of ways to fundraise whilst supporting troubled young men succeed in life.
  • Sponsorship form
  • Event details poster
  • Blank poster template 

How to send in your fundraising 

  • Use your fundraising page on TotalGiving or another website
  • Pay via the Abandofbrothers website
  • To pay via cheque or bank transfer, please get in touch using the details below.

However you donate, please tell us about you and your fundraising – we love to know more about our generous supporters.

The important stuff

Here are some things to consider to help you plan a safe, legal and successful fundraising event. 

First Aid

When considering what type of First Aid you may need for your event, it is worth asking yourself these questions:

  • Who is this event aimed at, including their ages?
  • How many people am I expecting?
  • What risks may be involved with the event and activities I have planned?
  • How long will my event last?
  • What is the weather likely to do?
  • Is the venue located close to medical facilities?
  • What facilities are available there?

But don’t be daunted, as a medical organisation like St John’s Ambulance will be able to give you advice about what type of First Aid you should have at your event.

Insurance

If your event is open to members of the public, you will need Public Liability Insurance. Check with the venue first, as they may already have insurance that covers your event.

Licences

There are some activities that require a licence, such as:

  • Collecting money in a public space
  • Raffles, lotteries or auctions
  • Serving alcohol
  • Entertainment, including playing recorded music
  • Displaying banners in public areas.

This list doesn’t include everything, so contact your local authority who will be able to advise you which licences you need.

Food

If you will be serving food, the Food Standards Agency provides guidelines for preparing, handling and cooking. And if you will be using a caterer, you will need to ensure they have a Food Hygiene Certificate as well as Public Liability Insurance.

Cash Handling

Here we have provided some advice for keeping money safe at fundraising events:

  • Wherever possible have two people present when money is being counted
  • Cash should be collected in a secure container or secure collection box
  • When carrying money around remain vigilant. Choose a safe route and try to ensure you have someone with you
  • If someone does demand the cash, do not put up a fight, hand over the money and report the matter to the police at the earliest opportunity
  • Bank money as soon as possible.

Collections

Here’s how to keep it legal:

  • In order to collect money, you must get permission from whoever is responsible for the site
  • Street collections and door to door collection are illegal without a license. Speak to your local authority
  • To collect on private property, such as a shopping centre or train station, you will need permission.

Safeguarding

If children or vulnerable adults will be present at your event, ensure they have permission to take part from a parent, guardian or carer and that they are properly looked after. Adults looking after children and vulnerable adults should have carried out appropriate checks. For guidance, see the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) information.

Contractors and suppliers

If you use external suppliers to provide equipment and services at your event, ensure that you use a reputable company. Ask to see a copy of their Public Liability Insurance and risk assessment in advance. If anything looks unsafe on the day, stop the activity immediately.

Here are some links that might be useful:

Disabled toilet and washroom hire

Health and Safety and Risk Assessments

It is important to follow the professional advice of equipment manufacturers and staff supervising any facilities. It is also best practice to carry out a risk assessment to demonstrate that you have considered any risks around your event and have taken the necessary actions to avoid them. Help and guidance can be found at the Health and Safety Executive.  

Abandofbrothers cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury to yourself or anyone else as a result of taking part in a fundraising event organised in aid of Abandofbrothers.

Publicity materials

Please ensure that all materials promoting your fundraiser specify that it is ‘in aid of’ Abandofbrothers (and any other charities you may be supporting).

Raffles, lotteries and prize draws

There are strict legal requirements around organising raffles, lotteries and prize draws. More information about these can be found at the Gambling Commission. As a rule:

  • If you are planning a raffle (or any other game of chance) as part of your event, and are only going to sell tickets at the event, you should not require a licence.
  • However, if you wish to sell tickets in advance, or to people not attending the event, this would require a licence.

Data Protection

Ensure that any electronic or paper records you keep about people involved in an event comply with data protection law. As a general rule, don’t keep information about people any longer than you need to, and don’t share information or data about someone without their permission. Full information can be found at the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Any questions?

Our friendly Events Team would love to hear from you. Please email us at events@abandofbrothers.org.uk

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