Practical fundraising help
If you’ve decided that you would like to fundraise for us – thank you! Your support will help us to reach more people with sight loss and provide them with vital services. To help you to help us, here is some practical fundraising help.
Here is our list of things to think about which will help you to plan a safe, legal and successful fundraising event.
1. Help keeping your events safe, legal and fun
You can get advice from a professional medical company like St John’s Ambulance or Red Cross about what type of First Aid to have at your event. Things to think about:
- the number of people
- type of event and risk involved
- type of people, including their ages
- location and type of venue
- how long the event lasts
- what is the weather likely to be like
- how near is it to local medical facilities
- what experience you have of similar events
- what welfare and first aid facilities are at the venue.
If your event involves the public you will need to have Public Liability Insurance. Check with the venue first as they may already have insurance that covers your event.
Some things require a licence, such as:
- alcohol or entertainment, including recorded music
- holding a raffle, lottery or auction
- doing a public money collection
- putting up banners or signs in public areas.
This list doesn’t cover everything. Contact your local authority to check which licences you will need.
The Food Standards Agency provides guidelines for preparing, handling and cooking food. If you are using a caterer you need to make sure they have a Food Hygiene Certificate and Public Liability Insurance.
- to collect money in a public place, you must get permission
- to collect in the street you need a licence from the local authority, which will have some rules for your collection
- door-to-door collections are illegal without a licence. Speak to your local authority to apply for one
- to collect on private property, such as a shopping centre, you need permission.
Handling money and keeping safe
Here is some advice for handling money at fundraising events:
- where possible have two people around when money is being handled and counted
- collect cash using a secure container, e.g. a sealed container for a collection or a secure cash box for change
- when carrying money around take care. Always use a safe route and always be with someone and/or carry a personal alarm
- if you are confronted by someone demanding the money, do not put up a fight, hand them the money straight away and report the matter to the police
- put money in the bank as soon as possible.
You can pay in your money after your event online, by phone or by post. Thank you for making a difference by fundraising for Sight Life.
Paying in money online
Use our secure online donation form to donate using your credit or debit card.
Paying in money over the phone
Call 029 2039 8900 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).
Paying in money by post
Please send a cheque made payable to “Sight Life” to our head office at:
Womanby Street / Stryd Womanby
Cardiff / Caerdydd
Paying in money in person
You can also bring cash and cheques to our head office.
Children at your event
Make sure children are properly looked after and have permission to take part from a parent or guardian. Adults looking after children should have carried out appropriate checks. See the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) information for more guidance.
Suppliers or contractors
If you use external suppliers for equipment or services at your event, make sure you use a reputable company. Ask to see a copy of their Public Liability Insurance and risk assessment. If anything looks unsafe on the day, do not use the equipment or stop the activity.
Risk Assessment Guidance
Doing a risk assessment means looking at what could cause you or your participants harm and checking you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prevent this from happening.
It’s a good idea to keep a record of the risks for your event, you can use our risk assessment template.
2. Using specialist fundraising websites
Raising money online couldn’t be simpler. If you haven’t already, you can set-up your own page on a number of online fundraising websites (such as JustGiving, Givey, Virgin Money), so your friends, family and work colleagues can sponsor you in a matter of minutes. Many of these also allow people to text their donations.
A guide to different websites can be found at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/charity-fundraising-sites
Ways to make the most of your page
- Make your page as interesting as possible by adding photos and videos and letting everyone know why you’re raising money for Sight Life.
- Share your page on Facebook and Twitter and email it to your friends and family. More and more donations are being made via social media so be sure to share a link to your page.
- Let people know that their donation will make a real difference.
- Allow your supporters to donate by text, which are free.
- Use apps on your iPhone or Android to update your page.
3. Ask a fundraising question
We’re here to help you with your fundraising. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this page, contact us using the details below.
Get in touch
Get in touch with one of our offices, or find the details of a member of our team.
Sight Life (Head Office)
029 2039 8900
Rhondda Cynon Taff & Merthyr Tydfil
029 2039 8900
Swansea and Neath Port Talbot
Swansea Vale Resource Centre
Swansea SA7 0AL