Do your own fundraising

I'd like to do something to help you, but I'm not sure what

Visit our Fundraising ideas page to help you get started.

Do I need a licence to run my raffle?

It depends what type of raffle you are organising. 

If you are holding a raffle during an event (e.g. dinner, fayre or coffee morning) you do not need a licence. All tickets must be sold at the event and the winner must be announced before the end of the event. No cash prizes are allowed.

If you want to run any kind of lottery where you sell tickets in advance, you must register with your local authority. They will send you a form to complete. Please contact us for further guidance before organising your raffle or lottery.

Where can I get a sponsorship form from?

You can download a sponsorship form from our website or you can order some to be posted to you. Visit our fundraising materials page for more information.

How do I pay in my money to you? 

You can send in your fundraising money by cheque to: The Pituitary Foundation, 86 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB. (Remember to include any donations or sponsorship forms with your cheque). Make the cheque payable to 'The Pituitary Foundation'.

Alternatively, you can pay in your money online through the JustGiving website. Please let us know that you will be paying online, so we can match the donation to you.  Or please contact us on fundraising@pituitary.org.uk if you would like to do a bank transfer and we can give you the relevant details. 

Simple planning tips 

  • Choose an activity that you will enjoy, one your friends, family and colleagues will support. Think about different ways you can raise money from your event e.g. raffle, ticket sales. Use your contacts to support you – make a list of who you know.
  • You can make your event as simple, or as elaborate as you like. Be realistic and cost your event carefully, consider creating an event budget. You may even want to set yourself a fundraising target.
  • Consider your resources and remember that you can delegate tasks to others. You may even want to set up an event committee to help you.
  • Plan well in advance. Choose your event, set a date, venue and time. Check your calendar in case there are any other events on the same day, either locally on nationally, that would affect your event.
  • Make sure your event is legal and safe (see below for more details). Remember to ensure that all publicity materials include the words ‘in aid of The Pituitary Foundation’ and our registered charity number 1058968.
  • The Pituitary Foundation logo is a registered trademark and we ask that you follow certain guidelines when using our logo. (Please contact us for information).
  • Publicise your event well in advance and think about how you can promote your event, e.g. posters in your local library, article in the local newspaper etc. If you would like to contact the local media about your event, please get in touch with us and we can help you with a press release.
  • Do you need any fundraising materials for your event? We can provide posters, balloons, sponsorship forms, T-shirts and other materials.
  • If you want to approach local companies for raffle prizes or support, we can provide an official letter stating that you are raising money in aid of The Pituitary Foundation. Remember to offer a company something in return for their support (e.g. acknowledgement on your posters, in your press release or on the day).
  • If you collect donations as part of your event, please encourage your supporters to Gift Aid their donations. (If someone is a UK taxpayer, for every £1 donated, The Pituitary Foundation will receive an extra 25p from the Government in Gift Aid). We can provide sponsorship or donations forms for your supporters to complete their Gift Aid declaration.
  • Set up your own online fundraising page to collect donations through JustGiving It’s safe, easy and secure!
  • Please remember to take photos during your event. We’d love to see them!
  • Consider the safety of money raised during your event. Think about cash boxes, night banking and having a minimum of two volunteers to count and record money.
  • After the event, thank everyone involved. Also evaluate your event, what worked well, what didn’t. This will help you plan for future event.

Keep it safe and legal

  • Consider what insurance cover you need for your event. The Pituitary Foundation cannot accept any responsibility for your event, nor for anyone who participates in it. 
  • Ensure that your event is organised efficiently and safely. Conduct a risk assessment to ensure that you have proper plans for the safety of participants. The Health and Safety Executive has further information about risk assessments and plans for safety on their website www.hse.gov.uk 
  • Assess your first aid requirements, you may wish to contact your local Red Cross or St John Ambulance. Ensure that your event is properly and adequately supervised. Where children are involved this includes: providing proper adult supervision; checking that the child’s parents/guardians have given their permission for their child to take part; and carrying out appropriate background checks if adults are to have unsupervised access to children. 
  • If your event involves food (production, supply or sale), either by you or a catering company, you must comply with certain regulations. Visit The Food Standards Agency website for guidance.
  • Check whether you need any special licences such as a public entertainment licence to play music, or a licence to sell alcohol. The venue where you are holding your event may already have an alcohol licence and/or a public entertainment licence.
  • If you plan to sell alcohol at your event then you will first need to apply for an appropriate licence, unless it is being held on licensed premises. It is fine to have alcohol at an event if it is free and there is no indirect charge for it, such as when the cost is included in the ticket price. Contact your local authority licensing department for advice.
  • If you are collecting funds on the street or in a public place, you need a licence from your local authority. It is illegal to collect funds without a licence. There are also special rules about sealed collection tins. Please contact us for further details.
  • Raffles and lotteries: There are complex laws and regulations relating to raffles and lotteries.

If you are holding a raffle during an event (e.g. dinner, fayre or coffee morning) you do not need a licence. All tickets must be sold at the event and the winner must be announced before the end of the event. No cash prizes are allowed.

If you want to run any kind of lottery where you sell tickets in advance, you must register with your local authority. They will send you a form to complete. Please contact us for further guidance before organising your raffle or lottery.

More information

Download our Fundraising Guide or contact our Senior Fundraising Manger Jay Sheppard, on 0117 370 1314 or jay@pituitary.org.uk 

 

30 fundraising ideas 

1. Aerobathon
2. Auction 
3. Ball 
4. Barbecue
5. Beauty evening
6. Book sale
7. Cake sale
8. Car washing
9. Coffee morning 
10. Concert
11. Dinner party 
12. Disco
13. Dress down day 
14. Fashion Show
15. Fayre 
16. Fancy dress fun run 
17. Five-a-side football 
18. Ladies lunch
19. Murder mystery party
20. Plants sale 
21. Quiz
22. Race night
23. Raffle 
24. Seventies party 
25. Snail racing 
26. Sponsored head shave
27. Sponsored walk 
28. Springtime Tea
29. Supermarket collection
30. Wine tasting