Fundraising hints and tips
Fundraise to help us keep hearts beating.
Fundraising takes determination, creativity and enthusiasm. That’s
why we've put together tips and ideas to inspire you and help you
Have a goal
Setting yourself a fundraising target helps you plan. Think
about how much you want to raise and when you want to raise it by.
Decide on what you want to do
Your idea can be as big or small as you want. Be creative!
Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- Host a dinner party or a barbeque and ask for donations from
- Organise a swimathon, aerobathon, sponsored silence or even
- Organising a sports day is a great way to get pulses
- Hold a quiz night and get teams to enter and drum up some
- Organise an evening event, such as a dinner dance, barn dance
or black tie ball.
- Hold a cricket match or 5-a-side football tournament and charge
for entry and post-match refreshments.
- Arrange a book swap – everyone brings an old book to donate and
takes away a new one for a small donation.
If you’re fundraising at work:
- Organise a cake sale and ask everyone to donate £2.
- Start a swear box.
- Organise a dress down day or a fancy dress day and get everyone
to donate a £5.
- Run a sweepstake for big sporting events like Wimbledon, or if
you’re taking part in one of our events, get your colleagues to
guess the time you complete your event in.
- Hold a cricket match or 5-a-side football tournament. You could
put staff, clients or departments against each other!
Tell people why you’re raising money for us
Whatever you do, tell people why you’re raising money for us and
how every pound is vital to our
research in the fight for every heartbeat.
Create an online fundraising page
Make sure you create an online
fundraising page for your event. It’s the easiest way to get
everyone to sponsor you. You can share it on Facebook and Twitter
Ask friends and family
Ask your closest friends and family to sponsor you first.
They’re likely to give more generously and set the trend for other
Find out about Matched Giving
Many companies have budgets for matching their employees'
fundraising efforts, so find out if your employer does Matched
Make your fundraising go further with Gift Aid
Always ask your sponsors to Gift Aid their donation if they
are UK tax payers. This means that we receive an extra 25p for
every £1 donated and it doesn’t cost you or your sponsors any