Before your event
There are a few things you’ll need to think about before your event.
Most importantly, you’ll need to scout for an appropriate location. If you’re in luck, then you might have suitable office space, but make sure that anything valuable or important is stowed away safely.
If that’s not an option, find a local park, or if you’re in a more rural setting, there may be a field on hand. Maybe someone on your team has a large garden who would be kind enough to host the games. Alternatively, you could explore gym space in your area.
Next, think about who’s on the guest list. This could include people from far and wide, anyone interested in raising money for medical research. Start with the closest, family, friends, colleagues. Ask people you know from your gym and the clubs and groups you’re involved with. You could also invite local weight loss groups.
You could always combine the games with a garden party, so it’s more inclusive for people with reduced mobility. Alternatively, combine it with an office event as a team building exercise, or make it somebody’s birthday celebration.
Pick a theme, if you think that might make the games a better occasion. The theme could be the Olympics, or perhaps everyone dresses up as their favourite sporting figure.
Types of games
Have a think about the types of games.
Here are some suggestions:
- Egg and spoon
- Shot-put beanbags
- Skipping race
- 3 legged race
- Wheel barrow race
- Tug of war
- Space hopper race
A few final things you’ll want to think about:
- Scheduling – consider when will the event take place. Avoid schools holidays or dates with major events taking place.
- Fundraising – consider how is the event going to raise money. Try and secure sponsorship from local business. Sell ticket at the event. Have a JustGiving page to collect online donations.
- Promotion – spread the word.Make an event on Facebook. Post about the games on Instagram. Approach local papers and ask them to mention your activities. Email people you know.
During your event
There are a few things to think about for during your event.
- Consider refreshments – people, especially the athletes, are going to get thirsty.
- Prizes – have prizes for certain achievements. Or perhaps just the winners of each activity.
- Why are you doing this event? Share your story with everyone.
- Take photos and capture the day – share on your social media and tag us.
- Don’t forget to have fun!
Hints and tips
- Add on extra events such as a BBQ or a raffle – remember to consider licenses and food standard guidelines (have a look at the ‘Keeping it safe and legal’ page)
- Speak to your local school or gym to lend the materials you need for make this event successful
- Double your money – do you work for a company that offers match giving?
- If it went really well – get some feedback - can you make it an annual thing?
Keeping it safe and legal
It’s important that you are safe and legal while fundraising in aid of the BHF. Please visit our ‘Keeping it Safe and Legal’ guidance.
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