Sponsorship / Fundraising Tips
You can download a Big Wheel sponsorship form here.
You can download a Little Wheel sponsorship form here.
You can download a help sheet for Setting Up an Online Fundraising Page here.
Do you need some help getting your fundraising started? Take a look at our tips below;
- Please do remember to ask your sponsors to ‘Gift Aid’ their donation if they are a UK taxpayer as we can claim an extra 25% at no extra cost to them. All they need to do is tick the box and fill out their full name, address and postcode. Gift Aid makes up a huge amount of income for the Hospice and in 2016/17 brought in over £80,000.
- Make sure your fundraising page is compelling and explains your motivation. Set yourself a goal and make people aware of it!
- Tell your story about why are you fundraising for this charity and add pictures to your page so people can see how hard you are training!
- Time your donation request as people are more likely to be generous with their sponsorship after payday.
- Ask close friends and family to donate first as other people may then match their generosity.
- Tell people what your fundraising target is and what their contribution will help achieve for your charity (see example costs below)
- Add some perspective around a suggested donation e.g. £10 might mean missing a takeaway dinner.
- Interact on social media; keep sharing your Virgin Money Giving page. Did you know that 45% of traffic comes from mobile devices and 30% of donations are given using a mobile device?
- Keep reminding people to sponsor you! On average, it takes 2-3 emails to get 1 donation.
- Set yourself small weekly fundraising targets rather than thinking about a daunting total target.
- Collect donations before your event – as soon as the money is received, we pass it on to your charity so they benefit straightaway.
- Get friends and family to spread the word about your fundraising too – they’ll be keen to help you get more sponsors.
- Mention your fundraising event in your answerphone messages, email signatures, notice boards, anywhere you can!
Many of our previous fundraisers have found including some example costs on your fundraising page encourages them to sponsor you more. Here are a list of our example costs;
- Cost of Drugs and oxygen for 1 hour £5
- Cost of a Bereavement Counselling Session £20
- Cost of drugs and oxygen for a day £120
- Cost of a Hospice at Home visit £240
- Cost of a patient staying in the Hospice for a day £480
- Cost of pharmacist per week to dispense and ensure effective medication £500
- Cost of Medication and Oxygen for all patients for a week £840
- Cost per year of maintaining our Nurse call bell system £2,000
- Cost of the average stay of a patient in the Hospice (10 days) £4,800