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Our £500 Fundraiser Recipe

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At first glance, finding money out of nowhere is, to say the least, a challenging task. But with a little passion and flare, and perhaps in some cases a small dose of adrenaline, raising money can be easier than first thought.

Though many of you may not feel the desire to jump out of a plane or run 26 miles (which we won’t hold against you, don’t worry!) there are numerous ways you can reach the magical fundraising total of £500. We spoke to some of our staff and treasured fundraisers to ask what advice they could offer…

Kayleigh, our Events Fundraiser’s, six steps to success:

  1. Click your way to £100
    Create an online fundraising page using a tool such as Everyday Hero and include your story and reasoning for fundraising, and discover the power of a ‘share’ on your social media channels.
     
  2. Pack up £50 at your local supermarket
    Organise a bag packing day in your local community.
     
  3. Pick up £120 by the power of the pub
    Who doesn’t love a pub quiz or raffle? Your local watering hole can offer a collection of cheery people ready to donate. Or why not organise your own!
     
  4. Wake up to £75
    Brighten people’s days with a healthy dose of caffeine by organising a local coffee morning in return for donations towards your effort.
     
  5. Match make £100
    Ask the company you work with to match your fundraising when you get to a certain amount.
     
  6. Dress to impress for £55
    Give your community’s kids some get-up-and-go for the day by asking your local schools to offer a £1 per person non-school uniform day in aid of CHICKS.

If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, follow in the footsteps of CHICKS very own Jo Foster who threw herself out of a plane (with a parachute, don’t panic). She reached her target through online fundraising with colleagues, friends and family and to top it all off, provided her colleagues with cream teas for the day… which went down a treat!

Sallyann Chambers also ventured into the adrenaline option by completing the notoriously gruelling London Marathon. Sallyann used social media presence as a beneficial tool for her fundraising, keeping up with posts, videos and images of her journey… even venturing into live videos (we’re not sure what’s more terrifying!)  

Finally, for large groups and company fundraisers out there, here's some advice from Gemma at Marks and Spencers:

“Our online donations have come from sharing our page everywhere that we can… being quite a large group from the same organisation meant that people could see how big the event was and wanted to help.”

… and hey presto, you’ve reached your target! Now sit back, relax and enjoy that rewarding feeling you’re experiencing knowing that YOU have made a huge difference to hundreds of children’s lives... you deserve it!

Has this sparked your inner fundraiser? For more information on how to get involved and help CHICKS change children’s lives, contact kayleigh@chicks.org.uk or call 01822 811020.

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