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Organise your own event

Organising your own fundraising event may seem a bit daunting, but we can help you have fun, stay safe and attract support to make your event a real success.

Organise your own event and raise funds for Children with Cancer UK! Our work is funded entirely by voluntary donations – we couldn’t continue our life-saving work without you. Thank you for your support.

Steps to follow

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Let us know about your event.

Fill the Form
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Plan your event.

Events Checklist
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Send us your donations to:

Events Team
Children with Cancer UK,
51 Great Ormond Street,
London
WC1N 3JQ

Events suggestions

A – Arts and crafts fair; afternoon tea party
B – Barn dance, BBQ
C – Cake sale; coffee morning
D – Disco; dinner party
E – Easter egg hunt; exhibitions
F – Fashion show; fun day
G – Golf fundraising; games night
H – Head shave; hair dye
I – Intellectual quiz; ice skating party
J – James Bond evening; jumble sale
K – Knitting; kids fun day
L – Lunch party; awn mowing
M – Matched giving; music concert

N – New Year’s resolutions; netball tournament
O – Opera night; Olympics day
P – Plant sale; pyjama day
Q – Quit chocolate for a month; Question Time
R – Race night; raffle
S – Sponsored silence; sweepstake
T – Tuck shop; treasure hunt
U – Uniform dress up; unwanted present sale
V – Village fete; villains and superheroes night
W – Wine and cheese party; weight of the cake
X – Xmas hampers; Xmas card sale
Y – Yacht race; yo-yo competition
Z – Zumbathon; zoo themed fancy dress

Planning your event

  1. Location

    Research your venue well and make sure it has all the facilities you need.

  2. Date and time

    Choosing an appropriate date and time to hold your event is crucial.

    Think about who you want to invite and what time is most suitable for them.

  3. Cost

    Put together a realistic budget of possible costs.

  4. Guest list and invitations

    Consider who you would like to invite and how you’ll let them know about your event.

  5. Publicity

    Spread the word through posters, flyers, print adverts and radio announcements. We can provide a press release template for you to send to local newspapers.

  6. Volunteers

    Recruit volunteers to help with the preparations and on the day of the event.

  7. Keep it legal

    Your event may require permission from the police, your local council or even the charity. Give your local authority a quick call to check what you need to do.

  8. Insurance

    You may require public liability insurance so make sure you have adequate insurance for your event. You’ll need to check that your suppliers have got insurance too. If you need more advice, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

  9. Health and safety

    Check with us to consider all health and safety issues if you are organising a large event – from food hygiene to fire regulations, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Extra Tips

  1. Get noticed

    Sending a press release to local media could give your event a real boost. If you are organising a local event, contact your local paper, radio or TV station. We can help you so please do give us a call.

  2. Online fundraising:

    You can create a personal fundraising page in minutes and email a link to friends, family and colleagues.

    Create a Virgin Media Page
  3. Gift Aid

    If you’re collecting sponsorship for an event, don’t forget to ask your sponsors to complete a Gift Aid declaration. It won’t cost you or them a penny, and can increase the total you raise by 25%! All we need is the name and home address (including postcode) of the donor.

    Learn more about Gift Aid
  4. Company support

    Your employer or local businesses can be a huge help with your fundraising either by donating money or goods. Many companies have a matched giving scheme allowing you to double what you have raised!
  5. Share your fundraising story

    Please send us your pictures and stories from your fundraising event, we’d love to share them with our supporters. Reading about your fundraising event can be one of the most encouraging things for new supporters.

    Email us or post to:

    Events Team
    Children with Cancer UK
    51 Great Ormond Street
    London WC1N 3JQ

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