Read (and hear) all about it!
Whether you are organising an event or completing a challenge to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, your local media can be a great tool to help boost your fundraising. The media are often interested in positive news stories about members of the community giving something back to charity. Publicity, used in advance of your event or challenge, helps drive local support.
Publicity can also be used to after the event to let people know how you got on and thank the people who supported you throughout your event or challenge.
How we can help
We’ve got a dedicated press team who can help you craft your story and get it published, so get in touch at email@example.com and we’ll try our best to make you a local superstar.
Our Press Team would love to hear from you. One of the team would be happy to have a chat with you over the phone to find out:
- personal information (name, age, where you live)
- about the event or challenge you are doing
- why you are fundraising for Blind Veterans UK
- link to your fundraising page.
For the best chance of publication the team will also need a picture of you to go with the story. Before anything is sent to your local media, the team will always check with you that you are happy with the story and that all the details are correct. Please be aware that while the Press Team will do everything they can, they cannot guarantee your story will be published.
If you’re interested in doing some publicity about your fundraising efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping safe and legal
Fundraising is exciting, energetic and a lot of fun, but there’s also the legal bits to consider. Follow these points and you won’t go far wrong. If you’ve got any questions at all, contact our fundraising team on email@example.com. We’re here to help.
Games of chance - raffles, lotteries and prize draws
Raffles, lotteries, prize draws and anything else where the result is purely down to luck (a rubber duck race) are all covered by legislation.
Small raffles that are part of a bigger event don’t need a licence as long as there’s no cash prizes and you sell tickets at the same event as the prize draw. If you’re planning to sell tickets in advance or to the public, you’ll need a licence. Get in touch and we’ll help you get it right.
If you’re planning a collection on private property, like a pub or shopping centre, you need permission from the owner or manager. If you’re collecting on the street, you need a permit from the local authority. These can take weeks to get hold of, so plan in advance.
Please don’t collect money door to door; it’s illegal without a licence.
Please let us know if you’re planning a collection and we can give you all the support and materials you need to make it a roaring success. It also helps us know what’s happening and where, just in case we’re fundraising in the same place at the same time.
You need to make it clear that some of the money you raise towards an overseas challenge is paying for you to take part. The exact amount should be on the sponsorship form. The following wording on the form should be:
‘[Challenge name and the date of the challenge] ‘Each participant must raise a minimum of £X. At least X% of this money will benefit Blind Veterans UK, with the balance spent on the costs of the participant’s trip. However, 100% of any sum raised over £X will benefit Blind Veterans UK.’
From a bucket shake to a comedy night, you may need public liability insurance if you’re holding an event out and about. You’re responsible for making sure your event doesn’t pose a risk to anyone, and you need to make sure you’re covered if something happens. Get in touch and we can help you get the right insurance.
If you’re putting on entertainment or selling alcohol, you’ll need a Public Entertainment Licence. If you’re hiring a venue, they might already have one, so check first before applying to your the local authority. They can take weeks to come through, so plan in advance
Health and safety
Any event can have its risks, so make sure yours goes smoothly. Get in touch with our fundraising team and we can help with some of the important points:
- Are you using a venue and does it need a risk assessment?
- Do you need first aid support?
- Are you selling food or alcohol and do you need a hygiene certificate?
- Are you handling any money safely, securely and legally?