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Community group fundraising

Are you part of a community group that would like to raise money for a worthy cause?

Are you a member of a Lions, Masons or a Rotary club? Maybe you're part of a sports club, faith group or the Women’s Institute? Whatever community group you're involved in, you can help us rebuild veterans’ lives after sight loss.

Community fundraising is a great way to get local people together while raising vital funds for Blind Veterans UK. It’s also a great way to introduce your group to potential new members. We can also help to raise your group’s public profile by celebrating your support on social media and in the press where we can.   

Why not use an annual event as a platform to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, or take on one of our fundraising ideas, such as hosting a fun quiz night or tea party? You could also work together to plan something more physically challenging like a sponsored hike or run.

Whatever you decide to do, we have plenty of tips and resources to help you plan and make the most of your event.

Try out these activities with your community group

Brew Up Host a tea party so your group can enjoy some goodies while helping blind veterans
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Luck Up Organise a sweepstake so your group can have a flutter and some fun while raising vital funds
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Photo showing Stephen Lake, of Le Strange Masonic Lodge, handing a cheque to blind veteran Raymond Thomas
Stephen Lake, left, of Le Strange Masonic Lodge, hands a cheque to blind veteran Raymond Thomas

Masonic lodge raises £1,000 for blind veterans

When Le Strange Masonic Lodge decided to host a fundraiser, it was easy to decide what charity to support. 

Stephen Lake, worshipful master at the lodge, had seen the work we do first-hand when we supported his father-in-law through sight loss. The lodge, based in Hunstanton, Norfolk, raised an impressive £1,000 for Blind Veterans UK through ticket sales, donations and raffles. Stephen personally handed the cheque to one of our blind veterans, Raymond Thomas. Stephen said:

“The support the charity gave my father-in-law when he lost his sight was life-changing. The adaptations they made around his home made it possible for him to continue living independently.”

More fundraising ideas

  • Walk, run or hike – set up a route, get sponsorship and ask a local café or pub to lay on some grub at the end.
  • Potluck lunch – hold a lunch event at your community centre and ask everyone to bring a dish. Ask for a small donation at the door or set up collection boxes.
  • Quiz night – flex your general knowledge muscles and set up a quiz. Ask players for a small entry fee, and see if local businesses will donate prizes for the winners.
  • Bag packing – ask your local supermarket if your group can pack bags in exchange for donations.
  • Bingo – a really easy and fun way to fundraise. Ask if a local venue will give you a room for free for a night, and charge everyone an entry fee. 
  • Auction – silent auctions can bring in big money, especially if you make it a black-tie event. Ask local businesses to donate items or services to auction off. Or ask attendees to donate services like window cleaning, grass cutting, etc. 
  • Raffle – ask local businesses to donate prizes. 

"Blind Veterans UK brought me back to the world and put me back in touch with everything a normal able-bodied sighted person could do."

Rob
Blind veteran
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You can help us to turn blind veterans' lives around

We believe that no one who served their country should face sight loss alone

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Tens of thousands

of blind veterans across the UK still need our support

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697

doorstep deliveries of emergency food and medication were made by our staff and volunteers in the past year

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184 online social groups were run by our staff in 2020/21, so our veterans could stay connected and combat isolation

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