Can you believe it, it’s November?! You’re a couple of months into training, Christmas (and our Training Days!) are just around the corner and the idea of fundraising is possibly a little overwhelming. You may be wondering how you’ll find time between your work and training for fundraising. And since everyone’s saving up for Christmas, how will people feel about sponsoring you?
Well, have no fear – Jenny is here! with some top tips on fundraising for November and the start of December that will kick start your fundraising (if you’ve yet to get it going) or give you a boost as you turn the corner to Christmas.
1. Bonfire night!
It’s been and gone, but the smell of the fire and sight of fireworks gets everyone excited. So, why not have your own event in your back garden? You can have a ‘Guy-making competition’ for a small entry fee and have mulled wine and homemade snacks available to buy. If the momentum from this holiday has truly gone, why not make it your New Year’s Eve party instead?
2. Get in touch with your local school
If you have a link with a local school, this is definitely the time to ask them to help out! ‘Non-uniform days’ are a grand tradition when the term draws to a close, so try asking your local school if the proceeds could go towards the charity and your fundraising.
3. Christmas wish-list
Everyone fills their list with must-haves for Christmas, but why not ask your friends and family to sponsor you in place of giving you gifts? This is a great way to fundraise with little effort on your part. Plus the holiday season always brings out the generosity in people!
4. Gift/card making
If you’re the arty type, try putting your skills to good use and start making some festive gifts for your friends to buy. You could make anything from cards to cakes to homemade jewellery. If you’re not too crafty, send the link to our Christmas Shop to all your friends!
5. Christmas Sweepstakes!
With numerous TV ‘Christmas specials’ hitting our screens, there’s no better time for a bit of friendly betting. Make a sweepstake, and ask your friends or colleagues to get involved for a small donation. There’s ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ as well as ‘Strictly Come Dancing, (a personal favourite) and the ‘X Factor’ final. You could even get your friends together to bet on this year’s Christmas Number 1, with a small fee going towards your fundraising.
6. Christmas/NYE party
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good, old-fashioned Christmas party. Every office has one, so get in on the action and ask your colleagues to do a raffle for your fundraising as part of the festivities. Or organise a Mince Pie Making competition for a small entry fee. Local businesses are often willing to help, so you could ask them to donate a prize for your winner.
7. Christmas collections
Contact your local council to get a Christmas collection going on your local high street or in a busy train station. Rope in all your mates to make it a great – and profitable! – day. Get in touch as we can provide the buckets, authority letters and some t-shirts to help you along the way – but some Christmas hats and props might make it a bit more festive! You could even add a competitive element by giving a prize to the person who fills their bucket the highest!
Phew! Well there’re a few ideas to get you going. As usual, if you need any help, ideas, or materials such as decorations/collection buckets to make your fundraising the best it can be, then please email me and I’ll do my best to help.