I'm curently planning to hold a fundraising event, with the help of my company - Wiley, this halloween. Along with a halloween-themed cake sale we will be holding a pumpkin carving competition and a Trick or Treat tombola. To entice participants I've been asking local companies in Chichester to donate prizes to the event and have been thoroughly impressed with their generosity.
I've been emailing, posting letters and visiting shops in person to ask for kind donations and since beginning to ask last Friday I've already secured six prizes for the event. The local leisure centre (Westgate) has given a three month membership to its facilities, the bakers on South street (Maison Blanc) is giving a large halloween cake, Cafe Nero has donated a drinks voucher and even the local sweet shop (The Sweet Jar) has donated a box of fudge. All going well our prize bank should be very generous on the day and draw lots of participants to raise lots more money. Until then I've many more letters to post and the length of Chichester to traipse.
I also need to plan which cakes I'll be baking for the event itself (I'm fortunate enough to get lots of baking volunteers this time so I don't have to make 150 cupcakes like last time). The internet is throwing up lots of ideas and it's easy to get carried away but I'm narrowing it down to a few recipes that I hope will be well received. I'll post pictures from the event early next month.