Help and advice

Whilst fundraising for Myton, your safety and wellbeing is our priority. With this in mind, please follow some simple guidelines and ensure you adhere to all laws and health and safety guidelines when organising and holding your fundraising activity.

Promoting your Fundraising

You should make it clear throughout your fundraising that you are fundraising ‘in aid of’ The Myton Hospices but that you do not represent the charity. For example, ‘[Name of your fundraising activity] raising funds in aid of The Myton Hospices. Please ensure that you have permission to use any images or text.

Collecting Funds

You need a licence from your local authority to collect funds on the street in a public place or by going from house to house. It is illegal to collect funds in this way without a licence.

Raffles

Small raffles can be held as part of a larger event and is a great way to maximise the amount of money you can raise, you will just need to follow these guidelines:

  • Tickets must only be sold during the event, on the premises where the event is taking place.
  • The draw must take place during the event.
  • No more than £500 can be spent on buying prizes.
  • No cash prizes can be given.
  • All tickets must be sold at the same price and no discounts are allowed on bulk buys (for example, five for the price of four)
  • Tickets should not be bought or sold by young people under 16

There are strict and complex laws relating to raffle and lotteries, which do not fall into this category, and full guidelines on raffles and lotteries are available from your local authority or the Gaming Board. Visit www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk for advice.

Supervision

Ensure that your event is properly and adequately supervised. Where children are included, this includes:

  • Providing proper adult supervision.
  • Checking that the child’s parents/guardians have given their permission for their child to take part.
  • Carrying out appropriate background checks if adults are to have unsupervised access to children.
  • Consider what insurance cover you need for your event.
  • Check with your local authority whether you need any special licence; e.g. a public entertainment licence or licence to sell alcohol.

Expenses

We understand that some events require a little bit of expenditure. Make sure that you are aiming to raise at least three times as much as you need to spend.

For example, if you spend £100 you should aim to raise a minimum of £300. It is important to note that we are unable to offer refunds to people fundraising in aid of The Myton Hospices to cover expenditure.

Paying in your Donation

All funds should be sent to the charity within six weeks of collection. For further help and advice please do not hesitate to contact us at communityteam@mytonhospice.org

Fundraising Events

Please ensure that your event is organised efficiently and safely as we cannot accept any responsibility for your event nor for anyone who participates in it. You should conduct a risk assessment to ensure that you have proper plans for the safety of participants. The Health and Safety Executive has further information (www.hse.gov.uk).

Ensure that participants are fully briefed about the event, including (where relevant) any risks, fitness requirements, special equipment or clothing required and standards of behaviour expected.

Useful Links

Charity Commission - www.charity-commission.gov.uk

About Fundraising - www.fundraising.co.uk

Institute of Fundraising - www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

Inland Revenue - www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities or ring 0845 302 0203