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Fun Walk Fundraising Tips

Join everyone to #WalkWithMe on Sunday 14 May at Keston Common.

Why we need you

Fun Walk - 14 May 2017

Our target of £200,000 can only be met thanks to walkers like you, and on behalf of the patients and families who benefit from your generosity, we thank you. Here are some of the ways your fundraising helps.

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£100 Group therapy session for bereaved children

Our Candle child bereavement service helps children and families who are struggling to manage their grief after losing a loved one. Our evening sessions provide opportunities for therapy and sharing in a supportive, group environment, with different groups for children and young people of all ages.

£300 keeping family members close

Family members may want to sleep overnight beside a patient on the wards, particularly in the final period of their lives. A comfortable and portable bed means they can spend this time close to their loved one.

£600 A week of transport for our young adults

St Christopher’s Young Adults Group brings together young people (aged 18-25) with terminal illnesses, for activities and socialising at the hospice every week. Many of these young adults have advanced mobility needs, and our transport service allows us to bring them to and from the hospice so they can take part.

£2,000 Training course for six bereavement volunteers

One of the most important things we do at the hospice is help family members and friends cope with the pain of losing a loved one. Our bereavement services rely on the support of volunteers to help meet the needs of the thousands of people who access them every year, and training helps ensure they are fully able to provide sensitive and appropriate counselling.

Raising money

Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned pro, we hope these hints and tips will give you a few ideas for raising all-important funds for St Christopher’s.

Make it personal

Tell people why St Christopher’s and hospice care is important to you. If people can see your passion and commitment to our cause, they are more likely to give generously.

Set a target

It’s always good to have something for you and your supporters to aim for, and setting a fundraising target is the best way to do this. Choose a target that is challenging yet achievable, and keep everyone updated with how you are getting on. Perhaps you could aim for the price of something tangible.

Online fundraising with Virgin Money Giving

Setting up an online page with Virgin Money Giving* is the best way to raise awareness and collect donations. The most successful online donation pages feature photos and your personal motivation for supporting St Christopher’s.

Start a Virgin Money Giving online fundraising page and remember to email it to all your friends, family and colleagues so they can start sponsoring you. If you need support in setting up your online fundraising page, please email funwalk@stchristophers.org.uk

*Our preferred partner, as they take a lower fee on donations – meaning that more money comes to St Christopher’s

Sponsorship forms

Ask family, friends and local businesses to promote your fundraising by displaying sponsorship forms and information about St Christopher’s in their workplace or shop windows.

Remind people to sponsor you

People have busy lives and if they don’t respond the first time you email or ask them, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to sponsor you, they might just need a little nudge!

Gift Aid

If your supporters are UK taxpayers, ask them to tick the Gift Aid option on your sponsorship form or online. This adds an extra 25% to the amount they give you, at no extra cost to them.

Cash matching

Many companies offer a Matched Giving Scheme – this means that for every pound you raise, your company could match it! It’s an easy way for you to double your money. Remember you must tell us if your company will do this.

Promote what you’re doing

You are doing a wonderful thing by walking for St Christopher’s on Sunday 14 May. Be proud of what you are doing and talk about it as much as possible! People can surprise you – you never know who will be inspired to support you so remember to use different networks.

Get social media savvy

  • Include your online fundraising page on Facebook or set up a group and get people to join – tag stchrishospice on Facebook
  • Tweet us @stchrishospice using #WalkWithMe – we can’t wait to read them!
  • If you have taken part before, why not post some pictures of your previous Fun Walk to help inspire others?
  • If you have a story to share, please email funwalk@stchristophers.org.uk – we’d love to hear it.

Good luck – and thank you!

We can’t thank you enough for taking part in the Fun Walk and supporting St Christopher’s. We are so grateful for your support.

If you need any more information about the event, fundraising or our work please call the Fun Walk Team on 020 8768 4575 or email funwalk@stchristophers.org.uk

Good luck with your fundraising! Remember, if you need any more help please get in touch.