Friday, October 9, 2009

Charlotte Parker is joining the Costa Rica and Nicaragua Autumn 2009 expedition and received the Raleigh Graduate Bursary Award

I decided I wanted to do one sponsored event to raise the majority of my funds for Raleigh, rather than several events and risk annoying people by nagging them to sponsor me several times. I chose to do an indoor, gym based ‘triathlon’. This involved me running 5k, cycling 17.5k and swimming 2.5k (100 lengths) which at 25k is roughly 10% of the distance that will be covered on the trek phase of the expedition. I asked friends and family to sponsor me, as well as getting family members to take round sponsor forms to their place of work, and altogether I managed to raise about £500 just from this one event. I also baked cakes to give out whilst asking people to sponsor me as I found that this made people a lot more inclined to give money!

I have also gathered together old books and DVDs to sell on Ebay or Amazon, but this was one of the challenges of fundraising – with such little time to raise the funds it was hard to sell anything, but the plan is to continue selling the items after I return from the expedition, to replace the savings that I have had to use for things such as kit and vaccinations.

Another challenge was writing to companies, many explained that due to the current economic downturn they could not afford to donate any money – some explained that they have already given large donations to various charities this year.

I found that the website http://www.justgiving.com/ was invaluable for persuading my old university friends who I no longer see regularly to donate to my cause, it gave me a chance to explain why I was raising money, as some initially thought they would be giving money for me to go on an extended holiday.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fundraising for the Raleigh Graduate Bursary Award

Luke Argall is going on a 10 week expedition in India this October as part of the Raleigh Graduate Bursary Award. Find out how he raised the money for his expedition:

Fundraising was definitely a challenge but a thoroughly enjoyable one. After finding out I was going on the expedition I immediately looked for the nearest car boot sale to me. I then sent a text to everyone on my phone asking them for their old junk which I could sell and hopefully raise my £200 deposit. Getting up at 6am was no fun, especially when it was raining but I thought better of it and set off. It was a long day but a friend came down to help me, with his car full of the stuff I couldn’t fit in mine, and I ended up with £130. This along with some of my weeks wage got me deposit and so I was away.

After chatting with a few friends about the best way to raise money, someone mentioned about doing the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge. This is to walk around Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours. I thought this would be perfect thing to do as I’m not much of a trekker and I thought it would be good to do something similar to what I’ll be doing in India. 6 of us did the 3 peaks walk on the 10th September and again, after a very early start, we did the walk in just under 11 hours. The sense of achievement after finishing the walk was unbelievable and something I’m looking forward to experiencing again in India. Thanks to my mam taking in sponsor forms to her work and church and the five friends who did the walk with me, I raised around £300.

I wanted to try and bring everyone’s attention to what I was doing and so I got in contact with my local paper. I had a phone interview which lasted about half an hour and the paper sent someone to take my picture. The write up was published in the following weeks paper and listed all the events I had set up and what I was doing to raise the money. This included the url for the just giving page I set up which came in fantastically useful as I have a lot of relatives who live in Australia – this was a quick and simple way for people to donate and I raised over £300 online.

I organised a charity football match which was my football team – Bingley Town FC against a team of my friends. This was very successful and I raised £110. I also held a charity fundraising night which helped me raise over £300. I charged people 5 in and with that they got their first drink and a bowl of curry free. After that I charged a small fee for food and beer. I had gone round my home town weeks before the event and asked local business’ if they could contribute in someway – I got some great raffle prizes including family cinema and bowling tickets, a cycle helmet and a motor cycle racing jacket. After the event I sent the businesses a letter thanking them and telling them how much I raised (I also included the certificate that came with the Raleigh welcome pack).

Organising so much in such a short amount of time was a really big challenge and I was very close to cancelling the charity night after thinking people weren’t going to turn up. I stuck at it though and had a really good night and it was all worth it. The satisfaction of organising things and them going really well is immense and when people are there to support you and tell you how proud of you they are, it makes it all worth while and makes you look forward to going even more.

Find out more about the Raleigh Graduate Bursary Award

Monday, June 29, 2009

Maddy Oakes' fundraising for her India expedition - the second instalment!

May was a major month of fundraising for me! On May 16th I held a Casino Night at my local golf club to raise funds for my expedition to India. After provisionally booking the venue I searched the web for casino hire companies who catered for my area and also within my budget – some companies even offer a discount for charity events. The company I booked: http://www.beginnersluckfuncasino.com/ really made the night a success and the croupiers had a great rapport with the guests. A fun casino night can be held just about anywhere – no matter how big or small the venue and guests need not have any knowledge of the games. To promote the evening and start selling tickets a friend offered to design a poster (including the Raleigh logo which is always important) which I put up in local shops and also created small flyers to hand to family and friends. After doing some maths I worked out a ticket price that would cover the costs of the venue, casino hire and catering and leave money over to buy prizes for the winners (as it is a fun casino no cash prizes are awarded). I bought prizes for a prize draw (each guest had a named envelope into which they placed a paper donation and this then became their entry into the raffle) and three top prizes for the highest male, female and overall casino winners (which were found by the croupiers which made my life easier on the night). The ticket price included a three course meal and a set value of ‘funny money’ to use at the casino tables. From the event there were three ways in which I generated funds for Raleigh – firstly profit from ticket sales, then I asked guests to make a paper donation for a raffle-like prize draw and finally from further sales of funny money later in the evening for the keen gamblers. To urge the guests to dig further into their pockets I created a short film which I played whilst they were having coffee just before the casino tables opened (using clips from Raleigh’s promotional films); this helped me to convey Raleigh’s work, where their money would be going and it also reduced the amount of time I had to spend embarrassingly talking into a microphone. Although the event took a great deal of organising, I thoroughly enjoyed it and got the impression that the guests did too. It was a great opportunity to get on our glad rags and raise a good sum of money at the same time.

Then on May 31st I donned the lyrca and cycled from Manchester to Liverpool. The event was organised by Bike Events (http://www.bike-events.com/); I chose to do this because I would be cycling alone and their full support services meant I didn't have to worry as they provided signed and marshalled routes, mechanics, pick-up vehicles and First Aid teams. More than 1500 cyclists took part and although I was slightly worried before hand that they would all be pros the event had a very welcoming atmosphere and many families were cycling together. However, it should be noted that Bike Events cycles are sometimes for specific charities and so I contacted them to ask if I could split the money I raised between Raleigh and MAG (the host charity).
Then I decided to create a justgiving page) which is great as any money donated online through this page is deducted automatically from my minimum fundraising target set by Raleigh. Also, if your donations come from a tax payer gift aid can be supplemented, making their donation of a greater sum! Despite the minimal training I did before hand I thoroughly enjoyed the day – the weather was beautiful, I made it the whole 40 miles without a puncture and could surprisingly walk the day after!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Amy Harcus is going to Borneo this July as a venturer. Read about how her band night raised the funds for her expedition

I held a band night at the Grampian Hotel in Perth (Scotland) who gave us the venue for free. Two local bands played, plus a skiffle band which was a combination of both bands and other musicians. One of the bands my dad plays harmonica in, Wang Dang Delta and $outhpaw headlined. Wang Dang Delta are sort of bluesy music, and $outhpaw are more like the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd (americana, folk, rock etc). I also had an auction (because so many raffle prizes were given to me and some were a little too expensive for a raffle). I sold door tickets for £6.50 each, and a strip of raffle tickets for £1.

Just over 100 people must have been there, and I sold over 700 raffle tickets! As well as all of this I was given a few donations on the night and I made just over £1400. My total now stands at roughly £1600 but money is still coming in.

As well as this I joined a team of youths under 20, as well as my dad, two youth workers and two mountaineering experts for a sponsored climb a Meall nan Tarmachan near Killin. It was a tough day but we got there in the end. I’m not entirely sure how much we have made from that yet but will find out soon! I’ve pretty much made the target though!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Anne Stirling has raised almost £4,500 for Raleigh by organising raffles, fairs, curry nights......and walking over the Pyrenees!


FROM OSTABAT TO PAMPLONA
14th -17th April 2009

Day 1
Start Ostabat Asme 08:30 Finish 15:00 St. Jean Pied de Port(163 metres above sea level)

Weather: Bright in morning becoming cloudy after lunch. We passed through well kept villages with white painted walls and red shutters.The going underfoot was good with well marked paths.
We went slightly off course after lunch but arrived in St Jean-Pied-de-Port and climbed up through the walls of the town to our lodgings in the Rue de la Citadelle. There was heavy rain and a thunderstorm after we arrived.

Distance covered: 24 Kilometres

Day 2
St. Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles
Highest point reached : Col de Ibaneta (1344 metres) 4408 ft
We left early next morning having decided to take the Route Napoleon over the mountain rather than the road route advised for the unfit and elderly!

The weather was cloudy but as we climbed out of the town the sun came through and stayed with us until lunchtime. Although we were walking on the road the steepness of the climb was enough to have us ready for a coffee break at the Refuge Orisson.

Leaving the Refuge we continued climbing still on the road but the wind got up and was blowing us almost into the ditches at the side of the road and seemed always to be in our faces no matter which way the road turned. We stopped for lunch at the Croix de Thibault seeking some shelter from the wind behind a 4x4 which had been conveniently parked. The sign said 8 kilometres to Roncevalles and we thought ‘Pas de problème’ - Wrong!

As you can see from the picture we were now at the snow line and the weather started closing in. We were soon walking through snow about 12 inches deep often in the footsteps made by the 8 or 9 people ahead of us. The path which followed the line of the Spanish border was extremely narrow and we were battered by hail and snow. We crossed the border into Navarre but the path still had a few surprises left for us. It started climbing again and we heard thunder and thought we might have to jettison our walking poles which would have made the descent very difficult. A last climb to the Col de Ibaneta our highest point, one more tricky patch of snow to cross and we were on the downward path to Roncesvalles. This was a very tricky descent first on snow and then on deep mud. When at last we reached our hotel(La Posada at 16:45 having covered 27.5 kilometres, 23 of which seemed to be uphill, a large brandy for Anne and a large beer for me were very welcome. The expected thunderstorm came in at about 18:00 – good timing! Still at a height of 952 metres (3100 ft)

Day 3
Roncesvalles to Zubiri (526 metres)
For some strange reason the hotel did not start serving breakfast until 08:30 so we did not get on the road until 9:30. However easy first few kilometres to Burguette an attractive village of mainly 18th Century houses.

After a cool start the weather brightened and first climb of the day to Espinal on a relatively easy path. Leaving the village the footpath climbed steeply and after crossing the main road the descent became very treacherous underfoot across rock and tree roots. A brief rain shower and another climb, on a paved path this time, brought us to the village of Biscarreta where we found a slightly down at heel bar for a sandwich and a drink. The afternoon was a long steep climb with difficult underfoot conditions passing a memorial to a Japanese pilgrim who had died on the way!
We could see our destination below us but we had another long and difficult descent through the woods with a final rocky scree to cross before crossing the bridge into Zubiri. We arrived at 16:45 in heavy rain fortunately in the village street regretting our delayed start.

Distance travelled 26.1 kilometres.

Day 4
Zubiri to Pamplona (420 metres)

The heavy overnight rain had given way to drizzle and low cloud when we left at 08:15 but it quickly cleared and by 09:00 we had stopped as had other walkers to take off our anoraks. Leaving the rather ugly Magnesite works behind we progressed down the valley alternately climbing and descending on wet and often muddy footpaths. A slight deviation while chatting to a Peruvian pilgrim saw us do a 2 km stretch along the main road before we picked up the pilgrim path again but we made good progress crossing the river again and climbing. These pilgrims certainly did not like the valley bottoms.
By lunchtime we had reached Trinidad d’Arre and the first suburbs of Pamplona. After lunch of tapas we started the slog along pavements to the city Boundary but with still another 4km across the pilgrim bridge and into the old town until we reached our hotel at 16:00

Journeys end (almost) Distance travelled 28km

Total distance 105.6 km

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fundraising – the next instalment - Rebecca Strickland

Thanks to those of you who have contacted me since the first post. Your encouragement is a great help.

The quiz night is over and done but if any of you would like the questions/score sheets or leader table for your own quiz night just let me know. Alternatively I will hopefully run another night in May if you want to come along and join in – See, never miss a chance to get people to your event.

The next phase in the fundraising trail was a netball tournament. I am very lucky to be connected to some great people who helped me with organising and promoting this. Remember that your friends will help you if you do the leg work. My housemate manages a local evening league and I am one of her umpires. Instant access to a bunch of people who already enjoy what they are doing so the participants are on the doorstep. I spoke with the venue and talked them in to letting me hire the venue for a cut down rate – thank you Ealing Council (never miss an opportunity to thank those that help you) and we had a tournament. Well in date only at the moment. I entered my team into a charity tournament at the end of last year to get an idea of how it is run and where we could improve to make it a fun day. We didn’t do very well at the tournament but I learnt heaps. I can’t say I didn’t make the same mistakes but at least I was aware that they can happen. My biggest hurdle was the weather. What do I do if it rains? I cannot control this so what do I do? Well, each team entry fee is £100. Spread between 7-8 people is not much for a day out but represents a very good addition to my fundraising. So a £20 non refundable deposit directly to Raleigh will secure their place in the tournament. Teams have been asked to do this onto the JustGiving site and then they can see their donation is going directly to the charity.

I can’t control the weather….

To run each side of the tournament (Ladies and Mixed) I needed at least 6 teams. 12x100 = £1200 not a bad exchange for 10 more grey hairs and a few more wrinkles to my forehead. My outgoings were the cost of the courts (£175), Umpires (5 x £50) and lots of incidentals (hooter, t-shirts for umpires, raffle tickets etc…around £200). My actual outgoings came to £609 – could have been less if I hadn’t left some things to the last minute. I had another raffle, which exactly recouped my court hire costs. I went begging again for prizes and Marks and Spencer were again fantastic with £100 of vouchers. My friend Nic and I walked around the food hall and made 5 decent prizes of booze, biscuits and chocolates with £50 and another £50 of vouchers as the main prize. My boss gave me a half magnum of Moet (although not sure if she knows this yet) and a £15 gift pack from Boots (left over Christmas pressie) made for a pretty good raffle. As long as my boss and/or Aunt didn’t show up on the day all would be well with the prizes.

….. but I can’t control the weather…..

I posted advertisements on GumTree.com and send emails to other umpires and netball organisations with details of the tournament. Enquiries started coming in and now we had a venue, date and players.

….. I still can’t control the weather….

I pretty much ignored my job for about 2 days of every week whilst I was organising the tournament and in the week leading up to it. I should have taken a couple of days off but again I was in luck again and my boss was on holiday.

….. and the weather is still a complete mystery….

So on the Thursday I thought it might be safe to look at the weather. Clear skies and sunny – the gods are smiling at me. Now there was only one thing left to do and that was the draw. How hard can it be? There is a spreadsheet that does it all for you….haha. Three hours and 4 attempts later I had a working draw. All I needed to do now was put some timings around it. In hindsight I should have restricted the numbers and if I was doing it again would do. I had 7 mixed teams and 14 ladies teams. This then meant that each team played 6 games with 2 minute halves. Thank you excel!!!

The day dawned bright and after a few small panics the day went with off quite well. As I said in the last blog, you see the mistakes but most people don’t and if my inbox on Monday was anything to go by, the little cracks didn’t show.

As I said in the first blog, do something you know about and are good at. I’m not the best netball player but I know how to organise something and think about the details. The weather could have let me down badly and I might have not had a day at all, but the risk was worth the benefit and now I have raised the Raleigh amount and also managed to recoup my airfares and my vaccinations. Definitely worth the risk!

The only thing left to do now is to write my thank you letters to my raffle donors and everyone that helped out. Nic, thanks very much for all your support.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Maddy Oakes is going to India in October as a venturer. Read about her fundraising efforts so far

Where and when are you going on expedition?I’m going on the India 09 J expedition, 9th October-16th December as a venturer.

Why did you choose Raleigh? I believe Raleigh was the best choice for me because it offered the best combination of activities as its expeditions incorporate both volunteer work and the challenge trek. I also really like the idea that Raleigh works very closely with the host countries to identify what projects would be most beneficial to the local communities. Additionally, I have heard very good feedback from people who have taken part in previous expeditions; dating back to my uncle who participated when it was Operation Raleigh.

What fundraisers are you planning? Initially after finding out I had been accepted onto the expedition I decided to create a facebook group (Maddy’s Expedition); this has proved useful as it has allowed me to explain my adventure and outline my fundraising events to friends and family. This also allowed to involve more people as my friends can then invite their friends to the group and posted events.

My next move was to seek the aid of local businesses. Using the venturer fundraising letter on the Welcome CD supplied by Raleigh as a template I edited it to suit each business; and asked for financial support/sponsorship or the donation of raffle/auction items. In an attempt to entice the businesses I have decided to create a t-shirt that I will wear whilst out on expedition which will denote the logos of the companies that have sponsored me. Although this endeavor wasn’t extremely fruitful it was worth the effort as some responded with generous donations (I also included my justgiving link in the letter and some chose to donate using this method). Whilst writing to local businesses I also researched online trusts/grants who can offer financial support – it may be worth looking into your local council as they should have a YouthBank (http://www.youthbank.org.uk/) which is an innovative grant making initiative run by young people for young people.

On May the 31st I will be donning the lycra and cycling from Manchester to Liverpool. This event is hosted by Bike Events (http://www.bike-events.com/); I chose to do this because I would be cycling alone and their full support services mean I don't have to worry because they provide signed and marshalled routes, mechanics, pick-up vehicles and First Aid teams. And there’s often music, massage and a welcoming beer tent at the Finish! However, Bike Events cycles are sometimes for specific charities and so I contacted them to ask if I could split the money I raised between Raleigh and MAG (the host charity). Then I decided to create a justgiving page (http://www.justgiving.com/madsoakes) which is great as any money donated online through this page is deducted automatically from my minimum fundraising target set by Raleigh. Also, if your donations come from a tax payer gift aid can be supplemented, making their donation of a greater sum!

My first major fundraising event will be a black tie event on May 16th at Leyland Golf Club and is a Casino Evening. The evening will consist of a three course meal followed by approximately three hours of gambling with funny money; there will also be stand-up bingo, a silent auction, raffle and so on. I also intend to create a short slideshow to play after the meal which will illustrate Raleigh’s work in a hope to provide people with a greater insight and a greater urge to dig into their pockets. I have promoted this event through the facebook group, putting little flyers in my parent’s Easter cards to family and friends and by putting posters up my local town. (Please find attached a pdf of the poster). Although it may take time and energy to organise this type of event, not only does it promote Raleigh’s work, raise funds for your expedition, it should also be a good night out for you and your friends.

As well as local businesses I have used/abused the local media; after sending out letters/emails to local newspapers and radio stations (sometimes radio stations can offer merchandise as raffle prizes) they are promoting my fundraising endeavors which is great to get more people aware of the events.

Although these big events are great don’t knock the old school raffle, quizzes and cake sales. Recently I held an Easter raffle at my local Church and raised ₤150 from approximately 3 hours work. All it required was around 10 prizes such as Easter eggs, bottles of wine and so forth. Perhaps, prior to your raffle warn people (i.e. put a notice in the newsletter/on the notice board) so that they can bring a bit more spare change in their pocket. Wap on your Raleigh t-shirt (always makes you look more professional), create some posters to outline where the proceeds are going and include the Raleigh logo and the registered charity number (people are much more willing to support a cause when a charity is mentioned), have the prizes on display (to tempt people) and let them know when it’s going to be drawn. (do you want a picture of this event?)

Any advice? Although fundraising can be a daunting experience, don’t be afraid to ask (but don’t be cheeky) – as they say nothing ventured, nothing gained. But do be prepared not to gain and don’t let it get you down too much, just think of your next move.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rebecca Strickland is going to Costa Rica as a Volunteer manager in June. Here is how she is going to raise the funds:

· What are you doing for your Raleigh fundraising? A quiz night, possibly 2, a netball tournament and begging my family and friends. I have taken up netball umpiring and am using the funds from that to pay for my flights and personal equipment. At £8 per game and 3 games per evening, 4 nights a week, I have raised over £900. This has covered my flights and vaccinations.
· How did you come up with the idea? A friend suggested a speed dating night, saw the expression on my face and then suggested the quiz. I currently umpire netball for a couple of social groups so I had excellent access to netball contacts and venues.
· What preparations and planning are required? Organisation, organisation and more organisation. I don't think you can ever over plan something like this. The quiz was researched on the internet and planned on paper. The netball tournament has been more about getting involvement from the teams and showing enthusiasm.
· Who else is involved? With the quiz night I got as many local businesses as I could to donate prizes for a raffle and then getting the pub enthusiastic so that they promoted the night and were ready for the 50+ people that arrived on the night was crucial. With the tournament again I have used the fact that this is for charity and people have been enthusiastic and helpful once they know that this is not just for me.
· Based on your experiences what tips would you give fundraisers? Be enthusiastic about what you are doing - it rubs off on others. Promote your event by using the charity name - it really does make people look at it differently. Get your friends involved - they have friends and so on and so on. Use the media that is there for free: Just Giving, Facebook, Gumtree, Raleigh Forum, Emails, carry flyers in your bag, posters at work etc...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rebecca Strickland is going to Costa Rica as a Volunteer manager in June. Read her first blog entry here:

Fundraising….. big enough word to raise the pulse rate. Where do you start? I set up a justgiving site and emailed it to my friends. Not a great response so I needed to do something more. Raleigh had some great suggestions but as I am now 40 and not even half as fit as I was in my 20’s triathlons and military challenges were going to kill me before I had even begun. Apart from that my friends laughed when I even suggested it.

So what do you do? Look at what you do best. I’m not an athlete, I’m an organiser who can do a fair bit on a pc. So what can I organise? I asked my friends what kind of event they would come to and narrowed it to a quiz night or bingo. My preference was for the quiz night and that’s where the fun started. Through trial and error I have found that the first thing to confirm is the venue. I found a pub that were more than happy for me to have the night in their main bar which meant that I didn’t have to pay hire fees for a room and I could invite their customers also. Set the date. A Thursday night just after everyone’s payday was perfect and the pub were happy also as it is a relatively slow night for them.

Luckily I live near the new Westfield so I spent the day walking from shop to shop begging people for raffle donations. I had made up some flyers with the expedition details on them leaving a space to show where their logo would go should they be kind enough to offer a donation. The yeses came from the most unlikely places. Marks & Spencer were fantastic as they have a policy to support local charities. Raleigh may be international but I’m a local and my event was local. The restaurants were great with vouchers for meals and some of my friends worked for companies who donated raffle prizes.

Ok, now it was all getting scary, best find some questions to ask these people. The internet is a wonderful tool and I found a website that gives you the questions for free and handy advice on how to run the night.

I found that my friends are more than willing to help rather than just give me £10. I made up a poster advertising the event and emailed it to everyone I knew. I made up small versions which I carried in my bag to give to people I hardly knew. I took posters to the local library, police station (for their crew room not the cells) and the fire station. They didn’t turn up but you never know. Most of my good friends brought people with them to make up the teams and some even brought 2 teams with them.

So the day finally dawned and checked things off that needed to be done. I had printed answer sheets, written the questions, bought raffle tickets, checked with the venue, emailed everyone for the third time to make sure they knew it was happening, what could I have forgotten. As I had run through this process at least 5 times a day it was unlikely I was going to forget. But yes, I forgot to pick up the hamper from Marks & Spencer – doh!!! Luckily a friend came to the rescue at the last minute and brought it with them.

The only thing left to do was to wait for everyone to arrive as there was no going back now. One quick drink as they arrived to stop my hands from shaking and before I knew it it was all over. The night went something like this:

We started half an hour late, due to technical issues with the microphone. The kitchen could not cope with the amount of food ordered all at one time that the bar staff almost walked out. The questions were a little rushed as I was conscious of the weather report and potential for snow that night. Everyone had a great time. When you organize something you see the things that are not as you would want them rather than how people see them. I had found questions that had people kicking themselves for not knowing or getting wrong. They had a few drinks, a giggle with friends and supported a friend.

The night raised £405 pounds with the winning team getting £100 in cash so I banked £305 to my just giving site and a few donations for people who forgot to pay on the night came in afterwards.

I can pass on a few tips for you:

1. Ask people but be prepared for them to say no. If you don’t ask they can’t say yes. If they do say no just smile and thank them for their time. You will be surprised at how many people say yes when you smile at them.
2. If someone says that they cannot make a decision, politely ask them for the contact details of the person who can and then leave.
3. People are so more likely to help when you do something first.
4. Do what you are good at. If you don’t think it will make money ask your friends how you think you can spin it to make money. Again if you involve them they are more likely to help.
5. Advertise, promote and generally annoy people. They may come just to shut you up. Never miss an opportunity to promote your event.
6. Use the charity. When you say you are helping someone else people’s faces change.
7. Your friends will forgive your little mistakes and probably won't even notice.
8. Don’t forget to thank everyone, again and again and again.
9. Remember your sponsors and donors, put their logos on everything, say thank you to them on the night (they might be there). Send them thank you letters after the event to tell them how much was raised. You may need them again.
10. Set up a webmail account purely for your fundraising. This stops emails getting lost with your other emails. You can use this for any fundraising stuff and then you can shut it down once you have finished. Mine is bec4raleigh@hotmail.co.uk