Get Involved Fundraise for us Organise your own event Organising your own fundraising event is a great way to help children and families affected by continence problems who are in desperate need of our support. Events also help spread the word about our vital work. You'll feel great knowing you’re doing something amazing for others, and you might gain useful skills and experience and meet new people. Whatever you decide to do, one thing is sure: every penny you raise will make a difference to children and teenagers with bowel and bladder problems. Fundraising support from ERIC If you already have a fundraising plan, we’d love to hear about it. Get in touch with our fundraising officer, Anna Henry, tel: 0117 301 2103 or email: [email protected]. We’ll send you a fundraising pack, sponsorship forms, leaflets and more to support your efforts. We can also help promote your event and share the link to your fundraising page if you set one up. 6 steps to fundraising success: Step 1: Decide what you’re going to do! If it’s your first event, keep it simple and start with what you know. If you're not sure what to do, check out our A to Z of fundraising ideas for inspiration. Step 2: Plan your event Once you've decided what to do, it’s time to get planning. When? Choose a date that’s best for you, your friends and your colleagues. Give yourself plenty of time to organise the event - it might take longer than you think to order supplies, book entertainers, arrange publicity and sell tickets. Make sure your event doesn’t clash with other similar events nearby. Where? Choose a venue that’s large enough and has all the amenities you’ll need. Talk to local clubs and businesses and tell the venue your event is for charity. They might offer help and support (which is good publicity for them too!). If you plan to sell alcohol or play live music, make sure the venue has the right licences - read more about licences here. Who? Who can help you and who will attend the event? What's your budget? Try to keep your costs down by recruiting volunteers and collecting donated goods, for example from supermarkets - many branches have a monthly budget reserved for local causes. Approach them early to secure freebies. Ask your guests to help with the preparations. What's your fundraising target? Online fundraising pages with a set target raise more money. Tell the world what you’re hoping to raise. How will you raise funds? For example, will you charge an entrance fee or price drinks individually? If you plan to do a raffle, you may have to apply to your local council for a licence. Find out further information about staying safe & legal. Step 3: Promote your event Create your fundraising page on our website or set up a page on www.justgiving.com/ERIC. Use your fundraising page and social media to keep people updated. Share photos of your progress and build up excitement about your event. Always add the link to your fundraising page to make it easy for people to sponsor you. Don’t forget to tag ERIC so that we can see and share your posts. On Facebook use @ERIC.UK1 and on Twitter use @ERIC_UK. Tell friends, family, colleagues and neighbours about your event. Ask them to spread the word and don’t forget to ask them to sponsor you. Top tip: Ask a very generous friend to sponsor you first; people will want to match their donation or give you more! Approach your local community groups such as Rotary or Lions Club for support. Include a link to your fundraising page in your email signature. Email your contacts to let them know about the event and to remind them about it nearer the time. Publicise the event at your work. Email staff, use the intranet, notice boards or newsletters to let everyone know what you’re doing. Tell the local press about your event. Tips on working with the media are available in our fundraising pack - email: [email protected] for a copy. Continue fundraising after the event. Some people will want to wait until you finish before making a donation. Step 4: Have fun on the big day Have fun and enjoy your event! Take lots of photos, share what you’re doing on social media and ask people attending to do the same. Your voice matters to the people you’re connected with, so inspire them with what you're doing! Always remember to include a link to your fundraising page so that’s it's easy for people to donate. We love cheering on our supporters so don't forget to tag ERIC - use @ERIC.UK1 on Facebook and @ERIC_UK on Twitter. Step 5: Collect and send in the funds raised When your event is over, it’s time to collect your donations and send them to ERIC. If you’ve fundraised online through ERIC’s website or Just Giving, the money comes directly to us. For the money you've collected in cash, look at our information about how to pay in your money. Here are a couple of ways to raise even more money: Match funding: Many companies offer to donate money to support their employees' fundraising efforts. Your employer could either match the amount you’ve raised or give a fixed amount agreed up front. Talk to them to find out more. Gift Aid: Make sure you get Gift Aid from all your donors if they're paying UK tax at the time of the donation. ERIC can claim additional income at no extra cost to you or your supporters. Gift Aid can be declared by ticking a box on your sponsorship form, but only on donations - not on money raised from raffles or donations received from companies. And finally...remember to tell everyone who has donated goods, money or their time how much you appreciate their support. Step 6: Celebrate your success Tell us about your event and how it went. As a small charity dealing with an unglamorous cause, your support means everything to us. We love hearing about your amazing fundraising work and we want to celebrate your success to inspire others to do the same. Together, we can turn even more families' lives around. Supporter promise Our supporters are at the heart of our success. Without you we simply couldn’t help so many children and teenagers, their families and the professionals who look after them. Your trust is vital to us. Our supporter promise tells you what you can expect when you support our work.