Fundraise for TCF
COVID-19 FUNDRAISING UPDATE - April/May 2020
Support TCF while keeping your social distance!
Fundraise at home.
TCF has adapted its face-to-face services to protect bereaved parents against coronavirus. We continue to support bereaved parents and siblings online, over the telephone, by e-mail and through social media.
However, we still need to raise funds to allow us to support bereaved parents and siblings. As the economy suffers, as funders divert their donations, quite legitimately, to the direct fight against coronavirus and as challenge events get cancelled, the sources of funding on which The Compassionate Friends has relied in the past are disappearing, perhaps only temporarily, but maybe also forever. We, therefore, need to source funds from elsewhere.
We are particularly seeking funds at the moment to set up a webchat facility on our helpline and to offer training to TCF volunteers so that they can offer online group meetings for bereaved parents.
Can you help? We have produced a guide for you for fundraising from home, including lots of fun ways you can raise funds individually, as a family or with your colleagues. You can probably think of many more!
Our charity simply would not exist without the wonderful efforts of our fundraisers.
If YOU are thinking of doing something to fundraise for TCF, that’s WONDERFUL – and THANK YOU!
Whatever you decide to do to raise money for us, it won't just be important because it raises funds. By organising, or taking part in an event for TCF, you will help to raise awareness of the support we can offer to bereaved parents and their families. And any amount, large or small, really does make a difference. So, thank you for considering supporting TCF with your fundraising efforts. The following is designed to offer some help so that you can maximize the amount of funds you raise.
Sponsorship events such as a run or organised bike ride
The simplest way to ask for the donations is through JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. Both are web-based systems which make it easy for you to set up your fundraising page and for people to make donations (and add Gift Aid too). The donations come straight to our charity without you having to collect the funds.
Sometimes TCF has opportunities for you to take part in a run, cycle race or other sponsored event through a charity place. Call 0345 120 3785 or email email@example.com for more information.
Coffee mornings, dinners, raffles and other non-sponsored events.
Please do consider helping us by organising an event to fundraise and raise awareness of TCF. It can be great fun and a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends whilst doing something really worthwhile!
Whatever you decide to do, please make sure it is:
- Safe – both for you and everyone else involved
- Legal – there are laws governing raffles, bars and particularly food
Please note that events usually need public liability insurance in place. TCF’s insurance policy will probably cover you but in order to check we will need details of the event and a risk assessment form (we can provide a sample form and guidance on completing it) at least 30 days prior to the event.
We have a range of promotional materials including charity collecting tins so please contact us for these.
Getting the money you raise to TCF
Post us a cheque (made payable to The Compassionate Friends) to: The Compassionate Friends, Kilburn Grange, Priory Park Road, London NW6 7UJ.
Transfer the money directly into our bank account using the following details:
Bank Name: CAF
Account Name: The Compassionate Friends
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Account No: 00010715
If you do make a bank transfer, please let us know the amount and date of the online donation.
If you have any questions, do contact us on 0345 120 3785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publicity for events
TCF can help promote your event
- On the public sections of our website
- Through social media on our Facebook pages and Twitter feed
- In our charity newsletter ‘TCF News’ which is circulated quarterly to TCF members
- In our quarterly newsletter for TCF volunteers
Do send details of your event and fundraising as soon as you can to email@example.com.
When you have completed your fundraising event please send us some details including the amount raised and pictures so we can tell everyone about your fantastic work and inspire others!
Raise money for "free" and ONLINE
Help us raise funds for free when you shop online with easyfundraising.org.uk - a brilliant way to raise money for The Compassionate Friends.
Shop online from over 2,700 retailers and they'll give a donation every time you buy something, at no extra cost.
Here's how it works…
- Start at easyfundraising.org.uk
Let’s say you want to buy a pair of shoes from John Lewis. Instead of going to johnlewis.com, you go to easyfundraising.org.uk first – or you can use the easyfundraising toolbar.
- Make a purchase
You click from the easyfundraising website through to John Lewis to make your purchase. The price of the shoes is exactly the same as if you’d visited John Lewis directly.
- Get a donation
After you have bought your shoes, John Lewis will make a donation to our cause as a thank you for shopping with them. easyfundraising collect these donations for us, and it costs nothing!
The Weather Lottery
The Weather Lottery helps charities and good causes across the UK. It's a great way to support TCF with as little as £1 a week - and there's a chance you could win £25,000! Click here to find out how to play.
Recycle for charity
Raise money for TCF and protect the environment at the same time by sending your inkjet cartridges and mobile phones to Recycle4Charity. Click here for more information.
Go to https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1082335-0 to raise money for TCF when you shop with Amazon.
Please note that TCF cannot take responsibility for losses incurred by fundraising.
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