As you can imagine, as one of our biggest fundraising events of the year, The Midnight Walk is costly to organise. We want our supporters to be aware that the registration fee you pay helps us cover the costs of hiring a venue, production, toilets, buying t-shirts and general event costs. But unfortunately, it does not contribute to supporting our patients in Bristol.
You can start fundraising today by setting up an online fundraising page. You use either JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. All sponsorship money collected on these sites will go directly to St Peter’s Hospice, so you don’t need to chase your supporters for the cash.
Alternatively, you can raise sponsorship money using a paper sponsor form.
Download a sponsorship form (If you don’t have printing facilities, please give us a call and we will send you one in the post on 01275 391404)
If you are collecting sponsorship money, use one of our sponsorship forms and make sure your sponsors correctly fill in all the boxes and tick the Gift Aid box.
Check your sponsors have given their home address, as we can only claim Gift Aid if individuals have given this. Please reassure them we will not contact them.
Just think - if you raised £100 and everyone did this, we could claim an extra £25 of Gift Aid, taking the total you have raised for us to £125.
Start as early as you possibly can - don't leave it to the last minute!
Set up a Justgiving or ViginMoneyGiving page for online sponsorship. If you have trouble finding St Peter’s Hospice, search using our registered charity number 269177.
Tick the Gift Aid box on the form and include their full name and home address - it means that the Government will pay St Peter’s Hospice an extra 25p for every £1 that's donated at no extra cost to your sponsor.
Always get your friends and family to write their sponsorship amount on the sponsorship form first – they tend to be the most generous and they set the standard for everyone who sees the form after them.
Ask friends if they could organise an event or donate their skills (for example haircutting) in exchange for donations.
Enlist the help of others - hand out sponsorship forms to family, friends and work colleagues and encourage them to fundraise on your behalf. Give them a copy of the sponsorship form and these fundraising tips.
Collecting sponsorship money can be harder than doing the event itself. Ask people to give you the money straight away – this will save a lot of time after the event.
Approach your work colleagues, your employer and any local companies you might have links with for donations or to ask them to run a fundraising event on your behalf.
Email a sponsorship form to suppliers and clients, asking them to sponsor you.
If your employer is a member of a matched giving scheme, ask them to match the amount you have raised.