Beating bowel cancer together

Fundraising tips

No matter how you choose to fundraise, you won’t be alone. We’re on hand for tips and advice on how to make your fundraiser a big success. We’ve put some top tips together to help with your planning and make it as special as possible.

Plan in advance

  • Set a date. Check your calendar to avoid any clashes, such as an important sporting event, and make sure you’ve given yourself enough time to organise everything.
  • Make a checklist at the beginning and use this as a guide to know exactly what needs to be done.
  • Set yourself a target of how much you’d like to raise. This gives you a goal to work towards and motivate your friends and family to help you reach it.
  • Ask your friends for help in the build-up and on the day.


Fundraise online

Set up an online fundraising page to make it really easy for your supporters to donate using a credit or debit card or PayPal. Check out our top tips for fundraising online to get the most out of your page.

Not online? You can order some sponsor forms in case you prefer the more traditional fundraising methods. Please make sure people fill out the form with their details, including ticking the Gift Aid box if applicable. Try to collect the cash and send it in as soon as you can so you’re not chasing people for sponsorship after the event. There’s more information about the different ways you can pay here.

Share your story

Encourage your friends and family to support you by sharing your fundraising page and activities on social media. Your fellow Bowel Cancer UK supporters also love to see event photos, watch videos and hear how you’re getting on – so don’t forget to add a link to your fundraising page. Tweet us, go to Facebook or use the hashtag #bowelcanceruk on your Instagram photos.

Start a blog

Writing a blog is a great way to keep track of your progress while showing people the effort your putting in to stop people dying from bowel cancer. Blogger, Wordpress and Tumblr are all free and easy to use. Each time you post a new blog you can share it on your social media channels, so people are reminded about what you’re doing and given new incentives to donate.

Need some extra inspiration? Read our fundraising blog, it’s full of stories from the wonderful supporters who make our vital work possible.

Read all about it!

Reach further afield than just your immediate friends and family to make a bigger impact.

If you would like to use a template press release or would like support to generate publicity for your fundraising activity, please get in touch with our press team at

An extra boost

GiftAid it!

Gift Aid is great as it means we can claim 25p on every £1 donation at no extra cost to you or your supporters. Online pages enable your supporters to automatically Gift Aid their donation or people can simply tick the Gift Aid box on your paper sponsorship form.

Matched giving

Many companies have matched giving schemes for employees who are fundraising for charity so it’s worth asking your employer if they’d be interested. If not, ask if you can email your colleagues about your event or post something on your staff intranet.

Say thank you

Always let people know how grateful you are for their support and remember to keep them updated on how your fundraising goes.

For more help with your event, give the team a call on 020 7940 1769 or send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.

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