Keep it safe and legal
To help your event go as smoothly as possible, it’s important that you ensure that any activity you run to fundraise in aid of us is legal and safe for you and the public taking part. Below you’ll find some simple tips but please get in touch with the fundraising team if you need any more information.
By law, our charity registration no. 1071038 (England & Wales) and SC040914 (Scotland) must appear on all printed materials that you use. If you’d like to use our logo for any of your own printed materials, please contact the fundraising team.
Raffles and Lotteries
Small raffles held as part of a larger event are acceptable as long as ticket sales and the announcing of results take place during the event and there are no cash prizes. Raffles on their own have complex regulations, so please get in touch if you would like to hold a raffle.
To collect in any public place you will need a collector’s license from your local authority. You will also need permission for any of the following activities: sale of alcohol, extended hours, provision of food and drink, collecting money or selling goods in a public place.
Please remember that you are responsible for any fundraising activity that you hold and we cannot accept liability for any fundraising activity or event you undertake. If you’re planning an event that involves the general public you’ll need to budget for public liability insurance, which can be obtained by any insurer. If you’re holding the event at a venue which has liability insurance (such as a pub or village hall) check they have the appropriate insurance and that it covers your activity.
Safety at your event
We recommend that you carry out a risk assessment to make sure your event is as safe as possible. Make sure you’ve considered things like first aid, the likelihood of accidents and how you’ll keep any money raised safe and secure.
When selling food at your event, remember to store it appropriately and keep children and animals out of the preparation areas. Always provide appropriate clothing (for example plastic gloves or aprons) and don’t forget to label all food that contains potential allergens.