Do something small and make a huge difference to someone’s life!

 

So it’s Summer, the sun is shining and you want to make the most of it! Why not do something small and make a huge difference to the lives of our wonderful children at the Home?

 

Our trustee, Andrew Brinded, ran and finished the London Marathon to raise money



What can I do to raise money?

Get sponsored!

Love walking?  It boosts our mood and gets us fit, doesn’t it. Use it as an excuse to walk somewhere beautiful and invite friends (they could come too!) to support our children.

Good at baking?  Do a cake sale – everyone will love you!

Got no energy?  Lie in a bath of bakes beans and win the respect you deserve!

Got noisy kids?  Challenge them to do a Sponsored Silence!

 

We’ve got no end of fun ideas for solo fundraising through to little events to help bring your church or street community together while making a concrete difference to the little ones we’re caring for – just take a look at the list hereWe’ll cover you with public liability insurance too, just ask.

Click here to take a look at what £50 could do for the children in Kisumu



 

A few extra reasons to gather the pennies …

  • Get to know the neighbours – doing a sponsored activity can give you an excuse to get into conversation with the other mums at the school gates or create a sense of camaraderie along your street.
  • Make your CV look interesting – whether you’re doing that dreaded ‘Personal Statement‘ for university or wanting to demonstrate some qualities on your CV, saying you’ve raised money for charity always looks positive.
  • Create a fun atmosphere at work – will George survive the wet sponges or won’t he? What books will Amanda choose for her reading challenge?
  • Get yourself healthier – most of us need a reason to diet or run that 10k. What a great feeling when you’ve lost 1 stone and helped children get fed into the bargain!

 

Worried you won’t get sponsors?

Here’s a few tips…

  • Get in touch with your various sets of friends – school, work, family, club, gym, church
    • You may want to word things differently according to what they would like to hear
  • Keep people interested in what you’re doing. What are you planning? How’s training going? Let them see that you’re working hard and towards a goal,
  • Keep it fun and friendly – have a smile over it!

 

Here’s some pages to help you. KCT’s endless list of activity ideas here
 

Really determined? Want some hardcore tips on getting sponsorship?
 

A little goes a long way

Asking many people for a small donation will be more effective than asking a few for a lot, says an expert. “The current trend in income for charities is that many people are reducing the size of gift which they give to each request for sponsorship but are generally making more donations overall.”

  • Consider ways to capitalise on this. For example, asking management if your 1,000-employee office complex can have a dress-down Friday for £1 per person will raise considerably more than a pleading ‘email all’ round-robin.”

Stop the presses

Approach the local media to help spread your message. Local papers are often after human interest pieces, and local radio stations frequently want small fillers for breakfast shows. This doesn’t necessarily equate to more donations, but as Katie says: “You may well grab the attention of someone who can help or attract support you weren’t expecting.”

In the window

Don’t forget traditional resources, says Maureen Harrison, chief executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. “It’s amazing what people will stop and look at. Using community resources to advertise can be very valuable. Notice boards in supermarkets, retail outlets and leisure facilities can still grab people’s attention.”

Think outside the box

This is particularly useful advice if you’re already well-matched against your challenge. There’s no fun in sponsoring an outdoors-loving rock-climber to hike up a mountain. But if that rock-climber announces he’ll have his chest waxed before the event as long as a certain amount of money is raised, people are more likely to pay attention.

I can’t do it!

To get people really digging into their pockets, though. Push it even further and tackle something you genuinely can’t do, says a friend of mine. “ Honestly speaking, when I set about preparing for my gruelling 5km run, I was more concerned with whether I could cross the finish line in one piece than I was about raising money. And yet on race day my JustGiving page boasted a not-insignificant £1,250 – no raffles or begging emails involved”

I hate bananas!

“If there’s something you really hate or fear,” says Nina Roberts, from the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, “Confront it and get sponsored in the process. For example, I really hate bananas, so if I ate 100 a day I know my friends and family would sponsor me to do it, just to see me squirm.”