Every mile you walk and every penny you raise makes a huge difference to the lives of local people living with a life limiting illness. Your fantastic support is what enables us to be there for the next family who needs us. So here’s a few hints and tips for making the most of your fundraising:
Take your fundraising online
We’d always encourage our supporters to open a JustGiving page to accept online donations for their challenge. Not only is it a great way to reach those friends, family members and colleagues that you don’t see on a daily basis, it’s quick and secure and cuts out the hassle of handling lots of cash and cheques as the money is forwarded directly to Pilgrims!
The more traditional approach
Some people may prefer to sponsor you via a traditional paper sponsorship form. We all have hectic lives and, sometimes, being able to have the form in front of them is the very thing that reminds your friends they’ve forgotten to support you.
Shout about it
You’re doing a wonderful thing! You’re taking pat in a fantastic community challenge and helping to support the care of thousands of local people while you do it! Be proud. Be enthusiastic – it’s contagious!
Make it tangible
A great way to help your sponsors see how their contribution will make a difference is to relate their donation amount to something tangible. It just so happens that we’ve got a few examples of the kinds of things your fundraising can will go towards. £10 could pay for a patient’s meals for a day, £20 could pay for an hour of nursing care, £35 could pay for therapy sessions for patients and carers while £50 could pay for essential nursing supplies.
Set yourself a target
Setting yourself a target can help bring a focus to your fundraising. You may choose to set your sights of raising enough to pay for 10 hours of nursing care for example. Whatever you decide, you’ll be surprised how many of your friends and family will rally behind your challenge to help you achieve your goal!
Did you know that you can increase the amount of a sponsor’s donation by 25% at no extra cost to them? Any UK tax payer can tick the Gift Aid box for the extra contribution to be added from the government. £10 can turn into £12.50 and £50 can turn into £62.50! It’s easy to see how much of a difference that can make for our patient’s care so encourage your supporters to do so if they’re eligible. It’s a no-brainer!
The ‘see, I told you I’d do it!’ phase
Did you know that about 20% of sponsorship is given in the wake of an event? Remember to do one last ask around just after you’ve completed your challenge. You might be surprised by a few late donations!