Top tips for raising sponsorship

Each year Pilgrims Hospices has to raise £11 million through voluntary donations in order to run our full range of services. 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 part in a fantastic event 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

People who are sponsoring you might like to know what we'll do with the money your raise. Share these figures with them to let them know what your hard work is helping us to provide:

  • £10 could pay for a patient's meals for the day
  • £20 could pay for an hour of nursing care
  • £35 could pay for complementary therapies to soothe a patient's anxieties
  • £100 could pay for therapy sessions to help a child cope with the loss of a loved one.

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!

Gift Aid

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!

Download our online fundraising pack for more tips and ideas about how to make the most out of your fundraising.