We recently caught up with Helen who will be running the London Marathon this April to raise money for Make Some Noise. Helen recently held a fundraising event which consisted of a quiz, a raffle, a disco and much more – all of which helped her to raise over £4,000! Here are Helen’s top tips for running your own fundraiser:
We picked a local village hall and dressed it with disco and fairy lights, charity materials and some themed running decorations – keeping costs down and adding a personal touch!
In total, I sold 110 tickets at £15 each- raising a very quick profit of £1,590 after we had paid for the hall hire. We held a pub quiz and a disco, this definitely helped me to sell tickets as some people just fancied challenging themselves or having a dance. To keep the costs down, I asked a friend with DJ equipment to run the disco.
I was lucky enough to have Pippa and Toby from Radio X join to host our quiz (she is my bestie!). However, it’s easy to find some really good questions and rope in a confident funny friend to run it. This ran for about an hour and a half and kept everyone excited throughout the night.
At only £1 a ticket, I made over £400 profit on the raffle! Reach out to friends, family and local businesses for prizes – we found that people were so generous that we were able to create three ‘top prizes’ that we auctioned later in the evening, raising another £1,000! This is well worth doing if you can, it’s an easy way to get everyone involved, especially after a few drinks.
My final big tip is to run your own bar! I bought a variety of drinks and asked two lovely volunteers to run it. We charged £3 for an alcoholic drink and £1 for a non-alcoholic drink to make it super easy (and cheap!). At the end of the night, the bar earnings totalled over £1,000 – so it’s worth doing. All in all, we made a huge profit of £4,000! It was such an amazing result and I had sad such a brilliant night with my friends and family as we supported a great cause.
Good luck Helen! If you’d like to take on your own fundraising event for Make Some Noise, head here.