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Top tips

Group of people celebrating wear-a-wig-to-work day to fundraise for the Red Cross© Info1. Plan your challenge or event

There are a lot of things to think about when planning a challenge or event – use our handy event planner (pdf) to make sure you’ve considered everything.

2. Let us know

Register your event online for access to exclusive fundraising materials and so your local fundraiser to get in touch to advise you if you need help.

3. Be financially savvy

It’s important to ensure that you make more than you spend, so keep detailed accounts. Use our event planner (pdf) to make sure you’ve thought all the financial details through.

4. Form a fundraising team

Many challenges and events can be organised by one person, but sometimes you need some extra support. Forming a fundraising group or team helps share the workload.

5. Get publicity

To reach the people you need to through the right media, free of charge, you need to be inventive and creative. Find out the best ways to get publicity.

6. Fundraise online

Online fundraising is effective, secure, fast and easy. Sign up to Virgin Money Giving, then make sure you use your fundraising page to its full potential.

7. Use text to donate

Just Text Giving is easy and fast to set up, and allows people to donate by text message. Discover how to get sponsored anytime, anywhere.

8. Get on social media

Children singing karaoke© InfoFacebook and Twitter can help you share your fundraising story with friends, family, classmates and colleagues. Read our tips on using social media.

9. Share our videos

Videos are a powerful way to show would-be supporters the impact of the Red Cross’ work. See some of the videos we have on offer, and how to share them.

10. Secure match fundraising

Some large companies will match the amount you fundraise for charity. Ask your employer whether they operate a scheme of this type.

11. Ensure health and safety

If you are holding a public event, you need to take health and safety precautions to prevent avoidable accidents and ensure things go smoothly. Find out about your responsibilities.

12. Look after the legalities

Your local fundraiser can guide you through the different laws and regulations governing how people can collect or fundraise for a charity. Read more about legal issues that could affect you.

13. Use the emblem correctly

There are strict laws governing the use of the emblem of a red cross on a white background and the words ‘Red Cross’. Please do not use it in any printed materials without contacting your local fundraiser.

14. Ask to Gift Aid people's donations

With Gift Aid, you can raise an extra 25p for every £1 donated by a UK tax payer. Just send us each donor's full name, home address and postcode. Gift Aid can only be claimed on individual voluntary donations, not payments, tickets or general collections.

15. Give us the money

After your challenge or event, lock the money somewhere safe. Then, fill in the online form to transfer the funds, or contact your local fundraiser to find out how to give the money to us.

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