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July 15th, 2019

All charities rely on the support of the public in order to do the good work for their causes. Fundraising is a key requirement for all charities – BEEP Fund included.

Aside from setting up a monthly direct debit to donate a regular amount there are many other ways in which you can support the BEEP Fund and ensure the equipment, vehicles and resources are up-to-date. It currently costs £30,000 per year to run the Beep Fund and kind donations have kept the volunteer team of doctors equipped for their life-saving call-outs for the past 25 years.

When shopping online you can raise money for charity with ease. Simply visit Easy Fundraising and choose your charity to support. Then use the Easy Fundraising website as your search engine when shopping and every time you purchase something online, the store will make a donation which gets paid to the chosen charity every three months. You can check on the website how much you have raised.

Organising a garage sale or car boot sale to help clear items no longer required from your household is a great way to raise funds for charity, whilst making space in your home and finding new homes for your unwanted goods.

Invite family and friends round and host a bake sale where guests can also bring delicious creations to sell for a donation per slice or per cupcake. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to catch up and also educate anyone who doesn’t know about your chosen charity. This idea also translatesto the workplace, as when the 3pm hunger strikes, an array of wonderful baked goods will raise a good sum from peckish colleagues.

Any employees wanting to enlist their colleagues in additional fundraising exploits should try an eco fine jar. A nominal amount is required in the jar for every action that isn’t eco-friendly and wastes resources or energy. For example, for every printed page that isn’t necessary, for any lights or computers left on, leaving a tap running, wasting fresh paper on rough drafts etc. Be sure your colleagues (and bosses) are onboard with this idea too!

Matched Giving is also a wonderful fundraising idea. An individual or group will raise a sum of money and get a company to agree to match however much you raise. This doubles your donation and the company, be it your employer or a local business willing to support your efforts, will get increased publicity whilst supporting a worthy cause.

If an energetic challenge is more suited then sign up for a bike ride, a marathon or triathlon or a muddy obstacle course challenge. Should the sky be no limit then opt for a sponsored parachute jump or maybe (a little closer to earth) an abseil down a tall building, how about your local town hall or office block?

Exercise brainpower for a fun evening at a quiz night. Simply charge each team per ticket, which could include a takeaway meal – maybe fish and chips – at half-time, which is delivered to your venue. It can be a fantastic evening if everyone brings their own drinks – and ketchup – and a raffle to round off the evening is always a great idea, with donated prizes gathered up prior to the event from local people and businesses.

Fundraising is something for everyone, no matter what age. A sponsored silence could be a wonderful challenge for a class of children and experienced knitters and crocheters could hold a sponsored event to make a wonderful array of items which could also be sold to raise additional funding.

Something that we may not want to consider, but forward planning is always beneficial, is adding a donation to charity in your will, which is a way to ensure your estate is appointed as you wish.

A final reminder to maximise any donation is to ensure, if you are eligible, to add Gift Aid whereby a charity can reclaim the tax on any donation given to them by UK taxpayers, making each pound donated worth £1.25. Thank you for your support.