Organise your own fundraiser

How can you help to really make a difference?

Why not organise your own event?

We are delighted that you are interested in fundraising for St Andrew’s Hospice!

Whether you take on a marathon, host a coffee morning or sport your best fancy dress for the day – whatever you decide to do, your support is really appreciated.

Why not take part in a challenge event or organise your own fundraising event? It’s a fantastic way to get all your friends and family together and have fun for a great cause.

Our Fundraising Team are on hand to help and are always happy to lend their experience and knowledge to ensure that your event or fundraising activity is a success. For many people, they are the first point of contact to help with any ideas and questions.

If you are thinking about organising your own fundraiser, please download our Fundraising Pack for lots of ideas and advice.

Top tips for a fantastic fundraiser

Once you’ve decided on the type of fundraiser you’d like to hold for St Andrew’s Hospice, it’s time to start planning.

1) Set a date

Give yourself enough time to organise your event. Make a timeline of everything that needs to be done and when.

2) Choose your venue

Pick a venue that meets all of your event’s needs. Is it a suitable size for your guests? Does it have the appropriate licenses and insurance? Venues may give you a discount or free hire because you are organising an event for charity – we can provide a letter to confirm that you are fundraising for us to help with this.

sm-300x169 3) Spread the word

Social media is a great way to spread the word about your event. Contact your local newspapers using our press release template. There are also lots of free event listing websites out there – What’s On Lanarkshire, The List, What’s On For Families etc.

4) Tell us about it

We’d love to hear about your event. We can publicise it across our social media channels and provide you with materials such as collection buckets, banners, balloons and t-shirts.

Got lots of great photos from your event? Share them with us on social media by posting them on our Facebook page or tagging us on Twitter and Instagram.

5) Maximise your total

Set up a JustGiving page to make donating online easier. Share the link to your page with all your friends and family.

Ask your supporters to Gift Aid their donation – Gift Aid allows us to claim tax back on each eligible donation. For each £1 you raise, we can claim back 25p.

Match funding – some employers run match funding initiatives where they will match the monies that you’ve raised to boost your fundraising total.

6) Pay in your money

You can collect donations yourself and send them in to us by cheque or in person at our Hospice reception. You will receive a thank you letter to acknowledge your donation and thank you for everything you’ve done. If you’ve raised monies online through JustGiving, these will be sent to us automatically.

7) Pat yourself on the back

All your hard work has paid off. The funds you’ve raised will help us make a difference to our patients and their families across North and South Lanarkshire who need our care and support! It is thanks to your generosity and dedication that St. Andrew’s Hospice has been able to provide specialist palliative care to the people of Lanarkshire since 1986.

How your money helps (feedback from patients’ families)

“My father was helped enormously, even things like getting him dressed was massive for him as he hated to be seen in PJ’s.”

“All the love and care was there in every way. Although my husband was only with you for a few hours, you would have thought they had known us for weeks.”

“I always thought a hospice to be a sad lonely place. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The team you have there, from domestic staff to top management, are truly amazing. We always felt welcome there and there was always someone to talk to if we needed them.”