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Choosing a challenge | Setting your targetCreating your fundraising page

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Promoting your challengeCash handlingBanking DonationsGift AidEvent insurance

Getting Started

Choosing a challenge

Choose an activity or event that you’re interested in or that inspires you. If you enjoy it, you’re more likely to keep at it, raise more money and complete it. If you want to do something but aren’t sure what to do, take a look at our events page and register for one of our fundraising challenges. You can also contact your local Charity Community and Events Fundraiser to discuss ideas and get some guidance on what challenge would work best.

View our events  contact our fundraising team

Setting your target

If you’ve registered for a Charity place in one of our events it may come with a minimum fundraising amount. This will give you a guide on what target to set yourself. If you’re not sure what to aim for have a look at our guide on breaking down your target month by month to help you decide what would be achievable.

How to Break down your target

Creating your fundraising page

Fundraising online has never been easier, thanks to free, customisable websites such as JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving. But how do you know where to start? Click the button below

How to create your fundraising page

Collecting Donations

Promoting your challenge

So you’ve decided to hold a fundraising event to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and want to spread the word. What now? Check out our guide for tips on how to promote your efforts and raise as much money as you can.

How to promote your challenge

Cash handling

There are a number of golden rules when dealing with Charity money, so here’s everything you need to know.

  • Under Charity law, all donations in money or goods become the property of the Charity from the moment of giving, and all funds raised for a charity must go to that charity.
  • Money should be counted and signed for by two people (aged over 16) in a secure environment. Please contact our Customer Care Team for more information on customercare@firefighterscharity.org.uk or 01256 366566.
  • Money should be banked in the Charity’s bank account within three days of the event.
  • No money should be left unattended, taken home by individuals, or held in a non-Charity bank or building society account.
  • If you are using collection buckets, these must have sealed lids. The seals should only be broken when counting the money with two people present.
  • Only those aged 16 or over should be collecting money in public.
  • Nobody should be unreasonably pressured into donating to the Charity.

Banking donations

Remember, the safest place for your money is in the Charity’s bank account. We have a guide on how to pay in money raised to the Charity including using our monies return form. This should be completed and returned to the Customer Care Team, but keep a copy for your own records. Doing it this way allows us to efficiently allocate your funds and save the Charity administration funds.

How to pay in money

Gift Aid

What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on any donation made by a UK taxpayer, meaning we get more from donations at no extra cost to our donors.

If they are a UK income tax or capital gains tax payer, The Fire Fighters Charity can reclaim the basic rate tax they have paid on donations from the HMRC, meaning we get an extra 25% on top of every donation! So, for example, if someone donates £10, we can claim an extra £2.50 from the  Government without them having to donate an extra penny.

We have a full Gift Aid guide with all the information and rules you need to know, along with links to download the forms you’ll need.

Gift aid guide

Event insurance

We may be able to provide public liability insurance cover for your fundraising event. View our Event Insurance page for more information and an insurance FAQ.

Event insurance information