This Christmas is going to be very different for all of us and we understand that fundraising won't be as easy as usual this festive season.
To help you all be able to still do your bit to support the hospice and ensure we can continue caring for our patients this Christmas and in the future, we've put together some really simple festive fundraising ideas to bring some extra sparkle to your Christmas!
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We'd like to thank the 203 businesses and their patrons, around Northamptonshire which support us by having one of our collection boxes. They each raise an average of £82 per year so combined they raise over £7,300 for the Hospice EVERY YEAR!
Click on the map to find your nearest venue and next time you're in for a pint or a coffee with friends why not pop whatever you can spare into our collection box and show the Hospice how much it is loved by our community!
We're rolling our our brand new contactless collection boxes to all of our supporter businesses and they're so easy to safe, plus super safe as you don't need to touch them at all as it's all done through your phone using QR code technology.
How to make a donation using any Android phone
Simply tap your unlocked phone on the QR code you'll see on the top of the collection box and it opens up our donation page where you can choose your donation amount and your payment method
How to make a donation on an iPhone X or newer model
You don't even need to have unlocked your phone, simply tap it on the QR code and our donation page will open where you can choose your donation amount and your payment method
How to make a donation on an older model iPhone
Open your phone's camera and hover over the QR code and the donation page will open where you can choose your donation amount and your payment method
We can’t wait to hear from you and support you in fundraising for your amazing hospice. Get started by giving our Community Fundraiser, Kelly, a call on 01604 973341 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This is where you will find out how you can support Cynthia Spencer Hospice and become part of the special group of fundraisers raising money to care for families across Northamptonshire living with the effects of a life limiting illness.
Here we will work together to find out how you want to support the hospice. Whether you want to organise a fundraising event or you want to learn more about the hospice we are here to help and support you.
You want to organise an event for us? Brilliant! For inspiration, here’s a few popular examples of what others have done to raise money for the Hospice
Everyone loves a coffee morning! Why not raise extra funds by holding a bake off style competition and charging per entry. You can sell off the cakes at the end to raise even more money!
Whether you plan to abstain from chocolate, climb Ben Nevis or take part in an organised run or cycle you could collect sponsorship on behalf of Cynthia Spencer.
Put on an exhibition by asking a local artist or photographer, school children or your local art and craft groups to exhibit their work, you can charge entry and offer refreshments
A quiz is always a popular event! Holding a quiz in a pub, community centre or sports club is fantastic fun, if it proves popular you could even consider making it a regular monthly event. You could charge teams to enter and use some of the entry money as prizes
Charge an entrance fee and sell refreshments and plants. Why not see if any of your neighbours would also be interested in opening up their garden on the same day so people can make an afternoon of it.
Ask local school children to design and make an outfit and then charge entry to a fashion show. Or buy clothes from your local Cynthia Spencer Hospice shop, get friends to model them and auction off the outfits at the end.
Or you could get friends, family and your local community involved in a clothes swap – they clear out their wardrobes of unwanted clothes and donate them to you, you then work out a token system or even price up clothes in advance to sell
Organise a disco, concert, ceilidh, ballroom, salsa or 70's night. Put on a fantastic event for your local community and they'll have a great night knowing it's all to raise money for a great cause!
Picnics and fetes are always a popular family event. You could ask for a donation to take part and raise extra money on the day with fun games and challenges bringing your community together.
Organise a collection at your local supermarket or attraction. You can arrange this in advance by popping into the shop or giving them a call. We can provide collection buckets, banners, t-shirts and any other branded items you might need to help attract a crowd!
You could arrange a non-uniform day, a sponsored silence, a cake sale or take part in an enterprise challenge. Ask your teachers to help you organise the event and publicise it around school and to parents. You'll be really impressed with how much you could raise!
If you already know what you want to do to support the Hospice, use this form to let us know!
Some important things to think about when planning your event:
It’s very simple to ensure your event is safe and legal. Look at the pointers below and complete a risk assessment (attached) and you should be fine.
If you are organising a raffle where you will be selling tickets only at the event and drawing the winner at the event you do not need a license. However, if you would like to sell tickets before the event you must obtain a small lotteries license from your local authority and get tickets printed with the licensing number and charity number on. Please contact the local licensing department at Northampton council.
If you want to collect money on private property (Pubs, Shopping Centres) you can do this as long as you have the owner’s permission. It is advisable to gain a permission letter from us for this. If you want to collect on any public land, you will need a collection permit for this. Please call the fundraising team to discuss this before approaching the council.
Licenses for events
Sale of alcohol
Extended opening hours
Selling of food and drink
Will all need licenses gaining from the local authority. Check with the venue as they may already have a license which will cover your event.
Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity cannot accept liability for any fundraising activity or event you undertake for us. You should take out insurance which will cover your activity prior to your event taking place. Ensure your venue and all suppliers have their own insurance and ask for copies.
Depending on the size of your event you may need a qualified first aider. Check with the local council for details.
What are the fire precautions and are the fire exits marked and clear on the day of the event?
If you know anyone who has a food hygiene certificate ask them to oversee all food preparation areas. If not, as a minimum ensure all areas are clean, tidy and food is stored adequately.
The local council will be able to give you further details and guidance should you require this
Any equipment used at your event needs to be in good working order and if necessary, operated by people competent to use it. Make sure you put equipment in safe places and ensure all cables are secured so that they are not a trip hazard.
If you are having to lift heavy items, we can supply information on how to lift safely. Please ask the fundraising team.
Keep money in a safe place at all times and consider where it will be stored after the event if you cannot get straight to the bank or to the hospice.
Children under the age of 16 are not legally able to collect money without an adult present.
Download our Risk Assessment form to help you make sure every element of your event safety has been considered.
Here’s a few things to get you started with your fundraising:
Click here to download Fundraising Planner
Whatever your event you need to make sure people know about it. Use our downloadable posters or create your own. Send invitations for your event, tell your friends and use Facebook to create your event and invite people directly to it! Add us as a host and we'll help get your event to a wider audience.
You can also set up a Facebook fundraiser to celebrate a special event and turn it into a fundraiser for the Hospice!
Here at the hospice we love to talk. We love to talk about all the exciting things that are going on to support people across the community.
Just to let you know, we don’t have a set charge for talks but appreciate every donation given to the Hospice.