If you're thinking of organising your own event and are looking for inspiration and advice, you're in the right place. From auctions to zumbathons, we’d love to hear about what you have planned. You can register Your Event, access support from our fundraising team, and download resources to help ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Sit down with a cuppa and have a read through our Your Event fundraising pack – you will be sent a link to this after you have registered your event, or you can download it here.
This will provide you with some top tips for Your Event, as well as helpful hints from people who have successfully organised their own fundraising events for Macmillan.
Have a think about what you need to make your event a success. Some questions to get you started might be:
Think about who you can involve in your planning and the event itself too: many hands make light work.
Planning an event open to the public and not sure if you need insurance? Serving food but not read up on food hygiene? Thinking of holding a raffle or lottery but not sure of the legalities?
Before you start organising Your Event, please have a look at our information about Keeping it safe and legal to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible.
The more, the merrier. So why not tell as many people as possible about your plans? You can get in touch with your friends, colleagues, the press and your local community.
A wonderful way to spread the word is on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter. At the moment, we can't promote your event on our website, but you could set up your own social media page for your event. Why not get the conversation going by holding competitions, or offering special deals for your followers? You can also use social media to keep people posted, share photos of your progress and generally boost the excitement about your event.
You can't go wrong with promoting your fundraising activity through local media. You might wish to get in touch with news desks at local newspapers or try to get the local radio and television stations interested in your event. You could also invite the local press to attend your event on the day if appropriate – send an invitation two weeks in advance. Include an invite for one of their photographers to come along too.
Not sure where to start? Or prefer to stay out of the limelight? Get in touch with the Fundraising Support Centre for help and advice.
Don’t forget your email contacts and internal websites, newsletters or noticeboards. Your friends, colleagues and employers will often be keen to hear your news, see pictures and follow your progress.
Good luck and here's wishing you lots of great coverage for Your Event.
Don't forget to thank everyone who contributed to Your Event, and tell them how much you raised.
This could be anyone from those who donated raffle prizes, your sponsors, people who attended, and those who couldn’t but sent a contribution anyway. They will want to know how you’ve done, and following up afterwards will also make it easier if you ask for their help again. If you decide to do another event next year, for example.
Most of all, please give yourself a very big pat on the back and accept our grateful thanks. Macmillan simply could not do what we do for people affected by cancer without people like you. Thank you.
If you are interested in completing a skydive or parachute jump on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, please give our Fundraising Support Centre a call on 0300 1000 200, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your jump to receive a fundraising pack.
If you’ve already held Your Event for Macmillan and need to send us your donations, you can do so by donating online, or find out all the other ways you can donate.
Sara in one of her unique hats
Joe (centre) with his brothers Zac and Mikey at their event
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