Fundraising should be fun and it should be a challenge, but it is important to be mindful of health & safety and working within the law. We want you to enjoy fundraising for us, making sure you avoid any accidents and that you've set up your event correctly. Below are some tips for avoiding any issues cropping on the day and making sure your event runs smoothly. 

COVID19

If you are organising - or taking part in - a fundraising event, please comply with the latest guidelines from the government, including social distancing rules and limiting the number of people in your group. Latest guidance can be found on the government website.

At present, we would feel much happier with fundraisers being conducted virtually.

Health and Safety

Risk assessments: public fundraising events can come with risks; these should be addresses through risk assessments, detailed planning and advice from the Fundraising Regulator. Advice can also be found on the Health & Safety Executive website.

Triple check: always check everything that might be a source of problem; conduct risk assessments and get a second pair of eyes to look over your fundraising plans.

Equipment: if you're using any equipment for your fundraiser, please make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines. 

Food hygiene and preparation: if your fundraiser involves food, please make sure you follow food hygiene rules for safe preparation, storage, display and cooking. 

Medical check-ups: if your fundraiser involves strenuous activities (running, cycling, swimming etc.), we recommend you ask your GP for a medical check-up before going ahead. Whilst we love the passion that comes from fundraising, we don't want anybody making themselves ill or attempting something dangerous. 

Supervision: If your event is going to involve lots of people, make sure there are enough qualified or appropriately briefed people to supervise.

First aid: if it's appropriate, it might be a good idea to have a first aider attend your event. 

Laws and Legality

Fundraisers are a really great way to show your support for your charity but it's important to remember that certain rules and regulations will need to be adhered to when planning your event. The Code of Fundraising Practice is a really good resource to consult and of course please do get in touch with our Fundraising department if you have any questions.

Rules and Licenses

Raffles, lotteries and competitions with prizes have strict legal rules about how they should be organised, with some requiring licenses. We recommend you refer to the Gambling Commission before planning your event if you were thinking of hosting this type of fundraiser.

Local Authorities

If you're hosting a fundraiser where you'll be collecting money on the street, or running a market stall, please make sure to check with your local authority that you have the necessary permissions.

If your event is taking place within a premises, the venue must have a current premises license under the Licensing Act 2003. 

Liability and Insurance

The Renewal Programme cannot accept liability for any loss, damage, or injury suffered by anyone participating in a fundraising event. If needed, you should arrange adequate public liability insurance cover.

Remember to include our name and charity number (Registered Charity No. 275796) on all your promotional material.

Additional Resources

Chartered Institute of Fundraising

Charities Aid Foundation