Frequently asked questions about fundraising for Target Ovarian Cancer. If your question isn't answered below, please contact the fundraising team.
There are countless ways you can not only raise money for the vital work we do, but also awareness about the symptoms:
- Whether it's a coffee morning with your close family or friends, or a dress down day at work, visit our fundraising page to get some ideas.
- Why not challenge yourself and take part in a trek, run, or even a sky dive!
- If you're a student you can get your Student Union, society or sports club to organise a fundraising event. Take a look at our University fundraising guide to find out more.
- Instead of accepting present, you can always ask for donations in lieu of anniversary, birthday, or wedding gifts.
- Pledge to raise £1,000 and join Target 1000, a group made up of amazing people who have raised £1,000 or more for Target Ovarian Cancer.
- For even more ideas, take a look at our fundraising guide.
If you’ve decided how you want to raise money let us know now by registering your fundraising plans with this quick form and request any fundraising materials you may need.
Once registered, we can send you our 'in aid of' logo to use on posters, invitations etc. Please remember to include our registered charity numbers on any materials promoting your fundraising: 1125038 (England and Wales) and SC042920 (Scotland).
The more people know about your fundraising and understand your reasons for raising awareness and fundraising, the more money you’ll raise. You might also get offers of donations, prizes, help or more.
- Download our poster or invitation templates or make your own to let as many people as possible know about your fundraising. You can also order fundraising materials (pin basges, wristbands, T-Shirts, symptoms leaflets, banners etc.) from us to help publicise your event.
- Email all your contacts and let them know what you’re up to. If you have time to write personal messages, these are more likely to result in donations.
- Set up an online giving page with JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving or BT MyDonate. Whichever you choose, funds raised come directly to Target Ovarian Cancer. Personalise your message by adding details of why you’re taking part in the event and add a photo or video of yourself. Don’t forget to update your message when you hit fundraising milestones or as the event draws nearer. You can even add a Text Giving feature to your JustGiving page too.
- Create an event on Facebook and ask friends to share your page with their networks. Read about how best to spread the word about your fundraiser on social media.
- Tweet the link to your sponsorship page and ask everyone, including some high-profile people, to retweet it. Include @TargetOvarian in your tweet.
You may want to use the local media (newspapers, magazines, radio or TV) to promote your event or raise sponsorship. Here’s how:
- You can get the email addresses for the news desks of relevant local papers, magazines, radio and TV stations online or call the switchboard (numbers should be in the phone book) and ask them for the most suitable contact.
- Contact us for template press releases that you can adapt and send to your local media.
- Show the local interest telling them that the event is being held by locals and/or that people in the area can attend.
- Make it personal. The media like ‘human interest’ articles that people can identify with. So include why Target Ovarian Cancer is important to you and any interesting details.
- If you speak to a journalist, ask them if they’d like to send a photographer or be emailed pictures afterwards. To be suitable for publication, photos usually need to be a minimum of 500kb or 390 dpi.
- Bear in mind that many magazines are written a few months before they are published, so these are less likely to be able to cover some things. Also TV stations cover very large areas and receive hundreds of stories each day, but you may get lucky!
- If some local media pick up the story before the event, give them a call afterwards to let them know how it went.
- Even if they didn’t previously cover it, they may still like to receive a photo of the event and some key details, like how many people came and how much was raised. If people can still donate, you can give details. If not, you would still be helping to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Sometimes a ‘Letter to Editor’ thanking the local people that supported your event works well.
- To collect money in a public place you must get a licence from the local council. You need to think ahead as these can take up to eight weeks. To collect in a private place, like a supermarket, you must get permission.
- If you'd like to organise a collection at your local train station, get in touch and let us know where you're hoping to collect and we will try to secure the permit you'll need. These often need to be organised several months in advance so plan your date early on.
- You will be sent all the materials you'll need for the day: collection buckets, symptoms leaflets and your own Target Ovarian Cancer tshirt.
- We organise regular station collections across London. These raise over £800 on average each. Just two hours of your time could pay for half a day of medical research into new treatments for ovarian cancer. Get in touch to find out more and to join Team Target!
If you are selling alcohol at your event, you need a licence from your local magistrate’s court. Taking donations for alcohol doesn’t require a licence.
You do not need a licence if the raffle is part of a larger charity event as long as:
- the money raised is not for private gain
- tickets are only sold during the event
- the raffle is drawn during the event
- the draw does not roll over
- any deductions from the money raised do not exceed £100 in costs and £500 in prizes.
You can use our website to send the money to us. Please include details in the comments box to let us know who raised the money and how. Alternatively, you can make a transfer using online banking. Please contact us for our account details.
Please make your cheque payable to Target Ovarian Cancer and send it to:
Target Ovarian Cancer
2 Angel Gate
London EC1V 2PT
At an HSBC bank
Please order a paying-in slip from us before going to the bank. You can then go to any branch of HSBC and pay your funds directly to us. We will know that money is from you because of the number on the paying-in slip.
Thank you for supporting Target Ovarian Cancer. If you have any questions or would like any tips and advice, call our fundraising team on 020 7923 5474 or email us.