Fundraising advice and resources

Advice, resources and frequently asked questions to support you in your fundraising for people with asthma.

Materials to help your fundraising

We have fundraising materials, advice and a team of fundraisers who would love to help you with your fundraising plans.

Order materials on our online form

If you have any questions please get in touch with Sarah, Tom and Megan on 020 7786 5042 or email [email protected].

Download your sponsorship form

Frequently asked questions

How do I send my life-changing donation to Asthma UK?

If you have cash or cheques – Great! Pay any notes or coins into your bank and simply write us a cheque, pop it into an envelope with any sponsorship forms or donation envelopes and send it. Cheques can be made payable to Asthma UK and sent to our London office, Asthma UK, 18 Mansell Street, London, E1 8AA. You can also contact your fundraising team for details of Asthma UK’s bank account if you’d prefer to make a direct transfer. Please don’t send us cash or coins in the post; we don’t want anything to happen to your amazing donation.

If you’ve set up a fundraising page, sit back and relax safe in the knowledge that the money you have raised will be automatically sent to Asthma UK and that we will be in touch soon to thank you for being amazing. When someone donates on a JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page the money comes straight to us meaning that you don’t have to spend time chasing people for donations – and people can automatically add GiftAid to their donations increasing your total by 25p for every £1 donated.

How do I set up an online giving page?

Setting up an online giving page at JustGiving  is a great idea. Not only is it quick, simple and secure it’s also easy and will save you lots of time and energy when chasing those pesky donations.  Your page is the perfect place to share your story and to tell everyone why you’re doing something amazing. As a charity we rely on voluntary donations. Without them we simply couldn’t do our life-changing work for people with asthma, so why not shout about all the things you like about Asthma UK. Don’t forget a picture speaks a thousand words, adding photos and videos can really bring your page to life. If you need more inspiration we have lots of great advice to help you create your perfect page.

Make your donation even more amazing – Gift Aid it!

Gift Aid is one of the most effective and easiest ways of giving to charity – it’s simply brilliant. The scheme, introduced by the Inland Revenue, allows us to claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated – provided you pay at least that amount in tax and give us permission to claim Gift Aid on your behalf.

For us to claim Gift Aid on the money you have raised or donated to Asthma UK, you need to make sure that everyone who sponsors you completes every section of the sponsorship form and send these completed sponsorship forms to us so that we can add the Gift Aid to your overall total. Without the completed forms we’ll be unable to claim the Gift Aid. If you’d like to know more about Gift Aid and how we can claim it contact us on 0300 222 5800.

How long will it take for my fundraising materials to arrive?

We aim to get your fundraising materials to you as quickly as possible, but in order to keep costs to a minimum we ask you to allow 10 working days from the date you place your order. If you want to check the status of your order simply give the team a call on 0300 222 5800. We’d love to hear from you.

How can I share my story?

Whether your story is about asthma or about the amazing things you’ve done to raise funds for Asthma UK we’d love to hear from you. Sharing your story can inspire others to raise life-changing funds to support our work; helping people understand what asthma is and raise awareness of how serious asthma can be. No matter your story, it’s your voice, and we want to hear it. Give us a call on 0300 222 5800.

Is there anything I can’t do?

The sky is quite literally the limit when you’re fundraising your way – the wackier the better – but there are certain rules and regulations you need to follow. To help you keep it safe and legal we’ve developed a trusty online guide to help you know your do's from your don'ts. If you’re still not sure, we’d love to help simply give us a call. 

Keep it safe and legal

Collections

  • You mustn't do house-to-house collections.
  • If you collect in any public place, you must get a collector's licence from the local authority.
  • If you plan to collect on private property (including shops, pubs and so on) you must have the permission of the owner.

Raffles

A raffle is a great way to raise money. Whether you're planning a small raffle at an event, in your home or workplace, or a larger raffle with tickets on sale in the run-up to your event, there are rules governing raffles. Don’t worry, we can advise you on the best way to organise your raffle and the license you might need in order to run a raffle. Give the team a call on 0300 222 5800.

Events

Asthma UK cannot accept any liability for loss, damage or injury as a result of your fundraising activity or event. Our insurance doesn't cover property or personal liability for any injury to you or anyone else who participates in your fundraiser.

It’s always worth conducting a risk assessment no matter the size of your event so that you can minimise any potential hazards. Like you we want everyone participating in your event to have fun whilst staying safe, which is why we suggest reading the guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive

Make sure your participants are fully briefed about the event, including (where relevant) any risks, fitness requirements, special equipment or clothing and standards of behaviour expected.

It's essential that you have enough volunteers on hand to supervise your event. Where children are involved, this includes providing adult supervision, permission from the child's parents/guardians for them child to take part and background checks where adults are to have unsupervised access to children.

You may need insurance cover for your event – for example, public liability insurance. You should also check whether you need any special licence. For example, a public entertainment licence or licence to sell alcohol. Contact your fundraising team if you are not sure.

Food hygiene

Make sure food is stored, prepared and cooked hygienically. Further information at NHS Choices Food Safety or from your local authority.