Responsible fundraising advice

Fundraising is fun but can require lots of organising – we know you will probably have questions. We have lots of advice, and support and tips to help and ensure you keep everything safe and legal.

We wouldn’t want anything to stand in the way of reaching your goal, so we have put together a set of guidelines which provide you with the best ways to keep you and others safe during your fundraising.

Our guidelines highlight the practical considerations that you will need to be aware of. You may also need to check (event permitting) with your local authority that you’ve got everything covered.

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Asthma UK Fundraising Agreement

Whilst raising money for Asthma UK I will:

  • Confirm that I am over the age of 18 - if you are under the age of 18 please contact for help and support
  • Use my best endeavours to raise money for Asthma UK.
  • Not do anything to bring Asthma UK, its volunteers or trustees in to disrepute.
  • Show the charity any materials that I produce that bear Asthma UK's name or logo, or that mentions the work of the charity prior to distribution.
  • All materials I produce will include the text Registered charity number 802364 include In England and Wales. If fundraising in Scotland, include Registered charity in Scotland SCO39322.
  • Not carry out house to house collections.
  • Ensure that before collecting in a public place, I'll obtain a licence from the local authority.
  • Not collect on private property without first obtaining permission from the owner.
  • Obtain a raffle licence from my local authority if holding a raffle over more than one day.
  • Not align my fundraising to any political party or candidate.
  • Acknowledge that Asthma UK cannot take responsibility for any losses made through my fundraising activity.
  • Return any unused fundraising materials to Asthma UK.
  • Obtain and pay to Asthma UK all money raised from my fundraising no later than four weeks after my event is finished.
  • I understand that Asthma UK may terminate my right to raise funds at any time.

Keep it safe and legal

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. Here's some important things to help you know your do's from your don't and keep your fundraising safe and legal. If you’re still not sure, we’d love to help simply give us a call on 0207 786 5042.

Fundraising targets

Taking part in an Asthma UK charity event? You might need to commit to a fundraising target to secure your place. Please remember your place is based on your agreement to reach the target. If you need help reaching your target, please just ask!   

Representing Asthma UK

If you’re using materials such as posters or leaflets to promote your fundraising, or preparing a talk on Asthma UK, please get in touch. We can advise you on our brand policy and provide accurate information to support your promotion. We can also send our ‘in aid of’ Asthma UK logo.

 Some practical things to be aware of:


  • Please remember that Asthma UK cannot accept any liability for loss, damage or injury as a result of your fundraising activity or event.
  • You may need insurance to cover your event, such as public liability insurance. You should also check whether you need a special licence. Examples include a public entertainment licence or licence to sell alcohol.

Data Protection

Asthma UK is committed to protecting the privacy of your data. By using our services, and/or by providing us with your personal data, you’re agreeing to the terms of our privacy policy.


  • Door-to-door collections are illegal
  • Collections in any public place must be granted by a collector’s licence from the local authority
  • To collect donations on private property you must have the permission of the owner


Whether you’re planning a small raffle at an event, or selling tickets for a raffle in the run-up to your fundraising activity, there are important rules to consider. Get in touch to tell us about your raffle so we can share the information you need to keep it safe and legal.

Further guidance can also be found on the Institute of Fundraising website.

Frequently asked questions

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

If you have cash or cheques – Great! Cheques can be made payable to Asthma UK and sent to our London office. Please contact the 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 0207 786 5042.

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 0207 786 5042.

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 0207 786 5042.. We’d love to hear from you.

Go through to this page to order your free fundraising materials