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Keeping it safe
and legal

The best fundraising is safe and legal, all the information you need before you begin fundraising is here

Before you begin your fundraising we recommend you complete a risk assessment to help you identify any areas where you may require licences, insurances or support from others. Below are some common areas for consideration.

Raffles & Lotteries

There are complex rules about raffles and lotteries, so ensure you check with your local authority if you plan to run a draw. Most of the time if you are selling raffle tickets on the day of an event (not in advance of the event) you won’t require a licence. You can find out more by visiting https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/for-the-public/Fundraising-and-promotions/Fundraising/Lotteries-at-events.aspx

Food & drink

If you plan on serving food and drink during your fundraising ensure you are familiar with the guidelines issued by the Food Standards Agency. https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/providing-food-at-community-and-charity-events

Music & entertainment

Certain types of music and entertainment will require a licence from your local authority. Often venues will hold a license already. You can read more about entertainment licensing here.

First Aid

Consider carefully what first aid requirements are appropriate for your fundraising. Will a first aid box be sufficient, or will you need trained first aiders in attendance. St John Ambulance and other first aid providers can help you plan your needs. http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/about-us/event-services.aspx

Insurances

Ensure your fundraising is safe and legal and you have the relevant insurances in place to protect you and your attendees. Unfortunately Foothold is unable to provide you with insurance cover for your fundraising.

Promoting your event

Make sure you tell us about any fundraising you are planning so we can help you to maximise success. Please ensure you are clear that you are fundraising ‘in aid of’ Foothold, registered charity number 208925. If you wish to use the charity logo please get in touch.

Other reading

Read the Gov.Uk guide for organisers of voluntary events here.

Please get in touch with the team on fundraising@myfoothold.org to discuss fundraising for Foothold.

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