Vikki's Top Fundraising Tips
Earlier this year, Vikki Harris ran the London Marathon for us, raising an incredible £11,000 – this is the most an individual person has ever raised for Willen Hospice. Here Vikki shares her top fundraising tips.
Start early. I started fundraising as soon as I found out I got a place in the London Marathon. It took the pressure off and I could enjoy it much more.
Speak to people
The first thing I did was contact local businesses and ask them for raffle prizes. I was so surprised at how many people were willing to donate a prize. I then moved on to bigger companies, like Alton Towers, Chessington, Warwick Castle, and so on.
I also found that face to face was the best way to get support. If you’ve got the enthusiasm and the drive, and you’re prepared to take time to talk to people, you’ll find that people want to give.
Confidence is key
When I first started approaching people I did feel nervous. I didn’t really know what to say, but once you realise that people do say yes, that gives you confidence.
Use social media
Throughout my fundraising I was constantly updating social media. I’d post anything to do with Willen Hospice, my fundraising and my training so people knew how they were helping.
Be an opportunist
I’m always looking for opportunities to fundraise. I might be out and just ask to put a collection pot at a venue, or ask for a raffle prize on the off chance.
As well as asking for raffle prizes, I contacted businesses to see if they wanted to sponsor me. Biffa paid a large donation and I put them on my running vest, and then I contacted a local Estate Agent who did the same.
Don’t give up when you reach your target
If you’ve reached your target then don’t take your foot off the pedal, keep going. Anything is possible so don’t stop.