Would you like to host an event to raise funds for your local homeless charity but not really sure how to get started? Have a look below for some inspiration and if you still can’t find what you are looking for, please drop us a message fundraising@chesshomeless.org or give us a call on 01245 281104.

The most successful fundraising activities and events are the ones that the supporter has chosen to do because they have a skill in that area or because they enjoy it. So please make sure you feel it is manageable, fun and achieves your goals too! Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  • Dress down day at work or school
  • Quiz/games evening
  • Cake Bake
  • Car wash day
  • Fashion show
  • Sporting event
  • Cards evening
  • CHESS Night
  • Dinner Party
  • Raffle

Some Practical Things To Consider

Keep it safe and legal : Organising your own fundraising event in aid of CHESS means you are responsible for making sure it does not pose any risks to others. That is why we would recommend you do a risk assessment.

Please check if you need to take out public liability insurance for events such as sponsored walks or runs. This will protect you against claims made by third parties. In most cases it is unlikely that CHESS’s own insurance policy will cover an event that you have organised.

For more information of if you are planning a fundraising event involving children visit the Institute of Fundraising.

Raffles : If you organise a raffle and tickets are sold and drawn on the same day there are no legal requirements. However, if you sell prior to the date you will need a local license. For more information take a look at gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

After your event or challenge : We would love to hear how your event or challenge went and we would especially love to see any pictures! Make sure you let us know on Facebook and send photos through to us at fundraising@chesshomeless.org. Don’t forget to let everyone know how it went, how much you raised, and thank those who helped and supported you.