Organise your own event

One of the best ways to support Rainbows is to put on a fundraising event for us. You can do this in your spare time and it’s great fun and very rewarding. 

What kind of event should I organise?

Anything you like! We’ve had supporters put on everything from wine and cheese nights to charity football matches, from fashion shows to coffee mornings, and everything in between. Use your imagination and see where it takes you. 

A few ideas to get you started: Coffee morning; tea party; cake sale; wine tasting; concert, cabaret or variety show; bring and buy sale; amateur sports match; dinner and auction; dance marathon; sponsored walk, run, swim or cycle; family fun day; fancy dress day; games tournament; open gardens…

How do I make sure my event makes money?

Draw up a budget before you start. Remember to factor in costs for venue hire, supplies, food and drinks, incidentals like raffle tickets, and anything else you need. Events that cost less to put on, or where you can make sure they’re viable before you lay out money upfront, are best. 

One good way to keep costs down is to ask for support from local businesses. Companies can help by offering use of a venue for free, by giving raffle or auction prizes, and even by becoming event sponsors. Usually, a sponsor will give a certain amount of money towards the cost of an event in exchange for advertising, such as putting their logo on any promotional materials or webpages. 

After that, the ways to maximise your profits are endless. Sell tickets in advance and/or charge an entry fee on the door. Leave donation buckets in prominent places. Set up a JustGiving page so that people who can’t make it can still support you. Hold a raffle or auction. Sell refreshments. And don’t forget to promote like mad on social media! 

How can Rainbows support me?

People who organise events for us are so important to us and we want to support you every step of the way. Some of the ways we can support you include…

  • Offering advice and sharing our expertise at the planning stages. 
  • Supplying collection buckets, banners, posters, flyers and more. 
  • Helping to promote your event through Twitter and the “Events” page on our website.
  • Coming to speak to your group about Rainbows. 

To tell us about your event, please contact one of the Community Fundraising team. 

Paula North: Community Engagement Manager
Tel: 01509 638 039
Mbl: 07880 721 750
email: paula.north@rainbows.co.uk

Gary Farnfield: Community Fundraiser
Tel: 01509 283 952
Mbl: 07815 520465
Email: gary.farnfield@rainbows.co.uk

Jess Dixon: Community Fundraiser
Tel: 01509 638 023
Mbl: 07815 523645
Email: jess.dixon@rainbows.co.uk

Alison Furlong: Community Fundraiser
Tel: 01509 638006
Mbl: 07815 520962
Email: alison.furlong@rainbows.co.uk