Collections at local sports matches
You will need to get a group of about ten people together. Contact any sports clubs in your area and ask them if you can collect at half time. If they agree, then ask if they would mention it in the programme the week before or on the day and announce it over the public address.
You can then collect around the ground at half time. Fancy dress would be good as it always attracts attention and means you will collect more. Third and fourth division football clubs are especially good for this. This can raise over £700 at a time!
Collections at service stations/ train stations
Fancy dress and friends to help are a very good idea. You will need to contact individual service stations/ train stations to get permission. This can raise over £500.
Bag packing/ collection at local supermarket
This can raise over £300.
Get help from a few friends. You will need to get permission from the supermarket. They do book up well in advance so you will need to plan for this and contact them early.
Quiz night at local pub
This can raise over £300.
If your local pub already holds a quiz night, ask if the proceeds can be donated to RNIB. Make sure that you advertise this in posters beforehand, people will dip in to their pockets more readily.
If your pub doesn’t already hold a quiz speak to the landlord of your local pub to ask if you can hold a pub quiz to raise funds for your cause.
Choose a mid week night and the quiz should bring in more business for the pub. You can ask the landlord to throw in a basic buffet for free – lots of pubs do!
Piggy back other events
Look out for local events such as summer fetes or local dances where you can hold a tombola, raffle or cake stall to raise donation money.
Donation rather then birthday presents
If you have a birthday coming up, ask for donations towards your sponsorship instead of presents.
Dress down day/ non-uniform day
These work well in your children’s school or in the workplace. Charge each person £1 or £2 to come in for the day in non-uniform/ casual dress.
Set up an online donation form and email to everyone
You can set up your own online sponsorship page. Email this to all your friends who can then donate online. This is very quick and easy, so they will have no excuse!
Fancy dress pub crawl
This can raise over £500+
Grab a few mates for this, do it in fancy dress and it can be very good fun!
You will need to plan your route beforehand and get permission from all the pubs involved to collect. You will not need a license, as this is private property.
Ask the pubs to provide you all with a free drink when you go in and then charge your friends £10 to join the pub crawl. They will more than make up this money in free drinks.
This works really well in the workplace. Get your colleagues to donate their ‘skills’ from dressmaking to tea-making and everything in between!
Get your boss to offer to make the tea or wash someone’s car and watch the bidding shoot up!
(Courtesy of http://www.rnib.org)