Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Paycare. And, whether it’s spending a day volunteering our time to help our local community or even donating money to a chosen charity that’s close to our hearts, we love and are committed to helping and supporting those who need it most in any way we can!

But, we understand that sometimes it can be difficult to raise those all-important funds – and even our Marketing Manager, Emily Glew, scoured the internet searching for fun ways to help reach her target when she was raising money for the Ultimate Amazon Survivor Challenge in support of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity back in May!

Would you love to take on a charity challenge but you’re worried you might not be able to raise the sponsorship amount?

Well, you’re in luck…

We’ve teamed up with friends of Paycare, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, who have provided you lovely lot with ten top tips to help raise those funds fast – let’s take a look!

 

  1. Go digital

Take to social media to drum up support from your contacts. Create a fundraising page to make it easy for people to donate. It’s also a great way to keep track of your fundraising total.

Here’s just a few of our favourite online fundraising platforms:

www.justgiving.com
www.midlandsairambulance.moregiving.co.uk

 

  1. Get your bake on

Host a cake or samosa sale. Your colleagues won’t be able to resist these tempting treats!

 

  1. Office jumble sale

Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to have a clear out of pre-loved clothing, accessories or bric-a-brac. Host a jumble sale so you can raise funds and also look after the environment by giving your old clothing a new lease of life!

Why not add your event to the charity’s website to reach a bigger audience?
Check out some of the events Midlands Air Ambulance have got coming up: www.midlandsairambulance.com/events/

 

  1. Bucket collections at supermarkets

Proven as one of the best ways to raise lots of cash for charity, contact your local supermarket about doing a bag pack at their checkouts in exchange for donations.

 

  1. MAAC’N’CHEESE

Thinking of fundraising for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in particular? Why not host your own coffee morning with a difference, by replacing cake and coffee with cheese and crackers! Sounds fun, right?!

Download a fundraising pack for posters and games for this event: www.midlandsairambulance.com/maacncheese

 

  1. Collect change

Collect any loose change in a pot, you’ll be surprised how quickly it adds up and every penny really counts!

 

  1. Dress down day in the office

Ask your boss if you can have a dress down or fancy dress day in the office. Everyone pays £2 to take part.

 

  1. Sponsored silence

If you’re normally really chatty in the office, why not ask your colleagues to sponsor you to stay silent?
There’s a few chatterboxes in every office that could give this one a try!

 

  1. Quiz night

Why not organise a quiz night in your local pub or social club? There’s lots of ready-made quizzes online, or why not get your friends and family together to come up with some great questions!

You can raise extra funds from selling refreshments and a doing raffle, in addition to charging for entry.

 

  1. Raffle

Speak to your local shops and businesses asking them if they’d like to donate prizes or vouchers and organise your own raffle with friends, family and colleagues.
Remember to check out the Gambling Commission for all the rules and regulations: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/for-the-public/Fundraising-and-promotions/Fundraising-and-promotions.aspx

 

 

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Wow, thanks to the guys at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – they really have shared some fantastic, fun and easy ways you could raise those all-important funds for your chosen charity.

Why not give some of these a go over the next month and let us know how you get on! You can either tag us in a post on Facebook or Twitter using @MyPaycare, or drop us an email on marketing@paycare.org – we’d love to hear your fundraising activities and stories!

Anyway, don’t mind us – we’re going to ‘take off’ and share this great blog with the Paycare team and hopefully, there’ll be some yummy cakes in the office very soon! (pssst – can you tell tip number 2 was our favourite?!)

Ah – until next time!

 

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) operates and funds three air ambulances covering six Midlands counties including Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

Funded entirely by donations, the charity relies on support from local people and businesses, to raise the £9 million needed to undertake on average 2,000 missions every year. To show your support and learn more about the charity, head to https://www.midlandsairambulance.com/