How to raise the maximum amount of money

The main point of the walk is of course to raise as much money as we possibly can to benefit our chosen charities.

We are aiming to raise over £15,000 in 2014 – which would take the total monies raised by The Nightingale Walk over the years beyond half a million pounds. A remarkable achievement.

We are asking all of our walkers to try to maximise the amount of sponsorship that they are able to raise.

Raising sponsorship money can be daunting and so we have put together the following tips to help you get started and

1) Set yourself a target. Targets can motivate you to get started.

2) Make a list of people who you think might be prepared to sponsor you and then systematically go through the list asking everyone.

3) Write down who has offered to sponsor you and the amount

4) Ask early! Don’t leave raising your sponsorship money to the last minute.

5) Ask at work! If you are working you may be able to source some additional sponsorship from your employer. Many companies match employee fund-raising for charity. Even companies who don’t have a formal programme of matching funds sometimes will contribute to one off projects. But remember if you don’t ask – you don’t get!!

6) Claim the Gift Aid. We are setting up a method of collecting sponsorship money online. This is a very effective way of getting the money in because the donors can choose to give under the Gift Aid scheme which means that we will receive the tax that they paid on that money. More news to follow on this scheme!

7) Collect the money ASAP. If you can obtain the money from your sponsor at the time the sponsorship all the better. Otherwise put a note in your diary to collect the money the day after the walk.

If you have any other ideas about how to maximise our sponsorship money, please get in touch and we will share your good ideas across all of our registered walkers.

Good luck!

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