Thinking of doing a fundraiser for the Pepper Foundation? We can help!

It’s the new year and sometimes you need to find something to get you through that January lull. A great way to give yourself some inspiration to tackle the year ahead is by taking on a new challenge.

No matter whether you’re starting out on a ‘couch to 5k’, you’re a seasoned marathon runner, or you’re climbing a peak, adding a fundraiser to your challenge can give you that extra focus to help you achieve your goal.

Can we suggest something? Obviously we’re a little biased, but how about choosing to support the Pepper Foundation for your fundraiser? You’d be supporting a charity that funds children’s hospice at home care, helping local families who are caring for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

At the Pepper Foundation, we’re here to help and support you to achieve your fundraising goals. Raising money can seem like a daunting task at first, but once you’ve got going you’ll wonder what you were worried about! However, you’ve got to start somewhere, so we’ve put together a list of simple but effective things that you can do to give yourself the best start.

Set a fundraising target

While it can be tempting to not pressure yourself with a fundraising goal, setting a target amount to raise can be a big motivator for both you and the people you’re asking to sponsor you. It may sound strange but think about kicking off your fundraising effort by making the first donation yourself and donating an amount you’d like others to consider making. In the early days of your challenge, this will help make your fundraising page look more alive and leads to higher donation amounts overall!

And don’t forget to thank people when they donate to your fundraiser.

Tell people why you’re doing the challenge

When you’re setting up your donations page, it is easy to simply copy and paste some information about the Pepper Foundation from our website, but most of the time getting a bit more personal can really help people get behind your challenge.

Talk about why you’re doing the challenge or why the charity means so much to you. Or both. Whatever you choose to talk about, give people some insight into why this challenge is so important to you.

Don’t forget to provide updates too – just finished your first 10 mile training run? Tell people about it! It gives you something to talk about when you share your fundraising page again. If you’re doing a marathon or some form of physical challenge, track your progress through a fitness app too. Plus, nothing beats being able to look back at what you’ve achieved and see the progress.

Get hustling

To reach your fundraising goal you’re going to need to do work both online and offline. Use all of your social media profiles to share your fundraising page, but again, make sure you tell a little story with each share – give your friends and followers a reason to donate to your fundraiser. Not everyone checks their social media, and with feeds refreshing so fast, people can miss things too, so it’s also worth dropping friends and family a note on WhatsApp and email too.

Remember to change up the content you post about the challenge to help keep things fresh. For example, making a short selfie video about what you’re doing and why can feel daunting at first (if you’ve never done it before), but really helps give things that personal touch.

Contact us for help

If you’re struggling with any aspect of your fundraising or fundraising page, please drop us a message via the Facebook messenger app in the bottom right hand corner of this page, send us an email through our contact form, or email rproudfoot@pepper.org.uk.

Coming soon: The Pepper Foundation will be releasing a library of pictures, graphics, videos and written content to help you promote your fundraiser.