Collections and raffles
Collections are a popular way to raise money whilst raising awareness for the cause close to your heart.
Would your local shop, café, pub, or restaurant display a collection can to raise money in aid of the area you care about most? Or could you organise a collection at your local supermarket or theatre? There are a few collection opportunities listed below, but feel free to ‘think outside the box’. As with all fundraising events, we will be delighted to support your fundraising activity.
Contact your local supermarket to arrange a bag-packing day or bucket collection. Recruit your friends, family or colleagues to take part with you too. Bag packing will take more volunteers than a bucket collection, but you have the opportunity reach more people. Please get written permission from the owner or manager and keep it with you when collecting.
We have a stock of collection buckets that we can lend you and – depending on the area you are supporting – we may be able to supply pull-up banners and t-shirts.
Ask your local theatre for permission to hold a bucket collection on their premises. If possible, choose a theatre showing that has a connection to the cause or is likely to be popular. Some theatres have their own collection buckets and their staff will be happy to help. If not, ask your friends, family and colleagues to go with you – as above we will be delighted to lend you secure collection buckets. Remember to get written permission from the owner or manager and keep it with you when collecting.
To collect funds in any public place, you will need a licence from your local council. Most councils have details of how to apply for a licence in their website. It can take up to two months before your receive your licence, so plan ahead! Bear in mind that anyone collecting money in public must be over 16. Please always consider your personal security; when collecting money work in pairs and keep to well-lit and busy areas.
Visit your local council's website to see their guidelines.
As a volunteer organiser you would contact potential business owners to ask them to display a collection can on their premises. You can contact as many or as few sites as you want – it’s completely up to you. With their permission, you would be responsible for placing and collecting cans from your designated sites. You would check the cans on a fairly regular basis – replacing wrappers as needed and making sure we receive the donations in a timely fashion.
For simple raffles, charge a standard price for each ticket and draw the name of the winner before the end of your event. If you plan to run your raffle or lottery over a longer period of time, or sell tickets at more than one venue, you will need to purchase a local lottery licence from your council.
Natalie and Barbara
Friends and colleagues Natalie and Barbara organised a raffle and bucket collection at work to support motor neurone disease research in memory of their friend.
The Pipe Shop
Customers of the Pipe Shop, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, have generously donated over £1,600 in aid of the Hospital for Small Animals.