Getting started

It's never too early to start planning your event, but before you start, you need to contact us to register your event - then we can help you with lots of ideas and support.

Keeping it simple is a good rule of thumb

Have a look at some of our fundraising ideas to make your event/activity extra special. Before setting any plans in motion, also read our safety and legal information, to make sure you adhere to regulations.

You can find lots of examples of how your money could be used to protect wildlife in the region on our donations page, which is really helpful when asking people to dig deep with their donations. Remember also that we work to protect wildlife and habitats in your local area, a cause that benefits everybody.

When will you do it?

Think about the seasons (and the temperamental North East weather) and avoid clashes with public holidays or sporting events. Consider who your event is aimed at, and what time of the week/day will suit them best. Setting a date will give you a clear target - remember to give yourself plenty of time to prepare, tell as many people as possible, get lots of sponsors and make sure you make a list of all the key tasks involved.

Where will you hold your event?

Can you hold your event at home, in a school or community centre, or will you need to hire a larger venue? There may be a local village hall or community centre that will allow you to hire their space for free. If you're holding your own sponsored run or walk, is your route safe? Will you need toilets, room for catering, seating or other facilities?

Who will help you plan and carry out your event?

Many hands make light work! Rely on friends, family and colleagues to help with your organisation, and give everybody plenty of notice for attending on the day. If you're completing a personal challenge, who might be willing to sponsor you, or support you on the day?

Be seen to be green!

Don't forget to make your event as environmentally-friendly as possible. Avoid using items which could be harmful to wildlife and the environment, such as plastic bags and balloons; make sure people can get to your event by public transport/walking/cycling; and remember to recycle as much as possible!

How much money do you hope to raise?

Perhaps you could consider incorporating a few fundraising activities into one day, such as a raffle, tombola, quiz or cake sale. Providing lots of ways for people to get involved is likely to increase the funds you raise.

If you want to encourage people to sponsor you online, you might consider setting up a Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. It's quick and easy, and you can share the page with everybody (we will also promote the page from our website). Alternatively, contact us on 0191 284 6884 for the relevant forms to complete, including a sponsor form to keep track of who is supporting your event.

Useful information

We have a list of suggested websites to help you with planning and preparing for any fundraising activity you run. We have also created a Fundraising Toolkit complete with fundraising resources, which we can post to you (you can also view the toolkit online here).