Top tips for hitting your marathon fundraising target
With just a few weeks left until the
2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, our events team are here
with some top tips to help you over your fundraising finishing
Communicate what you are doing
The more people who know what you’re doing, the more money
you’re likely to raise. Contacting friends, family and colleagues
personally will make them more likely to engage with your
fundraising efforts. Using photos or making a fundraising
video is a great way to get the message across.
It's for charity
Let people know how the sponsorship they donate
supports the charitable work of St John Ambulance. £1,800 can fund
training for three new first aid trainers, or pay for an automated
external defibrillator (AED) and a full day’s first aid training
for a group of 12.
Be creative, keep things simple and make it fun
If you're organising a fundraising event, keep it simple and
make sure you have a plan - whether your event is a post-marathon
celebratory barbeque for 20 or a masquerade ball for 400. Find a
venue, choose a date, pick a theme or idea and invite all your
mates. Remember – you’ve still got time after the marathon to keep
fundraising, so it’s not too late to hold an event.
Do something you love
Make your fundraising idea fit in with your hobby. If you play
football, organise a fundraising football match, or follow in the
footsteps of Jamie Oliver and cook for your friends.
Be persistent, but in a charming way!
Ask for donations and help with fundraising from friends and
colleagues, but make sure you always keep your requests friendly.
Publicly thanking each of those who have donated – in a Facebook
status, tweet or email round the office – helps encourage others to
do the same.
Hold a sweep stake and ask colleagues to guess your finishing
time for a £1 donation. Make sure there is a prize! For
all the tech lovers out there Guess
to Give helps make this process simple and offers a prize
If you’d never be seen in a tutu, tell people you will run the
marathon in one if you double your target.
Share your enthusiasm, and all your ups and your downs with the
We're here to help and love to hear how you are getting on.
We're already looking for our 2017 Virgin London Marathon
running heroes. Run for the charity that picks you up, dusts
you down and gets you over the finishing line - while raising
vital life saving funds.
Register for the 2017 Virgin Money London