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Fundraising can be great fun, but it’s important to make sure your event or activity is safe and legal for the wellbeing of you and your supporters.
Raffles are a great way to boost your fundraising total and are really popular at events. You do, however, need to be in line with the law so there are a couple of things you need to consider:
Collecting money for Chestnut Tree House? Great! We just need to make you aware of the following…
You must have a licence from your local authority to collect funds in public places. You can apply for this on behalf of the charity, or we can do it for you. Some areas have a very limited number of licences to issue, so it’s best to ask us first.
Collections have a minimum 28 day application timeline to process and each council will have different rules and regulations. Please contact your local authority to find out more.
If you are collecting on private property you will need written permission from the landowner or manager.
If you hold a collection for Chestnut Tree House without a licence or proper permission, it may result in the charity losing future opportunities to collect donations in these places.
Collecting tins or buckets will need to be supplied by Chestnut Tree House with security seals, so please get in touch with the Fundraising Team, who will be happy to supply you with what you need. You can return the full tins and buckets for our finance volunteers to count.
You are also not allowed to collect funds by going door-to-door, even if you know them. The Fundraising Regulator has strict guidelines on who is able to carry out this type of fundraising. Only our authorised Lottery canvassers are able to do so on behalf of Chestnut Tree House.
Please note that Chestnut Tree House cannot accept any responsibility for accident, injury, loss or damage as a result of your event. We therefore strongly recommend that you check that you have adequate insurance and that you take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of all concerned. You will also need to check any third-party supplier’s public liability insurance.
You can download one of our risk assessment templates to help you recognise the potential risks and hazards that your event may bring, and how you can minimise them.