Get FUN-raising!

Tell us about it! When, where, what and why? The more you tell us, the more support we can offer you

Organise an event around your interests or hobbies

Get your family and friends to join in

Give yourself plenty of time for planning and preparation

Use social media and local press to get all the publicity you can

Set a target - to motivate yourself and others


I have my own place in an event, can I still support The National Brain Appeal?

Absolutely! Make sure you email to let us know what you will be doing and when and we’ll offer you fundraising support.

Will anyone from The National Brain Appeal be able to attend my event?

We have cheer points at some of our big running events. If you are signing up to take one of our charity places in an event, please do look out for information on this.

Unfortunately, as we are a very small team we are unable to attend all events but try to support our fundraisers as much as possible. If this is something that is really important to you for your fundraising, then please email or call 020 3448 4724 and we can let you know if a member of our team can attend.

Where can I get fundraising materials for my event?

From collection tins and balloons to t-shirts, we have loads of fundraising materials
available for you to use. Email and let us know what you need. Please get in touch as early as possible so that we can ensure you have what you need in time for your event.

Can I have a running vest / cycling jersey / sports t-shirt for my challenge/event?

Yes! Once you’ve set up a fundraising page or told us what event you will be doing, we will
arrange delivery of sportswear and any other resources. As a fundraiser, you are entitled to one free item of sportswear. If you would like any more, you can buy them on our website.

Why do some events have a set fundraising target?

The National Brain Appeal purchases places for the most popular events so that we can guarantee entries even after general entries sell out. We need to ensure that anyone
using these places raises enough to cover the cost and support our work. We ask applicants to agree to this before accepting a place, and support everyone to raise as
much as possible.

What happens if I don’t reach my minimum target for an event?

Minimum sponsorship amounts are put in place to ensure we offset our investment in the entry costs, allowing us to fund the needs of the hospital as quickly as we can.

In the worst case, the charity may lose money from that event place if the minimum amount is not raised and in some cases, we may withdraw your place in the event.

There is no legally binding contract if the minimum pledge is not met and you would not be required to make up the difference, however we cannot stress enough the importance
of hitting your target!

How can I pay in my donations to The National Brain Appeal?

If you fundraise online through JustGiving or any other online platform, all your donations and Gift Aid will be automatically transferred to The National Brain Appeal. Please see page 15 for information about how to send offline donations to us.

Can The National Brain Appeal promote my fundraising event?

We cannot promote individual fundraising events but can offer advice on how to promote your event with your local newspaper or radio station or using social media. We try to thank as many of our fundraisers as we can in The National newspaper and via our social media channels including the #FridayFundraiser slot.

I have a question that’s not answered here.

Please get in touch by emailing or speak to a member of the team on 020 3448 4724.


Health and safety

You must consider health and safety when organising an event. You may want to consider
writing a risk assessment to ensure that you have planned for the safety of participants.
Participants under the age of 18 should be supervised throughout your event.

Food hygiene

You do not need a food hygiene certificate to provide food for a charity event but please make sure that you handle food safely and follow basic rules for preparing, storing, cooking, displaying and appropriately labelling food. For more information please go to

First aid cover

Depending on the nature of your event and the amount of participants you may need
First Aid cover.


The National Brain Appeal cannot accept any liability for your event so please check whether you will need insurance – for example, Public Liability Insurance.

Raffle and lotteries

There are strict laws with raffles and lotteries; no cash prizes can be given, raffle ticket sales must be held during the event and results must be announced during the event or after it has finished. For more details visit the fundraising section of the gambling commission website


You will need to check with your local authority whether you need a licence – for example, if you are selling alcohol, providing entertainment such as live music or showing a film. It is illegal to carry out house-to-house or public street collections without a licence.

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Ormond House
26/27 Boswell Street
London WC1N 3JZ

020 3448 4724


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