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How to fundraise

Organise an event in your community, get your school involved or ask your employer to get on board. We rely on your support and generosity to continue with our work.

Ways you can fundraise

From organised cake sales with friends, non-uniform days at school to sponsored walks or challenges of a lifetime, the possibilities are endless. You can organise events at work or simply keep a collection box by the till.


We have secured 9 charity places* for this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 2 October 2022. If you want to be among the 40,000 runners crossing the finishing line and raise funds for our charity, we’d love to allocate one of these places to you.

Register your interest by emailing You’ll need a pledge of £1,500 to secure your place.

*4 of the 9 places will raise funds for the Haematology Department. 5 out the 9 places will raise money for the BHT general amenity fund.

Ask friends and family to donate to our charity if you’re celebrating a special occasion, such as a wedding.

You can set up your own fundraising page 

We’re a small charity and we do not advertise. You can help us by telling your friends, family and employer about us. Many companies will support a charity that has been nominated by a staff member.

You can also help distribute some leaflets to help spread the word. Call 01494 734783 or 01494 734557, or email 

Find your favourite shops through the Easyfundraising website. Shop online and the retailer will donate to us, without it costing you anything extra.

Sell your unwanted items on Ebay for Charity. Choose the % of the sale price you wish to donate to us.

Charity listings generate more exposure, meaning you’re more likely to sell your items and attract more bids. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust will also get a mention which spreads the word about our work.

How to organise a fundraising event

Before you organise a fundraising event, you need to make sure your event is safe and legal. We can not accept responsibility for any accidents.

When planning your event, you’ll need to make sure it’s in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Please refer to our Fundraising terms and conditions

What you need to consider:

You’ll need to think about:

  • how many people will attend
  • who will attend – their ages and specific needs
  • the type of event and any associated risk
  • where your event will take place
  • how long your event will last
  • what will the weather be like
  • where and what are the closest medical facilities
  • if you have any experience from similar events
  • what first aid facilities does the venue already have.

St John’s Ambulance can provide first aid cover for your event 

If your event involves the public, you must have public liability insurance. Your chosen venue may already have insurance that covers your event. Ask them before you book or hire the venue.

The following may require a license:

  • alcohol or entertainment, including recorded music
  • holding a raffle, lottery or auction
  • doing a public money collection
  • putting up banners or signs in public areas.

This list doesn’t cover everything. Your local authority can give you more information about any licences you might need.

The Food Standards Agency provides guidelines for preparing, handling and cooking food. If you need a caterer, make sure they have a food hygiene certificate and public liability insurance.

You’ll need permission to collect money in a public space. Street collections require a licence from your local authority and you’ll need to follow certain rules.

Door-to-door collections are illegal without a licence. Please contact your local authority to apply for one.

If you’re collecting money on private property, such as a shopping centre, you need permission from the owner.

You must make arrangements to look after any children taking part in the event.

You’ll also need permission from each child’s parent or guardian before they can participate.

You might need to do appropriate checks on any adults looking after children. Find out more from the  Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)  

Make sure that external suppliers have a good reputation. Keep copies of their public liability insurance and risk assessment. If anything looks unsafe on the day, do not use the equipment or stop the activity immediately.

A risk assessment doesn’t need to feel daunting. Look at anything that may cause you or your participants harm and check that you have taken the necessary precautions to stop this from happening.

Keep a record of the risks for your event by using our risk assessment template. See our fundraising materials section to download your copy.

Register your event

Whatever type of event you decide to do, please tell us about it so we can help and support you.

Complete our charity event registration form by clicking here.

Fundraising forms and supporting materials

We have put together everything you need for your fundraising event.

How to pay in the money you raise

You can do this online, by post, or deliver a cash payment in person to the hospital.