Sponsored events

If you’re taking part in a sponsored event here are some hints and tips:

  • Set a goal. This really helps people get behind you. Our cash facts, for example £xx is the cost for one room on the In-Patient Unit, works even better.
  • Get off to a good start, with sponsorship from a few people who are likely to be good lead sponsors. This will encourage others to pledge a similar amount.
  • Paper sponsorship. This is great for your workplace, school and local pub. Make sure all donors include their initial, surname, home address and postcode, and tick the Gift Aid box if they are a UK taxpayer. This is so we can claim an additional 25% on top of the donation at no extra cost. Please note: we can only claim Gift Aid on official sponsor forms, so please contact the fundraising office to have one sent to you.
  • Online fundraising. JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving are easy to use and you can:
    • Tell your story. Say why you’re fundraising for Dorothy House.
    • Include photos. People like to put a face to a name.
    • Share links easily, by email and social media. People can pay by text message too.
    • Thank people automatically. You can write the text and it always goes down well.
    • Set the close date for a couple of months after the event.


Sometimes it can be tricky to ask for donations. Here are a few ideas to make it a little easier:

  • Pin up your sponsor form in your gym, office or a local business. Include a poster about you and why you’re doing it.
  • Have a collection box at work, asking colleagues to donate spare change.
  • Use your social media accounts, and chart your training and sponsorship progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Miss the pub or cinema. Perhaps friends and family could join you and donate the money instead.
  • Get a tea or coffee round in at work in exchange for a generous donation.