ideas for raising money for members of forces.

Discussion in 'Charities and Welfare' started by OIorDIE, Jun 25, 2011.

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  1. So last year i took part in some civillian charity events, I was talking to my uncle about how someone should do something for the forces, like injured soldiers and veterans who are having money trouble etc.

    This stemmed from a friend of my grandad who served in ww2 barely being able to afford heating and the various horror stories of returning vets coming home with limbs blown off and not much government support.

    How would someone go about raising money, can for example i run 10 miles, cycle 30 miles and swim 1 and a half miles, with a headcama nd get people to sponsor it then just donate the proceeds to H4H or do i need to do loads of paperwork and sign up for a charity thing or something.

    Also how much of the money actually goes to the troops and how much do the organisers pocket, I watched this thing about money from charities hardly going to the people intended.

    Any info apreciated, cheers.
  2. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    First point would be to consider Holidays4Heroes, instead of Help4Heroes.
    What Hols4H does covers all your points: Help4H mainly does big projects.
    Hols4H has no overheads ... the folks who work for it take no salary [in some cases they lose money]

    Your call, of course.

    As to what you do ... that's a huge question. Keep talking :nod:
  3. I dont understand, does it give vets holidays, id rather do something like raise money for a lad whose had his legs blown off than ssend him to magaluf for a week.

    or is the name misleading?
  4. I walked 100 miles through some big hills in Scotland and raised £1500 a few weeks back. All I did was contact the Charity (Combat Stress) and let them know what I was doing - they then set me a fund raising pack and advised me to open a Just Giving page (which does take a small cut, however it's out of the Gift Aid bit so no great trauma). I just emailed everyone I knew on a regular basis till they coughed up. People tend to need reminding a few times if you are taking the email approach.

    Help for Heroes have more money than they know what to do with so end up filtering it down to smaller military charities - I would direct to a smaller one that needs funding and publicity, like ones that provide specialist care in the form of mental health treatment, financial assistance or some form of respite.

    As for the fund-raising activity, the level of discomfort is directly proportionate to the amount you raise. Baths of beans and bungee jumps are not all that exciting and waking has been done. Have a look at Just Giving for inspiration - or post in the slightly less tame areas of here and I'm sure you will be inundated with ideas. (NB Sponsored sodomy may be quite high on the list...)
  5. i was thinking like a triathlon type solo or duo event and helmet camming it, that way when im sick at the end they take pitty and donate more
  6. helmet cam is a really good idea - you can give a running commentary on how much you hurt.

  7. ...especially with a helmet cam.
  8. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

    That's just one of the things we do.
    Perhaps you'd like to check the Introduction to Holidays4Heroes on the website.

    This is just a brief glimpse of what we did so far:

  9. We just did the Bob Graham Round recently in aid of the Forces Children's Trust, there are another three rounds - one in the Highlands, one in Breacon and the other in Snowdonia (doing the one in the ROI in kit probably wouldn't be a good idea!). Also, try using Virgin giving site, they take a smaller cut of the proceeds than just giving.