I’ve registered for my fundraising pack – what do I need to do next?
Set a date for your event and invite your guests so everyone can put it in their diaries. Plan how long you want your event to go on for and how many games you want to play.
You can be creative with the timings: it could be an all-day tournament, an evening with nibbles and drinks, or a lunchtime play-off at work. Anything goes.
Do I need to hold my event in October?
No. Raise your Game is taking place in October, but you can hold your event in any month that suits you.
Where can I hold my event?
Choosing the right venue will help set the tone for your event. Raise your Game is fun for anyone, anywhere: at home, at work, in a care home, or in your community, such as at a café, church hall or pub.
You could hold your event on a single afternoon, in the evening, or hold a week-long tournament during lunch breaks. If your workplace has multiple bases, you could hold your event across the different locations. Make sure you have permission from your employer to run your event.
We recommend running a competition as we know colleagues can get quite competitive! Colleagues could participate individually, or in teams.
How can I promote my event?
There are lots of ways you can promote your event. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
put up posters: you’ll find one in your fundraising pack, and you can download extras here
set up a Facebook event
if your event is open to the public, why not send a press release to your local paper?
How many games should I have at my event?
You can have as many different games as you wish. It’s also OK to have multiple sets of the same game. Aim to have enough games so most people can play at the same time. Why not start with the games you own, and ask your guests to dig out a game to bring with them too?
Be realistic about the games you can play in the time you have. We recommend keeping the games short so people can play lots of different games.
What games should I play at my event?
You decide what games you’d like to play at your event. Whether you’re into retro games or the latest releases, pick games that you and your guests will enjoy in the time you have.
Here are some suggestions from people who took part in Raise your Game last year:
Apples to Apples
Dungeons & Dragons
Ticket to Ride
Games can also be fun for people with dementia, giving an opportunity for quality time together. In this case, we recommend keeping the games familiar and simple.
Hosting a competition at your event
We know that some people take their board games very seriously, so we’ve included a trophy in your fundraising pack in case you want to crown a winner on the night.
You can choose your own scoring system, or score each game as follows:
one point for each game played
an additional five points for each game won
add up the points at the end of your event and award the Raise your Game trophy to the person with the most points (you could also present a joke prize to the person with the fewest points)
If there is a tie for the highest number of points at the end, you could use one of these play-off ideas to decide your champion:
Of course! If you want to hold a team challenge, split your guests into teams, or let them choose their own. If you are holding a competition, total up the scores of each team member to give a team total. The team with the highest total score wins.
the simplest way to raise much needed funds is to ask all your guests to make a donation to take part. You can suggest any amount you want – for example, £5 each, or £20 if you include food and drinks – or let people make a donation of their choice
if you have a personal connection to dementia, telling people about it will bring your reason for fundraising to life
you can also organise extra fundraising activities, such as selling refreshments, organising a raffle or setting up a wheel of fortune. If you decide to hold a raffle, please get in touch so we can send you a letter of authority to help you source prizes
set up a JustGiving page so your guests can donate online. You could also share your JustGiving page on social media in case people who are unable to attend your event want to make a donation
there will be a collection box in your fundraising pack that you can put out at your event
Don’t forget that you can always combine a couple of fundraising activities to add to the fun while raising more money.
Can I ask my guests to Gift Aid their donations?
Donations may be eligible for Gift Aid, which boosts the value by 25%. If you would like your guests to Gift Aid their donations, they must be free to donate an amount of their choice. We’ve included a Gift Aid form in your fundraising pack.
How do I get matched funding?
We recommend asking your employer if they offer matched funding – it could double your fundraising total! Your employer may request a letter or email from us to confirm how much you raised: please get in touch with the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 8036 5475, and we’ll be happy to send you a copy