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Fundraising Tips

So, you’ve signed up for an Ultra Event and you are wondering what you can do to help you fundraise?  I took part in a UWCB and raised over £2,500 for Cancer Research UK and I’m going to share with you some of my top tips to boost your fundraising.

Tell people what you are doing

It sounds obvious, but no one is going to sponsor you if they don’t know you are fundraising! Use email, social media or tell people in person what it is you are doing and when. Make sure to include your JustGiving link so people can easily donate to you.

Update your Email signature

If you use email for work, a great way is to update your email signature (if allowed) and include a link to your fundraising page and a line about what you’re doing. This way people who you work with will see it and donate.

Post on social media regularly

People are more likely to sponsor someone when they can see that they are actually doing it. You train for 8 weeks so make sure to post regular photos of you training or of your charity total. This way people can see what you are doing and how hard you’re working and be more likely to sponsor you.

Set a target

Have a goal in mind that you want to hit, post this on social media and then up it. If your goal is £500 and your page is at £480, someone might want to give the £20 to help you reach your goal. And you don’t have to stop there – my goal was £1,000 but due to the amazing generosity of family and friends, I kept upping this target to see how much I could raise.

Thank the people who have donated

When someone donates to your page, thank them on social media with a post and a screenshot of their donation. They will be tagged so their friends will also see the post, or they may share the post which means more people will see what you are doing and want to sponsor you.

Use the materials provided in your welcome pack

Cancer Research UK provide you with a sponsor form, a sweepstake poster, a collection bag for old items – all of these are proven great ways to fundraise so use them. You can even order extra fundraising materials for events or raffles you might host.

Ask companies to sponsor your vest

If you have friends or family who run businesses you can ask them to sponsor your vest for £50, this will be read out on the night and they will have their logo printed on your vest too. You can also ask your work if they’d like to sponsor your vest, it’s a great way to boost fundraising.

Ask your company about match funding

Some companies might offer match fundraising to employees where they will match however much you raise. It’s a great way to double your total and for companies to give back to charity. Not all companies will do this, but it’s worth an ask to find out if it is available.

Put posters up at work

If you work in an office or have a shared kitchen/ canteen you can put up a poster to tell people what you are doing and add how they can support you. You have a poster in your welcome pack that you can use for this too.

Host a fundraising event

You can host a bake sale, a raffle, a virtual quiz or a fundraising night at a local pub – there are lots of ways to get creative and fundraise. You can order fundraising buckets from Cancer Research UK to use and you can put up posters to tell people what you are doing and why.

There are lots of things you can do to boost your fundraising but these are just some ways that I found worked to help me raise money and be awarded Top Fundraiser on the night.

5 Reasons to take part in a UWCB event to raise money for Cancer Research UK

Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) are proud to be a corporate partner of Cancer Research UK, and our participants have helped to raise over £16.4 Million to help beat cancer sooner.

“Our participants have helped to raise over £16.4 Million to help beat cancer sooner”

Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped to save millions of lives. Over the past 40 years, survival has doubled, thanks to the great progress research have made.

With UWCB, you not only get to raise money for a brilliant cause. The challenge will also benefit you in ways you might never think of. Here are 5 ways this charity challenge can help to improve your life:

1. Your health will improve

Taking part in a UWCB event will increase your activity levels and make you fitter and healthier. It also provides you with a real target to work towards and which is incredibly motivating. Around 3,400 cases of cancer in the UK each year could be prevented by keeping active.

UWCB Training Class

Numerous studies have also found that raising money for charity and helping others can improve your health. Often referred to as ‘helper’s high,’ taking on a challenge for charity can produce endorphins that promote feelings of happiness.

2. It will motivate you

There will be days when your motivation is low, or when the last thing you want to do is train for your upcoming challenge. As a group you will train together which helps to motivate each other through the 8 weeks of free training. When you find yourself low on inspiration thinking about the charity, your donations and the people whose lives you are helping to change will spur you on in ways you never thought possible.

UWCB helps to keep you motivated

3. Meet new people

When you start your 8 weeks of free training you will meet new people, many of them will remain friends for life. Once you sign up you will join a Facebook group with the other participants. You can share training tips, fundraising advice and motivate each other throughout the training and on the run-up to the event. Training with others builds a fantastic sense of community and you will feel a real sense of camaraderie.

Meet new people taking part in UWCB event

4. Open up new opportunities

The challenge you initially choose to take on for charity could lead to lots of other exciting opportunities in the future. For example, Ultra Events organise Ultra MMA, Ultra Comedy, Ultra Darts and Ultra Ballroom events, as well as charity treks with Ultra Adventures. Many people who take on Ultra White Collar Boxing will challenge themselves by taking part in a series of events, raising HUGE amounts of money for Cancer Research UK. This fundraising helps scientists get closer to finding a cure.

Do another event to challenge your self

5. You will get incredible support

Taking part in a UWCB event will be like no other experience. The event can be a daunting prospect, so it’s good to know that you will be supported every step of the way. From the moment you sign up you will get help with training, nutrition and fundraising to ensure you get the most out of the experience. Ultra Events have a huge team on hand to help and support you throughout your experience.

Incredible support at UWCB events

We also have a dedicated support team from Cancer Research UK who will be on hand to help with all aspects of fundraising. Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for their research. It’s only thanks to your generosity that they’ve helped to double cancer survival rates in just 40 years. You, the supporters, are at the heart of everything they achieve.

Every step Cancer Research UK make towards beating cancer relies on every pound raised. With your help they can beat cancer sooner.

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