For some, the reality of pledging to raise a minimum of £4,000 sets in and it can put them off from signing up at all.
Fear not, raising £4,000 is completely possible – not only that, but we think you will have fun along the way as well as you can see form some of our fab fundraisers below.
We’ll provide you with full support, ideas, a fundraising pack of branded resources and polo shirt to ensure you feel completely comfortable fundraising towards your pledge.
Stephanie Peel and Helena PeckHelena Peck and Stephanie Peel are cat have pledged to raise funds for the St Albans & District Branch.
Helena is a self-confessed ‘crazy cat lady’ and has been a volunteer at the St Albans & District Branch for a couple of years. She sees first-hand the amazing cat work they carry out and just how much the work costs. Motivated by the opportunity to take part in a once in a lifetime challenge and to raise funds for the branch she decided to take on, not one, but two challenges on their behalf. In 2016 Helena completed the Zambezi River challenge and this year she’ll be trekking the Lesser Himalayas and volunteering to help tigers in India – all to raise funds for her local branch.
|Stephanie and Helena dressed as tigers and raised £150 for their local branch|
|Cupcakes Stephanie made for a Pets At Home fundraising weekend|
|Helena knits catnip mice and blankets|
Yasmin FisherVet nurse Yasmin (Yaz) Fisher signed up to the challenge after one of her clients mentioned it to her. “I currently work as a qualified vet nurse and am always looking for adventure travel,” she says. “I have also volunteered with big cats in the past so I can't think of anything better than the opportunity to see them in the wild and raise funds!”
Seeing the wonderful and dedicated care that Cats Protection volunteers and staff give to the cats in their care, Yaz wanted to give something back to our Nottingham Adoption Centre as well as take part in the challenge of a lifetime.
Yaz’s six months of fundraising has gone off with a bang. Using Christmas as a perfect crafty fundraiser, Yaz created little Christmas Eve boxes of goodies in return for donations.
|A Christmas gift box made by Yaz|
Her next planned fundraiser is a pet photo competition and she has some fab prizes up for grabs!
|Prizes for Yaz's pet competition|
What could 12 months of fundraising look like?Challenge event participants have plenty of time to raise the funds needed – we put together a very robust pack of resources to help and all fundraisers you will receive dedicated support and guidance from our Events team.
Here are just a few examples of fundraising ideas to help raise £4,000
- Order some collection boxes and get out and about in your local area asking shops, businesses and organisations to have one for you along with a personalised ‘sponsor me’ poster
- Organise a car wash
- Offer a skill in return for donations perhaps you can hold a ‘freebie’ day one day a month eg massaging, babysitting, hairdressing, lawn mowing etc
- Dress up as a cat and hold a street collection
- Hold a car boot sale
- Bake some healthy, cat-shaped cookies to sell
For even more ideas, visit the challenge page (www.cats.org.uk/ind18) and scroll down to the ‘Support documents’ tab.
Sign up to your own challenge and have some fun! You can see all of our fundraising challenges here.