De-clutter and Donate:
Why not have a clear out and make some cash for Christmas – and support Cycling UK at the same time? If you have a cupboard, attic or garage full of things you just don’t use any more – bits of bikes, old toys or computer games just gathering dust, or even clothes that you just don’t wear any more, why not make yourself some extra cash? You can sell your stuff on e-bay – and donate some of the money you make to Cycling UK to support our campaigns and cycling development work. We’ve teamed up with Missionfish so you can now donate a percentage of your profits – just sign in to your e-bay account, set Cycling UK up as your favourite charity and then simply tick the box at the end of the listing and, in no time at all, your profits can be helping to promote cycling.
Go shopping: Register with easyfundaising.org, and raise money while you shop!
If you’re stuck with what to do with all the extra cash you’ve made from your de-clutter, or you’re looking to do a bit of stress-free Christmas shopping, we’ve got the perfect solution. We’ve signed up with easyfundraising.org - so visit their website, sign up and choose Cycling UK as your charity. Then every time you do a spot of shopping online, use easyfundraising.org to jump to your favourite retailer’s sites, and they will donate a percentage of your purchase to us.
Easyfundraising.org works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead. It's as simple as that! You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend and the great thing is it won't cost you any more.
So, you're taking on an amazing challenge, and you’ve decided to use it to help support Cycling UK's work - from campaigning to giving people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of cycling to improving peoples' health through cycling. We've got lots of information on our website about how our work changes people's lives so you can feel confident when you’re asking people to support you.
You can raise money in a number of different ways, including:
Asking people to sponsor you
Organising an event, like a quiz, games night or event at your local pub or community centre.
Take advantage of your friends’ and colleagues’ sweet tooth and bake cakes, sweets or other little treats to sell.
Invite your friends round to your house for dinner, cook for them but ask them to contribute to your fundraising.
Hold a movie night, pamper party or other similar event at yours - and get the people who come along to contribute towards you fundraising!
Organise a sweepstake and get your friends or colleagues to guess how long it'll take you to complete your event, or how many times you'll get a puncture or fall off your bike, or need to stop for a water break!
Top tips to maximise your fundraising:
Ask, ask, ask. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Find out if your workplace has a ‘matched funding’ scheme. Some employers will offer to match the amount their employees fund raise, so it’s a really easy way to double your money!
Embrace the technology! Set up a JustGiving page to ask for sponsorship. You can link it to Facebook, Twitter, and even your e-mail signature! If you’re a bit worried about approaching people directly, it can be easier to post the link to your Facebook page or Twitter, and in your e-mail signature, and ask that way.
If you’re organising an event, make sure you explain it's for charity. You may be surprised at the number of people who will let you have a venue or something for a reduced cost, or even free! There is no harm in asking.
Maximise your fundraising opportunities: If you’re holding an event, make sure you have a raffle too – if you ask local shops and businesses, they will probably be prepared to donate something you can use as a prize. You could even organise a raffle in your workplace or office.
Plan and set yourself targets: £250 might seem a bit daunting, but if you break it down into raising £100 one month, £100 the following month and £50 in the month after that, it’s a bit less scary.
Approach your local paper: they might have a feature on people taking part in some of the big fundraising events, like RideLondon or the London Marathon close to the time, or they might be happy to just do a short piece about you – they will often let you put your sponsorship and fundraising information in it too.
Getting your hard-raised cash to Cycling UK
After you've held or completed your event, you’ll need to get the money back to Cycling UK. There are two ways you can do this:
Once you’ve collected all your money, you can simply do a direct bank transfer to Cycling UK’s bank account.
Bank Name: Royal Bank of Scotland
Account Name: Cyclist’s Touring Club
Sort Code: 16-20-30
Account number is: 11277177
If you put your name as the transaction reference, and then email our accounts team to let them know the amount you’ve transferred, we can keep an eye out for the transaction.
If you’ve raised the money though sponsorship, you’ll need to send us the sponsorship form in the post so we can sort out Gift Aid.
Send a cheque:
If you’d prefer to be traditional and send a cheque, you can still do that. You’ll need to make the cheque payable to
‘Cyclist’s Touring Club’, and send it to:
You’ll also need to enclose any sponsorship forms, and send a covering note with your name, so we know who the money is from.