It was around this time last month that the no-make-up selfie spread like wildfire across social networking sites and became a fundraising phenomenon. As Fundraising Assistant for Help Musicians UK, this trend particularly stuck out to me as a part of my job is to keep abreast of trends and encourage community fundraising, with the aim of both raising awareness of our charity and also bringing in funds. The no-make-up selfie certainly did this as it trended for 48 hours and raised nearly £8 million for charity.
Last year, our community fundraisers did an amazing job, contributing over £100,000 to our work, and nearly 200 people took part in fundraising challenges.
Since I’ve been working for Help Musicians UK, one of our fundraisers who I’ve had the pleasure of working with is Amy, a music teacher from Hockerill. Along with three friends, they all set themselves the task of learning a new instrument and took a grade 1 exam in just 12 weeks.
“I’m learning a new instrument for Help Musicians UK because they are very supportive to young musicians”.
By setting up a Just Giving page, having collection buckets at their school and using their own twitter accounts to promote their fundraising challenge, together Amy and her friends smashed their target of £500 and raised £556 for us.
Of course fundraising for Help Musicians UK doesn’t have to be music based. Have a coffee morning with friends, give something up, have a bake sale or challenge yourself by running 10k in this year’s Run to the Beat. Either way you’ll be raising money and awareness for a great cause which is essential to ensuring the continuation of our vital work.
We want more people to join our community of fundraisers, so that we can keep spreading the word of Help Musicians UK, and maybe we can replicate the success of the no-make-up selfie! Our website has a whole list of ideas that can inspire you and we’ll be here to support you along the way.
If you’re feeling inspired and you would like to fundraise for Help Musicians UK then get in touch with me today and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILL YOU RUN TO THE BEAT?
14 SEPTEMBER 2014
This year we’re teaming up with Run to the Beat to raise both our heart rates and money for musicians. If you’d like to take part in support of Help Musicians UK, we want to hear from you. We have a limited number of places so please let us know if you want to run for us as soon as possible.