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FUNDRAISING – Tried and tested


Full of festive


Christmas crèche ‘For the past three years we’ve held a Christmas crèche at school in early December. It runs for two hours at the end of the school day, the idea being that parents can use the time to get ahead with their Christmas shopping! As well as providing lots of Christmas- themed activities and games, we also enlist the help of some of the older children in preparing for the fair. Children can choose what they’d like to do, and decorating the school Christmas tree always proves popular! We charge £5 per child and £2.50 for siblings and it’s a really popular event, so we rely on the support of teachers as well as our PFA volunteers!’ Tracy Martin, PFA Co-Chair, Estcots Primary School, East Grinstead, West Sussex (420 pupils)


Advent calendar raffle ‘Last year, we noticed there was a trend for grown-up advent calendars containing miniature bottles of everything from gin to prosecco. A local drinks company with contacts at the school generously donated a gin advent calendar worth £100, and we decided to raffle it off, selling 100 tickets at £2 each. Entrants picked their own numbers, and we quickly sold all 100. Our Head picked the winning number using a random number generator, and the draw was streamed live on our parents’ Facebook page.’ Tracy Martin


Christmas craft evening ‘We hold a Christmas craft evening in November. We get lot of donations and buy craft materials as cheaply as possible and plan activities around the supplies. It’s often a matter of ‘what can we make with this?’ We’ve offered baubles, snowmen made of rice-filled socks and slate Christmas countdown boards where children can decorate the borders and use chalk to fill in the days. It’s a family event, and lots of parents take part in the crafts with their children. We raise around £400.’ Deborah May, Chair, Warberry C of E Academy, Torquay, Devon (420 pupils)


Breakfast with Santa ‘We hold this event for two hours on a Saturday morning. We cater for up to 100 children aged three and over. We require parents to stay at the event, and Year 6 helpers dress up as elves. Tickets cost £5 and the breakfast is


donated by a parent who owns a local coffee shop chain. We boost profits by selling hot drinks and pastries to parents and running a raffle of donated prizes for younger children. Children can write a letter to Santa


for 50p using our template – Santa even emails them a reply! A volunteer dresses as Santa and gives each child a present. Last year we made £650.’ Eleanor Long, PTA Vice-Chair, Evenlode Primary School, Penarth, Glamorgan (450 pupils)


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The countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so why not hold some additional fundraisers to boost PTA profits before your fair takes place?


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