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HIP HIP HIRE-YAY! It’s tricky knowing where to start when it comes to sourcing equipment for your fundraising events, but it’s always worth contacting your local council or a local charity. Many of them have stores of equipment available for hire, including karaoke systems, speakers, walkie-talkies, fundraising games, marquees, barbecues and soft play, plus harder-to-source items such as buzzer games and stocks. This equipment can be loaned to organisations and should adhere to health and safety regulations (although always check this for each individual case). Some services require an annual subscription of around £20-£30, but this may still be cheaper than making your own investments – or why not ask a local company to sponsor your membership? Buying your own equipment can be expensive and cause headaches when it comes to storage, so for your next event, ask your local council if they offer this service.


Avoid counterfeit cash Inky business


The start of the school year is an ideal time to initiate a new fundraising campaign, so how about a passive income- generating scheme? Empties Please (emptiesplease.com) specialises in recycling used ink cartridges, and pays approximately £1 per cartridge, depending on the type. To make the most of this scheme, don’t collect from just the school and parents – get businesses involved too. Although your school will get through a huge amount of printer cartridges over the year, you can bet the office next door gets through even more! Send letters to local businesses explaining your scheme, asking for their support and then provide them with a collection box/ bag. Visit every month or so to take the cartridges away, and cash in on this simple, eco-friendly money-spinner.


When you’re smiling


AmazonSmile is Amazon’s version of a shopping affiliate scheme. You can buy all of the same products at the same prices as amazon co.uk, with one key difference – when you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to your chosen charitable organisation. Visit org.amazon.co.uk to find out how to enrol your PTA.


steady, bake! Ready, Sadly, after 32 years of


trading, Ultimate Plum Pudding has closed its doors. But fear not, you can now get your Christmas puddings from Goodness Baked (goodnessbaked. co.uk)


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Although card readers such as iZettle are growing in popularity among PTAs, cash is still the most popular method of payment at many schools. Over the summer there were reports of school fairs being targeted with counterfeit banknotes. The Bank of England has free advice available on how to check banknotes and avoid fakes. Visit bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/ counterfeit-banknotes to find out what to look out for and ensure notes that pass through your PTA are genuine.


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