FUNDRAISING – Tried and tested Break-the-rules day

‘We came up with our “break-the- rules” day after reading about it on Facebook. We discussed it at a meeting and decided on some rules that wouldn’t cause too much disruption. Some of the rules that could be broken were: l You must wear your own uniform l You may not wear face paints or have fake tattoos l You must not have coloured hair l You may not bring toys, fidget spinners or squishees into school l You may not wear make-up or nail varnish l Only fruit can be eaten at break time l You may not have fizzy drinks or sweets for lunch l You must sit where you are told in class We put posters up around school,

emailed the parents and promoted it on our Facebook page. In our advertising we asked parents to discuss with their child which rules they would like to “break”, and to reassure their child that it’s fine if they don’t want to break any rules. The children could break as many rules as they liked – they had to pay us 50p for each rule broken. There were no costs involved

and we raised an impressive £845 on the day! The children enjoyed the day immensely. This was our first time holding the event and we will definitely run it every year.’ Kelley Phelan, PTA chair, St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Maidenhead, Berkshire (423 pupils)

Bags of Help

‘I found out about Tesco’s Bags of Help (implemented by Groundwork) after researching the various supermarket token box schemes and working out which gave the greatest return. Bags of Help give out the most money by far. To apply, there was an online application form to complete. You need to have a specific project in mind. Ours was to refurbish our school pond and turn it into an outdoor teaching area. If selected you are guaranteed some money (£1,000 for third place, £2,000 for second place and £4,000 for first place). We knew that £4,000 would cover the remedial work, so we hoped to win first prize and then spend another £4,000 of our savings to enhance the area. The downside is the time delay.

We submitted our application but didn’t hear anything for nine months! As soon as the project launched, we made parents aware

through the school’s newsletter and social media. Support depends on which other causes you’re up against. We were lucky that the other two charities were not in our village, but our local store was the biggest in the group of stores linked to our campaign. Once the token collection finished, it took a month to hear that we’d won first place. We had to complete some forms, and then the money was received in less than a week. We received £75% up front and the remaining 25% upon completion of the project. We chose to apply for Bags of Help because the most we’ve ever got from fundraising has been £2,500 for months of hard work and preparation. This was much easier and we got more! ’ Samantha Hubbard, PTA treasurer, Edward Feild Primary School, Kidlington, Oxfordshire (300 pupils)

Coffee morning

‘Our school’s community hub building is a fantastic place to host our monthly coffee mornings as it has a kitchen, toilets and a seating area. We used to ask for cake donations, but soon found we couldn’t meet demand, so decided to work with allocated bakers who could then reclaim ingredient expenses. We currently have four bakers who

agree on what they’re making a week before each event. We try to cater for gluten- and dairy-free diets. Sales are usually held on the first

Friday of the month. Guests help themselves to cakes, and we have an urn and two coffee machines on the go. We’ve also had donations from Starbucks and a parent who has a coffee shop.

30 SUMMER 2019 We charge £1 for cake and 50p for hot

drinks. We use mugs and melamine plates for those eating in and offer cardboard boxes and cups with lids for takeaway. We sell as many takeaway portions as those eaten during the event. We’ve gained a reputation for our cakes, so we have around 40-50 guests each month, and over 100 at Christmas. We always raffle off a donated showstopper cake, with strips of tickets for £1. On average, we raise £250 per sale. Thanks to two parents who are employees, Vodafone match-funds our profits by up to £350 per event.’ Clare Hemsley, PTA chair, John Hunt Primary School, Newark, Nottinghamshire (459 pupils)

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