Balloons is a free service and relies entirely on donations and grants. Without proactive fundraising, our services would be very limited or they would stop altogether.


Fundraising takes place in a number of ways, and volunteers play a vital part in activities.

As a fundraising volunteer, you can give as little or as much time as you wish, choosing what kind of activity you would like to do. No amount raised is too small, Balloons is grateful for every bit of support.

You may prefer to support Balloons staff in putting on fundraising events – we are always looking for volunteers to work directly with us.

You may be part of a local community group, or go to a local school or college. With friends and family, you may wish to organise a small event, like a coffee morning, or table top sale, on behalf of Balloons. This would be wonderful, and we’d be delighted to hear from you.


Please browse this fundraising page for thoughts and ideas, and if you would like to discuss anything further, please ring Jen Pheby on 01392 826065, or email


Fundraising in the Community


If you are a member of a community group – Scouts, WI or Church Social – please consider Balloons if you are planning an event to raise money. This could include events such as coffee mornings, cake-sales or concerts but can also include sponsored events such as marathons. The number of community fundraising events that you could run is staggering. But don’t forget – before deciding what event to run assess who your audiences are, and what resources you have.


Here is a list to get you started:


  • art fair auction bowling tournament bring and buy sale cake sale Can’t Cook Won’t Cook themed event

  • car boot sale coffee morning concert dinner and dance dog walk fashion/catwalk evening fete five-a-side football tournament games evening karaoke evening open garden plant sale pub quiz sponsored silence sponsored walk raffle theatre evening treasure hunt treasure hunt by car

  • Once you’ve decided on your event, check whether there are any legal or insurance issues and draw up a rough budget.

  • You might also be able to combine different events to increase the chance of making money. For instance, including a plant sale at an open garden event is a good idea, as both activities target people with the same interests. You could also add to this a raffle – perhaps for gardening-themed prizes and serve tea and cakes. This means that you have potentially convinced your guests to give you money four times – without needing to add very much to your overheads.


Regular Giving and Gift Aid


Making a regular gift by standing order or direct debit from your bank account accompanied by a gift aid declaration to cover all such gifts from you is the very best way to donate to Balloons. The charity can rely on the income and know how much and when it will arrive, receive the gift-aided uplift back from the Inland Revenue, and they are administratively straightforward and inexpensive to process.

So, for example, a monthly gift-aided and committed donation of £20, gift-aided, with a prevailing basic tax rate of 25 per cent means that the gift costs the donor £20, an additional £5 (25 per cent) is added by the Revenue giving Balloons £25 to spend in achieving its charitable purpose.

Increasingly, charities are seeking to benefit from the gift aid uplift on one off donations by asking individuals to make use of gift aid envelopes which carry a gift aid declaration or to add your own declaration when responding to a particular appeal.

To benefit from gift aid, the donation must be made by someone who pays income or capital gains tax at least equivalent to the amount of the uplift. It requires the donor to give their name and address to the benefiting organisation alongside. If you do not wish the organisation to contact you for other purposes you can stipulate this.

Gift–aided sponsorship is also actively encouraged and provided for by good on-line giving facilities as well.


Simply contact Balloons to ask how you give a regular gift.



Fundraising in Schools and Colleges


There are many ways that your school can help Balloons do this. Arrange a fundraising talk, take part in one of our fundraising campaigns, or simply organise your own fundraising event such as a dress-down day, or a cake sale, with donations to Balloons.


Here are our top six simple fundraising ideas.


  1. Playtime fundraiser – challenge yourself and your students – how much money could you raise in one playtime? You could sell cakes, hold a raffle or charge to play different games.

  2. Non-Uniform Day – ask your students for a donation to come into school without their uniform; it’s a fast, easy and effortless way to raise money.

  3. Playground collection – shake those buckets and rattle those tins. As parents and children are arriving or leaving school why not stand at the school gate and collect their loose change?

  4. Give it up and Put it Right – get sponsored to give up one of your favourite things for a day (or week). The whole school to give up sweets for a day and donate the money they would have spent to Balloons. Or perhaps you could hold a sponsored silence.

  5. Sell sell sell – remember, your trash is someone else’s treasure. You could hold a school art auction, jumble sale, make jewellery, bake cakes, or run a school quiz.

  6. Show off – show off and put on a performance. Charge parents and staff for tickets to the event, then show off again about how much money your raised. There are plenty of ways to show off your school’s talents. You could charge parents and staff to attend your Christmas play, or summer annual sports day. You could hold your own X Factor or karaoke competition. Put on a school talent contest or even hold a special assembly about children’s rights and charge for entry.

Sometimes the simplest ideas work the best!


Business Sponsors


Balloons would like to encourage managers and staff from local businesses and organisations to work alongside our staff and volunteers, both to raise awareness of the services we offer, supporting our mission to help bereaved children and young people, and also to actively fundraise on behalf of the charity.

Being a Balloons sponsor can provide a range of PR and marketing opportunities, as well as encourage team building within your company. We can offer you support and advice should you wish to raise funds for Balloons, as well as comprehensive training should any of your staff wish to become a Balloons volunteer.



Staff fundraising


Fundraising at work can be enjoyable, raise morale and feel very worthwhile.

You may like to raise money by organising small events such as coffee mornings or raffles, or you might like to consider payroll giving or regular giving with gift aid.

Many businesses and groups ask staff to nominate an organisation for their Charity of the Year. If your place of work has a similar scheme, please consider suggesting Balloons when your annual nomination comes up.



Payroll Giving


Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly and on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you’re a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p. Payroll Giving (also known as Give As You Earn or workplace giving) is a valuable, long term source of revenue, providing regular income to help charities budget and plan ahead more effectively. Employees can choose to support any charity of their choice with a regular donation direct from their pay. It’s cheaper because its tax free – for example, a donation of £5 per month costs the basic rate tax payer £4.00 (the taxman pays the rest!)

If your employer, company or personal pension provider runs a Payroll Giving scheme, you simply tell them to make the donation from your wages or pension before taking off any tax.

Some companies match or part match their employee donations via Payroll Giving.

More than 8,500 employers in the UK currently operate the scheme, and circa 2% of UK employees participate. Participating employers deduct agreed sums of money from their employees pay before calculating tax, and forward the money to a payroll giving agency; the agency then distributes the money to registered UK charities in accordance with the employees wishes (minus an administration fee, which may vary considerably between agencies). Approximately 40% of employers cover this administration fee on behalf of their employees.

Payroll giving is operated by several agencies which do the administration and processing to link the donations to the correct charities. Employers have to choose which agency to operate with and may not pay the charities directly.

Advantages for employers

As part of a broader corporate social responsibility policy, Payroll Giving offers employees the opportunity to channel their support for their social concerns whilst at the same time demonstrating the company’s credentials as a socially responsible business. More information can be found on the HMRC website:



Accept a Challenge for Balloons!


‘Discover Adventure’s Open Challenges’ allow all charities, large or small, national or local, to benefit from their supporters fundraising for them on Overseas and UK Challenges.

As supporters of Balloons, there are a range of challenging treks, cycle rides and horse treks you could choose from, if you enjoy this kind of fundraising.

Discover Adventure currently offer 30 different Open Challenges, from trekking Peru or Kilimanjaro to cycling Land’s End to John O’ Groats, or from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. If you are looking for a shorter challenge, try walking Hadrian’s Wall for a weekend!

Discover Adventure is a very experienced, well-respected tour operator in the charity industry, with over 15 years’ experience of designing and operating treks and cycle rides in remote regions all over the world. Trip safety is their top priority.

If you would like to consider a Discover Adventure challenge, you can fund the trip in two ways: supporters can sign up on the Fundraising Option – committing to raising the minimum target for that trip, fundraising for their costs and for Balloons; or on the Self Payment Option – where they pay for the trip themselves but still raise funds for the charity. Have a look at their website for more information , or ring Jen Pheby on 01392 826065 / email