Easy fundraising ideas for the Big Battlefield Bike Ride

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Why I take part 

As an ex-serviceman, Help for Heroes strikes a chord with me. I was fortunate to serve when the scale of wounded, injured and sick was nowhere near the amount we see today... and the numbers are increasing.

I first took part to support the guys and girls leaving the Armed Forces with all manner of life-changing injuries, and after my first BBBR I was hooked.

It was incredible to cycle through historic battlefields, banter with the others, and ride alongside those Help for Heroes support.

Just to see first-hand, how my support was actively helping others made the event even more worthwhile.

BBBR 2019 will mark 75 years since the D-Day landings, and we’ll be cycling across many historic and iconic battle sites. It will be my third ride, and I cannot wait!

I’ve already started fundraising, and there are so many ways to make sure you hit your target. Here are my top tips on how to fundraise for Help for Heroes.

My top fundraising tips

  • Hard work pays off. If you put the hard work in at the beginning, fundraising will become so much simpler. From sending emails asking for permission to collect, to thinking of creative ways to drive those donations, you’ll soon be able to reap the rewards.
  • Register your fundraising with Help for Heroes. Before you go out and start collecting, make sure you let Help for Heroes know when and where you’ll be attracting those donations. Contact their Supporter Care Team: 0300 303 9888 / fundraise@helpforheroes.org.uk.
  • Spread the word. Share your fundraising efforts on social media. You could have your own personal fundraising Facebook page or Instagram feed to let people know what you’re up to. Help for Heroes also have a Just Giving page to make your fundraising even easier: justgiving.com/helpforheroes
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Holding a quiz, raffle or sweepstakes with brilliant prizes really attracts support. Locate as many local businesses as you can – from restaurants to beauty salons – explain why you’re fundraising and ask if they’ll donate a prize. I’ve been sent so many amazing donations doing this.
  • Join forces. This year a group of us took part in a 24-hour static bike-a-thon. Getting together to have a bike race was not only fun, it also attracted attention. I was so humbled by the crowd’s support who were happy to donate a pound or two… £2300 to be precise! If a bike-a-thon isn’t your thing, check out Help for Heroes events Facebook page, which is full of other fundraising ideas: facebook.com/events/321297731750297
  • Merchandise matters. The Charity have a range of amazing merchandise you can sell to boost your fundraising efforts. Romford Market kindly provided me a pitch where I could sell all kinds of help for Heroes branded goodies – from wristbands to baseball caps. Find out what merch could boost your grand total, contact the Charity’s Supporter Merchandise Team: 01725 514169 / supportermerchandise@helpforheroes.org.uk

Good luck to everyone who’s cycling in 2019… and if you’ve yet to register, make sure you secure your place on this incredible event.

I’ll see you there.

John

 

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