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Don’t be baffled by a raffle!

Posted on June 26, 2019

Want an easy way to boost your wear it pink fundraising? Here are our top tips for holding an amazing raffle.

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Raffles are a fantastic way to boost your fundraising and get everyone involved on wear it pink day! Every penny counts, so the more you raise, the more life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing support you can help make happen.

Follow our 5 easy steps to hold the perfect raffle

1. Get planning

Although you can set up the raffle in no time at all on the day, it may take a bit of time to collect enough prizes, so make sure you get going early enough.

2. Better prizes make more money!

The most important part of any raffle is the prizes. This could be anything from a voucher, tickets to see a play, or a food hamper. Think about asking the company you work for, other local businesses, or even friends and family to donate fabulous prizes that will get your guests reaching for their wallet.

3. Get in touch with us

Some businesses that you try and collect prizes from may ask for a letter confirming that you’re holding a wear it pink event for Breast Cancer Now. Just pop us an email at wearitpink@breastcancernow.org and we can sort one out for you.

4. Tickets please!

An essential part of any raffle! You can buy raffle tickets online, or at most stationery shops. Then, it’s up to you how much to sell your raffle tickets for – just make sure that they’re all sold at the same price – no multibuys, deals or discounts! It’s the law.

5. Keep it legal

Make sure your raffle complies with gambling requirements, by following these steps:

  • Organise the raffle as part of an event (e.g. a quiz, party, or as part of your wear it pink day)
  • Only spend less than £100 of the proceeds on organizing the raffle, and less than £500 on prizes (which is why we suggest asking for donated gifts as much as possible)
  • Only sell tickets during and at your event
  • Make sure people know when the draw is – if it’s after the day of the event, let people know when it’ll be

You can find out more information by reading the Gambling Commission’s advice on Fundraising with lotteries or raffles at events.

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Here are our top tips

  • Don’t just think about material prizes. How about a raffle of experiences like dinners for two or pottery classes?
  • Target your raffle to your audience. Try to get prizes that your guests will love, and want to buy even more raffle tickets for!
  • When asking for prizes, think about businesses you use regularly. They may be more willing to donate prizes to regular customers.
  • Some companies get a high volume of raffle requests, so make yours stand out by making it personal. Try and get a name for the person who deals with charity requests.
  • Don’t just rely on emailing businesses. Where possible, approach local shops in person, so you get a response straight away.
  • When collecting prizes, you may be asked questions about Breast Cancer Now. So, it’s a good idea to know about our work before you start asking for prize donations, or direct people to e-mail us at wearitpink@breastcancernow.org
  • Remember to spread the word. Make sure everyone knows about your raffle in advance so they can bring cash.
  • Be sure to announce the top prizes before the day, to get everyone excited.
  • On the day, don’t be afraid to go around to everybody and sell your raffle tickets. You’ll be amazed how many people didn’t buy, just because they weren’t asked!

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