“I held a quiz night at my village hall. We made curries, which were not expensive and had a £10 door charge. I bought drinks for the bar, returned the ones that didn't get bought and held a raffle with prizes I had donated from local businesses. I raised £1900 in one evening!”
“I held a fundraising evening at my school. The main event was a 'Beetle Drive' (a well-known game, particularly for the slightly older generation, which is why it was such a success) but cake sales and a raffle added to this. The evening raised over £1300, with the raffle alone bringing in almost £600. Not only was it an evening to fundraise for the expedition, but it also allowed me an opportunity to speak to and thank everyone that had contributed.”
"I live in quite a rural area, I asked neighbours and other locals if they would open their gardens to the public (for the pleasure of walking around them). In the gardens there were different activities e.g. raffle, tombola, BBQ, afternoon tea station. I made a profit of £850."
“The most successful fundraiser was a Christmas Street Concert. This involved having several groups of musicians play outside a church in St Andrews in December which, given it turned out to be the rainiest day of the year, didn't look like it was going to go well. I woke up in the morning to one of the coldest and wildest days I'd seen that year and decided to go ahead anyway. The event was a huge success and we made over £450 which was the highest intake from all the events I organised. I think this shows, that as long as you persevere with your fundraising and never give in to adverse circumstances, you'll get there in the end!”
Cameron, Trainee Leader
I organised an event in my local church hall and invited all my family friends and neighbours to. About 50 people came altogether. Firstly, I did a buffet supper for everyone. My mum very kindly donated the food for this as her donation so I didn't have to pay for the food. Then I got in contact with a local man who runs an animal encounter business and asked if he would be able to come to show everyone some reptiles and animals that could be found in the Amazon. Amazingly he offered to come for free as I was fundraising! (although I did give him a donation as a thank you). He brought some amazing reptiles that everyone could look at and hold and I think this interactive side of things and being able to see such beautiful animals really helped people to understand why expeditions like BE run are so important. Finally, I gave a presentation about the expedition, including why I was going, what I would be doing, what I hoped to get out of it etc and to explain where any donations would be going. I didn't charge anyone to come to the event but I did ask for donations at the end, and I raised £500! It was really successful and a very fun evening for everyone, myself included!”