Other Ways To Raise Funds For CTC
So, you're taking on an amazing challenge, and you’ve decided to use it to help support CTC's work - from campaigning to giving people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of cycling to improving peoples' health through cycling. We've got lots of information on our website about how our work changes people's lives so you can feel confident when you’re asking people to support you.
You can raise money in a number of different ways, including:
- Asking people to sponsor you.
- Organising an event, like a quiz, games night or event at your local pub or community centre.
- Take advantage of your friends’ and colleagues’ sweet tooth and bake cakes, sweets or other little treats to sell.
- Invite your friends round to your house for dinner, cook for them but ask them to contribute to your fundraising.
- Hold a movie night, pamper party or other similar event at yours - and get the people who come along to contribute towards you fundraising!
- Organise a sweepstake and get your friends or colleagues to guess how long it'll take you to complete your event, or how many times you'll get a puncture or fall off your bike, or need to stop for a water break!
But, whatever you decide to do, here’s a few top tips to maximise your fund-raising:
- Ask, ask, ask. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
- Find out if your workplace has a ‘matched funding’ scheme. Some employers will offer to match the amount their employees fund raise, so it’s a really easy way to double your money!
- Embrace the technology! Set up a JustGiving page to ask for sponsorship. You can link it to Facebook, Twitter, and even your e-mail signature! If you’re a bit worried about approaching people directly, it can be easier to post the link to your Facebook page or Twitter, and in your e-mail signature, and ask that way.
- If you’re organising an event, make sure you explain it's for charity. You may be surprised at the number of people who will let you have a venue or something for a reduced cost, or even free! There is no harm in asking.
- Maximise your fundraising opportunities: If you’re holding an event, make sure you have a raffle too – if you ask local shops and businesses, they will probably be prepared to donate something you can use as a prize. You could even organise a raffle in your workplace or office.
- Plan and set yourself targets: £250 might seem a bit daunting, but if you break it down into raising £100 one month, £100 the following month and £50 in the month after that, it’s a bit less scary.
- Approach your local paper: they might have a feature on people taking part in some of the big fundraising events, like RideLondon or the London Marathon close to the time, or they might be happy to just do a short piece about you – they will often let you put your sponsorship and fundraising information in it too.
Getting your hard-raised cash to CTC
After you've held or completed your event, you’ll need to get the money back to CTC. There are two ways you can do this:
- Bank Transfer:
Once you’ve collected all your money, you can simply do a direct bank transfer to CTC’s bank account.
Bank Name: Royal Bank of Scotland
Account Name: Cyclist’s Touring Club
Sort Code: 16-20-30
Account number is: 11277177
If you put your name as the transaction reference, and then email our accounts team to let them know the amount you’ve transferred, we can keep an eye out for the transaction.
If you’ve raised the money though sponsorship, you’ll need to send us the sponsorship form in the post so we can sort out Gift Aid.
- Send a cheque:
If you’d prefer to be traditional and send a cheque, you can still do that. You’ll need to make the cheque payable to
‘Cyclist’s Touring Club’, and send it to:
You’ll also need to enclose any sponsorship forms, and send a covering note with your name, so we know who the money is from.