Patron: Her Majesty The Queen

Raising funds

Last year we helped more than 300 children and young people from current and former Armed Forces families living in Scotland.

* Many of the Armed Forces families we support are on low incomes, struggling to make ends meet

* Many are living in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland

* Many families who ask for our support are living with post-traumatic stress disorder, disability or other health issues, leaving family members unable to work following active service

You can help provide a lifeline of support to these families who everyday give up so much for all of us. Every £1 donated can help make a valuable difference.

Use the buttons below to find out more!

Publicising your fundraising

Having decided what you are going to do, you will want everyone to know about it. We suggest you use every form of communication and promotion available to let people know about your fundraising activity and that you need their help to raise as much money as possible. For example, putting posters and flyers in local community centres, businesses, schools and at workplaces – anywhere where people will see them.

Ask everyone you know to come along and spread the word to family, friends and colleagues.

Engage the local media to publicise your fundraising activity. Write a press release and send it to local newspapers and radio stations.

In your press release, make sure to include:

  • Details about your event (i.e. time, date, place, fundraising target)
  • Why you’re raising money in aid of the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (mention if you have a personal link to the charity)
  • Information about who we are and what we do
  • How people can access our services
  • Your contact details and how people can support you (include details of your online fundraising page if you have one)
  • We have included here a template press release for your use. (See below)

Online promotion

Make modern technology do all the hard work. Here’s how you can use your email and social networking accounts to spread the word:

  • Email all your contacts and let them know what you’re doing
  • Add a caption to your email signature, inviting anyone to attend, donate or help out on the day
  • Send a Facebook message to your friends and family
  • On Twitter? Post a tweet about your event and ask your followers to retweet it
  • Upload a video clip to YouTube and send it to everyone you know with your invite and ask them to pass it on

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Fundraising toolkit

We have lots of great information, advice and support materials to help you raise money and have a terrific time doing it. Whether it’s a high quality ‘In aid of…’ logo you are looking for, a sponsor form, poster or other support materials, you can find it all here.

We can offer you disposable banners and balloons (stocks depending) to help you promote your fundraising activity. To order these please contact us.

If you are going to make your own posters and fundraising materials please be sure to include the charity’s logo and registration number on all your flyers, posters, invitations and press releases so that potential supporters know your event is in aid of the Royal Caledonian Education Trust.

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Register your fundraising event

If you have already decided to organise a fundraising event, please register your details with us by completing an event registration form. We will also make sure you receive a letter of thanks acknowledging receipt of the monies you raise and send in to us.

Before you start fundraising, please don’t forget to familiarise yourself with the dos and don’ts of fundraising. There are lots of good websites that can help you, such as the Institute of Fundraising or the Charity Commission

In addition, we’ve included our own guide on how to make your fundraising safe and legal below.

Finally, thank you for choosing to raise money in aid of the Royal Caledonian Education Trust. You are helping to provide a lifeline of support for Armed Forces children and every pound raised will make a significant difference!

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Fundraising online

You can start raising money today simply by registering your event on our BT My Donate page.

Creating an online fundraising page is a quick and easy way to collect money and manage your fundraising.

It only takes a few minutes to set up and your friends and family can make secure donations and leave their messages of support anywhere, anytime.

Your online fundraising pages also gives your supporters the opportunity to Gift Aid their donations, which means the Royal Caledonian Education Trust receives 25% more – at no cost to you or your sponsor.

Start raising money now by creating your online fundraising page. Raising money with an online fundraising page enables you to:

  • Personalise your page with photos and video
  • Send in your money directly to the Royal Caledonian Education Trust without having to use a banking form
  • Add money you collect at your event
  • Promote your fundraising page on your Facebook profile
  • Collect Gift Aid on your supporters’ donation
  • Personalising your page is the best way to get support – and donations – from friends and family. Talk about what you are doing to raise money and why you chose the Royal Caledonian Education Trust. Remember to include a photo on your page to give your page an eye-catching edge. It could be a picture of you preparing for your fundraising activity or event.

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Sending in your donations

When your event is finished, it is always best to collect the money you have raised as quickly as possible. Try to ensure that two people are present when you are counting cash.

Please don’t send cash in the post. Bank any cash or cheques made payable to you and then write a cheque payable to ‘The Royal Caledonian Education Trust’ for the amount collected and send it to:

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH$ 1BW

Include any sponsorship forms you have used so we are able to claim Gift Aid – this means your gift to us will be worth 25% more. Please enclose a note with your name, address, postcode and details of the event so we can thank you properly for your fantastic fundraising support.

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