There are some legal and safety issues to think about when fundraising. You may find this information published by the Government, the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising helpful. 

Some examples are listed here and we are happy to help as far as we can but it is down to you to satisfy yourself you are compliant   

Health and safety -Please think about health and safety if you are holding an event. Carry out a risk assessment. Do you have a first aider? Have you identified any potential risks or fire hazards? Don't forget to follow all social distancing rules and government guidelines on Corona virus.  

Finances - Consider how to handle cash safely - for example by using a secure box or collecting bucket. Have regard to your safety when transporting cash.  Do you have a secure place to keep any money collected and can you transport it safely from the event?

Safeguarding - if children and/or vulnerable adults will be attending the event or activity  ensure that safeguarding issues are addressed.

Collections - public collections need a licence from the local authority and collections on private premises may require the consent of the owner. 

Data Protection - Please make sure you do not keep personal information any longer than you have to and do not share details without permission. 

Lights…Camera…Action! - if you are taking photos or videos ensure that you have consent to use these – be particularly careful if children are attending.

Licenses -if you are selling alcohol at your event you may need a licence if your chosen venue does not already have one. You can apply for a temporary licence.

A licence may also be needed if you have live or recorded music, dancing, a film or play or an indoor sporting event.  More information is available here

Catering and food hygieneplease ensure that you prepare, handle, cook, store and display food safely.  Please contact your local council for food hygiene regulations or see If you are using a caterer, the caterer will need a food hygiene certificate and public liability insurance.

Insurance - Check that the venue and equipment you will be using are covered by insurance. If not, you may need public liability cover as you will be responsible as the organiser of the event for any claims made by third parties.

Raffles, lotteries, prize draws, race nights, casino nights etc

All of these are popular ways of fundraising but there are some important rules about how they are run which are on the  Gambling Commission’s website.  A licence may be needed. 

Generally speaking, if tickets for your raffle or other game of chance will only be sold at your event (not in advance), you would not require a licence for this.


Certain activities e.g. giving out flyers, may require a special licence from your local council or governing authority.

Our relationship with you

We cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury suffered by you or anyone else as a result of taking part in a fundraising event. Please ensure that any publicity material you produce states “in aid of Hospices of Hope” as we cannot be held liable for any event or fundraising activity that is not organised directly by our staff. 

Use of our logo

You can download our Hospices of Hope logo from our websitePlease be aware that you must only use our “in aid of” logos available from our website. If you are unsure, please contact us.