Can we raise even more money in 2016?

December 17, 2015 // Rachel Ellis

Our Bath Half runners raised an unbelievable £2.1million in 2015 – on average that equates to every charity runner raising £454 each!

Since 2000 our Bath Halfers have raised over £18million for charity. Every year we think it isn’t possible for runners to raise even more money, and every year they prove us wrong!

This year our lead charity is Macmillan Cancer Support.  Macmillan has raised over £408,065 at the Bath Half Marathon since 2009. The money raised has helped to support the Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialists based at the Bath RUH, along with the hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Information Centre and Information and Support Service Manager and the refurbishment of the oncology waiting room, information centre and urology quiet room.

By running for Team Macmillan in the Bath Half you will ensure that Macmillan will continue to provide these services to the people that need them.

We are also supporting the following charities (their details can be found on our website by clicking on their names below):

Our Featured charities are:
The Forever Friends Appeal
Time is Precious
Bath Rugby Foundation
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

Diamond Bond charities:
Alzheimer’s Society
Cancer Research UK
CLIC Sargent
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Make-a-Wish Foundation
Marie Curie
MS Society
Parkinson’s UK
Prostrate Cancer UK
Send A Cow
Teenage Cancer Trust

Over 110 official charities are involved with the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2016 and runners can apply to run for their chosen charity by contacting the charities’ events teams directly. Please see here for our list of charities

And to get your fundraising off to a great start here are some tips from our Charity & Creative Director Mel Taylor:

Share your story: People will be much more interested in your fundraising if they know your story. Make use of social media – it’s free, quick and easy to use. Get your friends and family to share your story too. Remember, the more people that see it, the more likely you are to receive donations.

Create an online donation page: You can set up a page and start fundraising in minutes. They are great because the donation is instant so you don’t have to worry about collecting the money yourself

Team up: When taking part in events like the Vitality Bath Half it can be quite daunting, especially if you are going solo. Teaming up is a great way to fundraise for an event for many reasons: there are more of you therefore you can share your story wider, you can create fundraising days together and share out tasks, and most importantly if there is a team of you training for the race you can keep each other motivated.

Get in touch with your charity: You’ll probably find resources on your charity’s website like logos and information about their current projects. You can use this when you’re talking about the difference your fundraising will make. Many of the charities that we work with at Bath Half can offer runners (not just those who are running with a charity place) support throughout their training and on the day.

Gift aid: Remember to ask people to tick the gift aid box – more money will go to your charity if they do this.

Be creative:  My advice is to start simple and build up to the more creative and wacky ideas. Why not host a dinner party and ask friends to donate what they would spend eating out to your cause? You could also go to your local bar or cafe and see if they will host a quiz night and ask people to donate there. Another thing to note is that most charities will have a fundraising pack available to download or order with posters, leaflets, sponsorship forms and will have plenty of hints and tips also.

Shout about your achievements post-race: There is still time to raise money for your chosen charity after the big day

Have fun: Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Be proud that you are making a difference. There really are so many worthwhile causes out there and every penny counts. So get your fundraising cap firmly on, lace up your running shoes and join us to be part of what we hope will be another record breaking year at the Vitality Bath Half

Good luck to everyone fundraising in the build up to the event. Keep us updated with your progress; we love to see what you’re all doing! Tweet us or chat to us on Facebook