Can we raise even more money in 2017?

December 6, 2016 // Rachel Ellis

Our Bath Half runners raised an unbelievable £2.2 million in 2016 – a record breaking figure for the race!

Since 2000 our Bath Halfers have raised over £20 million 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 Cancer Research UK.  Over the next year Cancer Research UK are committed to making a difference in Bath and the South West and all money raised from the charity’s partnership with the Bath Half will be going towards research in the local area.

By raising money for Cancer Research UK in the Bath Half you will enable the charity to make a differnce in and around Bath in a number of ways:
– Bringing their research to life in schools in and around Bath – educating and inspiring kids to lead a healthy lifestyle
– Introducing you all to the CRUK Health Roadshow – we will be taking over the streets of Bath to update you on our life saving research
– Education is key – over the next 12 months CRUK aim to help as many people in the Bath & SW live a healthy lifestyle

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:
Dorothy House Hospice Care
Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens

Platinum Bond charities:
Alzheimer’s Society
British Heart Foundation
CLIC Sargent

Macmillan Cancer Support

Diamond Bond Charities
Guide Dogs
Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Send A Cow
Teenage Cancer Trust

Over 130 official charities are involved with the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2017 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

This year we are delighted to have partnered with JustGiving as the Official Online Giving Partner for the 2017 race. It is incredibly easy to set up your online fundraising page, and JustGiving will send your donation directly to the charity which you have chosen to fundraise for.

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