Write to Local Businesses
As part of your fundraising, you may want to write to local businesses to ask for a donation or a sponsorship. Try to find out who you are writing the letter to: try phoning the company first or visiting them to find out who deals with these kind of requests or, if you know somebody who works in the business, ask them who you should address the letter to. A personal approach is more likely to get noticed and receive a favourable response.
Below is an example letter that you may find useful or want to use as a template:
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Request for sponsorship/donation
Dear Mr Jones
I am writing today to ask if you could help with my fundraising goal.
I am currently organising event to take place on date at location. My goal is to raise amount for the small UK charity: PSC Support (www.pscsupport.org.uk). I am asking for sponsorship/a donation from local businesses and individuals.
By choosing to donate/sponsor me you will be making a huge difference to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) patients and their families all over the UK.
PSC is a rare and poorly understood autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver. Symptoms can be severe and unpredictable, sometimes progressing rapidly to end stage liver disease and the need for a liver transplant. There are currently no ways of slowing the progress of this devastating disease and PSC patients desperately need a cure.
PSC Support is a UK charity dedicated to helping people affected by Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) and is run by a small team of volunteers, totally funded from charitable donations. This means that every penny you donate will be used carefully to support and make a real difference to PSC sufferers and their families. PSC Support relies on fundraisers to continue their vital work.
The charity provides up to date and accurate information to anyone affected by PSC
- helps PSCers connect with others sharing similar experiences
- provides support to patients and their families
- funds vital medical research
- promotes education and awareness about PSC to the medical community
advocates for PSC patients to improve clinical care
advocates for PSC patients regarding liver transplant policy and services
- promotes organ donation
Your donation/sponsorship will directly help PSC Support continue their vital work. By sponsoring me today you could be part of finding a cure for this devastating disease.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this letter, if there is anything you think you could do to help please do get in contact.