Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Can you help me source raffle prizes please?

Some of you may be aware that I'm on the fundraising team for Tonia's Journey. Tonia is the daughter of a friend of mine and suffers from an extreme form of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. We're helping raise the funds for a life-saving operation and the resulting rehabilitation and medication she'll need. You can find out more over at the Team Tonia website or on our JustGiving page.

We still have some way to go with our fundraising efforts for Tonia. That means, we're setting up a new raffle: 'The Grand Draw', to help us reach our goal.

What is it?

The Grand Draw is an offline raffle where we'll be selling tickets in the Three Counties Area in the UK - that's Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire for those not familiar with the area.

What are the prizes?

That's down to you! We're actively seeking a few STAR prizes from local businesses who would like to support us in our fundraising efforts. All businesses who donate prizes will benefit from substantial online promotion via social media, namely Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, from our #TeamTonia social media army. You'll also be included on the printed tickets and will get some love and attention on our blog. So if you would like to contribute and would benefit from some media attention from consumers in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the next few weeks, please get in touch.

What kind of things are we after?

That's really up to you. We're open to ideas. The prizes need to be suitable for a general consumer audience. Food or beauty hampers always go down well. Vouchers for well known stores are ever popular. Entertainment experiences are great, as are meals out in local restaurants, weekends away in a lovely B&B or hotel or even a family holiday. Mobile handsets, computers, tablets, TVs and other gadgets are also a big hit for raffles.

When will the raffle start?

We want to go to print with our tickets as soon as possible and we can do that as soon as we have secured a few more prizes.

When will the raffle end?

The raffle is currently timed to end at the end of August, however this may change depending on how long it takes us to secure the prizes.

If you have something suitable for us, or you'd like to discuss options, please contact Sarah from #TeamTonia by email in the first instance.

We're also accepting cash donations:

TEXT giving is a great and easy route to supporting Tonia if you are in the UK: TEXT EHLE82£1 or EHLE82£5 or EHLE82£10 to 70070

Or you can donate online here via the Just4Children campaign on JustGiving.

Thanks in advance!