The Mercury Phoenix Trust is a registered Charity, which means that anyone over the age of 16 can hold a public collection. There are regulations that have to be upheld when raising money in public places. If you have the urge to support this Charity I advise you to contact me with your plans.
I will start with STREET COLLECTIONS
You contact the office for Charity Street Collections at your local Council offices. You will be asked when and where you would like to hold the collection, if your chosen date has been taken they will be offer you another one.You will be sent an application form which you need to complete and return to the said office. You will then get your permit, if you have not done a public collection before I do advise you to read through the regulations very carefully. At this stage you need to get your volunteers together, brief them on the regulations and plan the day. Street Collections are held during the hours of daylight which is 9am till 5pm so you will need quite a few people to cover the day, no one can be expected to collect any longer than two or three hours.
COLLECTING INSIDE SHOPPING CENTRES
In this instance you will need to contact the CENTRE MANAGER to get permission, if this is granted you will get a letter confirming your date with instructions to apply to the local council for a permit. Indoor public collections are good as the management will usually provide a table, this enables you to display the charity using our visual aids. Only two people at any one time are allowed to collect so once again, organise enough people to cover the day.You can approach your local Super Market to arrange to collect on their property, again you will need to get a council permit.
HOUSE to HOUSE Collection
I would not advise applying for this type of permit, knocking on doors asking for money I feel is a thing of the past!! Having said that it is good for collecting from pub to pub, but do ask the staff of the pub if they mind you collecting. The same proceedure applies for house to house collections and street collections, approach the licensing office of your local council for a permit.
FUNDRAISING in PUBS or CLUBS
You will need to get permission from the Manager/Landlord to do this.There are so many ways to make this sort of fundraising successful. Here are some ideas:-Quiz Night, Bingo, Darts, if it has a music license organise a Queen night and do a collection or have a raffle, these just a few examples.
RAISING MONEY at SCHOOL / COLLEGE / WORK
You will need to get permission from the Head Master / Head of Year /Manager.
Go to them with your idea, there could be a group of you so many ways to raise money:- Cake Stall, Jumble sale, non uniform day(one of the easiest ), End of term play where you can do a collection etc.
Anyone can sponsor anyone or anything, I have forms that I can send you. I will provide you with everything you need to promote our Charity, as well as instuctions on banking what you have collected. At this point I would like to say that we do not pay any of our volunteers for collecting.
If after reading this you are interested in supporting this Great Charity please contact me for more information.
Mercury Phoenix Trust
13 The Furlongs
Cambs PE27 4TX
All the best,