Share on social media
Sharing you fundraising journey with your friends and family online is the most effective way to increase your fundraising.
Here’s a few hints and tips to help boost your fundraising:
- Upload photos along the way (whether you are training or planning), it reminds people of your upcoming event
- Refer to your target and how close you are
- Use ALL of your social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- Download and share our social media badges
- Add to your stories as well as your main page
- Update your fundraising page with your progress and photos
- Tag Dorset Mind and we’ll share for you
- Add our fundraisers email footer to your emails with a link to your fundraising page (download here)
Contact your local media
Although it may seem daunting, contacting your local radio station or newspaper could increase your donations and help you reach your target.
You can do this by using our sample press release template below.
Contact their news desk – this information is usually available online. The Dorset Echo has a contact list that is specific to the department/location.
Sample Press Release
You can use this template to write your own by adding in the details of your event and amending to suit you.
We hope it gives you a good idea of how to grab the local media’s attention.
It’s best to send your press release in the body of an email, along with high quality, relevant photos.
You could also follow up with a phone call.
For immediate release
[enter your town] resident set to [enter fundraising activity here] to raise money for mental health
Local resident, [insert your name and where you’re from here] is set to run/trek/cycle the [enter name of event here] in aid of local mental health charity Dorset Mind.
[Insert some background info about yourself in the paragraph below. You could include information about your job, whether you are a parent, your age.]
Ellie, who teaches at Westchester Primary School, hopes that with the support of her students, colleagues, friends and family, she will raise an incredible £[insert amount here] for Dorset Mind which provides support and information for anyone experience mental health problems.
Joe said, “I am thrilled to be running the [insert name of event] in aid of Dorset Mind. This is one of the toughest, yet most thrilling challenges of my life. Knowing the money I raise will be used to improve the lives of people living with mental health problems throughout the UK is amazing.
“I’m taking part in this event for Dorset Mind because I really believe in their cause. The charity aims to support the 1 in 6 people (approximately 130,000) in Dorset that are currently experiencing a mental health problem. The money raised will help fund their vital work including support services, education and training across Dorset.”
(The more personal you can make this, the better!)
[Add more relevant info here – your fundraising URL and any other information that might be relevant to your wonderful campaign]
To support Ellie’s challenge, please visit [link to your fundraising page here] to donate.
Notes to editors:
(To be filled out by Dorset Mind during approval)
Please submit this to the press office at Dorset Mind using firstname.lastname@example.org for approval before you start pitching to the press.