The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world – runners have raised more than £890 million for good causes since the race began in 1981.
If you’re looking for some inspiration to hit those fundraising targets, whether it’s for the London Marathon or any other challenge, look no further than Team Starlight’s own Jason.
Jason, one of our fabulous 2019 marathon runners, said it was a ‘no brainer’ for him to raise funds for a charity that does amazing, life-changing things for seriously ill children across the UK.
For his first marathon he managed to raise an amazing £2,710 in just three months! Jason told us a little bit more about the events that helped him do it…
I signed up on the last day of registration for the marathon so with not much time I started fundraising straight away! With the help from family, friends and the local community, we managed to arrange three fundraising events that helped me hit my target before the start line.
Star Night for Starlight
My first event was held in a local club, a friend of mine is a talented singer and she arranged for a couple of singers and a comedian to entertain us on the night free of charge.
We contacted local businesses asking for donations which we raffled on the evening, charged a £3 donation on the door and had charity buckets on the bar. It was a great evening and very successful, raising £640.
Charity Darts Tournament
I held my second event, a charity darts tournament, in my local rugby club where I’ve played for many years.
My friends and I asked for donations from a timber company to make the dart stands and asked a local business man to donate the dart board, which they kindly did.
The tournament was £10 to enter with a £150 prize for the winner and £50 for the runner up.
Again, we had raffle prices donated from local business and sports memorabilia donated to auction off and the whole evening raised £563.
Starlight Family Day
My sister Stephanie was the mastermind of my final event which took part in the local community centre and was loads of fun for all the family!
There was a dance-a-thon with dance and performing arts academy that both adults and children could join. We asked for either £3 or £5 donations, which included a Starlight t-shirt to wear while they danced! During the dance-a-thon there were two special guests who came to join the dance- a pony dressed like a unicorn and a life size Minion!
We also sold craft tables to local businesses to sell their products and asked them to donate a percentage of their taking. There was also face-painting, balloon making and a tuck shop, as well as a raffle. It was a great family day out and managed to raise £310.
The Starlight team have been amazing at providing support for these events. They offered top fundraising tips, provided banners, balloons, flyers, posters and collection buckets. They also provided t-shirts to raffle off at all the events. I cannot thank the team enough for doing all they can to help me make sure the events looked amazing.
If you have been inspired by Jason to get out in your local area and raise money to brighten the lives of seriously ill children, get in touch with our fundraising team here at Starlight who will be more than happy to help!
If you want to run the London Marathon for Starlight in 2020, apply for a charity place here.