Fundraising Guidelines

Your safety is extremely important to us when you are fundraising on our behalf!

The following fundraising guidelines should help you to raise money in a safe, responsible and in a legal way.

With all our fundraising, there are important considerations:

  • Is it safe?
  • Is it appropriate?
  • Is it legal?

This list is not exhaustive too. If you are unsure, give us a call on 020 3745 7317 or email

Guidelines for Raising Money

Please consider the following guidelines when fundraising for Orchid:

  • Ensure that your event is organised efficiently and safely. Download our events checklist  for some more tips.
  • Get in contact with your local authority about whether you need any special licences, such as a public entertainment licence or a licence to sell alcohol.
  • Make sure your event is sufficiently staffed with volunteers.
  • If there are children at your event, please consider:
    • whether there is adequate adult supervision.
    • carrying out background checks.
  • When counting money at the end of the event or collection, ensure that there are two people present!
  • All money collected should be sent to Orchid within six weeks – please give us a call on how best to do this.
  • There are strict laws relating to raffles and lotteries which should be carefully followed. For full guidelines, please check with your local authority or visit for more information.
  • Any street collection or a collection on public property needs to be registered with your local authority who will issue a collection licence. Anyone under 16 (or 18 in London) is not permitted to collect money on behalf of Orchid through a public collection.
  • Orchid cannot accept any accountability for your event or for anyone participating in it.

We also make a fundraising promise to you. You can read it here.

If you are unsure about any of the points mentioned above, please get in touch with a member of the community fundraising team on:

Tel: 020 3745 7310