As well as signing up to take on the personal quest of riding 220miles down the spine of England, you have also committed to taking on the challenge of helping change the lives of children and young people with autism. This ride is in aid of Ambitious about Autism, and all funds raised will go towards supporting their services.
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, Ambitious Support and their online community Talk about Autism they offer specialist education and support. Their ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.
Ambitious about Autism are here to support you in your fundraising. If you would like some help, please contact Jay Hunt, Senior Event Manager at Ambitious about Autism directly: firstname.lastname@example.org; 020 8815 5131
Please do read through the fundraising pack supplied, as it gives lots of helpful hints and tips on fundraising, as well as information about the services provided by Ambitious About Autism. You can also read more on the AAA website: ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk
Top tips to kickstart your fundraising:
1. Set up an online sponsorship page – click here – search for Rapha and follow the simple instructions. It takes less than five minutes.
2. Contact all your friends, family, colleagues, suppliers, and basically everyone you know and ask that they sponsor you on this challenge and let them know the difference their support will make.
3. Go social. Make sure to get the message out on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks you use. Be sure to link it to Ambitious about Autism’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. The more people hear about what you’re doing, the quicker you will hit that target.
4. If you work for a company, ask if they have a matched-giving policy, or another employee fundraising scheme. These schemes will often match your fundraising pound for pound. Some company donations may also be tax deductible.
5. Organise an event, or have a clearout. This doesn’t have to be time-consuming and can be a great boost to your sponsorship total. Get your friends and family involved to help with organising a pub quiz or dinner party, or simply sell some old bike parts on ebay.
6. Ask, ask, then ask again. People won’t be offended if you ask more than once and it often takes more than one ask. Everyone is busy, so a friendly reminder will often hit the spot.
7. Read over the fundraising pack. Then read it again.