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How to support RCEM with fundraising and our charitable work.

Fundraising and Supporting RCEM

Make a difference in your own way. Fundraising or supporting our charitable work is your chance to support RCEM and the work that we do. Help us ensure patients visiting A&E receive the best possible care and support the staff that work on the frontline. Support us to fund vital, lifesaving research that will have a lasting impact for years to come. Allow us to support emergency departments in low-income countries to promote equality in healthcare. With your help, we can make a difference today. Whether it’s climbing a mountain, baking biscuits, supporting an appeal or leaving a gift in your will, there are lots of ways to get involved and support us your way.

If you are looking for ideas, inspiration, materials or support, this page has everything you need to get started.

Your support allows us to fund our vital work and make a lasting impact on people’s lives. Help us ensure patients visiting A&E have the best quality of care, and that Emergency Department teams have all the support that they need, from wellbeing services to training. Support our work with Emergency Medicine departments internationally in low-income countries, promoting equality in healthcare and equal opportunities for staff. You can make a valuable difference today.

Single Donation

£20 – Could support our work providing valuable wellbeing support for doctors working in A&E.

£50 – Could help fund our quality programmes that work to improve Emergency Medicine departments nationally and ensure the best possible care for patients across the UK.

£100 – Could help fund our quality programmes that work to improve Emergency Medicine departments nationally and ensure the best possible care for patients across the UK.

Regular Donation

£5 a month pays to provide support for Emergency Department doctors working in high pressure environments.

£10 a month pays to improve patient care across the UK through quality and development programmes that change lives.

£20 a month pays to support vital medical research to make ground-breaking advancements within Emergency Medicine that will make a lasting impact for years to come.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor. This means we can claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 donated, boosting the value of the donation by a quarter.

When a UK taxpayer gives a gift of money to a charity, tax has already been paid on that money. We can claim this money back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and add it to our fundraising efforts.

We can claim Gift Aid on all donations that you have made now, in the future and in the past 4 years.

Gift Aid can only be claimed on donations from UK taxpayers, as long as the donation is your own money and is not part of a collection or corporate donation.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider saying yes to Gift Aid.

How does my fundraising make a difference?

RCEM works to support patients and doctors using and working in A&E both in the UK and in low-income countries around the world to ensure they have access to the best quality of care. We support doctors in Emergency Medicine departments through training and wellbeing support to help them be the best they can be. We fund vital medical research that changes lives and run programmes that identify where improvements can be made in Emergency Medicine departments nationally to make a lasting impact for years to come.

A guide to Fundraising for RCEM

+ Legacies

Remember RCEM in your will

Legacy Giving

Emergency Medicine saves lives

You can accelerate tomorrow’s vital research breakthroughs in emergency medicine, support the work of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine for patients in the UK and help emergency departments overseas get started. Every donation counts.

Writing your Will is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your wishes are carried out.

Our Legacy Giving Brochure will guide you through how to write, rewrite, or add to your existing Will, and some of the important things to consider.

And if you believe, like we do, that RCEM Fundraising deserves support – you can find everything you need to know about leaving a gift in our booklet which will guide you through how to write, rewrite, or add to your existing Will, and some of the important things to consider.

We hope you’ll consider supporting RCEM Fundraising in this very special way.

Make a difference

We know that writing a Will is a private matter and needs time and consideration. It’s one of the most important things you’ll do and we hope you’ve find our guide useful in coming to some decisions about making or amending your Will. Your gift – large or small – really will make a difference.

We hope you’ll consider supporting RCEM Fundraising in this very special way.

To find out more about leaving a gift to the future call the team on 020 7067 4813, email us via fundraising@rcem.ac.uk

+ Events

Events

We have places available at events throughout the year which you can read about below. If you would like to get involved in any upcoming events to take part and fundraise or cheer and support on the day, please contact fundraising at fundraising@rcem.ac.uk.

Past events:

London Landmarks Half Marathon April 2022

Future events:

Royal Parks Half Marathon October 2022

London Landmarks Half Marathon April 2023 (TBC)

London Landmarks Half Marathon 2022

On 3rd April 2022, five RCEM runners were among the 12,000 who ran 13.1 miles around the streets of London in the fifth edition of the London Landmarks Half Marathon 2022.

Amongst them were five runners fundraising to support funds for our charitable work, supporting Emergency Medicine departments internationally in low-income countries, medical research programmes and well-being support for EM staff in the UK.

The London Landmarks Half Marathon 2022 was the first fundraising event where RCEM have participated as a charity partner. Our runners all successfully completed the route which showcases the best of London, with runners passing iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard and the Tower of London.

Our runners were supported and cheered on throughout the course by our very own RCEM cheer squad. It was a fantastic atmosphere on a bright but chilly morning and our runners were all amazing, all managing to surpass their fundraising targets and raising an incredible £2415!

If you would like to take part in events like this one, please get in touch with us at fundraising@rcem.ac.uk

+ Appeals

2021 Winter Appeal

Emergency Medicine colleagues in Uganda urgently need support

The College’s inaugural winter appeal launched in November 2021 to support Emergency Medicine colleagues in Uganda.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, an unprecedented public health crisis has impacted all regions of the world. Some countries have fared worse than ours, in Uganda, with only one doctor for every 24,000 citizens, every wave of COVID-19 leaves the health system stretched to breaking point. The progress made over a decade to improve patient care is inevitably being rolled back as a result of the pandemic.

As of 2021 there were only six qualified Emergency Physicians in Uganda, all of whom are located at two teaching hospitals. The Regional referral hospitals, which are the current COVID-19 treatment centres, have no Emergency Physicians at all.

With the country only able to vaccinate 3.2% of its eligible population against the WHO target of 40% by the end of 2021 wave of COVID-19 infections have resulted in high rates of hospitalisation, severe shortage of oxygen availability and high mortality rates. Whilst the country has moved to increase oxygen production, the major challenge of inadequate and semi-skilled emergency care workers remains at health facilities across the country.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is supporting a crucial emergency care virtual training programme for health workers in Uganda to be better equipped for their emergency response. The training will build the capacity of health workers to manage COVID-19 cases as well as other emergency conditions and provide sustainability beyond the pandemic.

£20 would provide full internet costs for one trainee to complete the virtual training programme which will equip them with the essential skills they need to save lives.

£50 would provide two regional hospitals with valuable information, education, and communication (IEC) materials on Emergency Care.

£100 could support a referral centre that cares for up to 2 million Ugandan citizens by providing vital equipment that will allow trainees to put their training into practice.

Thank you to the kind support of RCEM members the College was able to raise over £6,000 for the winter appeal to support Emergency Medicine colleagues in Uganda.

A visit to Uganda is planned for May 2022 to visit organisations that will benefit from these funds and we will shar the outcomes of this visit and how money from this appeal has been spent over the coming months.

+ Fundraising resources

What is the best way to collect money and donations for my fundraising?

The easiest way to fundraise for RCEM is to set up an online fundraising page.

You can customise with photos and updates, tell everyone you know and watch your donation total rise! Our preferred platform is JustGiving: www.justgiving.com/royalcollegeofemergencymedicine

Follow these simple steps for success:

  • Go to JustGiving and set up your page by clicking the ‘Fundraise for us’ button on our JustGiving page: justgiving.com/royalcollegeofemergencymedicine
  • Email your friends, family and colleagues with the link to your page. Highlight how fundraising makes a lasting difference.
  • Target your most generous supporters first as people tend to donate amounts based on what others have already given.
  • Post the link to your online fundraising page on social media and include the link to your online fundraising page on your email signature if you use one.
  • Publicise your fundraising page details on intranets, workplace/community newsletters or notice boards.
  • Update your online fundraising page with progress and resend to your contacts.
  • Personalise the thank you email and ask your supporters to spread the word about your fundraiser to their friends and family.
  • After the event, update your page with photos and your result, and remind people they can still donate.

How do I know if my money and donations have reached you?

It can take us a few weeks to process your donations once we have received them, but as soon as we do receive your donation you will receive a thank you email by way of receipt.

How do I claim Gift Aid on the money I raise?

As a registered charity, RCEM can claim back an extra 25p on every £1 donated to us in gift aid. For us to be able to claim gift aid you need to check the sponsor or donator is a UK tax payer, record their home address, postcode, donation amount and make sure they tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form or donation web page. Just Giving allows donors to opt in for gift aid automatically which makes it easy and straight forward to process.

+ Fundraising FAQs

Fundraising FAQ’s

Fundraising – keeping it legal

First Aid

If you are holding an event involving lots of people, it is a good idea to have first aid supplies on hand and qualified first aiders if possible. You can get advice from St John Ambulance or the Red Cross.

Public collections

Collections can be a fun way to raise donations and awareness for RCEM, but first consider these useful guidelines:

  • For collecting on the street, you will need a licence from your local authority.
  • For collecting outside a supermarket store, you will need permission from the manager.
  • For collecting on private property, you will need permission from the land owner.
  • Choose a popular location or a busy time to do your collection.
  • Give yourself time to secure a suitable date, especially if there is a high demand from other fundraisers.
  • Get other volunteers to help.
  • Wear an RCEM T-shirt and get in touch to request an official RCEM collection tin or bucket, this must be kept sealed at all times during your public collection.

Raffles

Holding a raffle is a great way to increase donations from your event.

Large Scale Raffles

If you are holding a large-scale raffle you may need to obtain a small lotteries licence. You will need to contact your local authority to get this licence. You must not:

  • Sell tickets on the street or house to house.
  • Anyone under the age of 16 may not sell or purchase tickets.
  • Tickets must state that the lottery is in aid of RCEM and include your name and address and date of the lottery draw.

Small Raffles

If you hold a small raffle on the day of your event you do not have to get a special licence as long as:

  • Any prizes purchased are worth a total of no more than £250. Donated prizes can be of unlimited value.
  • All tickets are sold on the same day as the raffle is drawn.
  • Tickets are sold for the same price and there are no discounts.
  • Prizes that involve alcohol are only included if the event is being held on licenced premises.
  • All tickets are sold on the same premises and on the same day as the raffle is drawn.

Liquor licensing rules

If you wish to sell alcohol at an event you must be licensed. If you need to apply for an occasional liquor licence, it is easier to approach an existing licensee and ask them to apply for you. You do not need your own licence if you are holding an event in a building that already has a licensed bar.

Fundraising with food

To keep everyone safe, it is a good idea to check the Food Standards Agency guidelines on preparing, handling, cooking & storing food.

Insurance

If your event involves the general public, you might want to consider investing in Public Liability Insurance. Check first to see if your venue already has this.

Using the RCEM logo

If you would like to use the RCEM logo when promoting your event, please ensure that your event is advertised as ‘event, in aid of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine’.

Letter of authority

We will provide you with a letter of authority upon request showing that we are aware of and support your fundraising. This letter does not constitute official permission for any fundraising activities, and you must obtain any permits/licences from relevant authorities.

Under 18’s legal guidelines

If you are under 18 and holding a fundraising event, there are certain things that you will need help with. You should always ask an adult to help you with your fundraising to make sure you are safe.

There are some things that you cannot do if you do not have an adult to help you. These things are:

  • Street Collection
  • Raffles
  • An event involving alcohol

Need more help?

Our promise to you

We won’t swap your personal information with other charities or sell it to third parties.

The RCEM Foundation Fund is operated by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine whose principal office address is Octavia House, 54 Ayres Street, London SE1 1EU. Monies raised are held in a ‘restricted fund’, which is a fund designated for the purposes of: 1) Supporting the College’s activities designed to optimise patient care in the UK, 2) Supporting ground-breaking research and 3) developing Emergency Medicine care and clinical training in low income countries. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is a Royal Charter body and a registered charity, whose registered charity number in England and Wales is 1122689 and in Scotland is SCO44373.

+ Ideas & Inspiration

Fundraising ideas and inspiration

A-Z of fundraising ideas for events and activities to get you thinking of fun and interesting ways to get support for your fundraising!

A – Auction
B – Bake sale
C – Coffee Morning
D – Dinner party
E – Easter egg hunt
F – Fancy dress day
G – Games night
H – Head shave
I – International evening/day
J – Jewellery making
K – Karaoke
L – Luncheon
M – Movie night
N – Nature walk
O – Office collection
P – Pamper day
Q – Quiz night
R – Raffle
S – Sweepstakes
T – Tuck shop
U – Uniform free day
V – Vintage sale
W – Walk
X – X-Box/Gaming night
Y – Yoga
Z – Zumba

Get In Touch

If you are interested in finding out more about any aspect of our fundraising work or about how you can get involved contact us on the details below:

Email: fundraising@rcem.ac.uk

Or call: 020 7067 4374

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