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Summer Fundraising

July 15, 2019

fundraising for school playgrounds

The annual summer fair at every school takes a huge amount of organisation. A dedicated group of parents rally others to step up and play a part, urging even the most reluctant to give a little time to man a stall. We heard one mum refer to their event as “The Fete Worse Than Death”. All the usual favourites have to be set up from hook-a-duck and the bottle tombola to the bouncy castle and the BBQ. We can understand why many breathe a sigh of relief when it is all done and dusted for another year.

The question is after all the tables have been cleared away and gazebos taken down, how much money was raised? That is the point after all. It may be great fun for the children who leave on a sugar high from ice cream and sweets but it is only one day.

When the funds are totted up, it is always rewarding to start brainstorming ways to spend the cash to benefit the school. Or maybe there is already a project in mind with a goal to reach before it can made a reality. Perhaps your school has been hoping to improve outdoor areas for learning, playing and enjoying P.E.

The summer holidays are always a busy time for us when school gates close and we can get into empty sites to get to work transforming tired old tarmac with vibrant paint or adding exciting new play equipment.

It can feel a daunting prospect planning how to spend money that has been raised with a responsibility to get the best for the school. We understand that and are here to help. You may want to take a look at some case studies to see what other schools have achieved for inspiration. We also have a Funding Guide if you have a way to go yet to reach your target and need more fundraising ideas or information on how to apply for some of the grants available.

Whatever stage you are at, call us for a chat on 0808 168 2032 or email

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