Fundraising Ideas and Tips

There are many ways of fund raising whether at National or local level; I hope that the following will help your branch in planning future fund raising events.

  • If you are fund raising on a National level then you are welcome to use the CGA e logo with the charity no 279359.
    Please contact for a copy of the artwork.
  • If you are fund raising locally for local charities then you must state that you are collecting for your local charity under the banner of the Coastguard Association.
  • A charity fund raiser is a great way of letting the public know about the Coastguard Association or your local branch, while at the same time enjoying the challenges and the rewards of assisting those less fortunate than ourselves.
  • Planning is crucial. Events don’t just happen by chance. They should be meticulously planned, well in advance. Give yourself plenty of time.
  • It is important to come up with good ideas and we urge every fundraiser to come up with novel and unusual or dramatic concepts, which will capture the public’s imagination and generate media interest.
  •  Publicity too has to be considered, flyers and posters help to raise your profile as does keeping the local press up to date. Please let us know what you are doing and we will try and help too. Our current secretary maybe able to help with artwork.
  • Local businesses that will often want to be associated with charitable events and can provide not only financial backing but also support in kind. Goods can be used as raffle prizes or at car boot sales.
  • The need to work closely with your selected charity is underlined. Official charities will provide fundraisers with authorisation, details of national campaigns and advice about where money raised can be used.
  • Always remember to keep things official and adhere to regulations in areas such as street collections, contact your local council.
  • Bike rides and sponsored walks always remember to contact the Police who will provide you with information on the do’s and dont’s in your area.

More Ideas for Fundraising

  • Non Uniform Day – Give a donation to attend school / college in your own clothes.
  • Job Swaps – We all feel at times we can do better than the boss can. Auction the MD’s / Head of Department’s / Cleaner’s job for an afternoon.
  • Fancy Dress – Pay to come to work in fancy dress. (H&S permitting)
  • Guess the Baby competition – photos of the staff / colleagues as babies.
  • Fashion Show
  • Concert / Play / Musical Evening
  • Trivia Quiz – Pop / Sport / General Knowledge / etc.
  • Fete
  • Car Boot Sale
  • It’s a Knock Out
  • Sponsored Silence
  • Sponsored Haircut
  • Five / seven a side football / rugby / hockey / etc.
  • Sponsored Walk
  • Charity Shop

Making it happen

Once you have chosen your event there are many areas that you must cover to make it a success. The keyword is PLANNING – allow plenty of time to look at the various aspects of the challenge that lies before you.

  • Discuss with friends, colleagues, and management how easily the event can be organised.
  • Do we have the people to make all parts of the project run smoothly?
  • Will the event cost us anything to get off the ground?
  • Arrange a date.
  • What resources do we need?
  • How do we publicise the event?
  • What can go wrong?
  • Do you need insurance? First Aiders?
  • Can we get a celebrity?

Publicising the event

Your event must be well publicised if it is to be a success.

At work:

  • Work notice boards
  • Company magazine
  • Announced at briefings
  • Word of mouth
  • Email Signatures

At home:

  • Leaflets to families
  • Leaflets to local suppliers
  • Announced on local radio
  • Advertisement in local paper
  • Notices placed in public places in the community, for example, surgeries, libraries, local shops

The media

If you are able to get the support of your local Radio and TV station your event’s profile is taken onto another level. You will find it invaluable when approaching people in the local business community. If they think that they might be able to get some good (and cheap) local PR, they are more likely to help.
The person to get in touch with in the local paper is the news editor. If you know a reporter use the personal contact as this always works better than the cold contact.

Find out the paper’s deadlines for copy and photographs. They must always know:

  • What the event is
  • Who is involved?
  • Why the event is taking place
  • When, where and what time?
  •  Contact name for further information

When you are planning your event, always try and think like a newspaper reporter. Think what is newsworthy. Try to create a publicity stunt / have a local dignitary / local celebrity / and always have a photo opportunity.

Handy hints when seeking sponsors

  • Set your sponsorship target – aim high!
  • Seek help from your friends – network, friends of friends – you will collect more than you thought possible, but you need to work at it.
  • Think about organising small events, a coffee morning, disco, jumble sale or a car boot sale – whatever you feel comfortable with. The only limit is your imagination!
  • Start your sponsorship early – well in advance of the event.
  • When you approach people for sponsorship, ask them if they would mind giving you the money NOW – offer a receipt (we can provide you with a book if you need it). It is easier to give money back should you have to pull out of the event, as opposed to trying to collect after the event – people lose interest quickly, and often find excuses for not giving you the money.
  • Always maintain a record of your sponsors and ensure that your list reflects those who have paid and those who have still to give you their contribution.
  • If you belong to a club or association, get them involved as a sponsor, either by organising a fundraising event, or by ‘matching’ the funds you raise.
  •  Ask local companies or firms to sponsor you in return for wearing their logo on your T-shirt.

Sponsorship ideas that have worked

  • Approach companies for corporate sponsorship (companies have donated between £100 and £350 for their logo on a shirt). Approach the Public Relations department or Community Development department
  • Put a note through all your neighbours’ doors telling them who you are and what the event is. On the note, put a time when you will come back to collect the money or pledge
  • Get a friend or colleague to organise your fundraising while you train
  • Get the press involved as much as possible. Try to get your photo or a story about your fundraising in the local paper as much as possible
  • Do something different – pull a car along a stretch of road, get a Mohican haircut (if your boss allows it) etc.
  • Organise a plush dinner with guest speakers
  • Photocopy the sponsorship forms and pass them out to friends and family who live in different parts of the country
  • Organise a raffle with prizes from local shops
  • Do bucket collections round the local pubs and clubs (get permission from the owners first)

We wish you every success and if we help publise your event via our web site, please get in touch with the secretary.


Cliff Railway Charity of the Year

charityoftheyearThe Coastguard Association are delighted that they were charity of the year for Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway in North Devon – we really recommend that you pop along and visit this unique Victorian, water powered lift …

With Special thanks to Asley Clarke and Cathy Richards who stood out most days collecting, they presented us with an amazing cheque for £6,043.90p

For more details of the cliff railway and to plan your visit –


From the Archives


HMCG used to do a magazine filled with interesting stories / articles / pictures and here are a few snippets of what was in them. We promise you these will bring back a few memories.

These are selection of the images that we found relating to this on the old web site (prior to 2015) before we moved to our new address.



2016/17 saw many changes in UK Search & Rescue, from the closing of bases & stations, to the transfer of numerous responsibilities to the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC), including those of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC). 2018 has seen those changes continue, with the addition of the Satellite Mission Control hub to the NMOC and with many changes to to Coastguard Rescue Service equipment and protocols. This year we say farewell to pagers and hello to SmartPhones for many Coastguard Rescue Officers.

National Maritime Operations Centre

The replacement of our much-loved RAF bionic budgie, RN Ace of Clubs & Coastguard S61N’s to the brand new Coastguard Helicopter fleet and repositioned bases is completed, with AW 189’s now having largely replaced the smaller AW139’s, and the S92 now all firmly established in their shiny new bases and all doing great work across the United Kingdom in the HM Coastguard livery.

But let us never forget that new buildings, technology and machines are nothing without the men and women that operate them, either remaining in service today within Future Coastguard or now watching from the sidelines having contributed so much over the years. It is unfortunate that difficulties with the recruitment and retention of new Coastguards at the NMOC continues.

The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to our website and hope you can help us, help those who now have need of our support. Join today so ww can help tomorrow…



The National Committee

To make it easier to find the correct person to help with your query please view below the key responsibilities of the National Committee and their contact details:


  • To ensure the smooth running of the Coastguard Association and to give advice to all Branches, regarding welfare and financial needs.
  • To ensure the committee fulfils the aims set out by the constitution and acts in the interest of its members.
  • To liaise closely with all National Committee members, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Almoner, Secretary for Retired Officers, Public Relations Officer and Central Branch Secretary.

Name: Stuart Arundel
Telephone: 01507 358446 /  07963785981 – If Important PLEASE ring as emails are not always answered quickly
Address: Highfield Lodge, Bank End, North Somercotes, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 7LJ

Vice Chairman

  • To support  the Chairman with the smooth running of the Association and stand in when he is unavailable.
  • To ensure the Charity Commissioners are informed of any Committee changes or Trustee changes annually
  • To help retired members to retain links with their colleagues.

Name: Terry Bearpark
Telephone: 01964 751435


  • Take charge of the funds of the Association, including renewal of the affiliation fees. Receiving all sums of money paid in and paying out such money as is properly authorised by the committee.
  • Report the state of the Association finances at committee meetings.
  • To receipt any money donated to the Coastguard Association, and to write letters of thanks to those who donate money to the National Charity Account.

Name: Alan Fisher
Telephone: 01754 768 094 (H)
Address: 27 Church Lane, Skegness, PE25 1ED

National Secretary

  • To assist the Chairman with the development of the CGA and answer any questions or problems that occur within the CGA.
  • Prepare the Agenda for the AGM, after consulting with the Committee and branches; perform such duties as the Committee may from time to time decide.
  • To liaise with the web site and ensure that it is kept up to date.
  • Monitor the facebook group and ensure it is relevant.
  • To produce electronic newsletters for all members.
  • To deal with any correspondence as required.

Name: Vacant

Welfare Officer

  • To deal with all claims of hardship, poverty, illness which are reported to the CGA and decide if claim is warranted and falls within the charity commission rules.
  • The contact for bereaved families, and send condolences on behalf of the Coastguard Association.
  • The contact those who require the assistance of the Coastguard Association in the form of grants and loans.

Name: Paul Davig

Central Branch Secretary

  • Receive and report to the Committee all applications for membership, the current numbers of members and any other related matters he considers should be brought to the Committees attention
  • Name: Dave Isley

Public Relations / Communications (Co-opted role)

  • To develop and maintain a positive image for all CGA communications, products & Services
  • To develop and maintain relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • To improve communications with existing and potential CGA members & stakeholders
  • To promote news of CGA successes
  • To manage the CGA website & social media

Name: Peter Brown


Our trustees as to be published on the Charity Commission Web Site are: