The NMOC Football Team looking resplendent in the CGA Football Kit!
We have now entered into the English Football Associations Peoples Cup and have our first qualifying match on Sunday 26th February where we will be wearing the Kit and promoting the Coastguard Association. We are also looking at entering the Civil Service Sports Club Games 2017 based up at Loughbrough University to again represent both HM Coastguard and the Coastguard Association.
I have attached a picture of us all after the football match against HQ (beat them 5-1!) looking very jubilant. Kind Regards and Many Thanks – Daniel Winter
The 2017 contingent for Remembrance Sunday seem happy that the standing and parading is finally over, and didn’t they do the service proud!
So much really good operational, prevention and fundraising work is done around the coast and then captured on Smartphones or cameras. If you have a great photo with a Coastguard theme why don’t you share with us at
Who knows, it might become our photo of the month! Remember though, every penny helps and we do thank you for all your efforts….
An unusual backdrop of a Coastguard helicopter was chosen for a major cheque presentation which took place on Wednesday 28 September 2016 at Bembridge Airport, Isle of Wight.
The magnificent sum of £35,000 was raised by Tesco and the tireless efforts of Leanda and Neil Riley, the parents of Betsy Rose Riley who lost her fight for life at Southampton General Hospital in March this year.
Born 15 weeks prematurely and suffering from a rare condition, Betsy Rose lived for just 52 heartbreaking days. During this time Leanda and Neil Riley from the Isle of Wight were able to have free ‘home away from home’ accommodation nearby at Ronald McDonald House Southampton.
Betsy Road Riley cheque presentation for the four charities benefitting from a summer of fundraising by the Riley family, particularly a Betsy Rose Ramble and in-store fundraising in July by Tesco staff, are Southampton Hospital Charity, The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the Coastguard Association and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Betsy’s mum, Leanda Riley, says: “We wanted to raise as much money as possible for these charities as they are so close to our hearts after helping us care for our daughter. The time we spent with Betsy Rose will always be the most treasured time of our lives and we owe so many thanks to everyone who help us and enabled us to have our special moments with her.”
Judith Stephens, Events and Community Fundraiser at Southampton Hospital Charity, says: “We are so thankful to the Riley family and Tesco stores for raising around £9,000 for the neonatal unit in Southampton. The walk was an incredible collaboration between all four charities, and was very successful in promoting each cause.”
The total raised was divided between the 4 charities and CGA Chairman Stuart Arundel and members from Ventnor Coastguards were on hand to receive a cheque on behalf of the Association and to express thanks for the fantastic efforts of everyone involved.
During the final week of the Spring Term, Year 4 at St. Laurence in Thanet Junior Academy embarked on an ambitious fun-filled day, raising money and awareness for The Coastguard Association. The children had been inspired by a visit from Mike and Stuart, both volunteers with the HM Coastguard, where they learnt about the work of the Coastguard to keep us safe around the coastline of Thanet. They were determined to show that they could make a difference for such an important cause.
Working together, the children planned a variety of activities including a sponsored fun run, Easter egg trail, a fair, which included games and stalls. There was also a raffle, where the children wrote letters explaining what they were doing to local businesses, asking for their support in any way possible. There were many generous contributions, not only from parents and friends, but also from; Wildwood, Tesco, Waitrose, Bugsy Bowling, Quex Paintballing and McDonalds.
Mrs Palmer, Head Teacher from St. Laurence said, “This was a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn about the Coastguard and all the wonderful work they do. I was really impressed with their fundraising and proud of the amount of money they raised.”
Reuben (Year 4) spoke about how proud the class felt having raised money for such an important cause. An impressive total of £500 was raised by the children and they were eager to present this cheque to Mike and Stuart. All the children agreed that this had been a fantastic project and had helped raise both a better awareness to the valuable work of HM Coastguard, and an increased understanding of how to stay safe near water.
Mike Emptage said “The reason we got involved is because I am a CRO at Margate and try to promote sea safety as much as possible in my local area and through a friend was asked to go and see the children and talk about sea safety and what our job is all about.”
“We spent an afternoon firstly giving a talk to the whole school and then speaking to Year 4 who were doing the project, we dressed them up as Coastguards and talked about the uniform and the types of jobs that we do. On returning a week later the children had produced posters about staying safe at the beach and what to do in an emergency. the work was of an excellent standard and you could clearly see that the children had really enjoyed what they were doing and also it was clear to see that they had learnt a great deal from the visit.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Concert / Play / Musical Evening
Trivia Quiz – Pop / Sport / General Knowledge / etc.
Car Boot Sale
It’s a Knock Out
Five / seven a side football / rugby / hockey / etc.
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.
Work notice boards
Announced at briefings
Word of mouth
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
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.