Fundraising FAQs

We know that fundraising comes in all different shapes and sizes, and we want to make sure we give you the best support possible. Whether you’re looking for a charity place for a sponsored challenge, planning your own idea, or are looking to fundraise for us using your own place in an event, let us know! That way we can provide tailored advice and support for your activity.

Thinking of planning your own event, from cakes sales, dining in the dark events, talent shows or fun days? Take a look at our do your own fundraising section to download our fundraising pack, register your event and get some more ideas including celebrating your birthday and raising money as you shop online.

Considering taking on a challenge for Retina UK? With everything from local fun runs to the London Marathon, walks and treks, cycling challenges, skydives and more visit our events section for details on each fundraising challenge.

If you already have your own place in a challenge event, just get in touch to let us know. Email us at fundraising@RetinaUK.org.uk or give us a call on 01280 815900.

However you choose to fundraise for Retina UK our friendly fundraising team will be on hand to help. We’re so grateful to anyone who supports Retina UK and we’ll do all that we can to support you to reach your fundraising goal. You’ll get top tips specific to your plans; access to suitable materials to help such as a Retina UK t-shirt, running vest, collection tins, buckets, banners and sim specs; and can opt in to receive our monthly newsletter. We’re always looking for new ways to help you, our latest support is our brand new Strava club for our runners. We’ll keep looking for new ways to offer support so that all of our fundraisers have the very best experience!

Our vision is a world where everyone with inherited sight loss is able to live a fulfilling life. By stimulating and funding medical research, we increase the understanding of inherited retinal conditions and accelerate the search for treatments for the future.

The information and support we provide helps people lead better lives, today. We ensure no-one with inherited sight loss need feel alone.

All the money raised will help us to achieve our vision. Find out more about what we do.

There are a few different ways to pay in your fundraising money, and it’s entirely up to you which you choose:

  • Call us on 01280 815900 to pay in your fundraising by debit or credit card.
  • Donate online through our website here.
  • Post a cheque made out to Retina UK, writing your name and any additional details on the back of the cheque, to:

Retina UK
Wharf House
Stratford Road
Buckingham
MK18 1TD

  • Send a bank transfer using the following account details:

Retina UK
Bank Account Number: 00202520
Sort code: 30-18-83
Reference: Your name

If you are using an online platform such as JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving or Facebook the money raised will come to us automatically.

If you have fundraised using a sponsor form, don’t forget to post this to us so that we can claim for the Gift Aid. You can post this to Retina UK, Wharf House, Stratford Road, Buckingham MK18 1TD.

Online fundraising pages are a fantastic way to tell your story, share updates, and keep track of the money you have raised. There are a few different platforms you can use, including JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving and Facebook.

JustGiving

  • To get started, visit our charity page and click ‘fundraise for us’.
  • If you’re less familiar with JustGiving you may find this step-by-step guide helpful.

Virgin Money Giving

  • Visit our charity page and click ‘start fundraising’.
  • If you’re less familiar with Virgin Money Giving you may find this step-by-step guide helpful.

Facebook

  • Click this link to begin creating your own Facebook Fundraising page for Retina UK (you’ll need to be logged into Facebook on your browser)
  • If you’re less familiar with Facebook Fundraising you may find this step-by-step guide helpful.

Definitely! We offer Retina UK branded materials which are great for fundraising events.

Our materials packs include:

  • Retina UK T-Shirt/running vest
  • Retina UK leaflets
  • Sim Specs
  • Retina UK banner (for large fundraising events)

If you would like one of these then please get in touch with fundraising@RetinaUK.org.uk or call the office on 01280 815900.

Absolutely! We have both collection tins and buckets available.

If you would like to order a collection can or bucket, please complete the request form here. Please note, we are only able to offer a maximum of five collection cans and two buckets and you must be registered with us in order to receive these.

Before holding a collection, you may want to read up on these guidelines here to make sure everything is above board.

Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff are working remotely with limited access to our office. This, combined with the pressures faced by the Royal Mail, unfortunately means that fundraising materials will take longer to reach you. It is likely that your materials may take around 10 days to reach you. If you need your materials sooner, please get in touch with the fundraising team by emailing fundraising@RetinaUK.org.uk and we will do our best to get the materials to you sooner.

You might find you don’t want your top after all or maybe it doesn’t quite fit. If that’s the case you can return it to us or exchange it for a different size.

Please return your unworn t-shirt or running vest to:

Retina UK
Wharf House
Stratford Road
Buckingham
MK18 1TD

Please include your name, address and, if you would like to exchange it, please state the size you would like, and our fundraising team will sort this all out for you.

Gift Aid is an arrangement that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donations will be worth 25% more at no extra cost to you!

Whether you pay online, by phone or post please make sure that you send all your filled-out sponsorship forms to Retina UK. If we don’t receive your forms, Retina UK won’t be able to claim Gift Aid.

Online fundraising pages such as Just Giving and Virgin Money Giving collect Gift Aid for us automatically.

Under UK law, certain donations are not eligible for Gift Aid. If your donation falls into any of the following categories, Gift Aid shouldn’t be claimed:

  • Donations made by anyone who is not a UK taxpayer.*
  • Donations made on behalf of someone else or a group of people – for example, you collect money from your friends and family and then made a bulk donation.  Even if they are UK taxpayers, the donation is not eligible. HMRC needs a Gift Aid declaration from each of the donors contributing to the collection.
  • Donations made in return for something. For example, you are making a donation in return for a ticket to attend an event, most purchases of goods at an auction, a cake sale donation, or buying a raffle ticket.
  • Donations made on behalf of a company (however, the company can claim tax relief on the donation when donating directly to the charity).

*NOTE if you are either not a UK taxpayer, or if you pay less income tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount claimed on all your donations, HMRC may require you to pay the difference, minimising risk.

If you have any questions at all about Gift Aid and your fundraising plans, please do contact our team by emailing fundraising@RetinaUK.org.uk or calling 01280 815900.

Unfortunately, as we are a very small team and do get asked to lots of events, it isn’t usually possible for us to attend these, as much as we would love to. If this is something that is really important to you for your fundraising, then we would suggest getting in touch with the Retina UK team on 01280 815900 or by emailing fundraising@RetinaUK.org.uk.

For the Virgin Money London Marathon, we hold a post-race reception. You can find out more about running this event for Retina UK here.

We love to share your fundraising stories and to celebrate the success you’ve had. We can typically share a short piece of text about the fundraising you’ve taken on or have coming up and why you’ve decided to support Retina UK. We find that these stories can encourage other people to take on their own fundraising and so really help to support Retina UK even further. It is unlikely that these posts would lead to extra donations to your fundraising and we have to be mindful of how often we ask our social media followers to donate, and so we may not always be able to include your fundraising page link as part of the post.

If you’re interested in sharing your story, let our team know when they’re in touch about your fundraising. Don’t forget to take a photo or ask a family member or friend to take one for you whilst you’re fundraising so that we can include this alongside.

If you’d like to use our logo as part of your fundraising for publicity or in any other way, please contact our fundraising team on 01280 815900 or email fundraising@RetinaUK.org.uk and we will be in touch.