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Running your support group

Raising funds to run your group

Your group needs money to cover basic running costs.

Every group is different, but you'll probably need to pay for things like room hire and refreshments like tea, coffee, milk and biscuits.

Ask your group support officer for a full list of things you can buy to run your group.

Things to do at group meetings

Table sales

  • Cake table
  • Tombola
  • Garden plant sale
  • Book sale
  • Football cards


Raffles are a great way to raise money. The easiest way is to run a raffle with cloakroom tickets. You should sell tickets and draw winners on the same day.

If you're not drawing winners on the same day, you'll need to get a lottery licence from your local council. Check out our fundraising guide for more information.

Local groups or companies

Many groups and companies are happy to support local good causes, but you need to make them aware of your group.

Offering to speak at a Rotary club meeting, and asking whether the club could support you, is a good idea. Some companies offer their employees a matched funding option if they get involved with a local charity, or run a charity of the year scheme.

Friends and family

Your group members members will have friends and family who may like to fundraise for the group and Asthma + Lung UK by organising an event or taking part in a sponsored activity.

Get in touch with your group support officer for more advice on fundraising events.

Whatever you decide to do to raise money to cover the cost of running the group, remember to keep it simple.

Make sure that group members don't feel they have to take part in your fundraising each time they attend a meeting – everyone’s financial circumstances are different. Some members may be more comfortable contributing a prize or by baking a cake etc.

Get in touch with your group support officer for more help with raising funds.