Setting up a Supporter Group

Our team are here to guide you through the process of setting up a Supporter Group and to provide you with as much support as you feel you need. We provide a full support system and materials to help you raise the most money and have the biggest impact.

Please take your time to read through our 'What is a Supporter Group' page and our Supporter Group FAQs. If you are interested in ongoing fundraising with The Brain Tumour Charity and this seems the right step for you then we'd love to hear from you. Please do get in touch with our Supporter Groups team who will chat you through everything in more detail, you can call 01252 749043 or email supportergroups@thebraintumourcharity.org.

What we provide

  • A personalised fund logo, showing the name of your loved one
  • Printed materials for use at your fundraising and awareness raising activities
  • A toolkit of fundraising items including t-shirts, balloons, stickers, collection tins and much more
  • A written toolkit full of how-to guides and helpful advice
  • Quarterly fund statement so you can keep a track of your fundraising to date
  • Annual research updates in the area of your choice (paediatric research, high grade research, our Centres of Excellence programme or our HeadSmart campaign)
  • A dedicated Facebook group so you can share ideas with other groups, and ask questions
  • Invites to special events, lab tours and organised Supporter Group Days
  • Specialist support from our dedicated Supporter Group team

FAQs

Why should I set up a Supporter Group with The Brain Tumour Charity?

We are the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity, funding pioneering research to improve survival rates and reduce the harm caused by brain tumours. By coming together we dedicate even more funds to this research, all of which is subject to a stringent peer review process so you can be confident we are funding only the most promising projects. By becoming a Supporter Group, you have all the benefits of being your own charity (the name), but without the administrative hassles. 100% of your fundraising will be directed into your chosen area of research and we will not use a single penny of Supporter Group fundraising for administrative or governance costs. We deal with all the legal stuff, sort out your banking and keep you updated on the total amount you have raised and we also handle Gift Aid.

Who decides where funds raised by my group will be spent?

All the funds you raise as a Supporter Group will be spent on furthering our charitable objectives of funding research, providing information & support, raising awareness and influencing policy. We do not use the funds raised by our Supporter Groups to cover general office costs or fundraising costs.

Once you have raised over £10,000 you will be able to nominate the money to be designated to one or more specific areas of our work, such as research into paediatric high grade tumours. Your funds will then be spent on research projects in this area that have been agreed through our stringent peer review process.

How much do I need to raise?

We will talk to you about your fundraising goals and ambitions and help you set an income target on a year by year basis. As a general rule our groups raise between £10,000 and £50,000 each year, with the highest income in the first two to three years.

We know that our Supporter Groups are set up for very personal reasons often in difficult circumstances. Most groups set targets because they find them useful to focus their efforts and also tell people when fundraising what their ambitions are. We will give you as much support and encouragement as you want to help you reach your target, but if you do fall short, please don't worry – we won't disband you, or tell you off - every penny you raise will help us make a difference in the future.

Can I take a break from fundraising?

Of course. We recognise that everyone's situation changes and that you may not always have the time to dedicate to fundraising and organising events.We will also help you to set up easy ways to raise funds so that even if you want to take a break your fund is still growing.

How will I know how much I've raised?

We will send you quarterly fund statements by post so you can keep a track of your fundraising. You will also see a running total on your Supporter Group's web page should you choose to have one.

How will I know about the impact of the fund I have raised?

We send out annual research updates, on the area you have chosen to fund. You will also be kept up to date with any breakthroughs and news as they happen through our social media and e-news.

What support will you give me?

We want to give you as much support as you feel you need. Our Supporter Groups team, are there at the end of the phone or email for any questions you might have and to give you support for your fundraising and events.

In addition to the Supporter Groups team, other members of The Brain Tumour Charity team are available to help you raise the most money possible, for example our communications team can provide advice and support with getting your events publicised and handling the media or designing a flyer/advert.

We recognise that many Groups are set up in difficult circumstances or if you're living with a brain tumour you might have questions and need information about what you're going through. Our professional and compassionate Information & Support Team are there for anyone associated with our Groups (0808 800 0004 / support@thebraintumourcharity.org).