Fundraise in your school or college | Action Medical Research

Fundraise in your school or college

Thank you for fundraising for Action Medical Research.

Every pound raised makes a difference to the work we can do.The research that we fund changes and saves children’s lives.

This page has resources and advice to help you.

Do you need ideas? 

We have more than 60 fun ideas for fundraising in school and at home in our a-z booklet.

These resources will help your fundraising

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Keeping it safe and legal

We want your fundraising to be great fun but please ensure that whatever you and your helpers do is both safe and legal. Here are a few tips but make sure your
teachers /parent/guardians know what you are planning and don’t hesitate to call us if you need further advice.


For small raffles that are part of a bigger event, you do not need a licence as long as you sell tickets at the event and have prizes drawn at the event (but no cash prizes). Tickets must not be sold by anyone under the age of 16.

Licences and insurance

You may need a licence or permit (or depending on your event, your school may already have arranged this). It is required for copyright and royalties for drama performances, music, sale of alcohol and charity collections in public places.

Action Medical Research cannot accept any responsibility for your event, nor anyone that participates in it. We strongly recommend that you have adequate insurance in place. Most venues and schools have Public Liability Insurance in place to cover events but please check that any liabilities to the public are covered. 

Health and safety

Advice varies depending on the event you are planning. You must think about potential risks involved and how to prevent problems arising. Do you need a qualified first-aider present or is it enough to just have a first aid box? Do not obstruct fire escapes and make sure entrances are kept clear.  If you are using food in your fundraising make sure you follow basic hygiene and food preparation guidelines. When you are handling money make sure your money is kept in a safe place and that it is banked as soon as possible.

There are some more important tips on the Institute of Fundraising website

Sending us the money you have raised

Payment by post:  Fill in the payment information form on our website and send us a cheque payable to Action Medical Research. Write your name, your school’s name and address on the back and send to Action Medical Research, Freepost CY 252 (Schools), Vincent House, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2DP

Payment online:  Go to

Payment at a bank:  Phone us on 01403 210406 and request a paying in slip for schools, then visit any Nat West Bank.

Tell us about your fundraising

We really want to know what you did. Please tell us and if you can, send a photo so we can share it with other schools. Email


We can send you 50-100 stickers of Paddington Bear, our charity mascot. Please email and say how many you’d like.  

For younger children

Nurseries and schools with younger students can set up a Bring your Bear day and enjoy a fun filled day of Paddington Bear related activities.

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