Fundraising yourself

Being disabled or caring for a disabled person can cost on average an extra £583 a month. To cover some of these extra costs of disability, make sure you apply for disability benefits.

Check your benefits

Yet there may be special equipment or treatments that are not covered by benefits or social care payments. If this is the case, you may be able to apply for specific grants or charitable funding.

Search for grants

If you are unsuccessful in an application or want to try an alternative, you might consider your own fundraising.

Fundraising: things to consider

Sharing your story

A strong story helps make fundraising successful. But are you ready to share your personal life with the general public? Make sure you are comfortable with this before starting fundraising.

Getting help

You may choose to appoint a chair, treasurer and secretary. Clarify your aims and objectives, so everyone is clear on responsibility. You will feel more credible when talking about your cause.

Opening a specific bank account

Open a specific bank account with a relevant name (such as "John's Wheelchair Fund"). Aim to have 2 people who must sign to withdraw money. Keep accounts of all income and outgoings so that you can show how you have spent the money if asked.

Laws and regulations relating to fundraising

There are many ways you can raise funds. It’s important to understand the law and regulations in these areas before you begin. If in doubt, seek professional advice.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way to fund something specific.

UK Crowdfunding Association

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