Keeping your fundraising safe and legal

If you’re holding an event in a public place, you must get permission first, either from the local authority or the property owner.

Of course we want you to have lots of fun when fundraising for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, but it’s also very important you keep everything safe and legal.


Some things require a licence, such as:

  • alcohol or entertainment, including recorded music
  • certain types of raffles, lotteries or auctions
  • public collections
  • putting up banners or signs in public areas
  • Please contact your local authority to check which licences you will need.

    If you’re organising a raffle, please read detailed information at


    Please remember that although we’re here to help you organise and plan, you are responsible for your activity or event and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is unable to accept liability.

    This is why we would recommend you take out public liability insurance for events such as sponsored walks, family fun days or sports events.

    If you are holding your event at a specific venue, check if their insurance covers your activities.

    Don’t forget to ask your local authority whether or not you need to obtain any special licences for your event too.

    First aid

    If you are holding an event involving a large number of people it’s a good idea to have first aid support.

    You can get advice from St John Ambulance or the Red Cross.

    Food hygiene

    Whether you’re selling cupcakes or putting on a BBQ, food safety laws will apply.

    Check with the Food Standards Agency at for more information, just to be safe.