Hold your own event!

Each year, our amazing volunteers organise unique and inspiring fundraising events all over the country.

But, if you can’t find anything that suits you, why not hold your own event and put your idea of fun into fundraising?

If you need a little help with inspiration (and how to keep things legal and above board!) we’ve created a handy guide with lots of ideas and advice to get you started. We’ve also included some simple to follow instructions and a handy checklist.


Whether you organise a one-off event or give your time regularly, thank you very much for your support. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Get inspired!

Check out some of our most recent events to get those creative juices flowing.

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How to organise a great event

  1. Choose a date and venue.  Will you hold your activity at home, at the office, in the garden, or somewhere a little different? Think about what time of the year is best and find out what else is going on in the local area
  2. Plan your theme. Take a look at our A-Z of fundraising or why not plan something completely original
  3. Keep it legal. By law, there are some steps you have to follow if inviting the public to an event. We can help advise you on this
  4. Set your fundraising target. Set your donation or entry fee for the event and plan some fundraising activities such as tombolas, raffles and auctions to raise even more money
  5. Invite your guests. The more guests you have, the more you can raise for The Somerville Foundation! E-mail, phone and send out the details of your event to all your friends, family and colleagues
  6. Promote your event. Put up posters in your local area or contact local papers for coverage if you want even more people to join you
  7. Get some help. Ask local shops, pubs and restaurants to donate prizes or display posters. Friends, family and colleagues will often enjoy helping out, donating or sharing ideas
  8. Collect donations from your guests. Ask your guests to agree to Gift Aid on your sponsorship form. This will enable us to claim an extra 25% on every pound raised at no extra cost to you or the person making the donation
  9. Thank your guests. Everyone who comes to your event will be making a difference to people living with CHD, so let them know how much they have helped to raise.
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Why organise an event?

Because we need you to!

  • Events get you out and about, meeting new people and taking part in your local community
  • Fundraising events are a great way to have fun and make friends
  • Through events you can make a valued contribution to The Somerville Foundation
  • It can be easy to organise an event if you keep it really simple. There’s an approach to suit every lifestyle and schedule.

Your contribution makes an incredible difference to people’s lives.

Download our handy guide for some great fundraising event ideas and advice!

Other ways to help.


With your help, we’ve helped fund new and improved treatments for congenital heart disease. we opened the UK’s first dedicated Congenital Heart Research Centre. we’ve organised receptions at the House of Lords and House of Commons, a film première, concerts, parachute jumps, marathon runs, annual sponsored walks and masquerade balls. we ensure that adult CHD patients enjoy access to every opportunity, are free from discrimination, and are fully supported throughout their lives. we’ve staged annual conferences, regional patient information days and workshops throughout the UK. we’ve published a range of leaflets for CHD patients on a wide-range of topics. we’ve launched a Freephone patient helpline to provide practical advice, a listening ear, and emotional reassurance at times of stress. we’ve created online networks where congenital heart patients can connect with each other. we successfully applied for a Comic Relief grant to help develop mental health support services. we’ve contributed to adult congenital heart disease nurse training days and taken part in various study days and conferences for medical and health professionals. we’ve established a benevolent fund for members who are in financial hardship. we’ve organised residential weekends and outward bound holidays for teenagers and adults, providing congenital heart patients with the opportunity to meet and gain support from each other.

Just think what else we could do if you donate, fundraise or volunteer for us.


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