Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport

We rely on people from all walks of life to help us raise money. Without them, we wouldn't be able to fund our work and develop new ways to support young people affected by catastrophic injury.

Giving up a little bit of your time to raise some money for the Matt Hampson Foundation can be rewarding and in this section, we've got some fundraising ideas and advice on how to bring in the money in the best way possible. Remember, it doesn't matter how much you raise. No matter how much you raise, from a few pounds to a few thousand, your fund-raising will help us to change the lives of young people affected by a catastrophic injury through sport. We've made a list of fund-raising ideas, this is by no means exhaustive but it might give you inspiration, however before you start there are a few tips and some advice which might also help.

Make the most of the internet and email and the social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, they are excellent for spreading the word about an event to friends and friends' friends. Emails to family, friends and work colleagues about your fundraiser are also an effective way of communicating or if you've got the time, individual emails to people you know asking them to sponsor you and/or attend your event. Work with the local media - If you're holding an event and you really want to get a lot of people involved with it, tell your local media all about it. Get in touch with local newspapers or try and get local radio and television stations interested. Why not use our justgiving or charity giving pages for your donation or set up a page yourself. It's a really easy way for people to sponsor you and add Gift Aid to their sponsorship.

We love it. Why? Because for every £1 people sponsor you, we can claim an extra 25p back from the Government. So, really encourage your family, friends and colleagues to beef up all of their sponsorship money by adding Gift Aid to it.