Fundraising FAQ’s

If you’ve got a question for our fundraising team, check here first – there may be the answer! If you don’t see the questions you need to ask below, then call our fundraising team on 01444 416176 or email [email protected].

We’re delighted that you want to want to fundraise for us!  From taking part in an event to dress down days or organising a Big GBSS Bake Sale there should be something for everyone to get involved and have fun.  Download your fundraising guide today!

Once you’ve got a fundraising idea, register your event and tell us about it. Our Fundraising team are here to make whatever you are doing a success.

We are also on hand to answer any questions you may have, email [email protected] or call 01444 416176.

Create your own Group B Strep Support fundraising page. This allows you to raise money both online and offline, takes payments via credit or debit card, and you can set up a special text-to-donate code for your event. It’s very easy to email your friends with the URL so they can donate safely online. You can then track the total raised as it grows. Credit/debit card and text donations are sent straight to us, so there’s no hassle your end or our end. It’s easy for everyone.

Start fundraising with JustGiving

You can also can download our sponsorship form and don’t forget to share your link on Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn

Register your event today!

We prefer you to use JustGiving. The site makes fundraising simple, fast, effective and fun. If you would prefer to use another provider please speak to us so we can ensure we’ll be able to recognise your fundraising efforts.

Group B Strep Support name and logo are extremely important to us. If you want to use our logo on your own promotional materials, please contact us first so we can advise you on using our branding and supply you with high resolution logo files.

If you are not using the GBSS logo on your materials, please state:
Raising funds in aid of Group B Strep Support. Registered charity number 1112065 (England and Wales)

We like to show our appreciation to those who fundraise for us, so we offer one of our fabulous T-shirts to each fundraiser who pledges to raise £100. You can also order t-shirts from our online shop. To help ensure your event is a success, we can send you some of our fundraising materials, including:

  • Balloons
  • Stickers
  • Collecting can or buckets
  • Posters
  • Leaflets
  • Flags

One you have registered your event we will be in touch and you will be given the option to order any of the resources above to support your fundraising.

Yes, of course. Not only are you raising vital funds for the charity, you are providing valuable awareness of  group B Strep infections in newborn babies. We are happy to provide you with some leaflets to hand out. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] or on 01444 416176.

We are sorry, but we aren’t able to promote individual’s fundraising events on Facebook, though we are happy to re-tweet any link you post on Twitter if you include @GBSSupport. We will also be very happy to share your event after the occasion on our social media platforms to celebrate your fundraising success.

Don’t forget when spreading the news about your fundraising efforts to use our hashtag #TeamGBSS

It will be dependent on the location.  Please let us know when you register your event and we will do our best to send someone along. If there’s no one available to attend, we can always share our presentation with you.

If you set up an online fundraising page, your donors will be prompted to fill in the Gift Aid details on their individual donation.

If your donors or sponsors are UK taxpayers, don’t forget to ask them to Gift Aid their donations. Please have a look at our FAQ’s on GiftAid.  By adding Gift Aid, we can make 25p for every £1 given. This means even more money goes towards saving babies’ lives – and it doesn’t cost you or your supporters a penny.

You are amazing.  Our fundraisers are absolutely vital as they provide the funds we need to continue educating families and health professionals to prevent devastating infections in babies. Without people like you, we couldn’t continue our work to protect babies – thank you.

There are several ways you can pay any sponsorship money to Group B Strep Support, please see the details below and don’t forget to let us know when and how you made the donation so we can be sure to let you know it arrived safely:-

Online:                        Pay your money in online.  Please note if you have set up a JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving page then you don’t need to do anything. JustGiving sends us the money that people have donated.

Over the phone:        You can pay in your sponsorship money over the phone by using your debit or credit card by calling 01444 416176 (Monday-Friday 9:15am-3:00pm).

At a Bank:                  Please get in touch with us on 01444 416176 or by emailing [email protected] if you would like to make a direct transfer or pay in person at  your local HSBC bank.

By post:                      Simple make your cheque payable to ‘Group B Strep Support’ and send it to:

Group B Strep Support, PO Box 203, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1GF.

Please don’t send cash in the post.

Please do share what’s worked for you and how you’ve found the fundraising. It would be great if you can send us a write up and some pictures we can share on our social media sites and website. E-mail [email protected]

Yes of course! As soon as we have received the sponsorship raised from the event we are happy to e-mail you a certificate of thanks.  Printed and additional copies of certificates are available on request by sending an email to [email protected] after you’ve paid in your fundraising.

Balloon and sky lantern releases into the sky can have negative impacts on the environment and wildlife.

Balloon releases and sky lantern releases held out in the open can:

  • cause litter from fallen, deflated materials, including balloons, ribbons, plastic fasteners and frames of sky lanterns. Even the ‘biodegradable’ balloons cause ugly litter, and the biodegradable balloon material takes at least several months and often years to degrade fully (and plastic ribbons and fasteners don’t).
  • cause harm to wildlife and domestic animals that can be life-threatening. Birds, small mammals, and sea life can mistake balloons for food and are injured or die when they eat them. Animals can get themselves trapped in ribbons from balloons, sometimes causing strangling or bound wings or limbs.
  • are, in the case of balloons, a waste of helium, a finite resource, which is needed for machines such as MRI scanners.
  • cause, in the case of sky lanterns, a fire hazard and for both can damage overhead power and other cables.

We at GBSS do not encourage outdoor balloon or sky lantern releases and are keen to find safe and environmentally friendly alternatives.

Alternatives you might like to consider include:

  • Blowing bubbles
  • Carrying streamers
  • Floating flowers or petals
  • Lighting candles
  • Organising a kite fly
  • Painting rocks with a name, plus the charity’s website address
  • Plant in remembrance (bulbs, a garden, herbs, a tree, wildflowers)
  • Virtual balloon release
  • Wildflower seed bombs
  • Word people (use people to make a heart shape or letters & share the images/videos)