FAQs

If you've got any questions about hosting your Gift of Time raffle, then you've come to the right place. We've got answers to the most common questions we receive, from when to hold your raffle to where to get your raffle tickets.

Do I have to hold my raffle on a particular date?

You can hold your raffle at any time between now and Christmas. We recommend that you hold your raffle at your Christmas party if you are organising one, as everyone will be all together and it will add extra buzz to your celebrations.

Can I choose when the winner is allowed to take their extra day off?

When they take their day off is completely up to you. We recommend offering as much flexibility as possible (for example, any time before April) as that will make the prize more appealing and you will be able to sell more tickets.

Can I offer more than one day off as prizes?

Of course! The more extra days off you are able to offer, the more money you will be able to raise towards Marie Curie nursing care this Christmas.

Can I offer other prizes in the same raffle?

If you have other prizes, this can be a great way to appeal to as many people as possible. UK gambling law also states that you can purchase prizes up to the value of £500 and deduct these costs from the proceeds of the raffle. But remember, the more you deduct from the total proceeds, the less money you will raise for Marie Curie nursing care this Christmas.  

How much should I charge for raffle tickets?

We suggest that you sell tickets for £5, as this is a reasonable amount for such a great prize. But if you want to charge more or less, that is completely up to you.

Where do I get my raffle tickets?

Books of standard raffle tickets are available at most newsagents for less than £1. Alternatively, if you are feeling creative you could make your own. UK gambling law states that you can deduct up to £100 in expenses from the proceeds of your raffle for things like printing tickets or posters to go up in your workplace.

Can I sell my raffle tickets online?

We are trialling an online raffle with some of the companies taking part in Gift of Time, but due to the administrative costs of using this system there are only a limited number of spaces available for this. If you have lots of different locations and think you will raise more money online, please email giftoftime@mariecurie.org.uk for more information . Alternatively, our online fundraising partner JustGiving has a solution of how to run a raffle online  .

I’m in Northern Ireland and it says I can’t sign up, can I still get involved?

Unfortunately the raffle laws in Northern Ireland are slightly different to those in the rest of the UK. For this reason we are not allowed to promote this campaign there. If you would like to find out more about workplace lotteries in Northern Ireland or would like to do some different Christmas fundraising, contact your local fundraising office and they will be very happy to help.

Can I have your logo to make my own raffle tickets?

No problem at all. Use this link to download our logo.

How do I send you the money I have raised?

Simply download our donation form for details of how to post us a cheque, pay over the phone or pay directly via BACS.

We have more than one office, do I have to run separate raffles?

This is up to you. You can either register each office as a separate raffle, or you can run them all from your office and send us all of the money together once it has been collected.

We are also trialling an online raffle with some of the companies taking part in Gift of Time, but due to the administrative costs of using this system there are only a limited number of spaces available for this. If you have lots of different locations and think you will raise more money online, please email giftoftime@mariecurie.org.uk for more information.

How do I make sure my raffle is legal?

Fundraising raffles in the workplace are common and very easy to run. In legal terms, your raffle will be an 'incidental non-commercial lottery' which does not require a license. Find out more on the Gambling Commission website  .

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