How to make the most of your raffle

Holding a Gift of Time raffle this Christmas is quick, easy and so worthwhile. Your staff will really appreciate the chance to win an extra day off and the money you raise will make a big difference to people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

If you've already signed up, we’ve put together a quick step-by-step guide to help you make the most of your raffle and cement your position as the world’s best boss.

Pick a dateStep one: Pick a date

We recommend holding your raffle at your staff Christmas party. This way you can ensure there will be plenty of people there to buy tickets and you can create a buzz and sell tickets leading up to the big day.

You can, of course, choose another day if that doesn’t work for you or your staff.


Build a buzzStep two: Build a buzz

However you communicate with your staff – whether by email, face to face or on the phone – make sure everyone knows about the raffle, when it will take place, how to take part and what a great cause their money is going to.

Download Gift of Time posters from our resources page and put them up in prominent places around your workplace so everyone knows what a great prize is on offer and the difference they can make.


Get everyone involved Step three: Get everyone involved

We suggest selling each ticket at £5. It’s easiest to use traditional raffle tickets (called cloakroom tickets) – these are sold widely in newsagents, stationery shops and supermarkets.

Make sure you use every opportunity to encourage staff to get involved. You could appoint a Gift of Time ambassador to promote the raffle ahead of the draw and let people know how to take part.


Send in your moneyStep four: Sending in your money

Once the raffle is over take a moment to bask in the glory of a job well done. Then tot up your total and send us your money by completing our donation form. Alternatively, you can make a payment over the phone or by BACS.

Visit our Sending in your money page for full details on how to pay in the money you raise.


Keeping it legal

Gift of Time is a fun way to raise money for Marie Curie but there are some criteria that you must follow to ensure your raffle is legal.

  • Tickets must all be the same price, with no special discounts (eg buy four for the price of three).
  • Tickets must only be sold on the premises and at the event on the day of the raffle.
  • Your winner(s) must be picked on the day by chance and announced on the day of the raffle.
  • Administrative and stationary expenses of up to £100 can be deducted from the proceeds raised but must be accounted for.
  • All proceeds must be sent to the charity.

Please visit gamblingcommission.gov.uk   for more information.

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