How to Start a Charity to Raise Funds to Fight Cancer


Many people who have been affected by cancer in some way find that they have a desire to fund cancer research or care for cancer patients. For many, it’s a way to give something back to show appreciation for the help that they received when they were suffering. It can be difficult to know where to get started though, here is a helpful guide to getting your charity up and running.

The Legal Stuff

So, the first thing you need is a board of trustees, you will need at least 3. Agree on roles between you, you will need a Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer. You will then need to choose a name for your charity and create a Governing Document which describes how your charity will be run. You won’t need to register your charity with the Inland Revenue so long as your income doesn’t surpass £5000 per year.

Organise Events

Once you’re set up you then need to think about ways to raise money. A good way to get started is to organise an event, they are great ways to introduce others to your charity and get your name out there. You could host a murder mystery evening or a fun day, the only limit is your imagination. A popular theme for events is poker, it always seems to draw in the crowds. You could organise a poker run where participants have to race around your town collecting poker hands or perhaps a poker tournament. You might want to brush up on your skills just to ensure you know your royal flush from your three of a kind but the money you can make will be worth it.

Decide what to do with your Funds

This should be part of your Governing Document but once you’ve raised funds you need to think about what you are going to do with them. Will you support existing cancer research work for example or help families that are struggling with a cancer diagnosis? Decide what you want to support and make sure that the money you have worked hard to raise goes exactly where you want it to.