Publicise your event

Top tips to help you get the word out about your fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Contacting your local press

Holding an event for us? Contact your local press to get the word out and get your community involved.

It's easy to get the word out with our top tips on getting your fundraising to hit the headlines.

You can also download our press release – all you need to do is add the details of your event.

Social networking

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have revolutionised the way people fundraise and we're big fans!

Remember – the people most likely to donate are your friends, so social media is a great place to start publicising what you’re doing.

Facebook

Facebook is the best way to keep everyone in the loop about your fundraising, and brings in more visits to JustGiving pages than any other social media.

Top tips:

  • tell your story on your JustGiving page, and use Facebook to share why you've chosen to fundraise for us

  • update your status with your JustGiving link or news about your fundraising so that it appears on your friends’ Facebook timelines 

  • post photos or videos of your event or challenge on your wall

  • thank everyone on Facebook after your event

  • like our Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/GreatOrmondSt

Twitter

Twitter is a great place to start telling everyone about your fundraising.

Ask your friends to retweet you: if your tweets are interesting, enough news of what you're doing could spread fast.

Make sure that you:

  • tell people what you’re doing e.g. I’m climbing Mont Blanc for @GreatOrmondSt in 2 days!

  • include a link to your JustGiving page – you can shorten the link by visiting bit.ly

  • add photos or videos to make your tweet more interesting 

  • follow @GreatOrmondSt on Twitter and use #TeamGOSH in your tweets 

YouTube

Whether it’s a face-to-camera personal message or your heroic attempts to train for a sponsored challenge to the Rocky soundtrack, an emotive or entertaining home video posted on YouTube is guaranteed to encourage donations.

This gives you the chance to be as creative and quirky as you like and to add your personal touch.

  • make a video and upload it to YouTube
  • keep it original and short. You can also upload this to your online fundraising page so everyone can see what you are doing and why
  • post the links to this on your Facebook page and talk about it in your Twitter feed 

You never know, you might go viral!

Google+

One of the newer social networks on the block, Google+ is another great way to keep your family and friends updated with your fundraising. Make sure you:

  • share regular updates with your circles of family and friends

  • include your JustGiving link to make donating as easy as possible

  • post photos or videos to add interest

  • ask family and friends to +1 your post and share it with their own circles