Posts Tagged ‘fundraising’


Anna and Mr Simba


Big thanks go to Anna Thompson who recently raised approx 200€ for ERF riding her beautiful horse Mr Simba on a sponsored ride.

This isn’t the first time that Dordogne based Anna has raised funds for the association, and we would like to thank her immensely for her continued support to ERF.


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ERF rely heavily on public support and fundraisers to enable them to continue to act whenever they are needed in welfare cases and taking in unwanted equines. We realise that organising an event for the first time can be a rather daunting prospect, so we hope that this info will give you a starting block to work from.

Thorough planning and research is the key to organising a successful fundraising event so start planning your event as early as possible. Topics you’ll need to think about are;

  • What type of event you think you can organise?
  • Do you need additional help to organise the event – maybe rope in friends and family?
  • Plan where your event will be held
  • Decide when to hold your event
  • Choose where to market/advertise the event
  • What target figure do you hope to raise?
  • Decide before the event what % will be donated to ERF

The type of event you plan to hold needs careful consideration and will depend largely on facilities available and the area you live in. French law sometimes dictates that you have to get pre-approval from your Mairie for events such as Vide Greniers.

Here are some event suggestions to get you started;

Coffee Morning, Summer Fayre, Garden Party, Bring and Buy Sale, Auction of Promises, Quiz Night, Race Night, Bingo Night, Jumble Sale, Cake Sale, Barn Dance,  Art and Craft Fair, Summer Fete, Karaoke Night, Pyjama Party, Raffle, Tombola, Cheese and Wine Tasting, Garage Sale, Vide Grenier, Book Sale, Barbecue, Bazaar, Fun-Run, Tea Party, Sponsored ride

If this is your first attempt at organising an event, then the key is to keep it simple. Don’t get too over ambitious as event planning can sometimes be harder work than you first think. If you have friends and family that you can rope in then great, delegate specific roles to people so that you have everything covered but don’t feel over burdened!

If the venue isn’t going to be on your own property then you’ll need to ensure that the premises you choose has relevant insurance cover. Often venues such as bars and chateaux will offer a good deal for charity events – try and get some form of sponsorship/reduction from them in return for bringing your custom in.

The time of year you hold the event will be relative to the type of event you plan to hold. Bear in mind when people are usually away on holidays and when other local events are on so you don’t clash.

Obviously for an event to be successful, people need to know about it. We suggest that the event is posted on forums and websites, flyers put out (again check with the local Mairie), contact local newspapers/magazines and ask for a free mention, posters put up in local shops/businesses and of course word of mouth. We will be happy to design Posters with our logo on for the event.

Every centime raised is important to us and we appreciate that fundraising isn’t always an easy task. Have a realistic idea of what you hope to raise and how much the associated overheads are going to be beforehand so you don’t end up out of pocket.

We hope that the equines ERF help will be a big incentive to motivate volunteers to fundraise for us, but it also helps if the fundraiser earns a little bit from the event also. Even if this covers their time, consumables used, phone calls etc. Please tell us before the event what percentage of the takings will be going to ERF so that everything is crystal clear with everyone from the start.

If you think you could organise an event to raise much needed funds for ERF then please contact us for a chat.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Janie Feakes, who on October 25th, completed the Great South Run raising over £315  for ERF.

Proudly wearing her ERF T-shirt, Janie completed Britains biggest 10 mile road race in a fantastic time of 2 hours 37 mins and 28 seconds! This annual race held in Portmouth each year raises millions of pounds for various charities.


Janie has a link with French rescue horses as she is adopter of Normandy cob mare Maddie  (previously called Sunrise), initially rescued by ERF President Kathryn and Jon Dobson prior to ERF forming. Janie and Maddie have a great relationship together and have been doing tremendously well with their Parelli work gaining very good marks from the Parelli HQ recently.

Thank you from all of us at ERF!

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We would like to say  thank-you and a big well done to Parlez vous Français and all the children who made arts and crafts to sell at market, raising 90€ for ERF!

Also, thanks to Anna Thompson for her help in this and good luck with the sponsored ride thats coming up soon.

If you can organise a fundraising event, get sponsored for doing something or can simply rattle a tin at functions, ERF would like to hear from you.

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 Are you stuck for christmas present ideas this year?

Don’t fancy all that hustle and bustle in the shops?

Would you like to help a worthy cause whilst buying great gifts?

Well look no further, because we’d like to announce the new ERF Amazon shop! (more…)

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Christina Hernon, event organiser……..

The evening was a terrific success considering last minute hiccups, like the band cancelling due to illness.  ‘Nycot’ stepped in with some terrific Country and Western Songs with everyone singing and dancing along. The raffle books sold out on the night and with the book stall and small brocante we managed to raise over 1000 euros  for ERF. Jenny Lupton was busy with her ERF stall with photos and posters  showing some of the good work ERF have already achieved, also  promoting the rather attractive silver brooch which is now available on order.  We all felt that the evening was a great success and an enjoyable night was had by all.”

ERF would like to sincerely thank Christina and her husband (plus Christina’s friends) for all their hard work in organising this wonderful event. Thanks must also go to the band ‘Nycot’  who stepped in at the last minute and saved the day!


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