Scarecrow tombola raises over 800 pounds
Natacha Terrot Regional Fundraising Manager for the Midlands
20th Oct 2017
September saw Our Harborough Friends of Oxfam Group (HFOX) take a stall for the first time at the annual Lubenham Scarecrow Festival, near Market Harborough. Thousands of people strolled the streets of Lubenham to enjoy the 100 locally-made scarecrows "visiting" the village, including President Trump. HFOX joined dozens of other stalls and local young artists on the village green where there was live music and a funfair Over the year the group's many supporters have donated over 600 small items, including around 200 hotel
freebies that were packaged up into toiletry sets, so that every £1 ticket was a winner.
The team grabbed a prime pitch within the designated charity marquee by arriving early on the Saturday. And group chair Judith Rout, a local science teacher, did a fantastic job of enticing festival goers to the stall with her charming banter.
By the end of the first afternoon they'd already raised just under £550. Group member Jane White said "We were aiming for £600 for the whole weekend but never expected to make almost this on the first day!" By Sunday lunchtime they'd sold out of all of their tombola tickets and moved onto a cheaper "Pick-a-lolly" tombola and a spinning jenny game. In total the group raised £816.63 over the two days "I still can't believe how well we did" said Jane. "Next year we will bring more".
HFOX's success demonstrates how a tombola at a popular community event can be a major fundraiser. They are easy to organise and run, rely on only a very small ask from others and bring in a tidy sum with minimum outlay. Over the years HFOX have literally made hundreds and hundreds of pounds from hotel freebies collected by their supporters.
With the Christmas fete season nearly upon us, could you run a stall at a local event near you in aid of Oxfam? For more fun ideas take a look here.