Collections & Raffles

Why is holding a raffle or collection helpful?

This page includes information about:

Holding a raffle

There are different types of lotteries or raffles, and there are specific rules and regulations for each. The easiest way to avoid any complication is to follow these simple tips:

  • Hold your raffle draw during an event.
  • Only sell raffle tickets to guests at the event.
  • Don’t spend more than £250 on prizes, but remember that if they are donated prizes, there is no limit.
  • Some police and local councils now require licences for raffles with alcoholic prizes. Check first before going ahead.
  • If you are intending to sell alcohol at your event, you will need a licence. For more information on how to gain an ‘Temporary Event Notice (TEN)’ contact your local police station or the Licensing Department at your local Council.
  • See our Financials guidance on cash handling and banking.

Collecting donations

  • If you wish to hold a public collection, such as at your local supermarket or shopping centre, please let us know so we can help you have the right materials, buckets and permission.
  • If you are collecting in a public place such as a shopping centre or high street, you will need permission from your local council, and you must contact them well in advance as there may be a waiting list.
  • If you are holding your collection on private land (e.g. in a supermarket, a gym, train stations or someone else’s property) you will need to ask the owners for permission.
  • See our Financials guidance on cash handling and banking.

Health and Safety

See our Financials and Legals section for steps that should be taken to keep people safe.

After Your Collection or Raffle

If it is a raffle, it is likely you have drawn the winner at the event so you can use the opportunity to get a photo. If your winner has left, consider posting their prize or how you will contact them.

After your collection ensure the money is banked using the information above and please retain your buckets and boxes for the next time.

However much you raise, we will be delighted to hear from you!

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Community Officer