The Terrence Higgins Trust has carried out important work in the fields of HIV and sexual health since 1982. As a charity, there’s a constant need for funding and London’s nightlife venues can play a key role.
If you run a venue, THT would love to hear from you about possible collaborations. This can be as simple as adding a fundraising element to already existing club nights or hosting one-off events, perhaps a brunch, movie night or quiz.
Mixing some friendly drinking with a good group of people can lead to fantastic fundraising events and THT Champions are here to support you every step of the way. Whether you know what you want to do, or are looking for ideas to inspire you, we’re here to help you organise a fundraiser and make it a success.
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to raising money – just add a charity element to one of your regular event nights!
There are lots of fun and easy ways to fundraise while filling your venue and tills.
Launch or finale party: Traitors, Strictly Come Dancing or the latest series of RuPaul’s Drag Race is a perfect opportunity to gather your customers for party while raising money to support people living with HIV.
Big gay brunch: Drag queen host, great food and unlimited drinks, it’s a recipe for a fun few hours!
Quiz or bingo night: Hold a quiz or bingo event. If your venue has screens, speakers and a PRS licence (so you have a licence to play music – most pubs will have one) then we suggest going for the display version of the quiz.
If you feel like doing something a bit different for your quiz or bingo night, ask your teams to take part in fancy dress! Set a theme or leave it open. There could be an extra prize for the best costumes. Ask everyone to ‘pay to play’ either in advance or on the door.
Sing-a-long or classic LGBT+ movie night: There are so many classic movies to choose from. Picking one will be the hardest part!
Music night: Choose from cabarets, open mic nights, battle of the bands, tribute nights and more. A music event is a brilliant way of showcasing your customers’ diverse talents.
Summer BBQ or sports day: Get outdoors and make the most of our summer.
Afternoon tea: Not everyone wants a pint of mild. Tea and cakes could bring new customers to your pub.
LGBT History Month, Eurovision, Pride and World AIDS Day on 1 December are some of the key times of the year when you and your customers may like to fundraise to support our work. Keep these in mind when planning the date for your event!
Ways to fundraise..
QR code: Display a QR code on the tables and on posters around your venue. You customers will be able to donate in seconds! We can provide you with a code and help you create unique posters for your venue.
Text to donate: Inviting your customers to text a donation is a quick and easy way to support out work. Get in touch and we can send you a unique code for your venue.
Hold a raffle: An easy way to boost your fundraising total at your event is to organise a raffle and sell tickets at each table. There are some rules around raffles so please get in touch and we can help you.
Priority seating: Ask your guests to make a donation when reserving priority seating for the next show or screening. Or charge for service to their table.
JustGiving page: Set up a JustGiving page to collect donations. Having an online giving page means that anyone who can’t attend your event can donate anyway (plus these donations are eligible for Gift Aid).
Social media is your best friend when advertising your event. Tweet about your event or post on Facebook or Instagram.
Remember to follow and tag the THT social media accounts:
- Terrence Higgins Trust on Twitter
- Terrence Higgins Trust on Facebook
- Terrence Higgins Trust on Instagram
- THT Champions on Twitter
- THT Champions on Instagram
THT would love to hear about your event and see any photos and videos. Sharing how much you raised is a fantastic way to show your customers and community that you care.
Get in touch if you’d like to get some free Terrence Higgins Trust T-shirts, posters, buckets, collection tins or pin badges.
THT Champions are here to help! If you’re already planning a fundraising event, then tell them what you are doing. Or drop them an email if you want to know more about how to host a charity event.
Get in touch by emailing email@example.com. They’d love to hear from you!