Frequently asked questions

You’ll find below a handy list of questions and answers which will help with any queries you may have about our campaign to supercharge ParalympicsGB. 

What is Supercharge?

Supercharge describes what we want the public to do over the coming year. We will take an outstanding team of athletes to the Games as a result of all of the hard work to date, but we want to ensure that we do absolutely everything to enable the team to operate at its maximum potential. That’s what the public support can do –supercharge ParalympicsGB – so that we can do what it takes to win medals.

Why do you need to raise money?

We need additional funds in order to support the final stages of planning and preparation for the ParalympicsGB team. Competition standards in Paralympic sport are rocketing with each Games and it gets harder and harder with each Games to win medals. The public expectation on the team following London 2012 is higher than ever. We know we need to be successful on the field of play in order to achieve our vision of shifting perceptions and, through sport, inspiring a better world for disabled people. In order to be successful and win medals, we need to ensure that we are doing everything we can to invest in the best possible environment and final preparations for the ParalympicsGB team, and that’s what this campaign will support.

What difference can I actually make?

A huge difference! The difference between a gold and a silver, or a bronze and 4th place, can be milliseconds or millimetres; supporting this campaign can be what makes the difference. The apparently small things can really count when it comes to winning medals and making the country proud.

What will my money be used for?

It will go towards a range of activities that will contribute towards the preparations of our team such as the preparation camp, nutrition and kit. Our athletes are training now and their preparations will continue right up to the moment that the starting gun goes, the referee’s whistle is blown or the starter buzzer sounds. All donations we receive right up to that point will help an athlete prepare for their competition and really can make a difference.

A lot of athletes receive money directly and have good profile and support already – why do they or ParalympicsGB need more?

There is substantial investment from UK Sport who distribute money raised through the National Lottery and UK Government funding and by the sports into athlete development and we work closely with those organisations, but the funds that go to athletes are for their training and development up to the Games. Funding for Games time is funded by the BPA for ParalympicsGB and that is the bit that we are raising funds for.

Is it not quite late to be raising money for the team, surely most funds are already been committed?

Yes, funds have been committed, but every donation will help us do more for the team to ensure ParalympicsGB is best prepared. The extra money we raise through Supercharge will do exactly that – supercharge the team.

What if I don’t want to just give money?

The BPA is a registered charity and if you would like to undertake a charitable activity on our behalf rather than donating directly you can find information on how to fundraise by clicking the Fundraising link in the menu above or FUNDRAISE NOW below.

Is this the first time you’ve done a campaign to raise money for the team?

As a registered charity we have always had incredible support from dedicated members of the public who fundraise for us. However, this is the first time we have launched a fundraising campaign on this scale.

How much money has been spent on the development and delivery of Supercharge?

All the work done on Supercharge has been provided to the BPA on a pro-bono or minimum spend basis.

What about your sponsors? Can you ask more from your sponsors, or get more sponsorship?

Our commercial partners are already tremendous supporters of the BPA and ParalympicsGB and they will also be supporting the Supercharge campaign. This campaign sits alongside our corporate programme. Of course, we would welcome discussions with companies who are keen to work with us.

Can you ask UK Sport for more funds?

UK Sport and the government already invest a substantial level of public money into the potential and performance pathways in Olympic and Paralympic sport in this country. Despite the recent announcement of funding for UK Sport from the Government, that will not translate into any additional funding for Paralympics GB in the short-term.

What should my fundraising materials include?

Our Fundraising Toolkit has everything you need to get started, including 5 fun challenge events and printable materials. If you are making your own fundraising materials (e.g. posters) please include the line: ‘In support of the British Paralympic Association, registered charity 802385 (England/Wales).’ So everybody knows you are supporting the ParalympicsGB Team.

How can I keep my event safe?

A risk assessment will help you to spot hazards and take the necessary precautions to prevent these from harming participants. For more information please contact the Health and Safety Executive. The BPA cannot accept liability for any damage, loss or injury suffered by yourself or anyone else as a consequence of participating in a fundraising event organised in aid of the BPA. To identify what level of First Aid you need for your event you should consider the following; Participants (numbers, ages) Event (type, level of risk), Venue (indoor/outdoor, weather, first aid at venue, external local medical facilities).

My friend didn’t complete their Challenge Event, can I get a refund for my donation?

Paralympics GB rely on your donations to support our team in performing at their maximal potential in the Paralympics and are extremely grateful for your generosity. In compliance with legal and best practice regulations set by the Charity Commission, the Institute of Fundraising and Fundraising Standards Board, all donations we receive (including registration fees for challenge participation), are non-refundable as they are treated as irrevocable gifts.

I’d love to Supercharge ParalympicsGB! Can my business fundraise for the British Paralympic Association?

Fundraising in offices and work places can really make an amazing difference, and our downloadable toolkit has some great ideas for you and your colleagues. However, if you want to fundraise through the course of your business (for example by selling a fundraising item in your shop), you are deducting any amount to cover costs, or splitting the money raised between the British Paralympic Association and another charity, you’ll need a Fundraising Agreement. Please contact us at fundraising@paralympics.org.uk and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Will I need a licence to run my event?

Your event may require a licence if it includes; Alcohol or entertainment: If your event involves the sale of alcohol and/or live or recorded music, dancing, showing of a film or performance of a play, an indoor sporting event (including a boxing or wrestling match), or any entertainment of a similar nature, you may need a licence. Please contact your local authority, the police and other relevant parties as necessary. Holding a raffle, lottery or auction: Under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005 a raffle is considered to be a lottery and must run in accordance with the law. Please find guidance on the Gambling Commission and for NI the NICVA. Putting up banners or signs in public areas: Please check with the Local Authority to find out where posting is legally allowed.

Do you have any advice for food hygiene at my event?

You can find guidelines for preparing, handling, cooking, displaying and storing food at the Food Standards Agency. If you use a caterer they should have Public Liability Insurance and a valid Food Hygiene certificate.

Can I organise a money collection to fundraise for my event?

Private collections that take place on private premises do not need the permission of the local authority, you only need the permission of the owner of the premises. If you would like to organise a public collection in a public space or door to door you need a license from your Local Authority. Public collections are governed by strict legal requirements and must be licensed by the Local Authority. We would suggest that instead of a collection you host a fundraising event.

How should I store personal details of the participants in my event?

Guidance on making sure electronic and paper records for your fundraising event comply with the Data Protection Act can be found at the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Do I need insurance to run my fundraiser?

Please check with your host site as to whether they already have or if you need to arrange public liability insurance for your collection or fundraising events. Any suppliers or contractors you use should have Public Liability Insurance, you can ask to see a copy of their certificate to make sure they are a reputable company.

Can children be involved in my event?

Yes but please check best practice guidelines in keeping children safe please see Keeping Children Safe, the Safe Network website and the NSPCC Fundraising best practice guidelines. You will also need to get permission from the child’s parent or guardian and that they are supervised at all times. Any adults supervising children should have had appropriate checks carried out, for guidance please see Government Disclosure and Barring Services.


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