FAQs

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 in support of the ParalympicsGB team. We are proud to have an outstanding team of GB athletes working towards the Games, 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 – help us 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 optimise our planning and preparation for the ParalympicsGB teams for PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, and beyond. Competition standards in Paralympic sport are rocketing with each Games and it gets harder and harder to win medals. The public expectation on the team following London 2012 and Rio 2016, 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 will help us support athletes as they prepare for competition and really can make a difference.

What will happen if you raise more/less money than expected this year?

Preparations are well planned and underway for PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 and our basic programme relies on funds that have largely been secured for this cycle. But with competition in Paralympic sport becoming increasingly fierce we have huge ambitions to provide a truly world class standard of support for GB athletes, and there is always more that we can do to deliver the best possible preparation to enable them to give performances that can truly inspire the nation. If, through Supercharge, we are in the fortunate position of raising more funds than are needed to cover our core preparation activity then we have the expertise and ambition to run an enhanced programme of activity in support of our strategic objectives – this might include enhancing preparation plans for the PyeongChang or Tokyo team, bringing forward planning and preparation activity for future Games, or investing in programmes in support of our charitable vision to “through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people”. The BPA’s full strategic plan is available to read here: http://paralympics.org.uk/uploads/documents/Strategic_Plan_2016-2021.pdf

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 for this cycle and the next. 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 in aid of the BPA 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 in aid of the BPA. However, this is the first time we have launched a fundraising awareness campaign on this scale.

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

All the work done to develop and launch “Supercharge” was 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 already invest a substantial level of Government and National Lottery funding into the performance pathways in Olympic and Paralympic sport in this country. UK Sport has allocated their available resources for Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 cycles according to their strategic approach.

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 aid 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). The Fundraising Regulation provides best practise guidance regarding Fundraising Events in the Code of Fundraising Practise here: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/15-0-events/

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 Fundraising Regulator, 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), if 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. Payroll Giving through a Payroll Giving Agency is another way of fundraising in the workplace, and further guidance on this is available within the Code of Fundraising Practise (here: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/14-0-fundraising-payroll-giving/ )

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. The Fundraising Regulator also provides guidance in the relevant section of the Code of Fundraising Practise (here: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/13-0-raffles-lotteries/ ) 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. The Fundraising Regulator offers further guidance regarding public collections (link to https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/16-0-public-collections/ ) and static collections (https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/17-0-static-collections/ ) within the Code of Fundraising Practise. 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. Please also refer to the section of the Code of Fundraising Practise that relates to working with children (here: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/working-with-children/) and the BPA’s own safeguarding policy (here: http://paralympics.org.uk/about-us/safeguarding-and-protecting-children)

How can I unsubscribe from your marketing communications?

The BPA will only send marketing (such as email newsletters) to individuals who have opted in to receive this type of communication. If you would like to opt out of receiving our marketing communications in future you can do so via this link: http://www.purple-mail.com/t/r-u-yujiajy-l-y/ or through the Fundraising Preference Service: https://public.fundraisingpreference.org.uk/

How can I make a complaint about fundraising activity relating to the BPA?

The BPA is committed to being open and honest in all our dealings with supporters and donators, adhering to the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice. It is important to us that our supporters have access to a formal feedback procedure in order to lodge a complaint if they wish to do so. As a member of the Fundraising Regulator we are committed to following their recommended procedure in regards to handling complaints - further details of which, and contact details should you with to complain, are available here: http://paralympics.org.uk/support-us/fundraising-promise/complaints

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