19th & 20th June 2021
HARP24 is organised by HARP, Southend's homeless charity, and we rely heavily on donations and fundraising in order to carry out our work with local people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The suggested fundraising target for the Virtual HARP24 is £50 per person. For team targets, simply multiply this amount by the number of people in your team e.g. if you are a team of three, your team fundraising target will be £150, it would be £350 for a team of seven etc.
This amount is a target, not a contract. However, as a charity, we do ask all our participants to do their best to help raise vital funds for our work.
HARP's work includes helping local people who are rough sleeping to get off the streets, housing and supporting over 220 people on their journey from homelessness to independent living and supporting those who were previously homeless and have been recently housed to sustain their tenancy. On top of this we also offer homelessness prevention services to help people at risk of losing their home to avoid ending up on the streets in the first place. You can find out more on the HARP website.
You'll set up a fundraising page as part of the registration process on Enthuse, our event and fundraising platform, so here are three simple steps to help you to make the most of it and raise as much as possible towards HARP's vital work.
Add a profile photo to your fundraising page. Pages that have profile photos have been shown to perform much better than those that don't. You can also upload a background photo to make your page look even prettier.
Share your story. Why are you taking part in HARP24? And why are you fundraising for HARP? What does it mean to you to take on this challenge and know you are helping local people to overcome homelessness. Your friends and family want to support you, so personalising your page title and story so that they reflect your story and motivations, it creates a more compelling reason for them to make a donation.
You will be guided through this process when you sign up. But don't worry if you have already registered without adding these elements. If you're not sure how to find and edit your fundraising page, read this.
2. Share your fundraising page
Start telling your friends and family that you're taking part as soon as possible. Sharing the link to your fundraising page on your social media profiles or sending personal messages so they can start showing their support. Maybe they'll even share your fundraising page too. And don't be afraid to share more than once - they may not have seen it the first time.
Keep updating your fundraising page and social media so your friends and family can see your progress and cheer you on. It'll encourage them to donate and also give you some added motivation to see their positive comments coming in. Good training day or not? Got a good stretch routine or cross-training schedule? Enjoying your rest day? Share it and keep the momentum going as you prepare for the big event.
And of course update people over the course of the HARP24 weekend and once you have finished. Your fundraising doesn't stop there!
Why not get creative and give your fundraising a boost with some additional activities. Play the guitar? Host an online gig or singalong and ask for donations. Are you a master quiz-master? Invite your friends to an online quiz. Got a flair for art? Auction a piece of your work. There are plenty of ways to make your fundraising fun! For more ideas you can check out HARP's Fundraising A-Z.
Thank you from everyone at HARP for taking part and for all your fundraising efforts! We couldn't do what we do without people like you!
Got more questions about the event? Check out our list of FAQs.