Therefore, consider the location and the route, and keep things manageable so that the fun run is inclusive.
If you have a local running club, get in touch for tips on routes and things like road conditions and traffic.
Common distances for fun runs are 5k and 10k (once you enter half-marathon territory and beyond, things are becoming more specialised).
Obviously, you’ll need volunteers for the day, and you’ll want to publicise the fun run well in advance to maximise its sponsorship and fundraising opportunities.
Holding a summer fair at your school is a fantastic way of raising money. Encourage all the year groups and their teachers to get involved.
You can even turn this involvement into a competition, where the year group with the best stall wins.
Think about the kinds of stalls you want. There might be an opportunity to sell second-hand books or clothes, and refreshments such as home-baked cakes always go down well.
Consider other perennials of the summer fair, such as a tombola and various games and challenges. A teacher on a ducking stool is always a big draw!
If you decide to sell raffle tickets leading up to the event, you’ll need an up to date lottery licence.
Put your publicity together well in advance of the event, including online promotional material such as emails and a printed flyer to distribute house to house.
Do be realistic about the British weather and have some sort of contingency plan in place if it is wet on the day.
We all know how popular World Book Day has become, with pupils, and staff sometimes, dressing up as their favourite characters.
Fancy dress can be an awesome way to make your fundraising effective. You can suggest a theme such as inspirational or historical figures, or just favourite fictional characters from books, films and television.
You might want to link it to an established calendar day, Halloween for example, but you could just as easily choose to hold a sponsored fancy dress Friday.
Here is another great idea for encouraging people to be creative, express themselves and raise money for your school in the process.
Have a prize for the best outfit and catwalk performance. Sell tickets in advance and encourage pupils and teachers to strut their stuff.
You could even encourage pupils to make their own costumes and award prizes for the best catwalk creations.
Fundraising is a big part of how schools can improve their facilities.
At Playground Imagineering, we know that play environments matter, but that also they are an investment.