Legal and safe fundraising
Insurance – the legal bit
- The MS Society can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury from your event
- Our insurance doesn’t cover your property or the property of your helpers or guests
- It doesn’t cover personal liability for any injury you suffer or anyone else as a result of taking part in your event
If you are organising an event that involves others then you should consider what kind of insurance is necessary. If you are hiring a venue, insurance is sometimes included but it is important to check.
To arrange insurance you should contact an insurance broker who can give you impartial advice about your event.
Risk assessment – the sensible bit
You should carry out a risk assessment of every activity you choose to do. It doesn’t need to be complicated - the Health and Safety Executive recommend you:
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions/measures to be taken
- Write down your findings and implement them
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
Your risk assessment will help you identify areas where you may be subject to an insurance claim.
You can contact your local authority licensing department for advice. You are likely to need a licence for:
Providing alcohol or entertainment (including recorded music)
Holding a raffle, lottery or auction
Doing any sort of collection in a public place, for example on the streets
Putting up banners or signs in public areas
If you are holding a large, public event you should write to the police, fire department and ambulance services and let them know what you’re doing.
If you’re serving food, make sure you prepare and serve it in a safe way. The Food Standards Agency has some great advice. This information is a guide only. If you are in doubt please contact your relevant council or authority or ask us for further support.