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Stay safe and legal

We are extremely grateful for your support and for fundraising for Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D).

Your safety and wellbeing is a top priority so please read the following information carefully to make sure you are keeping everything safe and legal.


To collect money in the street or in a public place (e.g. a supermarket) you need a licence from your local authority, which can be difficult to obtain. It would be great if you could help at one of our organised collections. If you are interested then get in touch!

We do not allow anyone to collect door to door – this is illegal without a special licence. If you hear of anyone doing a door to door collection please report it to the Fundraising Team on 01582 718 289.


You may need a special licence to run an event, e.g. public entertainment licence or a licence to sell alcohol. Please check with the Fundraising Team or your local authority for more  information.

Raffles and lotteries

There are many different types of raffle, all of which have to be run in line with gaming law. Visit for more information.

If you are organising a raffle to raise money for the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Charity and want to ask a local businesses for prizes, you should have registered your fundraising event with The Fundraising Team and we will send you a letter of authenticity.

Please contact the Fundraising Team on 01582 718 289 before you ask businesses for prizes.

You are responsible for your fundraising activity.

The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Charitable Fund cannot accept any responsibility for your fundraising event or its participants.

We’re here to help

Whatever it is you decide to do, the Fundraising Team is here to help! Once you’ve decided what you’re doing and when, please let us know.

We have lots of fundraising materials that may be useful to you such as collections tins, balloons, leaflets, pull up banners and stickers.

We can also help promote your event or sponsorship page, send you our logo or assist with contacting the local press. Sometimes it’s good to run an idea past someone else, so please feel free to get in touch.