Fundraising for the BMA

Fundraise for The Bhopal Medical Appeal

There are many fun and rewarding ways to fundraise and help provide free healthcare to the survivors of the ongoing disaster in Bhopal. Whether it’s holding a bake sale, running a marathon, or hosting a film night there are lots of ways you can raise money for The Bhopal Medical Appeal. You can fundraise at school or university, at work, within your community, as part of a larger group, or online.

However you choose to fundraise for us we are here to help you, we are here to help you with advice, planning, digital fundraising, materials or publicity. Contact us here, we would love to hear about your plans.

We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. Let your sponsors know how important the work is in Bhopal and where their money will be going. Whatever amount is donated you can tell your sponsors that a gift of any amount will help us make a difference. You can find out more about our work here.

A BMA runner taking part in the Brighton Marathon

Getting Started

Find an event you’d like to do that you think people will sponsor you to do. Let people know why you’re doing it for The BMA; spread the word. The best way to raise funds is to set up a fundraising page. The two most popular ones are JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving.

You can also create flyers and posters to publicise your event. You could write a blog about your fundraising, email your work colleagues, or contact your local paper. Don’t forget to let people know through Social Media as well!

For more information and help with fundraising and ideas check out our comprehensive BMA Fundraising Guide

Ideas and Inspiration

Our supporters have come up with some great ways of raising funds over the years. Like Paul “The Bhopal Beardpal” Armfield (pictured above) held a beard shave-off and raised £3500! We are always open to new ideas and encourage people to be as creative and inclusive as they like!

Creative: Hold a bake sale or curry evening. Host a coffee morning with a local community group. Hold a raffle, a sweepstake, or host a quiz.

Informative: Raise awareness about Bhopal throughout your school, university or work place; hold a film screening or hand out flyers.

Active: A very popular way to fundraise. Run, walk, cycle, paddle and swim for the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

The BMA’s Challenge Events

Why not get fit or take a challenge while raising money for the BMA! We have access to places in events all around the country; some are strenuous, some are gentle, and some are downright daring! See our events page for our upcoming challenge events.

Run for Bhopal: If there is a running event you would like to take part in or arrange that is not on our events page please let us know, we will be happy to help

Skydive for Bhopal: Can you face a 10,000ft jump for charity? Skydiving is considered to be one of the ultimate adrenaline rushes so what are you waiting for?! Contact us for details

Yoga for Bhopal

Yoga for Bhopal is a wonderful opportunity to promote the benefits of yoga while helping people affected by the Bhopal gas disaster and ongoing water contamination. We invite individuals, teachers, groups and studios to hold a fundraising yoga session or event.

Yoga for Bhopal events take place around the year, there is never a bad time. However, our Yoga for Bhopal week will fall on the 21st – 27th September 2020.

You can learn more about our Yoga for Bhopal Program here. If you would like to hold a Yoga for Bhopal event please do contact us.

Where Will Your Sponsors’ Money Go?

£3 pays for monthly renal function tests for TWELVE people
£5 pays for a child’s minibus journey to and from the Chingari clinic for two weeks
£8 pays for one month’s rent on the community unit used for screening work
£10 pays for a child to have a whole month’s speech therapy
£15 pays for six weeks’ worth of organic vermi compost for the garden
£30 provides a month’s physiotherapy for THREE children
£50 provides special education to SIX children for a month
£125 funds a community health worker for two weeks
£200 provides a month’s supply of inhalers for FIFTY people with asthma
£300 buys a set of doctor’s medical examination tools for one year
£500 helps train an entire community in how to prevent TB
£1250 employs a children’s physiotherapist for four months
£7,200 pays a doctor’s salary for a year
£19,250 runs the entire Sambhavna clinic for one month

A child receiving therapy at Chingari Rehabilitation centre Photo: ©Giles Clarke

Paying donations in

  • Online. The good news is that, if you are using a JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving page, then you don’t have to do anything! The money is paid directly to us and, so long as your sponsors are eligible and tick the box, so is the Gift Aid.
  • Online bank transfer. You can make an online bank transfer directly to us. Please contact us for the reference and bank details.
  • Over the phone. Call us and we will be able to take an instant payment over the phone and the money will be added to your fundraising total.
  • By cheque. Make cheques payable to ‘The Bhopal Medical Appeal with your name and your event clearly stated on the back. Please send cheques to our Brighton office: The Bhopal Medical Appeal, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Gift Aid

By allowing us to claim the tax back on people’s donations we can increase the value of your fundraising. If you are fundraising through JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving, your sponsors will be able to automatically gift aid their donations online. If you are fundraising a different way then we can provide you with Gift Aid forms for your sponsors to fill out; all they need to do to make a simple Gift Aid declaration include their name and full residential address including postcode. For Gift Aid forms please contact us here or download a form here.

We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.