If you’ve ever felt the frustration of not being able to enjoy a trip to the theatre with your friends and family, you know why our work is so important. Together, we can change the world of arts and culture – one captioned event at a time.

If you’re as passionate about the cause as we are then we’d love to see you setting up your own fundraising activities – its one of the best ways to make a difference. The 12 million of us who rely on captions and subtitles thank you for the support.

Every penny you raise helps us persuade another theatre, museum or gallery to provide captions or subtitles that can totally transform the experience for audiences who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

Whether you’re lacing up your running shoes to conquer a half marathon or pre-heating the oven for some delicious bake-sale cakes, we’re on hand to help you turn your fundraising idea into a reality.

Below you’ll find useful forms, posters, fundraising tips and how-to guides to get you started. Good luck!

Find the right idea

Your fundraising idea can as big or as small as you want: from a full-blown marathon to a sponsored silence, or even just collecting coins in a piggy bank. Once you’ve found the best route for you, we’ll help promote your event.

  • Email details in advance to [email protected]
  • Set yourself a fundraising target
  • Decide if you’re collecting in-person or online donations
  • Don’t forget Gift Aid*
“Theatres have a marvellous opportunity to forever change peoples’ lives. When they get the various elements of captioning right, it creates a magical world that is wonderful to experience!”

Michelle - Caption User

Download our fundraising pack

We’ve done some of the event admin for you, so you can concentrate on the fundraising. Here you can find:

Getting the money to us

Online donations will be sent directly to Stagetext. Thank you!

For in-person collections, there are a couple of ways to send us what you’ve raised:

  • Online: Tot up your total and make the equivalent donation via justgiving.com.
  • By cheque: Send a cheque made payable to Stagetext, along with the sponsorship form (if you’ve used one) to: Stagetext, Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

*Gift Aid is a government initiative that means that every £1 raised is worth £1.25 to Stagetext. To include Gift Aid, simply tick the box online or encourage people to complete the Gift Aid section of the sponsorship form. Every UK taxpayer can tick the box.


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