To be honest - the cynical part of me says that you may have been rejected if you told them you could only raise 500 quid - especially for FLM, most GB places ask/expect about a target of 1200 - the more popular ones 1500. You might be lucky to find one for less but that is the way it is at the moment.
I know from all the ones I looked at the minimum was £900. I didn't see any lower than that. If I come across any I'll let you know.
It can be tricky.
The charity I really wanted to run for last year was asking for silly money so I had to compromise by finding a worthwhile charity but which wasn't asking more than I knew I could deliver.
You could try CRunCH - you can see upfront how much each charity is asking - but the lowest this year is still £1,100. And yes, you are supposed to make up the amount if you fail to reach your target, although I'm not sure what happens if you don't.
My charity (Calvert Trust) ask for £1250, but have said they aren't to worried if we don't make it - I think if they know you've tried, then fair enough.
They also said they couldn't hold you to it, cos that would be selling the place for xx amount, then they'd have to pay vat etc.
I'm running for VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action). Their minimum requirement is £950.
Good luck and hope you find a charity that you'll be happy to work with. I ran for VICTA in 2004 and it was an all round good experience.
Shaun - definitely run for a charity that has some personal link to you or someone you know well, even if you can find another charity that is asking for less. People will give generously if you have a convincing reason and a personal motive for raising money.
I ran my first FLM in memory of my sister for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), as did another sister. This charity raises awareness and funds screening and research into heart conditions that kill young fit people (the kind of thing the Sevilla footballer died of in August).
Together, my sister and I raised nearly £11,000 that year. It all snowballed as people were inspired to help out, even with our son's nursery organising a mini marathon which the BBC came to film with Colin Jackson that was aired during FLM 2005. There's no way we could have raised that much if it weren't for a cause that meant so much to us. I ran for them again this year and raised £2,700. Luckily next year I have a ballot place as I can't keep relying on the same people's generosity.
Find a cause that you can believe in and you'll make the target somehow.
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