Template letter for schools

Wear a Funky Scarf Day is a great way for nurseries, schools and colleges throughout Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire to help support those most  in need in their community – but, as they often receive so many requests for support, having a staff member, parent or other person linked to the school to encourage involvement can really make the difference!

We have drafted a template letter which you can use as a starting point to your approach – but please amend this for your own personal approach:


Dear [head teacher]

As a [parent of a child at the school / local resident etc.] and a supporter of Charity Link, I am writing to ask if you would consider supporting the charity’s forthcoming fundraising event, ‘Wear a Funky Scarf Day’, which takes place on Friday 25th June 2021.

Charity Link supports people in hardship throughout Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. It helps to ensure that everyone has the basics in life, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be experiencing.  It does this by providing essential items, including food, clothing – such as school uniforms – beds, cookers, and also grants for heating. A third of those receiving Charity Link’s help are children and young people.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Charity Link has been supporting people who have found themselves in unexpected financial hardship due to its impact and, as the charity’s fundraising activities have been impacted at the same time as the number of people needing its help has increased, the need for support has never been greater.

Wear a Funky Scarf Day is Charity Link’s annual fundraising dress up day.

To get involved the school community simply comes to school on Friday 25th June wearing their favourite or most funky scarf (or other neckwear) and gives a donation (such as 50p or £1) to support Charity Link’s work.  Some choose to organise extra fundraising activities on the day or link the event to conversations about poverty.

Charity Link can provide leaflets, posters, balloons and stickers to support the day. You can also choose a different date to run your own Wear a Funky Scarf Day if 25th June is not convenient.

Due to the unique way in which Charity Link works (for every £10 it receives it can raise £50 from charitable trusts – all of that £50 goes to provide essential items for people in need) if the school raises £125, you will actually help to provide beds for five local children who do not have this basic item.  

You can find out more about Charity Link and the people your support will help at www.charity-link.org and all the details of Wear a Funky Scarf Day at www.charity-link.org/funkyscarfday

The charity would love to hear from you if you can pledge your support and would be more than happy to mention your involvement on their social media pages (photos are gratefully received too). Please contact Rachel Markham at Charity Link (email: rachel.markham@charity-link.org or call 0116 222 2218).

After such a difficult period, this simple event may be a great way to bring a bit of extra fun into the day whilst making a massive difference.

Thank you for your consideration

[Your sign off]