Fundraising for SMART

Here you will find everything you need to get involved with fundraising for our fantastic charity. We really hope you will enjoy fundraising for us. From the people we help, and the people who help them, thank you, we truly appreciate your support.

Did you know that it costs just over £2,000,000 for us to fully provide our services? While we receive statutory funding from the Local Authorities to fund our accommodation services in Bedford and Milton Keynes, we receive no government funding at all for our Support Hub on Prebend Street. It’s much a needed resource for many people and the SMART fundraising team must raise £270,000 a year to keep it running. Please can you help us?


Below are a list of our upcoming fundraising events.

Volunteering at fundraising events

We also need volunteers to lend a hand at these events. If you would like to help us at one of these activities, please go to our volunteering page and complete the form or just drop us a line at We will be in touch soon!

Fundraising Events

Spring walk 24

Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

To be held in May more details to follow…

Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

Bedford River Festival 2024

The legendary and much-loved Bedford River Festival is back for 2024 and promises to be bigger and better than ever! The dates for this year’s event is Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July. There will be live entertainment, fairground rides, raft and dragon boat races, food & drink stalls, plus more to be confirmed. The organisers (Bedford Borough Council) are anticipating over 250,000 visitors, over 250 traders and charities and 1,450 participants! This is the second highest most popular community festival after Notting Hill.  SMART will be there hosting a stand at the festival throughout both days to help raise the profile of our amazing charity and raise some funds to help towards the running of the Prebend Centre Support Hub. On offer will be several games for kids, including the infamous Human Fruit Machine, with prizes to be won!

Volunteers Needed!

This is always a fantastic event with a truly brilliant atmosphere. The River Festival is bound to be the highlight of the year, so why not come along and join in the fun! SMART is looking for fun, energetic volunteers to help at our stall. Please fill in this form below if you would be interested in helping. 

Please email us with any questions or queries about the weekend

Further information will follow as we find out more. The official website can be found here: Bedford River Festival: Official event website

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Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

The Bedford running festival will be happing again this year and we will need runners and volunteers on the day. 

To register your interest to run at this early stage please email if you wish to volunteer then please fill out the form above and someone will be in touch. 


Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

The SMART Cold Relief In Bedford appeal runs yearly keep an eye out for updates. More information to follow later in the year. If you wish to volunteer for any of the events that apply to the CRIB appeal please fill out the form above and someone will be in touch. 

Online giving

Our preferred online sponsorship provider is Just Giving. You will find us on the website easily, just type into the charity search function SMART CJS, and we will appear.

You're doing your own thing

If you are taking part in an event not being organised by us, or are planning an event of your own, we have several valuable resources for you to use that should make things a bit easier in our Fundraising Guide. This download includes an A-Z of fundraising ideas, a sponsorship form, suggestions on how to organise your event and how to bank the funds you have raised.

Corporate fundraising

Corporate fundraising is very important to us at SMART as it enables us to continue  building our reputation as a commendable charity partner, with the added benefit of reaching out further to educate the general public on who SMART are and what we do. For the corporates themselves this facilitates their committment to Corporate Social Responsibilities, and also results in some great PR for both parties!

SMART is very fortunate to have some wonderful support from local and national companies. Past and present partners include Zip Yard (Bedford branch), Bookers Cash & Carry, Holland Smith, Thomas Charles, B&M Warehouse, Readie, SDC Builders, Nuffield Health, Trace, GXO Logistics, Autoglass/Belron Group, and many more.

We are always looking for more corporate supporters and sponsors. If you or someone you know works for an organisation that might be able to help SMART, or even appoint us as their charity partner of the year please contact us at and one of the team will get in touch.

If you have any questions to do with your fundraising activity, a corporate partnership question or any of queries about fundraising, please contact and we’ll do our very best to help!