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Any event can have an element of risk to it, so it’s important to assess risks ahead of time, and determine what actions you can take to minimise the likelihood and severity of each risk.


Name of event: ___________________________________________________

Brief description of event: __________________________________________________________________________________________

Event date: _________________________

Event location: ___________________________________________________________________________

Date risk assessment was carried out:

Person who carried out risk assessment:


  1. Identify the risks for your fundraising event.
  2. Grade each risk using the risk score scale below.
  3. Establish what action(s) can be taken to minimise likelihood of risk occurring, and to minimise impact if it does happen.
  4. Re-assess the grade of the risk after those actions are taken.

In your planning, give priority to those risks with the highest risk scores, and ensure you follow the actions identified to minimise each risk.

We’ve included a template below you can model your risk assessment on, and have also included some examples of common risks. Please note the risks and controls listed as examples may or may not be applicable to your event.

Risk score scale (source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charities-and-risk-management-cc26/charities-and-risk-management-cc26)

Table of risk assessment score 

Hazard or risk Initial risk score Actions to control or minimise risk Risk score after actions taken
Example: Burns from tea urn 16 (possible with potential for major injury due to boiling water) Ensure tea urn is in a sturdy, safe location where access is limited to minimum number of people required to use it. Ensure it is out of reach of children. 12 (now unlikely but still potential for major injury due to boiling water) 
Example: Risk of medical emergency if a participant overexerts themselves in sponsored run 20 (possible and could be catastrophic depending on severity of medical condition) Ensure trained first aid personnel are on hand during activity.

Ensure all participants have been encouraged to train ahead of time and build up to level of exertion required on the day.
12 (less likely and first aiders on hand can minimise potential impact)


For more information please see: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/casestudies.