01 Apr

Local Hero

venue : UK-wide
date : 2017-04-01
Time : 00:00:00

Who will be 2017's Local Heroes?

Our next Local Hero campaign launches on the 1st April 2017. Localgiving will be awarding £5,000 in prizes to the causes supported by the top 20 fundraisers in  April. Participants will be ranked according to the number of unique online donors from whom they secured sponsorship throughout the month. The top fundraiser will secure a prize of £1,000 for their chosen cause! 

You can see last year's Local Heroes here. Alastair Sill was crowned 2016 champion by securing an astonishing 317 unique sponsors, to raise over £4000 for Taking Flight Theatre Company

Making a Difference Locally Logo width= Local Hero 2016 was funded thanks to Making a Difference Locally.

Intu Bird Name RGB SmallAdditional thanks to Lord David Puttnam and intu for their support for the campaign. 

Campaign info:


Key facts

Here is a list of the key facts about the campaign. If you have any more questions, please check the Local Hero FAQs.

Start date & time: Saturday 1st April 2017 at 00:00:00

End date & time: Sunday 30th April 2017 at 23:59:59

Conditions of entry: Each active fundraising page on Localgiving will be eligible to take part.

Process: Fundraisers will be ranked according to the number of unique donors who sponsor their page within the campaign start and end dates. Donations made outside of the campaign dates will not be counted towards a fundraiser's ranking.

Prizes: The top 20 fundraisers at 23:59:59 on Sunday the 30th of April 2017 will be declared the winners. Prizes will not be given to the fundraiser, but awarded directly to the charities for whom they are fundraising. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st £1,000 11th £100
2nd £500 12th £100
3rd £500 13th £100
4th £500 14th £100
5th £500 15th £100
6th £200 16th £100
7th £200 17th £100
8th £200 18th £100
9th £200 19th £100
10th £200 20th £100

 Charity & supporter limits: Only one donation made by each unique donor will be counted towards a fundraiser's ranking. There will be no limit to the number of prizes any single group could receive.


In 2016, the top prize was awarded to Taking Flight Theatre Company thanks to their fundraiser, Alastair - who gained donations from 317 unique donors by cycling around South Wales! 

The Local Hero Leaderboard

We'd like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who took part in the campaign, whether by fundraising, donating or spreading the word, you have all helped to raise over £113,000 to benefit more than 170 local charities across the UK. Without each and every one of you the campaign could not have been such a success, so thank you once again - you are all local heroes in our eyes!


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Local Hero may be over but you can still make a difference!

Get started

Check out the FAQs to get clued up on how the Local Hero campaign works. If you have a question we haven't covered, give us a call on 0300 111 2340 and we'll be happy to help!

As a charity or community group, all you needed to do to take part was have an active Localgiving membership and to ask your supporters to fundraise for you throughout the month of April. You can register to join Localgiving at

Supporters needed to set themselves a challenge, create a fundraising page through Localgiving and ask their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them at any time between the 1st and 30th of April. Their page was automatically included in the campaign. The more people that sponsored them through your page, the higher up the leaderboard they ranked!

Local Hero ran from 00:00:00 BST on Friday the 1st of April until 23:59:59 BST on Saturday the 30th April 2015. Donations made to fundraising pages during these times were counted towards a fundraiser's ranking. Donations made before the start date or after the end date did not count towards a fundraiser's ranking.

The 20 fundraisers that secured the greatest number of donations from unique donors throughout April secured prizes for their chosen charity. In the case of a tie, fundraisers were next ranked by the total amount raised.

Prizes were awarded according to the following:

1st £1,000
2nd - 5th £500
6th -10th £200
11th - 20th £100

In the event that two fundraisers were tied, their position were decided by the overall funds they raised.

Only one fundraising page per fundraiser was eligible to receive prizes through the campaign. If you were a supporter and had multiple fundraising pages set up, only the page with the most unique donors counted towards your ranking.

Yes, groups or teams of fundraisers were eligible to take part in the promotion, but only one fundraising page per team was eligible to receive a prize.

Yes, there was no limit to the number of fundraising pages that could be set up to support any single group through the campaign.

Only one donation per donor per fundraising page counted as part of the Local Hero contest. You could, however, donate to more than one fundraising page and have your donation counted towards the ranking of each fundraiser.

The option to claim Gift Aid and add an extra 25% to your donation was available after your payment had been processed. All boxes needed to have been checked and answers made honestly in order to ensure that you make a legitimate claim. For more information on Gift Aid rules, please click here.

You could donate any amount between £2 and £5,000 in a single transaction to the fundraising page of your choice. Your donation counted as a point towards the ranking of your chosen fundraiser.

No. Only one-time donations made through fundraising pages were eligible for this promotion.

No. Only one-time online donations counted towards a fundraisers ranking.

No. The winning charities were selected according to the rankings of the top 20 fundraisers at 23:59:59 on Saturday the 30th April. One charity could have received more than one prize if multiple fundraisers were in the top 20.

Funding for the campaign was kindly provided by Making a Difference Locally - Investing in building stronger local communities.

Our technical system automatically excludes repeat donations from donors who use the same email address. However, it does not always detect when a donor has used the same name and payment method, but a different email. In order to ensure a fair competition, we manually verify these cases and consolidate the donations to represent one unique donor. This process has slightly affected some of the scores.

Support our work

If you're interested in helping us to make an even bigger difference, we'd love to hear from you.

Like many of the thousands of groups we work with, Localgiving is also working towards sustainability.  By diversifying our income sources to include earned income, grants and generous donations from philanthropists, corporates and other funders, our hope is that we can continue to serve the local voluntary sector long into the future. 

How you can help:

For further information about our programmes and what you can do to help, please contact us via email at or give us a call on 0300 111 2340. Thank you!