01 Apr

Local Hero

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

Local Hero 2017 is now live! Who will top this year's Leaderboard?

Local Hero 2017 is now live! The campaign kicked off on the 1st April and will run until the 30th April. At the end of the month Localgiving will be awarding £5,000 in prizes to the causes supported by the top 20 fundraisers. 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! See the current leaderboard here.

Do you have a fantastic fundraising idea? There is still time to take part in Local Hero 2017. Set up a Fundraising Page today and you'll be automatically included in the campaign.  

Last year's winner

 Alastair Sill was crowned 2016 champion by securing an astonishing 317 unique sponsors, to raise over £4000 for Taking Flight Theatre Company

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! 



Set up your free fundraising page now

Taking on a challenge in 2017? Start fundraising now and you could be this year's Local Hero!

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 need to do to take part is 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 simply need 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. Each fundraising page will be automatically included in the campaign. The more people that sponsor the page, the higher up the leaderboard it will rank.

Local Hero will run from 00:00:00 on Saturday the 1st of April until 23:59:59 on Sunday the 30th April 2017. Donations made to fundraising pages during these times will be counted towards a fundraiser's ranking. Donations made before the start date or after the end date will not count towards a fundraiser's ranking.

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

Prizes will be awarded according to the following:

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

Only one fundraising page per fundraiser is eligible to receive prizes through the campaign. If you are a supporter and have multiple fundraising pages set up, only the page with the most unique donors will count towards your ranking.

Yes, groups or teams of fundraisers are eligible to take part in the competition, but only one fundraising page per team will be eligible to receive a prize.

Yes, there is 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 will count as points towards the Local Hero contest. You can, 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 will be available after your payment has 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 can donate any amount between £2 and £5,000 in a single transaction to the fundraising page of your choice. Your donation will count as one point towards the ranking of your chosen fundraiser.

No. Only one-time donations made through fundraising pages count towards the Local Hero competition.

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

No. The winning charities will be selected according to the rankings of the top 20 fundraisers at 23:59:59 on Sunday the 30th April 2017. One charity can receive more than one prize if multiple fundraisers are in the top 20.

Funding for 2017's campaign is being kindly provided by a private philanthropist.

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 may slightly affect some of the scores.