IELTS General Writing Task 1: Raising Money for Charity (informal)

Nov 11, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Writing

This month we are returning to IELTS Writing General Task 1. This time we have tackled an informal letter – which is usually one written to a friend. 

Unlike Speaking, Writing is marked for Task Achievement – which effectively means you must answer all parts of the question and stay on topic. This means that each bullet point must be fully and more or less equally answered. 

Here is the template followed when answering this month’s question…

Salutation – it is important to use the correct tone

1st paragraph – answering the first bullet point

2nd paragraph  answering the second bullet point

3rd and 4th paragraphs – answering the third bullet point

Sign off – it is important to maintain the tone with which you started

The Question 

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write at least 150 words.

You are planning an event to raise money for a charity. You would like your friend to help you.

Write a letter to this friend. 

In your letter

  • give information about the charity you will help
  • describe how you are planning to raise money
  • say why you would like your friend to join you

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………… ,

IELTS Writing General Task 1 Model Answer - Raising Money for Charity (informal) by Andrew Turner @

The Answer

Dear Jim, 

How’s it going? I’m writing in the hope that you’ll join me in a big fundraising effort for Emmaus Leeds, a charity doing vital work in helping homeless people to get back on their feet. Emmaus does a sterling job in providing a stable home and gainful employment for people who desperately need it, but there’s one thing they’re falling short of this year: the funds for a new van.

I plan to break a Guinness World Record (yes!) by hosting the largest ever bake sale. If all goes to plan – it’ll be a Herculean task, mind you – there’ll be upwards of a thousand bakers purveying sweet goods, all of which will directly fund the charity’s good cause. 

So I need all hands on deck! I know you’ve had experience organising large events in the past; your input would be invaluable. If you’re free, I’d be very grateful if you could help me in organising the event logistics.

Do let me know what you think.

Best regards, 

Lawrence Cutting

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