A

  • Ask for ideas and support and don’t be afraid to ask for donations, it’s for a fantastic cause!
  • Art exhibitions are a great way of raising money. If you are a painter or photographer, or you know someone who is, why not hold a sale?
  • Auction of promises – get someone (bosses, parents, and teachers) to offer their tea making or car washing services for the day. People can then bid for their services!
  • Abseiling is a great dare devil sport; why not get family and friends to sponsor you to get over your fear of heights.

B

  • Baby competition – ask colleagues or friends to bring baby photos of them into work or school. People can then pay to play ‘guess who?’. Guaranteed to make people blush!
  • Bring and buy, at work, in your garden, at your community centre or at a local boot fair.
  • Be shameless! Keep talking about your fundraising efforts while you’re doing it. Get people involved.
  • Barn Dance the night away, and ask people for a donation to attend the event.
  • Bingo night is always lots of fun, why not ask people to make a donation to play. You could even have the winnings as a donation?

C

  • Car boot sale
  • Church collection
  • Company contacts – ask your suppliers for sponsorship if you are doing an event, or for gifts in kind.
  • Coffee mornings are so easy to do and so much fun! You could include a cake sale too.
  • Christmas cards – why not buy your cards from us this year and make a real difference.

D

  • Dress down for the day. Pay for the privilege!
  • Diet – trying to lose a few pounds? Why not eat healthily, do lots of exercise and get people to sponsor all your hard work.
  • Drink – get sponsored to give up alcohol, or anything else you love.
  • Darts evening – Invite your friends around and ask for a donation to participate.

E

  • Email is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family and ask for sponsorship.
  • Ever ready – keep your eyes open to new fundraising opportunities at work or in the community.
  • Exercise Bike Race – ask your local gym to help out, and get sponsorship for the miles.

F

  • Fashion show.
  • Fancy dress party or fancy dress days are a great way to raise funds – and fun too.
  • Fetes and fairs – have a stall and sell homemade goods.
  • Fine box for colleagues’ swearing or lateness.
  • Football kit day at work. Pay to wear one, and prepare for football banter!

G

  • Golf Day Tournament.
  • Guess the number e.g. balloons in a car, sweets in a jar, or any other wacky ideas you can think of.

H

  • Hobbies – could your hobbies raise money? Think about walking, cycling, painting or any other hobbies that could raise funds.
  • Horse racing or greyhound racing – organise a sweepstake at work, and see who gets lucky.

I

  • It’s a knockout! – get a group of friends together and organise a crazy day of fun events.

J

  • Jazz night, using local bands in your area.
  • Jumble sale.
  • JustGiving – a great way to get sponsorship from friends and family for your event.

K

  • Karaoke evening.
  • Kick-off – 5-a-side tournament among friends, family and work colleagues.

L

  • Line dancing evening
  • Lunch time madness – set a week aside for all your colleagues to bring in a packed lunch and then donate the money they have saved!

M

  • Matched donation from your company.
  • Murder mystery party.

N

  • Nice to your neighbour day. Offer to wash their windows, mow the lawn or sweep their drive, and ask for a donation.

O

  • Organise mini events such as raffles or auctions at parties, or a quiz night leading up to an event.
  • Opera night – try to get a group discount on opera or theatre tickets and then charge everyone a bit extra for the outing.

P

  • Party – 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, beach, James Bond … the themes are endless.
  • Pub crawl (fancy dress or three legged).
  • Public humiliations – get the director of your company in the stocks and then throw tomatoes at them – the more senior the better!

Q

  • Quiz night – organise one yourself, or ask your local pubs to give you a percentage of the takings from their weekly quiz.
  • Quiet time – do a sponsored silence for as long as you can stand it.

R

  • Races – Three-legged, egg and spoon, relay … or all three!
  • Relatives – Get your family to ask all of their friends to sponsor you/come along to your events.
  • Regular Giving – set up a regular monthly donation with us via our website.

S

  • Sponsored activities – you and friends can walk, swim, dance, fast or bungee jump. Whatever you choose to do, get sponsored.
  • Shave your head or beard – or someone else’s (and get people to sponsor you).
  • Street party.
  • Smoking – get sponsored to give up and donate the money you save over the first week/month/year.

T

  • Tin – ask us for a collection box to use at home, in a shop or in your local pub.
  • Treasure hunt.
  • Twenty-four-hour marathon – play darts, stay awake or watch endless films. Get sponsored!

U

  • Use your network of colleagues and friends to come up with ideas and help with activities.
  • Unwanted and unused gifts sale.

V

  • Vintage wine tasting
  • Valet service – offer to clean cars inside and out for all your family, friends and colleagues.

W

  • Wine and cheese party – homemade wine, prizes and cheese donated. Play games and charge entry.
  • Waltz – big band night (use old-time records if you can’t find a band).

X

  • X-ercise – get your local gym to organise a sponsored work out day or get sponsored to get fit.
  • ‘Xtra, Xtra read all about it’ – write to us and tell us all about your fundraising activities, and you may even get on our website.

Y

  • Your own ideas – if you have any of your own fundraising ideas please use them, the sky is your limit!

Z

  • Zest and passion – essential if you are going to make the best of your fundraising. Your fundraising will make a real difference to people’s lives and you should feel proud that you’re doing it!