Without your support, Cancer will get left untreated and it will take more lives off our hands but with your help we can finally get rid of this horrible disease.
I will be fundraising for 3 charities who are:
For me all three charities are crucial in helping someone going through their experience of Cancer.
There are a number of ways you can get involved but before you do anything, check out the events list on my website to see if you can take part in anything I am doing even if it is virtually.
When you are doing any fundraising, please use my Virgin giving link and logo(optional) so it is kept in one place instead of different fundraising pages.
I have set up a gallery you can use for your social media platforms.
Below is a selection of fundraising ideas that you can do but there is more so do some research and please follow government guidelines.
If your unsure then please get in touch.
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If you are that person who doesn't have social media or doesn't want to get involved then that is ok but if you are able to donate to the fundraising link which is on the homepage of this website (EVEN IF ITS £1) then myself and the charities would be very grateful.
JUST TO MENTION THAT I PERSONALLY DON'T HANDLE ANY MONEY, ALL DONATIONS GO STRAIGHT TO THE 3 CHARITIES.
Fundraising Event Ideas
- Bake sale - Make like Mary Berry and bake your way to fundraising success. Whether you run the event at work, school or your home be sure to find out about any specialist diets (or perhaps just favourites) first to maximise sales!
- Beard shaving - You may love your furry face, but what about your friends and family? Would the idea of you shaving your beard off have them reaching into their pockets in the name of Cancer Research UK? Why not let them dye it too before the big shave as a way to raise extra funds for charity?
- Eating competition - How many crackers can you eat without water? When it comes to food, there are lots of challenges to set, particularly for fans of ‘I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!’ You can raise money with entry fees or tie an eating competition into a larger event. Top tip: breaking records could help you gain press coverage and increase your fundraising.
- Football match / 5-a-side football - Even if you don't score, this is one match that guarantees you'll make a difference in 90 minutes. If you've got smaller numbers, why not opt for a game of 5-a-side? Raise funds by charging a player fee and why not let spectators donate to take part in a penalty shootout at the end of the match?
- Games Night - You don't have to be a Monopoly board master or play Scrabble like a pro to a host a games night. You just need games, a place to play and people to play with. It can be as simple as charades or if you have a screen and console to hand, why not go down the gaming route, charging friends to play? Tight on time? Put on a lunchtime session at your office and get colleagues to play for the price of a coffee.
- Give it up! - We all have bad habits, some worse than others (we’re looking at you toenail biters!). But if you have a habit you want to kick, why not do it while fundraising for vital research into cancer? If your habit is costly, why not donate the money you save? Or if your habit causes more frustration to others than yourself, why not have people sponsor you? Over the years our supporters have raised money by giving up things like crisps, television, alcohol, chocolate, meat and smoking.
- International evening / International Day - Whether you've travelled the world or just love a particular culture, an international theme is a great way to get people excited about raising money. Choose your country, or go 'around the world', and charge people an entry fee. Have a think about dress codes, food and music. Entertainment such as quizzes can be a great way to raise extra funds at the event.
- Karaoke night - Time to stretch the vocal cords and get ready for a night of karaoke. Love it or hate it, our fundraisers have proven it’s a great way to raise money. If you're on the lookout for a karaoke machine, reach out to friends on social media to save money on renting one.
- Knitting - British weather means that knitwear is often in demand. So why not use your needle skills to raise money for charity? First, decide how you want to sell your unique items. You could use online auction sites, set-up a stall or speak to your local Cancer Research UK store. Want to raise more awareness of your fundraising? Set up a Facebook page, put it on your Instagram Stories, Tweet about it, or for more publicity, knit somewhere that will generate interest. We’ve had supporters knit at the top of mountains before (but fundraising from your own home is equally as appreciated!).
- Livestream - Charity streaming gives you the freedom to fundraise your way. Whatever your talent, hobby or challenge, you can help us raise vital funds for life-saving research. The magic of livestreaming is its fantastic reach. Because you're broadcasting publicly, your potential audience is wide. So the more people that watch your charity stream, the more money you'll be able to raise.
- Marathon events - Before you skip and read onto the next idea, remember a marathon doesn't have to mean running! In the past, our supporters have raised money with marathon DJ sets, roller skating, and nail art sessions. Just decide if you want an activity that will take you 26.2 miles or hours.
- Matched Giving - Whether you’re raising money in the office or outside of work, ask your employer about matched giving. Lots of our fundraisers have doubled the amount raised by their employer so don't be afraid to ask.
- Music and mulled wine evening - Pop, rock, or jazz? Regardless of genre, if fundraising through music appeals to you it's time to start thinking about your event. Will you be performing? Or just looking for local acts to support you? You could keep it simple with a Saturday busking session. Or if you're thinking bigger, start to look at venues (or start being extra nice to friends with big gardens).
- No Make-Up Selfie / Natural Week - 2014 was the year your support blew us away with #NoMakeupSelfie. But in 2019, it's not too late to support us with your makeup-free snaps! Want to take it one step further, why not go bare-faced for a full day, week or even month?
- Name the … - Name the teddy, bunny or bear. Whatever it is you choose, tap into people's competitive nature with a simple guessing game. Charge per entry and provide a percentage of the money raised as a prize or try to get one donated.
- New Year's Eve dance/party - Avoid a night of queuing and host your own New Year's Eve party. The best thing about it? You get to control both the music and the guestlist. Charge your guests cheaper than the local pub for entry and then donate the fee.
- Office Collection Day / Office Fundraising - Short of time but eager to make a difference? Then fundraising in the office could be the right activity for you. Charity fundraising activities for the office could include bake sales, an office Olympics, a dress-down day or perhaps take breakfast orders and set-up your own tea trolley. A morning coffee could make your colleagues more than happy to sponsor you!
- Open Garden / Day - If your garden is in full bloom or you have a house with a colourful history, why not open your doors for an entry fee and host an open house. With the kitchen close by, it will be easy to raise extra funds by offering refreshments and a great way to meet the neighbours!
- Obstacle course - Set-up the ultimate obstacle course to raise money for Claire Killick Memorial. Yours could include a tyre swing or even a mud pit. Maybe you could have a separate course for children and adults to make the day a family friendly affair.
- Pamper Day - It's likely your friends love a bit of pampering, so why not plan a day that offers the break people need.. Are you a trained beautician, masseuse or hairdresser? We need your skills. If pampering is more of a hobby, whilst we'd suggest staying away from offering haircuts, why not have your friends over for a night in? You could even make your own beauty products which will help keep guests entertained and your spending low.
- Quiz night - The pub, village hall, local sports centre and your best mate’s garden are all venues suitable for hosting a quiz. Decide what’s the best option (and available) to you and get working on those questions. Will the theme change by rounds or will your quiz be more niche, with all questions specific to a particular band, film or book? You host the night and guests pay to play. Simple... but the questions might not be.
- Raffle - A raffle is great to have at a charity fundraising event. Just charge a fee for tickets and the winner gets a prize. This could also work as a standalone fundraising activity. Just be aware of offering that unwanted Secret Santa gift you got last year as a prize: your friends may recognise it!
- Running - Join our team of training heroes and fundraise by running! No organised event, just you and your challenge. Combined, our supporters have run thousands of miles to beat cancer sooner, where will your run take you?
- Sweepstakes - Want a way to fundraise for charity fast? A sweepstake could be the perfect way for you to raise money. You have 1 question, for example, 'How many sweets in the jar?' and people pay to be given an answer. Whoever has the winning answer gets a prize, while you donate the money raised.
- Skydiving - Our supporters are brave. Despite the obvious fear factor, skydives are one of our most popular fundraising activities so join our dedicated fundraisers, get in touch and start organising your skydive today.
- Sponsored Silence - If you’re a chatterbox who finds being quiet a challenge, then perhaps you could raise funds with a sponsored silence. Just remember, don't be quiet about the cause and your fundraising before or after the event!!
- University Challenge - Challenge your rival university to a competition, to see which university will come out on top. It could be a ‘University Challenge’ style quiz or maybe even a race through your university city. Whatever the challenge, open it up to your fellow students to come and watch. Ticket costs will help you raise funds. Remember to speak to your student union who will likely be happy to help you organise
- Uniform free day - Whilst best avoided if you are a fireman, a uniform free day is a great way to get raise funds at school, or let your office relax a little with a dress-down dress code. Swapping your usual uniform for fancy dress could help you raise even more money.
- Valentine's Day - Lots of single friends and a skill for matchmaking? Then why not organise a single's event? You could organise a speed-dating evening or even a full-blown Valentine’s ball. The best part is that even if nobody gets a love match, everyone can go home happy knowing they have supported such an important cause. Don't have the resource (or friends willing) for a single's event? Why not bake some love themed goodies for the office. Or why not throw an alternative Valentine’s Day event? Whether its fitness or food, make the theme 'what you love' and ask for donations from friends who attend.
- Walk - Where and how far will you walk to fight cancer? Some of you have walked over 600 miles to cover the South West Coastal Path. Others have walked 5k, while some did it blindfolded. But they all did it with the same aim: to beat cancer sooner. So whether you head to your local shopping centre in your onesie, or make your way from John O'Groats to Lands' End, walk with purpose and become a Claire Killick Memorial fundraiser today.
- Wax It - It's a classic charity fundraising technique that provides an interesting insight into how much your friends are willing to pay to hear you shout 'ouch!'. A packet of wax strips (and maybe some aloe vera) is all you need to raise money with a wax off.
- Wear It - People like to laugh, so give them an incentive to sponsor you by letting them nominate what you wear.
- X-Factor Competition - Charity fundraising is all about doing what you can to make a difference. So if you can hit the high notes like Mariah, then an X-Factor style competition could be right for you. If you’re not the singer in the group, stick to hosting and if you can't find the talent to compete, why not host a night and watch the show? You could even put a sweepstake on the show, from who'll be the first to go to how many times the phrase "I didn't like it, I loved it" gets used. The prize can be a percentage of the money raised, or a non-monetary prize of your choosing.
- Xbox / Playstation / Console Night - We hope you’re sitting comfortably because a charity gaming fundraiser could leave you up all night. Make this gaming session one that matters by inviting people to play for a donation to Claire Killick Memorial.
- Yoga marathon - Know your tree pose from your downward dog? Lots of fundraisers use skills they already have to successfully raise money. So if you’re a self-confessed Yogi, why not run a not-for profit class? Your pupils will not only have invested in their own health, but also have the added satisfaction of knowing they’ve made a difference.
- Zip Wire - Adrenaline junkie or willing to face a fear? There's zip wires up and down the country and all offer a different experience. So do your research and find the challenge that is right for you (and most likely to encourage friends to sponsor you!).