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Arts & crafts fair

Ideal just before Christmas, Easter or other big annual events, an arts and crafts fair is a great way to pull in people seeking gift inspiration.



Organising an auction is a fantastic way to get lots of people involved. It could be an auction of talents, vintage treasures, homemade produce or anything else you can think of. Grab your gavel and get started!


Art Exhibition

You don’t have to be an award-winning artist to curate an exhibition – contact your local art group and see if they’ll exhibit their work for charity.


Bad tie day

Encourage workmates to dig out their most disastrous ties and wear them to work in exchange for a donation. Homer Simpson, ducks, novelty keyboards – nothing is too bad to be good!


Bag packing

Bag packing at busy times in supermarkets can really help pull in the pennies. Just remember not to squash the bread…


Battle of the bands

Know some local bands who’d take to the stage for charity? Pit them against each other in a special Battle of the Bands.


Bring and buy sale

Having a clear out? Encourage others to do the same, then organise a Bring and Buy Sale and bag some serious bargains.


Bike ride

Whether it’s an organised event or an individual expedition, a bike ride is a great way to experience the great outdoors and raise some money while you’re at it.



It’s everyone’s favourite numbers game, so why not organise a bingo event and see if you can get a full house? Now, eyes down…



Colour theme days

Ever had an overwhelming desire to wear orange from head to foot? Then organise a Colour Theme Day at work for a golden opportunity to raise money!


Cake sales

Channel your inner Mary Berry and organise a cake sale at work or at your local community group. Yum!


Cook up a storm

Whether you cook a fancy meal for friends, hold a Come Dine With Me competition or simply sell some soup at work, using your cooking talents for charity is a mouth-watering way to raise money.


Create your own competition, or use tried and tested ideas such as ‘guess who the baby in the picture is’ to entertain the guests at any kind of fundraising event.


Whether it’s pop, rock, classical or a tribute band, a night of music is a great way to pull in music-loving crowds and raise some money too.


Car wash

Sponges at the ready, advertise your car washing skills and see if you can clean up for charity!



Dress down day

See you later, smart suits. Ta-ra, ties! Organise a relaxed dress-down day at work and everyone can let their hair down in the name of raising money.



Unpack your platform shoes, shake out those flares and organise a charity disco event for all those disco divas!



Whether it’s a Strictly-style group showdown or an individual dance marathon, getting in the groove is a great way to get those tins a-jingling.  




Egg and spoon race

Whether it’s a fun lunchtime event or part of a wider charity sports day, an egg and spoon race is a fun, fast-paced way to raise some cash for charity. Ready, steady, GO!


Fancy dress

From a fun day at work to an evening party, there’s nothing quite like a fancy dress to get people in the mood to raise money!


Five-a-side football

Everyone loves a kick around, so why not get your family, friends or workmates to organise teams and have a five-a-side football tournament to score some money for charity.


Film night

A Halloween horror night, a Valentine’s rom-com or a festive Christmas feel-good film – whatever the excuse, a film night is a great way to pull in some funds.


Fashion show

High heels: check. Runway: check! Organise a fashion show for a seriously stylish way to raise money.


Fun run

If long-distance running isn’t really your bag, why not organise a fun run? Encourage people to dress up and have some laughs in the name of charity.


Give something up

Chocolate, alcohol, driving to work… there are all sorts of things you could give up to raise some sponsorship cash!


Guess the number / weight of…

Whether it’s the number of jelly beans in a jar or the weight of a baby soon to be born, guessing games are a quick and easy way to make money.


Hula hoop contest

Host a charity hula-hoop contest at home or at work and see who can hula their way to victory.


Hair braiding / beading

If you’re a budding hair braider or beader, why not charge a small amount for your service and see how much you can raise?  


Indoor games

From board game championships to bingo or a quiz, indoor games are a fun and weatherproof way to get people fundraising.


It’s A Knockout

Ideal for workplaces, organising an It’s A Knockout championship is a hilarious, hair-raising way to raise money for charity.


Jumble sale

Jumble sales aren’t just a great way to encourage people to declutter – they’re great for raising money too!  


Jigsaw marathon

Jigsaw lovers! Set yourselves a target and see how much money you can piece together.



Knock, knock. Who’s there? A fun and funny way to raise money for charity! Organise a joke-a-thon and laugh your way to your fundraising target.  


Kite flying

Got a talent for flying kites? Get your sponsorship money soaring with a kite flying marathon!



Organising a karaoke night is a fantastic way to get people exercising their vocal chords for charity! From Elvis wannabes to Dolly divas and Abba addicts – this night’s for everyone!


Knitting competition

Are you a wool wizard? A supreme stitcher? Then put your knitting know-how to the test and organise a competition.


Line dancing

Boot-scooting lovers of line-dancing, this one’s for you! There are few things more fun than a night of steppin’ and stompin’, so host a line dancing night and dance the night away!


Litter picking

Help raise some money and do your bit for the environment too with a sponsored litter-pick.


Magic show

Ideal for kids and adults alike, a good magic show will wow your guests and leave everyone wanting more. Hey presto – a winner for charity!


Money boxes

You know that pile of loose change you have at the end of the day? Put it in a money box and watch the pennies turn into pounds.


Musical evening

Share the love of your favourite music with a sponsored music evening. Catch up with friends, listen to new music and rediscover old classics – and raise some money at the same time!


Mini Olympics

You don’t have to be a gold medallist to organise a mini Olympics for family, friends or at your workplace. With such a variety of fun events, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.  


Name the…

Whether it’s a doll, cuddly toy or real life baby animal, ask people to suggest names in the name of charity for a fun way to fundraise.  


Obstacle course

Ideal for the workplace or a fun activity with kids, create an outdoor obstacle course and see who can complete it in the fastest time. The messier and muddier the better!


Penalty shoot-out

You don’t have to be a football fan to organise a penalty shoot-out. Just grab a ball, get a goalie and see how much money you can score!


Photo competition

If you know a thing or two about photography, why not hold a photography competition and encourage budding photographers to get snap happy for charity?


Pin the tail on Oscar

Pinning the tail on our furry, friendly mascot Oscar is a quick and easy way to have fun at work and raise some money too.



If you’re an amateur dramatic, organising a pantomime is a wonderful way to get lots of people involved and have a great time while you’re at it. OH YES IT IS!


Plant sale

Calling all green-fingered gardeners! If you’re a member of a gardening club, or know someone who is, why not organise a charity plant sale and watch your money grow?!



Test the knowledge of your friends, family or work colleagues by organising a charity quiz. It could involve music, general knowledge, sports or combination of everything – the choice is yours!




Whether you have high-value prizes or not, everyone loves a good raffle. Ask friends, family and workmates to donate items or experiences, then get selling tickets!


On your marks, get set… GO! No matter how fit you are, organising a relay race is a fantastic way to raise sponsorship and have a great day out with some friends.


Recycle clothing, toys and homeware 

Here at the Hospice, we accept all kinds of donations – from money to clothing, toys and even homeware – so donating, and collecting donations from other people, is a great way to help us out.



Whether you’re selling cakes, crafty things or even just bric-a-brac, running a stall is a simple, easy and fun way to raise some money for charity. 



A sponsored swim is a great way to dip a toe into the world of fundraising. You could do group swim, a casual fun event or even set yourself a target and swim, swim, swim!


Talent contest

It’s time to shine with an amazing talent competition. Invite singers, dancers, jugglers, story-tellers and sportspeople – then let the judging commence!



Roll up, roll up, it’s time for a super-exciting tombola, with prizes galore! Get some prizes together, grab some raffle tickets and a bucket and you’re good to go.


Treasure hunt

Yarr, me hearties! Channel your inner pirate and organise a treasure hunt round a park or neighbourhood, and compete against other scurvy crews to find that booty first!


Uniform-free day

Ideal for schools, a uniform-free day allows kids to dress and express themselves all in the name of charity.


Ugly-face-pulling competition

Bleurgh! Weargh! Squint your eyes, stick your tongue out and waggle your ears all at once for an amazing ugly-face-pulling competition.


Variety show

Calling all budding comedians, jugglers, break-dancers and talking dogs! Everyone has a talent, large or small, so get a sponsored variety show going – and maybe even take to the stage yourself!



Word search

A themed word-search can be a simple way to raise money and have fun at the same time! Come up with a puzzle for your friends or workmates, filled with funny and familiar words, and you’ll be raising money before you can say “There’s one!”

Window cleaning

It’s dirty work, but get those windows squeaky clean and you’ll soon be swapping your buckets of suds for buckets of lovely sponsorship cash!


Wine tasting

Hosting a wine-tasting evening can be a great way to explore new tastes and expand your palette at the same time as raising money.



Start your own search for a star and get family, friends and colleagues to share their talents in a sponsored sing-off.


Xmas fair/party

Tis the season to be jolly – and what could be jollier than a festive fair? Bake some mince pies, get some mulled wine brewing and crack out the Christmas crafts for everyone to enjoy.



Yacht race

We may not be by the sea but there are plenty of rivers, streams and lakes around. Take your toy boats and see who can sail the fastest.    


Yo-yo competition

Bring back those schoolyard days with a round-the-world, walk-the-dog, cat’s-cradling yo-yo contest. Sponsor people to show off tricks, share tips and take up challenges.


Zoo quiz

Do you know your lions from your lemurs and your cockatoos from your capybaras? Sounds like you’d be the ideal person to put on a really wild zoo quiz!


Zodiac evening

The stars are in alignment for a fantastic zodiac evening. Gather some astrology-loving friends and while the night away star-spotting and future-gazing.

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