A – Z of Fundraising ideas
There are many ways that you can fundraise for Hope for Tomorrow, from afternoon tea to climbing a mountain, there’s lots of scope to choose something that suits you. We would love to help you make a success of your fundraising activity – below are some ideas, but please get in touch with us and we can help bring your idea to life! We’ve got collection boxes and plenty of goodies to get you started.
Abseil –If you’re not afraid of heights, then get ready to descend from a great one and raise money. Perhaps you could get someone to pay a pound for every metre you rappel down.
Arts & Crafts stall – If you’re handy with a sewing machine or some paintbrushes then why not showcase your latest designs and donate a percentage of profits to Hope for Tomorrow? You can set up an arts and crafts stall on your driveway, or even attend a craft fair as a seller.
Afternoon tea – Finger sandwiches, tea, tiny delectable cakes! What could be more wonderful than a quaint afternoon tea? Get making and baking and hold your very own afternoon tea with friends and family. If you want to be really fancy, then charge extra for a glass of bubbles too!
Auction – If you’ve got some original, sought after items on your hands (or you know someone that does) then you could action them off – you could even do it online. If you’re missing some items to auction, why not auction skills, experiences or promises. Perhaps you’re a dab hand at DIY or you’re a great cook.
Bake sale – A bake sale is a firm favourite for fundraising. If you can hold a cake sale in a place where there is a lot of footfall, then you’re bound to raise some money and have some very happy customers too. Gluten-free or vegan choices could be popular as well. Always be mindful of allergens with this type of fundraising too.
Bring and buy sale – A bring and buy sale is a great excuse to pass on some pre-loved clothes or give those old books a new home.
Bingo – Arrange a community bingo night in a school, church or village hall. It’s a fun and sociable way to spend some time so everyone wins!
Birthday – Ask for donations to Hope for Tomorrow rather than presents for your birthday.
Bungee Jump – Fancy yourself a bit of an adrenaline junkie? Why not tick this activity off your bucket list and fundraise to help people living with cancer at the same time? There are lots of companies that offer charity bungee jumps, up and down the country, all you have to do is sign up, pick your location and get fundraising!
Car boot sale – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Car boot sales are an easy way to declutter your home and raise some money for Hope for Tomorrow.
Celebrations – Asking for donations at a celebration, or in lieu of, is a wonderful to generate donations for Hope for Tomorrow. One of our wonderful supporters, a patient who uses the unit in Suffolk, Lynsey, asked for donations to Hope for Tomorrow at her wedding, instead of asking for wedding presents.
Climb – complete the Three Peaks Challenge – taking on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon, or just climb your stairs for as many times as it takes for you to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower (or the Burj Khalifa if you’re brave enough!).
Cocktails – “If you like piña coladas…”. Get together with friends for a cocktail night, you could ask your guests to dress up in cocktail attire too. Hire a mixologist for the night for the ultimate cocktail masterclass or give your guests the chance to have their own Great British Shake Off, featuring a prize for the best (and worst) drink!
Coffee (and cake!) morning – We all love a cup of Joe in the morning, in fact, most of us need one to get us out of bed. A cake and coffee morning is the perfect excuse to socialise over a good brew. You could host the event at your house, or even rent out a village hall, set your price for each cup of coffee and slice of cake sold, or simply ask for donations from your generous customers.
Cycling – Get on your bike and raise money for Hope for Tomorrow. Whether you cycle by yourself, with friends or colleagues, or perhaps you are part of a club.
Christmas cards – There are lots of opportunities to give to Hope for Tomorrow with Christmas cards, or any greetings cards really. You could make your own, sell them and donate the money to the Charity, spreading our message in the process. You could buy your Christmas cards from Hope for Tomorrow – we stock a wide variety of designs each year and you’re sure to find one that your heart desires. Or, if you decide not to send out cards this year, you can choose to donate the money that you would have spent on cards to Hope for Tomorrow as a thoughtful festive gesture.
Dance/Disco – Organising a dance, disco or ball is a fantastic way to raise money for Hope for Tomorrow. In the past we’ve seen dances themed by era, proving to be the perfect opportunity to dress up and dance to some of that decade’s best music.
Eating competition – Are your eyes bigger than your belly or could you take on the ultimate eating competition? Get together with members of your community to see who can eat the most in a certain time, you could even make it festive by seeing who can eat the most pancakes on Shrove Tuesday or mince pies at Christmas.
Endurance – Complete a daily squat challenge or plank for as long as possible Whatever you choose to do, challenge yourself and rack up those sponsors! Imagine the feeling when you’ve completed the challenge. You might even choose to beat a world record.
Fancy dress – Dress up for a day and donate to Hope for Tomorrow. Whether it’s at work or school, everyone loves to dress up – you could even combine it with another fundraising idea, like a sports day or afternoon tea, to make it really fun.
Face painting – If you’ve got an event coming up, perhaps a community fete or a children’s party, then why not offer your services as a face painter. You can always paint on hands or feet as well. Get creative!
Film night – Create your very own cinema and charge your guests admission. If you really want to make a profit, then serve popcorn and drinks and charge the same price as a regular cinema!
Give something up – If you’re known for being a bit of a chocolate or cheese fiend, then try and give up your vice, donating the money that you would have spent and asking your friends and family to sponsor you too.
Guess how many sweets are in the jar – Round up your favourite sweets, or choose a variety to spice things up a bit, and ask people to guess how many there are in the jar. Just remember to keep count when the sweets go in the jar!
Halloween – Trick or treat?! Throw your very own ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween bash with apple bobbing, scary stories, a mummy-wrapping race, pumpkin carving etc. Go all out for your very own fright night.
Head shave – Looking for a new do? A sponsored head-shave is a real head-turner. Head shaving is a cause close to home as many of our patients lose their hair as a result of chemotherapy. Will you stand in solidarity and brave the shave for Hope for Tomorrow?
Hour of pay – Donating an hour of your pay is a great way to contribute to Hope for Tomorrow. You could even make it a regular thing, donate 1 hour of pay each month to keep the wheels turning on our units. You could even Pay for a Day or become a Regular Giver. Just £18 a month over the course of a year would pay to keep one of our units on the road for a day, helping approximately 40 people to receive vital cancer treatments on board.
It’s a knockout – Create your own version of the game show by setting up an obstacle course and getting contestants to compete in crazy costumes! Alternatively, you can put your own team together and get involved with our very own It’s a Knockout fun day, taking place July 2023.
James Bond – Hold your very own Bond-inspired event, with martinis, fast cars and larger than life villains.
Jeans at work – If your work usually adheres to a dress code or uniform, why not don the jeans for a day and encourage your colleagues to donate to Hope for Tomorrow.
Jewellery making – Making unique jewellery can be easy and rewarding. If you don’t already do something like this, then you might find a new passion.
Jumble sale – The beauty of a jumble sale is that it can be just that, jumbled! You can pop a blanket on your front lawn or a table on your driveway and top it with various pieces that you’re looking to re-home. You can advertise your sale on your local Facebook group to entice customers, don’t forget to say you’re raising money for Hope for Tomorrow! You might even get others to do the same.
Knitting – Knitted MCCU or rainbow? Challenge yourself to knit something really impressive or sell your existing designs and donate the proceeds to Hope for Tomorrow. In the past, we’ve seen designs like knitted bumble bees and also a knitted garden, which was some noteworthy needlework indeed.
Land’s End to John O’Groats – Or John O’Goats to Land’s End, whatever takes your fancy! Travel the length of the nation on this classic challenge, pedalling through beautiful Scottish and English scenery. You’ll be sure to rack up the sponsorships with this one.
Loose change collection – Ask your friends and family to dig deep down the side of the sofa or put their hands in their pockets to raise money for Hope for Tomorrow. Just a few pounds from each person could you see raise a substantial amount of money for an incredible cause.
Marathon – Full marathon or half marathon? That is the question. Marathons are another bucket list activity and with a few months of training, you could be well on your way to ticking it off.
Murder Mystery night – Plan a murder mystery evening with the ultimate “whodunit?”. Find ideas online, send out your invites to a dinner and watch as the night unfolds into a whirlwind of suspects and suspicion.
Mulled wine and music – Get your guests into the festive feeling by inviting them round for some mulled wine and some Christmassy music to sing along to. You could even go carolling and ask members of your community to pop some money in a tub.
Name the cuddly toy – Find a delightfully cute and cuddly toy, decide on a name and have people try to guess which name you’ve chosen. Charge a small amount per guess and have a long list of potential names at the ready, the winner gets to keep the cuddly toy so the more guesses the higher the chance of winning!
Non-uniform day – A small donation for attending work or school in non-uniform is a quick and simple way to fundraise for Hope for Tomorrow. Non-uniform days are the norm for a lot of schools on the last day of term so why not suggest Hope for Tomorrow as a charity to receive some of the proceeds from this day. You could even encourage bright, multi-coloured outfits, just like our logo.
New Year’s Eve party – Start the New Year off in the right way with a charitable donation to Hope for Tomorrow. You could get together with friends to sing Auld Lang Syne and see the New Year in, making the most of the festivities and encouraging friends to make a donation for a great cause.
Office collection – lots of the fundraising ideas that we have previously suggested can be done in an office. Whether it’s a mufti day, cake sale or Office Olympics, why not take advantage of the captive audience and raise some money at work! If time is not on your side then you can always leave a collection tub in the staff room, along with some information about us. If you’re a particularly competitive workplace, then you can always pit employees against each other to see who can raise the most and offer a reward for doing so.
Photography – If you’re a pro behind the lens why not offer out your photography skills and ask your clients to donate to Hope for Tomorrow instead of paying for the shoot.
Pub quiz – Who doesn’t love a pub quiz? You could arrange a quiz at your local and donate the proceeds, or arrange one at home, setting up your own bar and charging for drinks and participation. If your guests would prefer to do the quiz from the comfort of their own home, then you can easily arrange a virtual quiz online.
Quiz – As above. You could host a Mastermind-style quiz night or a themed quiz if your guests have a particular area of knowledge.
Quintessentially British – Think tea, scones, Union Flags, The Beatles, London even. This could be a great idea for a garden party or for someone who just loves our country.
Raffle – If you’re already hosting some sort of event, you could always include a charity raffle to boost donations. All you need is a desirable prize or a few of them, they could be gifts or experiences, (try asking around local businesses to see if they would donate or discount something and to charge a small amount for each ticket). A raffle could be a standalone event too and you could even hold it online to broaden your reach.
Recycling – Ask your friends to have a clear out of things like clothes, DVDs and old mobile phones. You can round them up, recycle them and donate the proceeds to us. To make it easier, we even have clothes banks up and down the country for you to deposit your unwanted textiles. Find your nearest one here.
Sponsored silence – Ssssh! Can you keep quiet for 24 hours or more? Challenge yourself to not to say anything for a whole day and ask your family and friends to sponsor you whilst they bask in the peace and quiet. This could certainly be an interesting challenge if you’re normally a chatterbox.
Swear box – If you’re friends, family or colleagues are known to be a bit potty-mouthed then why not set a penalty and pay a pound for each bomb they drop. Help them turn bad habits into good deeds, they might thank you later.
Spin-a-thon – If you’re a fan of a static spin bike, hop on and spin for several hours, non-stop in the name of Hope for Tomorrow. We recently held our very own Spin-a-thons based in PureGyms near to the locations of each of our units.
Sweepstakes – The promise of a prize is a great incentive here. Split the proceeds between Hope for Tomorrow and the winner. You’ll get even the most unlikely sportsmen involved if they think they could win their money back!
Swim-a-thon – Get friends and family to sponsor you for every length that you swim. If you want to amp it up, you could even do a sponsored open-water swim to really test yourself.
Taxi service – Give up your time to ferry friends and family around. Perhaps you’ve got friends going out to dinner, offer to give them a lift instead of them booking a taxi, but charge them for the pleasure. Tips for good driving and clean cars are graciously accepted too.
Teddy bear’s picnic – Kids can get together and bring their best bears for the ultimate teddy bear’s picnic.
Theme days/nights – Host a dinner party or a fancy dress day, just pick a theme and advertise it. It could be Italian, French, American (pick a state and have fun!), German or Spanish. Or, you could dress up as animals or celebrities that share your name. The opportunities are endless.
Unwanted gifts – You might not want to admit it, but every year, you end up with one or two presents that you just know you won’t like or won’t use. Perhaps its bubble bath in a smell you don’t like or a type of chocolate that you just don’t enjoy. Ask those around you for donations and then either sell them on, making a profit and donating it to Hope for Tomorrow or considering gifting them to us for use in future raffles.
Viva Las Vegas! Hold a casino night. You can invite your friends, get them to dress up and have a night playing poker and blackjack – but remember – the house always wins!
Walking – Pledge to walk a certain number of miles in a specific time period. You can choose how you do it, how far and how long but don’t forget to push yourself, that way people will be more inclined to sponsor you.
Weight of the cake – Bake a cake (or a few) and have people guess how much it weighs. This is a great activity to have at a local event, where passers-by will be able to stake their guess and claim the cake at the end of the day if they win.
Wax it – Test your pain and embarrassment threshold by publicly waxing your body. A packet of wax strips and an audience is all you need.
X-factor/Talent show – Host your very own talent competition. It could be anything from circus skills, singing, breakdancing or even magic! Just remember to magic up some donations for Hope for Tomorrow in the process.
Year to Remember – Do something that will make your year a year to remember. Completing an activity or a habit for 365 days is the ultimate way to show dedication to the cause. All you have to do is decide what it will be, stick to it and start your fundraising.
Zip wire – Another one for the adrenaline junkies!
Zzzzz – It’s time for a rest after all that fundraising. You’ve earnt it!