The thought of raising your minimum sponsorship level can often be more daunting than the trek or bike training! Don’t worry though, we’ve got some great ideas here to get you started and your chosen charity will give you loads of support and advice too.
Check out Virgin Money or Just Giving to set up your on-line sponsorship page. Make sure you personalise your page and tell people about your reasons for undertaking the challenge and try to get someone to put a big donation on first, hopefully others will then follow suit!
Give yourself plenty of time and set targets
Start planning your fundraising as soon as you are signed up for the challenge. If you have 12 months to raise your sponsorship, aim to raise £300 a month – this will make your fundraising much more manageable.
Tried and Tested Fundraising Ideas
- Email all your work colleagues and friends and ask them to sponsor you
- Dress down day at school or work
- Hold an auction of promises at work
- Organise a quiz night in your local pub
- Hold a raffle* (write to local companies, shops, restaurants for prizes or vouchers)
- Hold a race night at your local dog stadium (on a quiet night the stadium might give you the venue for a discount or even for free)
- Sponsored hair dye or head/leg/beard shave
- Supermarket collections
- Collections at big sporting events e.g. football matches, concerts etc.
- Karaoke evening
- Fancy dress pub crawl
- Ask your company to sponsor you – ask if they operate a ‘match giving scheme’ (e.g. for every £ you raise, they might match it)
- Wash cars at a local supermarket or leisure centre (do it in fancy dress!)
- Charge your friends to come to a dinner party, barbecue or disco – hold a raffle, play sponsored games or organise a treasure hunt
- Organise a sweepstake at work e.g. Grand National, Wimbledon, rugby/football/cricket tournaments
- Gift Aid your fundraising to increase every donation by over 20%! Ask your chosen charity or visit Gov.UK
Here are a few ideas to get you up to £1,500
- Ask 10 friends or colleagues for £10 £200
- Car boot sale £200
- Collection at supermarket £200
- Dress down day at school/work £200
- Ask 10 business suppliers for £50 £500
- Auction of promises £200
*Please note that there are strict guidelines governing raffles, so you should ask your charity about up to date rules and regulations.