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If you are thinking about fundraising for York & Scarborough Hospitals Charity, but are unsure of where to start, we have pulled together an A-Z of things you could do to raise money. If you would like any help with your fundraising then please do not hesitate to contact the Charity Team on 01904 724521 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A thrilling and adrenaline-fuelled experience. Be brave and get sponsored for your vertical descent.
Fundraising and fitness, great for you whilst helping others. Get your friends and family involved or your local class. Maybe organise a huge aerobics event.
Tickets to an afternoon tea are always popular. Use a local venue or bake with friends and use a village hall. Add in an auction or raffle to raise additional funds.
Are you an artist? Why not sell some of your pieces or set up an exhibition and charge a small amount for an entry and donate the proceeds.
Arts & Crafts Fair
Get your friends and colleagues involved with creating, selling and buying, arts and crafts. Find local fairs to sell your wares and donate the profits.
Have something to sell? Why not hold an Auction with your friends or local community.
Bad Tie Day
Great for offices and schools, you can have a competition for the craziest tie. If you don't have a bad tie, pop to a local charity shop – that way you can help two charities at once!
Local supermarkets allow charity bag packing. Get a group of friends together and bag pack for us. You find the friends we can find the supermarket.
Why not hold a charity BBQ. This way you can have friends and family round and be able to raise money for charity.
Take part in an organised cycling event or create your own route and get sponsored. Invite family and friends to join you.
Fundraise in lieu of your birthday. Set up a fundraising page instead of receiving presents.
Too many books and not enough space? Organise a book sale at your village hall or community centre.
Bring & Buy Sale
Always a popular fundraiser. Find a venue, advertise the event. Then people will come buy and sell, all raising funds for charity.
If you can sing or play an instrument and you have the correct council licence, all you need is generous passers-by and you can raise money doing something you enjoy!
Let your baking expertise run wild and organise a bake sale and donate the proceeds to charity.
Car Boot Sale
If you've got lots of unwanted items that may be useful to someone else, then fill your boot and drive down to your local car boot sale and donate the proceeds to charity.
Grab a sponge and a bucket, offer to clean your friends, family or colleagues’ cars. Charge a fee as a donation to charity. Why not combine with a coffee morning for extra fundraising.
Take part in one of our challenge events. Take a look at our webpage here!
Organise one at home or alternatively find a local village or church hall in which to host. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are all you need. Add in book stalls, bric-a-brac stands or a raffle to increase your takings!
Join a local cycling sportive. Pick a distance that challenges you and get sponsored. Get your friends or cycling buddies to join you and make up a team.
Dig out your sequins and grab yourself a partner. Have some fun and raise some funds. Either recreate the strictly experience or just hold a simple event with your friends.
Why not organise a darts tournament in your local pub or club. Source a prize for the winning team.
Ever fancied being on ‘Come Dine With Me’? Why not recreate the competition for you and your friends? Charge people for the meal to raise funds for charity. Or you could organise a dine-around, changing houses for each course.
Get your boogie shoes on and dance like no one is watching! Charge for entry. Run competitions throughout the night. All to raise additional funds.
Create your own Crufts event or hold a cutest dog completion. Charge for entries and ask for donations for prizes.
Dress Down Friday
This is always popular and easy to organise at school or work. Simply charge a fee and have a theme if you want to make it more fun.
Easter Egg Hunt
An easy fundraising idea for schools or children’s groups. Hide some eggs, leave some clues and charge participants to take place.
Sell your unwanted items to raise funds. Offer to sell for others, with a donation to charity. You can also donate a percentage of your sales directly to charity when selling through eBay.
Egg & Spoon Race
Great fun for children and adults alike. Pay to enter the race with proceeds going to charity.
Egg Painting Competition
Get creative with your paints, arrange a competition and charge entrants. Ask for donations for prizes.
Embrace the neon and step back in time to enjoy and 80’s night. Maybe have an eighties themed meal and decorate your home, village hall or venue. Sell glow merchandise to raise more money.
Fancy Dress Friday
Take dress down Friday to another level! Fancy dress days are always a winner.
Host a film night for your school, community group, friends and family, sell popcorn and drinks with a mark-up and charge an entry fee.
Five-a-Side Football Match
Get a group of mates together and charge them to take part.
Join an organised event or set up a fun run at your school or in your local village. Charge entrants or get sponsorship for participating. There are plenty of options for all levels of fitness.
Host an evening of games or challenges. Charge people to attend, but also add in penalties for using their phones or talking about work!
Why not clear out your cupboards and set up a garage sale at home. Invite people to come along and buy your once loved items. Don't forget to distribute flyers and advertise!
Enter a team into a local golf day and get sponsorship, or work with your local golf club to organise a golf tournament to raise money for charity. On a sillier note, or for children, organise an event at a crazy golf course.
Give Something Up
Can’t live without biscuits, chocolate or a glass of wine with dinner? Decide how long you are going to give up your habit and get friends, family or colleagues to sponsor you
Guess The Weight…
Always a fun and easy way to make money for charity. Guess the weight of a jar of sweets, a cake, a car, or anything else you can think of.
Get sponsored to go bald! Get friends and family to come along and support you.
If you are a horse lover this might just be the thing for you. Why not put on a gymkhana at your local stables?
Ice Cream Sale
Invite all your friends or classmates for this cool fundraiser. Perfect fundraiser for the summer months.
Row the channel or choose your own distance. Take on a personal challenge or row as a team.
International Themed Evening
Host a dinner party inspired by your favourite country. Theme your dress code, menu and music and charge your friends and family to come along.
Jeans At Work Day
Get your colleagues all to pay to wear jeans for the day.
Have a clear out of your unwanted items while raising money for charity.
Always a classic. Host a karaoke evening at home, at school or at your local pub. Pick your favourite tune and away you go!
Get your needles out, set a competition or knit items for our wards. This will raise funds and provide useful items for our hospital.
Ladies Night / Day
Get your female friends together and throw a ladies day or night. The first challenge will be getting a date in the diary. Once you've got the date, start to think about entertainment. You could have cocktails and canapés or a Mad Hatter’s tea party. You know your guests best, so choose something that you’ll all enjoy.
This one could work well at the pub. Charge to enter the competition, and ask the pub to donate a prize for the winner.
Make The Tea
Be the favourite person in your office, but for a fee! Get people to pay you for making the tea and coffee for a day, week or month.
Manicure & Makeovers
Host a pamper party. Get a local beautician involved and charge to have treatments.
Mile Of Coins
Collect lots of coins and when they are all lined up, how far do they reach?
Great idea for schools and community groups. Set up Olympic events and charge fees for each event entered. Source prizes and maybe hold a raffle or tombola for further fundraising.
Name The Teddy
Ask a local business to donate a teddy. Come up with a list of names and sell them to people to raise funds. Pick the name out of the hat and give the teddy as the prize.
Source a prize and then sell numbered squares to raise funds. Contact our office as we can print the squares for you.
Either bring in the professionals or create your own obstacle course. Compete as teams or individuals and charge for entry. Let the competition commence!
Odd Clothes Day
Charge to wear crazy clothes and give prizes for the wackiest combinations.
There are plenty of ways to incorporating fundraising into your place of work, whether it’s holding a bake sale, a raffle, a tombola, having dress-down day or making your boss sit in a tub of baked beans.
If you have a garden to be proud of gather together some of your neighbours and host an open gardens. Advertise your event, sell tickets and also sell refreshments to raise more funds.
Hold your own pancake race using the contestants own pancakes. But before they race why not give prizes for best (and worst) pancakes. Sell pancakes afterwards for competitors and spectators to eat.
Do you have a passion for plants? Sell cuttings or plants and donate the profits to charity.
Organise a quiz night. Get your friends along to the pub or a village hall and host a quiz. Any theme or audience can be catered for. Get people to buy tickets to fill tables for you. Sell food and drinks if you can, and maybe hold a raffle to increase your fundraising.
Holding a raffle can be a fundraiser on its own or can be an additional fundraiser at your event to boost income. Ask local businesses to donate prizes. If you want to sell tickets in advance, you must purchase official tickets. We can help with this. You can use cloakroom tickets if you are selling tickets on the day of the draw. All tickets must cost the same. You cannot sell for ‘50p each or 3 for £1’, they must be ‘50p each or 3 for £1.50’.
This fundraiser would be a great team building exercise, so why not get your office or friends involved and let the competition begin. Get sponsored or sell places with a mark up to raise funds.
Challenge your friends to a Scrabble competition. Each competitor pays to play.
Are you an excellent speller? Or just want to give it a try? Challenge yourself to a predetermined quantity of words. Maybe get sponsored for every word known. If you are really adventurous, you could learn words in a foreign language!
Challenge yourself to swim a certain number of lengths in a day, week or month? Get sponsorship for each length swum. You could swim as part of a relay team and cover more distance.
Fancy being your own Simon Cowell, then run your own talent show. Great for schools and workplaces. Any talents welcome, charge people to watch the event. Maybe hold a raffle too to raise more funds.
If a coffee morning is not for you, then have a tea party instead. Just don’t forget the cucumber sandwiches!
Garb a group of friends and head down to your local bowling alley. Charge a fee for entry and participation. Give a prize to the winner.
Great for adults and school children. Get together with your friends and colleagues for this fun team building exercise. Charge an entry fee for each team and donate the proceeds to charity.
Ask local businesses, friends and families to donate prizes. Only tickets ending in 0 and 5 will win a prize. You may also want to hold a raffle at the same time.
Grab a pen, some paper and a prize for the end. Set up a treasure hunt for your friends and family. Charge for entry and donate the proceeds to charity.
Uniform Free Day
An easy fundraiser for schools. Charge children to wear their own clothes and donate the proceeds to charity.
For those interested in bikes, cars or trucks. Hold a vehicle rally in a suitable venue. Charge drivers to enter and find businesses who can offer prizes. You could try and get a local car club involved. Offer food vans to come and charge a pitch fee
A sponsored walk is a great way to raise some money by getting sponsored. You could go it alone or get your friends involved, it’s up to you. Make your route a personal challenge.
Water Polo Competition
Charge players and spectators for entry. Find a venue, invite teams to join the competition.
A suggestion only for the brave. Get sponsored to have something waxed: your legs, your chest you decide!
Xbox Competition (Or PS4)
Pay to enter an Xbox tournament and split the winning with us. Or why not get your friends involved and set up your own contest and charge for entry.
Get crafty, get creative. Make Christmas decorations and sell them at your local Christmas fair and donate the profit to charity.
Encourage your yoga class to hold a sponsored event; invite more yoga bunnies to join in or do a longer session.
Set yourself a year-long challenge and get sponsored; lose weight, get fit or take up a new sport or activity.
Get all your class involved. Encourage new people to join in for the ‘biggest local zumbathon’ or Zumba for a longer period of time. Charge to take part and get sponsorship. Keep fit whilst doing something fun for charity.
Why not take on the longest zip-wire in Europe and the fastest in the world (Zip World, Wales). Have your friends and family sponsor your for your bravery.