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Organise your own event

This section will give you lots of tips, ideas and advice about organising your fundraising event. We have also produced some downloadable documents that you can save or print off to assist you along the way.


There are hundreds of ways of raising money in your local community. We have displayed some of our favourites below but you can also download or ask us to post you our 'Jump into Action for York Hospitals' booklet which lists a wide range of ideas and also really useful tips to assist you when organising your event.

Our Top 20!!

1. Change is always a good thing!

Save those pennies at home or at work. Every bit of change counts and it is amazing how quickly it all adds up. Put a jar in your home or workplace (even if just for a week) and watch it fill up.

2. Themed party

Whether it's a Christmas cracker of a night or a spooky Halloween do, organise a themed party for all of your friends. Ask for donations or sell tickets to raise vital funds for York Hospitals.

3. It's A Knockout competition

It's fun, it's energetic and it's competitive! Organise this team challenge event - ask for sponsorship from each team to take part.

4. Summer fete

Organise the ultimate Summer Fate with stalls, games, food and drink and lots more for the local community to get involved in. Donations to York Hospitals from stall sales.

5. Who's that baby?!

Ask friends and colleagues to bring along their baby pictures and match them to the right person! It's simple and fun and everyone can make a donation to have a guess! The winner receives a prize.

6. Dress down day

Strip off those uniforms and raise money for your local Hospitals! Take part at work or school and ask people to make a donation to take part.

7. Come dine with me

Organise a 'Come dine with me' evening with friends, family or colleagues. Rate each others meals and make a donation to take part.

8. Get those doggy's tails wagging!

Put on those boots and start walking for York Hospitals with your favourite pooch! Organise a sponsored dog walk in your local community and ask participants to make a donation to take part.

9. Swap Shop

Find all those things you never wear / use anymore and organise a Swap Shop with friends, at work, school or College. Ask everyone for a donation to take part.

10. Quiz night

Quiz nights are always lots of fun and they bring out those competitive streaks in people! Organise a venue, write questions / famous quotes / play lines from songs and find lots of teams to donate to take part. Prizes given to the winners.

11. Not today thanks!

Give something up for the day - cigarettes, chocolate, speaking, swearing, nail-biting....the list is endless! Ask people to sponsor you or to make a donation.

12. Wine and cheese evening

Whether for friends, family, colleagues or for the wider public, organise samples of cheese and wines with expert speakers. Add an element of fun to your evening and ask guests to match the name of the wine / cheese with their region, price etc.

13. Sponsored sports match

Football, rugby, netball, hockey and lots more! Invite teams to take part and ask them to gain sponsorship / donations from spectators.

14. Tombola / raffle

Tombolas and raffles are always great ways to raise money for charity. Source prizes and organise the raffle / tombola at work, school or at a local community fair.

15. Sing your heart out!

With shows like X-Factor and Britain's got Talent all the rage, organise your very own talent competition! Organise the venue, judges and find those masses of talented people to take part! Donations made on entry / to take part, with the winners receiving a prize.

16. Sponsored cycle ride

Whether it's just a few miles or from Lands End to John O'Groats, cycling is a great way to get active whilst raising vital funds.

17. Murder Mystery evening

Help, a murder has taken place! Add an element of mystery to your fundraising evening. Find a venue, organise a meal and sell tickets to all those attending.

18. Sponsored....

Slim, swim, run, walk and many more! Set yourself a challenge and ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.

19. Collections

Organise a street collection, supermarket collection or bag packing day for your local Hospitals. Ask friends, family and colleagues to help out.

20. Challenge yourself!

Have you ever wanted to climb Kilimanjaro or walk the Great Wall of China? Well now's your chance to set yourself the challenge whilst raising vital funds for York Hospitals. Ask for sponsorship and ask your local paper / radio to promote your challenge for extra public support.

Please download our 'A to Z of all our other ideas' here.

If you would like to take part in any fundraising activities for the York Teaching Hospital Charity please contact our Fundraising office on Tel: 01904 721737, Mobile: 07960 180067 or Email:

Please also complete our fundraising registration form (or ask us to send you one by post) so we are aware of your fundraising and so we can also provide you with any materials and support you may need.

It's amazing how much of a difference you can make by giving a little bit of time. By organising a fundraising event, you can have fun, make friends and improve the services and quality of care at your local Hospitals.

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