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A-Z of Fundraising

A list of fundraising ideas and inspiration, from barn dancing to Zumba... have fun raising for us!


Abseil - Get a group of people to abseil down a local building in aid of I Choose Freedom. You are likely to get press coverage for this type of fundraising event too.

Afternoon Tea - Why not host an afternoon tea? Whether you do it at work, home or at a local venue, we are a nation of tea drinkers, so your event is bound to be popular. You could always have an auction too.

Arts or crafts stall - Let your imagination go wild and reap the rewards. Try fundraising by making greetings cards, pot pourri or jewellery to sell. Hire pitches to local craftsmen and women and set up activities to do on the day for people that attend.

Auction/Auction of promises - Grab your gavel and start selling. Auctions are a fun way to raise money for us.



Bag packing – Lots of supermarkets allow fundraisers pack bags for charity and also allow you to ask customers for donations. This is a great way to raise funds for us and also raise awareness of our needs.

BBQ – hold a charity BBQ. Either sell tickets or ask for a donation in return for food/drinks

Bring and Buy Sale - Why not raise some money by organising a Bring and Buy sale. You could even charge other people to set up their own stalls.


Cake Sale -Let the Delia or Jamie Oliver in you loose. Get baking and sell your cakes on to your mates, work colleagues or random strangers.

Car Boot Sale – Set up a stall at your local car boot sale event. If you speak to the organizer you are likely to get a discount on your pitch. Ask friends/colleagues to donate items to sell.

Coffee Morning - Bake some cakes, bring out the coffee and invite all your friends/colleagues/neighbours to attend. Remember to charge them for the privelege.

Cycle-a-thon - Get sponsored for every mile you cycle.


Dinner Party – Ask guests for a donation upfront, or send an envelope around at the end of the meal and ask everyone to donate what they would have paid in a restaurant for the meal.

Dress down Friday – This is always a popular event whether there’s a theme or just casual.


Extreme Challenge – Take your fundraising to the next level by trying an extreme sport like skydiving, abseiling or Tough Mudder.

Ebay Auction – hold and auction on Ebay and donate the proceeds to I Choose Freedom.


Fancy dress day – Get sponsored for wearing fancy dress for the day.

Fashion Show – Why not organise a fashion show? You could charge an entrance fee and invite the local community.

Film night – Host a film night for friends and family. Sell popcorn and drinks and charge to watch the film.

Fun Run – Hold a fun run around the local park and get sponsored per lap/mile run.


Games Night – All you need are games, a place to play and people to play with. Add a bit of extra fundraising by giving penalty fines for being late/losing or talking about work!

Garage Sale – hold a garage sale and raise money for I Choose Freedom whilst making space at home. Don’t forget to advertise and invite lots of people.

Give something up – Why not get sponsored for giving up your bad habit and either donate the money saved or get sponsored by friends/family/colleagues and donate the money to I Choose Freedom.

Golf day – Golf days are great fun and have amazing fundraising potential.


Hiking – Raise money for I Choose Freedom by organising a hike with friends and get sponsored for each mile walked.


Instagram – Share a picture that means something special to you, donate and then nominate a friend.

Ice Cream Sale – buy and sell at a huge profit ice creams to work colleagues, perfect for long hot days stuck in the office!

International evening – Host a dinner party inspired by your favourite holiday destination and theme your menu, dress code and music for something a bit different. Ask for donations on the night or sell tickets in advance.


Jewellery making – why not set up a jewellery making workshop and then sell the pieces you and your friends make?

Jumble Sale – Organise a jumble sale and get rid of all your unwanted items whilst raising money for I Choose Freedom at the same time.


Karaoke night – Host a karaoke evening at home or ask your local pub. It’s guaranteed to be fun and raises money for us at the same time.

Knitting competition – Hold a knitting competition and charge an entrance fee. Get people to vote for the winner by donating a £1 for each vote.  The winner gets to keep their creation!


Line dancing – Organise a line dancing event. These are always great fun. Charge for food and drinks and sell tickets for the event.

Litter Picking – Give something back to the community with a sponsored litter pick afternoon.

Luncheon – Whether it’s a ‘ladies who lunch’ formal event or a pot luck lunch party on a Friday lunchtime in the office this is a great way to raise some funds for I Choose Freedom.


Manicure and makeover – Host a pamper party and swap skills to give each other makeovers and manicures

Make the Tea – Be everyone’s favourite colleague and make the tea all day in exchange for a donation.

Marathon running – if you’re a budding athlete why not dedicate your event to raising money for I Choose Freedom? Getting sponsored will help you stay motivated and power you over the finish line!

Matched Giving – Whether you are raising money in the office or outside work, ask your employer about matched giving.

Mile of coins – Ask for donations of coins and see if you can get to a mile!


Name the …… - Always a winner and easy to organise! Tap into people’s competitive nature with this simple guessing game.

No make up day – Go without make-up for a whole day whilst raising money for I Choose Freedom.


Office collection day – Short of time but want to make a difference? Office fundraising is the way to go. Examples could be: a dress down day, cake sales, making breakfast or even tea making.

Open Garden – If you’ve got a gorgeous garden, open it for the weekend and sell tickets. Sell refreshments and entry tickets. A great community event.


Pamper Day – Organise a pamper day with your friends, neighbours, colleagues. Tap into each others skills or hire someone, don’t forget to tell them you are raising money for us as they might even offer their services for free!

Parachute Jump – Take a leap of faith with a tandem parachute jump.

Plant sale – Why not pot up spare cuttings or pot up plants you don’t need and sell them and donate the money to I Choose Freedom?


Quiz night – Always a very popular event. Pubs are often happy to assist and may even give you a percentage of their takings if they know it’s for charity


Raffle – Why not hold a raffle and ask for donated prizes from local businesses, friends etc.

Raft Race – This is a great team building activity. Charge teams to build a floatable raft and see which one floats for the longest!


Skydive – If you’re feeling brave challenge yourself to take a skydive and raise money for us as the same time.

Sponsored Silence – Get your family and friends to sponsor you to not talk for a day!

Sweepstake – a quick and easy way to raise money. You ask a simple question like ‘how many sweets in a jar’ and charge people to make a guess.

Swim-athon – Why not get sponsored per length you swim?


Talent show – Get friends, family and colleagues together for a talent show. Raise money through ticket sales and sell refreshments.

Tea Party – Whether it’s just tea and biscuits or a full blown afternoon tea, this is always a winner.

Tombola – Get friends and family to donate gifts and organise a tombola. Only numbers ending in a 0 or 5 will win a prize!

Treasure Hunt – This could be as simple or complex as you like. It could be over several locations or in a park, or something as simple as a grid map where you sell off the squares to give people a chance of choosing the winning coordinates.


Uniform free day – Get your child’s school to have a uniform free day. It’s easy to organise and raises money for us at the same time.

University Challenge – Take on your local university for the challenge and invite students, friends and family. Don’t forget to charge for entry and also sell tickets to watch the event.


Variety show – A novel way of raising money and discovering talents you never knew your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours never had.

Vehicle Rally – If you like cars and motorbikes why not host a rally? If you are part of a bike or car club try to get them involved to.


Walk – Organise a walk with friends and raise money for I Choose Freedom at the same time.

Wax it – It’s a classic fundraising event that provides an interesting insight into how much your friends are willing to pay to hear you shout! It’s cheap to run and will always provide a giggle along with the odd ‘ouch’!

Wear it – People like to laugh, so give them an incentive to sponsor you by letting them nominate what you wear.


X – Factor night – Celebrate your talents by putting on a show. Organise your own talent show and invite friends and family.

Xbox/Playstation Night – Invite people to over and host a gaming evening. Charge people to play. You could also charge for ‘gaming tips’ Charge for snacks and drinks too as it could be a long night!


Yoga Class – why not run your own yoga class and ask your pupils to contribute to take part.


Zip Wire – A great way to raise money for I Choose Freedom and you’re sure to feel the adrenaline pumping afterwards!

Zumba – If you’re feeling energetic and want a physical challenge that lots of people can take part in, this is a great way to raise money for I Choose Freedom.

For more details visit our Fundraise page

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