A-Z of fundraising ideas
Over the years, Young Lives vs Cancer supporters have come up with an amazing range of fundraising ideas – some traditional, some wacky, and others completely bonkers. What you do doesn’t actually matter. What matters is supporting young cancer patients and their families. Here are some fundraising ideas to get you started at home, school or work.
We’d love you to fundraise for Young Lives vs Cancer! Download fundraising materials to get started. For extra support and guidance to help you make the most of your event, please email our firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 330 0803. We’re a friendly bunch and ready to help you make the most of your event.
- Ask friends and family to donate money to us instead of birthday or anniversary gifts. Come on, you’ve got enough stuff already
- Organise a coffee morning or an evening gala. You could also ask local businesses to donate awesome prizes for a raffle
- Sell, sell, sell – from selling something you’ve made (try to make it good), to flogging second-hand goods (best if they still work). “But where can I sell all my great stuff?” we hear you cry. You could contact the organisers of a local event, strike up a relationship with a local shop, or simply use your front garden for a yard sale (American-style)
- Sing – from carolling at Christmas to karaoke in the pub. Talent optional.
- Organise a lunchtime bake sale. Undercutting the school canteen is perfectly acceptable; just tell your teachers you’re raising money for Young Lives vs Cancer
- Battle of the bands – great fun for everyone. Ask older pupils to lead on organising the event, and ask teachers to bring earplugs. Or sell them as your side hustle
- Hold a non-uniform day, asking pupils to donate a pound to participate. Or go one better and let everyone wear PJs
- Organise a winter or summer fete with stalls, games and raffles.
- Have a dress down day in the office in exchange for a small donation (… and larger donations from senior staff)
- Organise office games like a football, netball or even a dodge ball tournament. We take no responsibility for the inevitable bickering this will cause
- Ask your manager whether your company operates a match giving scheme, where they’ll match the amount you raise, pound for pound. Double money! If they don’t, this could be a great day to start
- Use your staffroom to sell books donated by colleagues for a small donation into a Young Lives vs Cancer collection tin.
Auction, abseil, ‘Antiques Roadshow’, art exhibition
Beard shave, black tie ball, BBQ, Burns Night, Boxing Day dip, bag packing
Cake bake, casino, car wash, concert, car boot sale, cricket match
Darts tournament, disco, dance marathon, dog walking
Egg and spoon race, exercise class, Easter egg hunt
Fashion show, fishing competition, fancy dress party, film show, face painting
Garage sale, garden party, gala evening, golf day
Halloween party, head shave, hockey match, hugathon
Jumble sale, jokeathon, jazz evening, jelly bath, juggleathon
Karaoke night, kick a bad habit, keep fit
Lunch party, line dance
Marathon, magic show, Monopoly challenge, massage, murder mystery
Non-uniform day, no smoking day, netball competition
Open day at work or in your garden, open air concert
Plant sale, pub quiz, ping pong competition, pantomime, pancake race
Quiz, quit smoking, ‘Question of Sport’
Rugby match, raffle, roller skating, raft race, race night, Readathon
Sponsored silence, skydive, swishing – clothes swap, sponsored swim, sports day
Talent contest, treasure hunt, tennis match, teddy bears’ picnic, tug-o-war
Unwanted gift sale
Variety show, volleyball match
Wine tasting, welly throwing
Zany as you like…
Get in touch!
We’d love you to help you make the most of your event. Email us at email@example.com or call 0300 330 0803.