Be a home hero!
In times as strange as this, keeping up with friends and family isn’t easy. To help, we’ve come up with some top fundraising ideas that double as ways for you to digitally catch up with your nearest and dearest, all while you raise money for life-changing care and world-class breast cancer research.
Make the most of it!
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1) Sponsored walk
Whether it’s a place of sentimental significance, an area of natural beauty or just a walk in your local area; the joy of creating a walk, your way, is that it can be anywhere you like. And now we’re spending more time indoors, it’s a great way to make sure you still get out and about. Make sure to wrap up warm!
Set a date and choose a target distance or number of steps
Spread the word. Let you friends and family know about your challenge by sharing it on social media. You could even get sponsored to walk in fancy dress as an extra challenge!
Take a look at our walking guide for more top tips.
Lunchtime crunch time. As the days get shorter and the nights grow colder, your lunch hour is the perfect time to squeeze in some outdoor exercise while it’s still light. You could set up a JustGiving page and ask your friends and family to sponsor you for an hourly challenge such as a run, step challenge, or even a quick workout in the park.
Whether you’re making gifts to sell to friends and family, getting loved ones together for a donate-to-take-part craft and chat or running your own online art class, you’ll be helping to provide support for today, and hope for the future, for everyone affected by breast cancer. Whatever you choose to do, set up a JustGiving page to make it quick and easy to collect donations. Drum up support by sharing your page on social media - and don’t forget to upload photos of what you make!
Knitting – buy some yarn, download a knitting pattern online, or watch a YouTube video, and get down to the knitty gritty. One supporter knit some adorable pink bears.
Crocheting – start perfecting your granny squares and if you’re looking for an extra challenge you could even crochet clothes!
Make your own pink face masks or get creative with the design.
Jewellery making – all you need is some beads, stainless steel and pliers and you’ll be making rings and bracelets in no time.
3) Virtual Car Boot Sale
Being cooped up can really open your eyes to how much clutter you’ve got indoors. So what better time to clear it out?
Books, clothes, games, CDs – they’re bound to be treasure to someone else. Finding them a new home can be a brilliant way to fundraise.
Post images of what you’re looking to sell on Facebook or Instagram Story to share with friends and family. You can even get people to bid in the comments for your item to raise even more money.
Sell your items on eBay, Depop or Facebook Marketplace and donate the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now. Virgin Money Giving has even teamed up with Ziffit who turn unwanted items in to donations that go directly on to your fundraising page!
Don’t forget to deep clean everything before you send it out.
4) Let’s get quizzical
If you find yourself pining for the weekly pub quiz, why not do your own?
Write the questions (or use some from online), virtually gather friends and family, and get quizzing! You can even print off our brand new answer sheet.
It doesn’t have to be your standard quiz either. Get creative with a round on family history or photos. And if you want to be really clever, ask your players to donate for nominating a round.
For everyone else, just ask them to give a donation, and give the winner a percentage of what you raise. You could do IOUs too if you want, it’s a nice cash-free alternative.
For something a bit different you could do a digital bingo, movie night or have cosy catch ups as the nights draw in. Coffee mornings are a great shout too – whatever you go for, we’d love to hear all about it.
Invite all your friends and family on Skype, Zoom, or Kahoot. Or open it up by streaming your quiz on Facebook Live.
View our Virtual quiz for extra tips.
5) Crop Your Mop
What better time to take on this challenge? If you think they’re cut out for it, let your friends or family give your hair a snip, or go the whole way and shave it off completely.
Give your loved ones an incentive to help you hit that target too by promising to dress up in something wacky if you do. Letting some kids in your life pick the clothes – that’ll definitely sweeten the deal for sure!
Pick a date and make sure to share photos before and after the shave.
Get your friends and family on a Zoom or Skype call or post the evidence on your social media - and don’t forget to share your online fundraising page when you do! For those of you with tech talent, why not live stream your fundraising activity on Facebook, Instagram or Twitch for all your friends to see how brave you are.
Got another idea for a sponsored activity? Get in touch to let us know your ideas.
6) Wild Work From Home Outfits
Is working from home starting to lose its sheen? Liven things up for yourself and your colleagues by dressing up on your next videocall.
Get people to donate to join in, and then dress up in the strangest outfit you can find.
Why not add an incentive by letting your housemates or kids dress you in your wackiest outfit if you hit your target - it’s worth the sacrifice and will certainly make those video meetings more interesting!
7) Hold a free prize draw
Wondering what to do with your cleared out gems or unwanted presents? Why not hold a free prize draw!
This is where people can enter to win a prize by chance. You can ask people for a suggested donation to enter – but it’s OK for them to donate less than your suggestion or not donate at all (that’s the legal bit), and everyone has to be in with the same chance of winning.
You even could ask local companies to donate prizes to your draw to get that prize worth winning. Announce the draw on Facebook and ask participants to choose a number between 1-50, then select the winning number at random. We can’t wait to hear about how it goes!
For more information on running a free prize draw please take a look at the gambling commission’s quick guide.
8) Donate Your Commute
The best part about working from home has to be the commute – it’s mere minutes!
A really thoughtful way to take advantage of this is to donate that train fare or petrol money.
It doesn't just have to be commutes either. You could chip in your haircut or manicure money, too!
9) Never Gonna Give You Up
Got a sweet tooth and a craving for chocolate? Look forward to a refreshing glass of wine at the end of the day? Go without for a month.
It’s even more challenging when you can’t go outside! You could also donate all the money you would’ve spent on these items to Breast Cancer Now. Get friends and family to fine you if you break it.
Get connected – share your progress on social media. Set up a JustGiving page for friends and family to sponsor you for this challenge. Keep updating the page to share your progress.
10) It's My Birthday!
Is it your birthday in the next few weeks? Don’t cancel the celebrations, just move them online!
Celebrate with a twist, and get together with your friends and family virtually, why not try some of our ideas above as party games?
Invite your guests to your party via Zoom, or Skype, and ask them to donate the cost of a drink or present to your online donation page. Don’t forget to send us a photo so we can celebrate with you too!
Why not also set up a Facebook Birthday fundraiser, and see if this helps you reach your target?
11) Online classes
Do you fancy yourself a star baker? Or have you found your inner yogi?
Whatever your hidden talent, host an online class for friends and family with a suggested donation to Breast Cancer Now. It’s a great way to connect with your network, share your talents and raise vital funds for breast cancer research and care.
12) Family Olympics
Compete with your family or gather your friends safely for the ultimate competition!
Make it an extreme fitness challenge by seeing who can hold the longest plank or go old school and host a sports day complete with classics like the egg and spoon, wheelbarrow and even the 3-legged race. There’ll be plenty to keep the kids entertained.
Get extra creative with objects you can find in the home and don’t be afraid to come up with your own weird and wacky challenges!
Ask people to donate to enter, you could even introduce fines for cheating or pay a bit extra to make a race harder for your competitor.
If you don't have time to plan a whole day of activities, just ask people to donate to take part in a rounders or softball tournament in the park.
Remember, the most important things are that you have fun and raise as much as you can whilst sticking within the government’s guidelines.
Got another idea that’s not listed here, have any questions or need more support? We’re here to help.
Get in touch by either dropping us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 0333 2070 300.