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How to fundraise at home

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.

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1) Spring Clean

 

Spring clean to fundraise at home

 

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 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!

So get people to pledge for an item now, but don’t post anything out until the situation with coronavirus has changed. And don’t forget to deep clean everything before you send it out.


2) Let's Get Quizzical

Quiz to fundraise at home

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 – it’s a great way to raise some extra money!

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 even a book club. 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 or Twitch.


3) The Lockdown Jar

Host a raffle to fundraise at home

While you’re all at home, why not start up one of these jars?

If you find the conversation drifiting towards lockdown-life, pop a £1 into the jar. You’ll be surprised at just how much builds up.

Encourage your friends and family to do the same and donate the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now and help fund life changing care and research.


4) Crop Your Mop

Crop your mop to fundraise at home

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 and 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.


5) Wild Work From Home Outfits

Dress up to fundraise at home

Is working from home starting to lose its sheen? Liven things up for yourself and your colleagues but 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!


6) Hold a free prize draw

Donate money to fundraise at home

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.

 


7) Donate Your Commute

Donate your commute to fundraise at home

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!

Set up a JustGiving page or make a donation via our website.


8) Never Gonna Give You Up

Save the pennies to fundraise at home

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.


9) Family Olympics

Host a sporting event to fundraise at home

Go the distance, while keeping your distance. Compete with your family or gather your friends online for the ultimate competition all without leaving the house!

There’s no end to what you can do: see 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 three-legged race. Why not try a ‘bunny hop’ race for an extra Easter twist?

Get extra creative with objects you can find in the home and don’t be afraid to come up with your own weird and wonderful challenges. Anything goes!

Get the stopwatch out and record each other’s times to then post them on social media. Stream the races on Facebook or Instagram Live. Get 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 - or to give yourself an advantage!


10) It's My Birthday!

Celebrate your birthday to fundraise at home

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, Skype or Houseparty, 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?

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 community@breastcancernow.org or call us at 0333 2070 300.