Our tried and tested ideas to inspire your fundraising.

We've gathered together our favourite fundraising ideas to inspire you whether you're fundraising at home, at school, at work or in your community.

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Keep it simple

  • Give something up. Set up an online giving page and challenge yourself to stop eating chocolate and sweet treats, give up alcohol, or stop taking the bus and walk everywhere instead. We all have habits we want to break, so why not try it for charity?
  • Collect for charity. Ask your local supermarket or shopping centre if you can collect for charity for a day or a few hours. There’s always the option to collect on your local high street too (with all the correct permissions)! We can provide you with a collection tin or bucket. Download our guide to bucket collections (PDF).
  • Car boot sale. What better way to clear out your wardrobe then heading to your nearest car boot sale and donating the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now. Download our guide to car boot and jumble sales (PDF).

Something fun:

  • Crafts. A dab hand with a glue gun? Know your way around a pair of knitting needles? Sell your crafts to friends, family, or even at a local craft fayre. Cards, decorations, jewellery, even jams and chutneys all work well.
  • Open garden. Got green fingers? Open up your garden to the public for the day and ask neighbours for a small donation. Local garden clubs will have advice on how to keep this fundraiser safe and fun!
  • Dog walking. Ask if your friends and family if they want their dogs to be walked, and donate the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now. This works well for other services – how about car washing or lawn mowing?

Big Money Maker

  • Take on a challenge. Challenge yourself to do something amazing for those affected by breast cancer! You could face your fear of heights with a sponsored abseil or get fit by running 5km every day for a month. Download our guide to sponsored challenges (PDF).
  • Shave your head (or beard!). Go bold and go bald with this fundraising idea! Increase the sponsorship opportunities by dying your hair or decorate it with glitter before it goes.
  • Sell your skills. Painters, piano teachers, hairdressers, gardeners, make up artists – if you’ve got the skills, why not have a day where you waive your fee for a donation? Get in touch with your local media and publicise your event beforehand. A great way to drum up custom for small businesses too!

Keep it simple:

  • Bucket collection. Could you shake it for Breast Cancer Now? Ask a local store, or get permission from your local council to hold a bucket collection. Contact us for the materials you’ll need. Download our guide to bucket collections (PDF).
  • Night in. Fundraising is better with friends. This idea is simple - have a great night in and donate the money you would have spent on a night out
  • Book swap. Got some books collecting dust? Clear out your bookshelves, invite your friends over and ask for £2 for each book you take away. It doesn’t have to be books – clothes, DVDs or records make great swaps too. Combine with a coffee morning for fundraising success!

Something fun

  • Coffee morning or afternoon tea. Nothing brings people together like this classic fundraiser. Ask people to bake sweet treats and use your collection box for donations. Why not raise awareness by ordering some of our TLC cards to give out to guests. Download our guide to running a coffee morning (PDF).
  • Film night. Host a night of your favourite films. Ask friends and family for a small entrance fee and sell popcorn and refreshments.
  • Dinner party. Cook up a storm in the kitchen and ask your friends for a donation for your fabulous food. Or, each bring a course and make a small donation to attend. Play some fundraising games to help raise even more money.

Big Money maker

  • Garden party. Fire up the BBQ and invite neighbours, friends and family over for a summer garden party. Don’t forget the collection bucket!
  • Sponsored walk. Dust off your map, pull on your hiking boots and plan your route. Setting up a team online giving page will make reaching your target a walk in the park.
  • Celebrations. Have you got a birthday party or anniversary approaching? If you’ve already got everything you need – why not build a cause close to your heart into your special day and ask guests for donations in lieu of gifts.

Keep it simple

  • Non-uniform day. You know the drill - everyone gets to wear their own clothes for the day if they bring in a donation.
  • Sponsored silence. Got a class of chatterboxes? Why not challenge your school to stay silent for 24 hours and ask for sponsorship! Boost your total by issuing penalties to those who can’t stay shtum!
  • Games day. Guess the name of the teddy, how many sweets in the jar, or guess the teacher from the school photo. Suggest everybody donates to play, and prizes for all the winners!

Something fun

  • School disco. Sell tickets to a school disco and get the whole school dancing the night away
  • Fashion show. Sell tickets to a fashion show with outfits from history, films or books, or even your silliest fancy dress – it’s up to you. It makes a great project for students too!
  • Head shave. Pick a brave teacher who would be willing to shave their head in exchange for donations!

Big Money maker

  • Put on a show. Any budding musicians, magicians or dancers, or have a unique talent that you want to show off, host a talent/variety performance. Sell tickets in advance and make sure you have a whip-round or even a raffle during the interval.
  • Marathon events. Don’t panic, this doesn’t just mean running! You can attempt a roller skating marathon, dancing, tennis, swimming – ask everyone to get sponsored for anything you can do for 26.2 miles or 26.2 hours. Download our guide to doing a sponsored challenge (PDF).
  • School fete. Invite the entire community to your fundraiser! Ask people to hold stalls, sell refreshments, find some entertainment, or why not involve some sporting fun? Include raffles and games to boost your fundraising. You could theme it around summer, Easter, or Christmas.

Keep it simple

  • Sweepstake. Perhaps our easiest fundraiser! Pin to an office wall and suggest people donate to play. Football tournaments, the Bake Off, or ‘guess the baby weight’ all make great easy fundraisers. Download one of our fun sweepstakes (PDF).
  • Swear jar. Can’t help yourself sometimes, or know someone that could do with a swear jar? Ask for a donation from anyone that swears throughout the day (or any other bad habits!) Double your efforts by asking if your company will match your fundraising.
  • Dress-down day. Not just for schools - you’ll find employees are more than willing to pay a pound or two to come into work in some comfy jeans!

Something fun

  • Bake sale. A true fundraising classic. Make the most of office cravings ask people to bring in delicious cakes and sell them. You could even turn it into the Great Office Bake Off and discover your own star baker.
  • Office Olympics. Fancy yourself the Usain Bolt of HR, or the Jessica Ennis of accounting? Why not challenge the office to wastepaper bin basketball or an egg and spoon race! Ask for donations to take part.
  • Walk to work. Get the whole office involved in walking to work and donate the money you would have spent on travel costs or petrol. Raise money and improve your health at the same time.

Big Money maker

  • Static cycle. Borrow an indoor bike or even a rowing machine. Pick your target – by hours or distance, and take turns to hit the target together. Get everyone to collect sponsorship! Get in touch with your local media to let them know about your fundraiser.
  • Charity football tournament/match. This one’s bound to breed some office rivalry! Get together two or more teams and play an inter-office tournament! Raise funds by selling tickets, charging the player a performance fee, or offer a penalty shoot-out to spectators – and don’t forget the whip round at half time!
  • Gala Ball. Celebrate the success of your company and fundraise at the same time with a glamorous ball. Drinks, dinner, music and entertainment all make for the perfect high-value fundraiser. Download our guide to organising a ball (PDF).

Keep it simple

  • Jumble sale. Hire out a local venue, and clear out the treasure from under your bed. You could charge people to set up their own stalls or ask people to donate their unwanted items. Download our guide to running a jumble sale (PDF)
  • Carol concert. Invite your local community to a carol concert, in a local church or maybe an outdoor venue. Add mince pies and mulled wine for extra donations, and you’ve got the perfect festive fundraiser.
  • Car wash. Sponges at the ready – pick a nice sunny day and ask people for donations

Something fun

  • Quiz. Fancy being quiz master? Why not organise a quiz night? Book out a local café pub or community hall, advertise using our posters, and charge teams for entry. Download our guide to running a quiz night (PDF).
  • Games night. Charge for entry to a mini-tournament – darts, bowling, or pool? Make it a bit more interesting with rounds such as throwing whilst on one leg.
  • Band night. A village hall or bar you could rent out would be perfect to host an evening of jazz, rock, classical music, or perhaps an open mic night. Use our posters to advertise it!

Big Money maker

  • Black tie ball. Go all out with a glamorous fundraising evening ball in your community. This one takes a bit of planning but has huge potential. Sell tickets in advance and include money-making extras on the night, like a silent auction, or a raffle. Download our guide to running a ball (PDF).
  • Fete. Summer fetes are a brilliant way of raising some money for a great cause. The possibilities are endless – barbecues, face painting, 5-a-side football, a dog show, games – it will be a knockout!
  • Fun run (or walk!). Organise a fun run around your local area. Charge a small entry fee to cover costs, and encourage every runner/walker to get sponsorships!

Ready to turn these ideas into reality?

If you need any help organising your event, or want to talk through your ideas, get in touch with your fundraising team by emailing community@breastcancernow.org or calling 0333 20 70 300.

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