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Fundraising ideas

There are plenty of ways that you can raise money for Parents for Children and have fun at the same time. You don't have to run a marathon or take part in the London Triathlon to make a difference.

Here are a few ideas, although we're sure you'll have lots of your own to suggest to us.

Themed parties

Why not organise a party with a special theme? It could be as easy as an Easter, Christmas or mid-summer theme, or you could choose a favourite film or tv programme. How about Strictly Come Dancing, James Bond, Doctor Who, or even a 'soaps' theme? You could ask everyone who comes along to donate an entrance fee to Parents for Children.

Save and Give

How about a group from your office deciding to cycle, walk or run into work every day for a month? Or to give up your daily cappuccino and pastry for a month? You could collect the money you all save on train fares, petrol or coffee and donate it to Parents for Children.

Auction of promises

Ask your friends and family members to make promises to offer a service, which you can then auction to the highest bidder at an event. The promises could be things like:

  • walking a dog every day for 2 weeks
  • IT help at home, maybe setting up a wireless network
  • cooking a 3-course dinner for four people
  • an offer of DIY help for a weekend

Go without gifts

If you're planning a party to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, you could ask all your guests to give a donation to Parents for Children instead of buying you a gift.

Quiz night

Everyone loves quiz nights. You could organise a quiz and charge teams an entry fee, which you give to Parents for Children. You may have to use some of the fee for a small prize for the winning team, but most people are happy enough with the knowledge they've won and don't expect a huge prize!

Don't come night

Don't organise a party and tell all your friends not to show up – that way you save the money you would have spent on entertaining and can give it to Parents for Children!

Sponsored everything

Everyone knows about sponsored walks and runs, but there are lots of other ideas for events you can ask for sponsorship for. Here are just a few:

  • spend a night in a 'haunted' house
  • sponsored dieting
  • shave off a beard or moustache you've had for ages
  • sponsored silence

Have a ball

Who doesn't enjoy an excuse to get their party clothes on and feel glamorous? Fundraising balls are a great way for people to have a wonderful evening and raise lots of money for Parents for Children.

If you'd like to talk to us about help in arranging any fundraising event, however quirky you may think it is, we'd love to hear from you. We can help you with fundraising advice and a Parents for Children fundraiser's pack to start you on your way. Our events team would be delighted to hear from you. You can email [email protected], or call 020 7520 2880.