Fundraising is a vital part of our survival but more than that it gives us publicity, it brings our community together and it enables us to support Down Syndrome children and families.
- Abseil – Scale the dizzy heights of a local landmark or office block.
- Afternoon tea – Put the kettle on and get baking. Invite your friends round to share sandwiches and cake and ask them to make a donation. Include a raffle for the chance to win a prize.
- Auction of services – Auction services of people and businesses – anything from dog walking to singing lessons
- Battle of the Bands – Contest for unsigned bands, where the audience votes on the winner. Charge bands to enter, offer cash prizes, sell tickets and set up a paying bar.
- Bed Push – The ‘bed’ can be anything from a hospital bed to a four-poster or even a 3 piece suite!
- Bingo – Hold a one-off evening or regular sessions
- Coffee morning – It’s open house for the morning. Make extra with raffles, bring and buy sales and cake stalls.
- Cream Crackers – Get sponsored to see how many cream crackers you can eat in a minute!
- Collecting tins – Ask us for one of our tins for your local shop.
- Dance – Barn dances, tea dances, disco dances, salsa dances. Hold your own Strictly Come Dancing competition!!
- Dog walk – Get some exercise and raise money at the same time. Offer your services as the neighbour dog walker and charge per dog per walk.
- Dress-up Day – Dress up as a pirate, fairy or even your favourite super hero!!!!
- Egg and Spoon Race – Think back to your school sport’s days. All you need is some spoons, some eggs, some willing volunteers and it a bit of space in which to race. Charge particpants to enter, with the winner of the race being awarded a small prize.
- Easter egg hunt – Maybe you belong to a pre school or other club? Why not set up an easter egg hunt with fun clues for the kids? It could be that local businesses will donate the eggs too.
- Eyebrows – Get sponsored to shave them off – they will grow back eventually
- Film night – Create your own cinema and hold a film night for family and friends. Sell popcorn and drinks and charge an entry fee. Theme the night on your favourite type of film!
- Five-a-side football Why not challenge your mates to a five-a-side tournament as part of a football fundraiser. Each team pays to play.
- Fun run Why not dust off your running shoes and challenge yourself to a run? It could be a half marathon, full marathon, or why not sign up for events like ‘Run or Dye’ and experience the fun of a rainbow multi-coloured 5k?
- Garage sale – Sell off all your unwanted belongings and donate the proceedings to us.
- Golf day – Keen golfer? Why not organise a golf day or competition at your local club?
- Guess the ???? – Competitors guess how many sweets in the jar, weight of a cake etc. The closet answer wins.
- Halloween party – Another excuse to dress up and party. Charge an entrance fee and raise money.
- Head shave – Extreme we know! Go bald for charity
- Ironing – Offer your ironing services – at a cost.
- Ice-cream Eating – Either get sponsored to make lifelong friends with Ben and Jerry or buy huge tubs of ice cream and sell them by the scoop as cornets on a hot day.
- Jumble sale – Dig around under the bed and at the back of wardrobes for anything you can sell and organise a jumble sale. Get your friends to get in on the act selling their own unwanted items
- Jump – Get sponsored to jump out of a plane
- Karaoke – Arrange your own X Factor contest. All you need is a machine, a room and a well-stocked bar.
- Lucky dip – Ask people to donate little gifts and then wrap them up and charge people for a lucky dip present.
- Marathons – Get sponsored to run, walk or crawl
- New Year resolutions – Get sponsored to stick to your new year’s resolutions
- Name the Teddy – The winner of the competition gets to keep the teddy.
- Open House – Invite people to bring homemade crafts and food to sell at your house. Each stall holder can donate to your charity.
- Open Garden – Open your garden to visitors. Sell tickets, refreshments, plants and vegetables
- Pamper night or Poker night – Either set up your house as a relaxation parlour or as a casino and invite friends over.
- Pancake Race – Get flipping on Shrove Tuesday. Charge teams to enter and spectators to eat
- Quiz Night – Organise a quiz night with friends where they all pay a fee and you set the questions.
- Race Night – The race is run on a big screen after all bets have been taken. Some gaming regulations may apply
- Raffle – Ask local firms to donate prizes and sell tickets.
- Swear Box – Place a donation in every time you swear – you will be surprised at how much money you will raise
- Sit in a Bath – Get sponsored to spend the day in a bath of beans/maggots/tea, etc
- Tabletop sale – Indoor variation on the car boot sale. Charge for table hire and sell refreshments and have a raflle to raise even more money
- Toy sale – Sell all your unwanted toys and donate the proceeds to charity
- Tuck Shop – Sell sweets, crisps, cake, drinks etc at work or at an event
- Underwear on the outside – Raise money by getting people to sponsor you to wear your underwear on the outside.
- Unwanted gifts donations – Staff donate their unwanted gifts( this usually works best after Christmas) – they can then be either sold or raffled.
- Variety show – You could set up a “Britain’s got Talent” style show and get your friends to donate to enter.
- Wine tasting evening – A Fun evening where guests will have tasting notes and have to guess which wine (labels will be obscured) they are tasting from the description
- Welly throwing – Fun for every fete and fair. Throwers compete to see whose welly goes furthest
- X-mas cards and decorations – Make your own X-mas cards and decorations and then sell them at a Christmas craft fayre.
- Yellow day – People pay to wear everything yellow for the day.
- Zany hat day – Colleagues and friends pay a set fee to wear a really wacky hat to work.