Ideas and inspiration

Bring and buy sale

Set up your own VSO shop for the day. Ask everyone to bring in their unwanted items and hold a sale. All the leftover items can be sold in a car boot sale – double whammy!

Give a talk to your local community

Ask your local church, rotary club, WI or Soroptimists if they will make a donation to your fundraising target, in exchange for you giving them a talk about the work that we do.  

Coffee morning

Bake some cakes, bring out the coffee beans and they will come. Remember to charge them for the privilege.

Street collections

A great way to collect donations is a street collection, but make sure you get permission from the council or shop owners first. Check out our tips on holding a street collection here. 

Hold a themed fancy dress day 

Everyone loves a dress up day! Why not take it one step further, by picking a theme and awarding a prize for the best outfit?

Fairs, fetes, bazaars

Ask your head teacher, student union or boss if you can use a hall, a field or even a car park and let your imagination run wild. Go old school and set up a coconut shy, apple bobbing stand, egg-and-spoon race and a jumble sale. 

Host a film night

Stage a film screening. See if you can borrow a projector from your school or workplace, hang a sheet, choose your film, make some posters and away you go – provide popcorn and ice cream and ask people to pay a small amount to view a blockbuster.

Talent show

Celebrate your friends' hidden talents by putting on a talent show, and charge a small donation for family and friends to come and watch. Where you stage it is up to you - whether it's at work, school, down the pub or in your garden. You'll have a laugh and raise money at the same time!   

Curry night

Grab your pans and a few ingredients and prepare to tantalise tastebuds with a curry night fundraiser. 

Check out our full curry night how-to guide here

Quiz night

Fingers on buzzers, it’s time for a quiz! Get the competitive juices flowing and raise a chunk of money in the process by hosting a charity quiz.

Check out our full quiz night how-to guide here

Bake sale

Victoria sponge, brownies, cupcakes and more! Bake sales always go down a treat. Add a competitive element by asking colleagues to bake their favourite sponge for the title of ‘star baker’.

Check out our full bake sale guide here


Gather some prizes from local businesses  and host a raffle at your workplace or at your home. If you can find 10 prizes and charge £2 per ticket or £5 for 3 you could easily make £150.

Check out our guide to hosting a raffle here

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