Fundraising resources

A to Z of Fundraising Ideas

So you’ve decided to fundraise for Fresh Start new beginnings but you need a helping hand to get started. Whether you’re fundraising at school, at work, with friends and family, a club or Brownie, Guide or Scout group, here you’ll find heaps of ideas to help you fundraise for us.


How about a sponsored abseil down one of East Anglia’s iconic buildings! Please contact us if you’re thinking of doing a sponsored abseil.

Afternoon tea
Everybody loves afternoon tea and a slice of cake. You could do this at home, at school or in the office.

If you’re organising an event, get hold of some fabulous prizes to be auctioned off. Having a fantastic auctioneer is the key to a successful auction. Or you could hold an auction of talents – ask people to offer their services to be auctioned, such as cooking a meal for a group of people, painting a portrait, gardening etc.



Baby photo competition
Always fun at a party or at work – ask everyone to bring in a baby photo and see if you can guess who it is.

Bad tie day
Ask your colleagues to wear their worst or wackiest tie and charge them £1. Offer a prize for the best one.

Bake off
Ask people to bake cakes, buns or scones and run a competition for the best one, then sell the cakes afterwards.

Book sale
Ask people to bring in their second hand books to sell at school, work or at a coffee morning.

Bike ride
Organise a sponsored bike ride with a planned route and distance. Ensure you think about health and safety, especially if you have a lot of people taking part.

Coffee morning
A coffee morning is a great way to catch up with friends, family and colleagues. Combine it with a cake sale, book sale or raffle to raise as much as possible.

Car boot sale
Everyone needs to have a clear out once in a while, sell your unwanted clothes, children’s toys, nic nacs and dvds. If you don’t want to go to a car boot sale, you could get your neighbours involved and organise a garage sale for the whole street.

Carol singing
Entice your friends and family with the promise of mulled wine and mince pies afterwards!



Dress down day or fancy dress day
Organise a dress down day at work or at school and ask people to donate a £1 to take part – or have a fancy dress theme, e.g. a pyjama day, superhero day, back to the 80s etc.

Dog walk
Organise a sponsored dog walk in a local park, or raise funds by offering to walk your neighbours dogs.



Eating challenge
This could include anything, get sponsored to eat cold baked beans or run a jelly eating competition and charge people to take part and to watch.



Everyone loves an old fashioned summer fete. You’ll need to plan well in advance and get a group of people who will each run a stall. You could get a local dance group to come along or a band to provide the entertainment.

Fashion show
You could ask a local shop to donate/loan clothes or ask the models to donate clothes they no longer want.

Hold a charity football match or tournament. Charge teams a small entry fee or have a collection at half time. Or you could run a penalty shoot-out competition at work and put the boss in goal.

Guessing games
Guess the name of the teddy, guess how many sweets are in the jar or guess the weight of the Chrismas cake.

Golf day
You could organise a golf day and ask a local golf club to sponsor the event. You could include an after dinner auction and raffle.

Garden party or open garden event
You could hold your own garden party or ask people locally if they would open up their gardens to visitors.



Head shave
Would you brave the shave?! Get sponsored to have your head shaved or dye your hair a crazy colour.

One of the worst chores, who doesn’t hate having a pile of ironing to get through – charge your friends and family a small fee to do their ironing.

Jewellery making
Buy some beads or ask a craft shop to donate them and sell what you make. Or you could hold a jewellery sale and ask people to bring along unwanted items of jewellery to sell.

Karaoke night
Get budding singers to ‘sing’ their favourite tunes and run a competition for the best, worst and most entertaining performers.



Leg wax
A lot more fun if you get the men in the office to have their legs waxed. Ask a local beautician to offer their time for free.



Murder mystery night
Use a shop bought murder mystery DVD and tell people who they are playing in advance so they can  dress up and really act the part.

Matched funding
Ask your company to match fund whatever you raise.



Name the baby
A great way to raise funds if someone in the office is expecting – run a sweep stake to guess the weight and sex of the baby and even their name.



Office Olympics
Set up games and challenges around the office and charge people to take part – you could organise a tournament and run it every lunchtime for a week, with a prize for the winning team.



Pamper party
Ask a local beautician to donate their time to give beauty/pamper treatments and charge your guests to attend. Give them a glass of bubbly and some nibbles to make it an extra special evening.

Party, party, party!

Hold a Christmas party, Halloween themed party, James bond themed or 60s, 70s or 80s party.



Quiz night
Ask a local pub if they will host a quiz night for you. Charge each team to enter and run a raffle on the night.



Ask local businesses to donate prizes and if you have any ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, you can auction them to raise more funds.

Arrange a fun run at your child’s school or in a local park.



Sponsored walk, swim, cycle, silence
Sponsored events always go down well – try something a bit different or unusual, such as a sponsored wellie throw or pushchair race.

Run a singing competition or a battle of the bands competition.



Talent show
Organise a Britain’s Got Talent style show and charge people to enter and to watch. You could ask a local celebrity to judge it.

A tombola is a great addition to any event, make sure you have some really good prizes to entice people to take part.

Used clothes/books/DVD’s sale
It does what it says on the tin.

Valet service
Organise a car wash and charge extra for a full valet service.



Wine tasting
You could hold a cheese and wine evening and charge people to come. Lay on a selection of wines for people to taste. You could get these donated by a local retailer.

Win a day off!
Ask your boss to donate an extra day’s holiday and ask your colleagues to enter a raffle to win or hold a silent auction.



Xmas cards
Make a donation to Fresh Start – new beginnings in lieu of sending Xmas cards.

Xmas jumper day
Get your colleagues to wear their favourite Christmas jumper and run a competition for the best (and worst) jumper.

Yum yum!
Anything food related – hold a dinner party, Come Dine With Me night, pudding night or safari supper and charge people to come along.

Ask a local Zumba instructor to run a Zumba class for you and your friends – get sponsored to Zumba for an extra long time.