Fundraising tips

Barnardo's Challenge Events - cyclist

While a lot of your fundraising might take the form of sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues, it might not be the only thing you need to do to raise your target amount.
Many of our participants host their own fundraising events, or carry out alternative fundraising activities to meet their targets.

Fundraising tips

As a starting point, feel free to use these guidelines and advice on how you can promote your challenge.

Here are some ideas of other things you might be able to do:

Fundraising examples

Tina Moxon - London Marathon 2011

Tina raised almost £1900 for the London Marathon 2011 by using a few key methods;

  • She used the great support from her closest friends at work to make them her fundraising managers to gather support from their teams at work, invite them to events and collect sponsorship
  • She held a raffle at work before Christmas which raised almost £500
  • She applied for match funding from her company which raised another £1000
  • She added stickers into each christmas card with a link to her online fundraising page

Keri Wyatt - Great North Run 2011

Keri's main way to reach her target of £350 was to set up an online fundraising page with virginmoneygiving to target all her friends and family who don't live near to her.  To boost her fundraising she also decided to bake loads of cakes and biscuits and to sell them at work.
She roped in a couple of colleagues to help her bake as much as possible and she sold the cakes in her office, raising £130, which took her past her fundraising target.

KPMG Sahara Desert Trek Team 2012

The team of intrepid KPMG staff taking on this challenge used a variety of fundraising ideas to reach their goal of £140,000 and to make the most from all of their contacts;

  • Hosting a cricket dinner with an auction to boost the money raised on the night
  • Organising an abseil day down their office block in Canary Wharf
  • Organising a black tie ball
  • Using the Christmas party as a way to raffle items and hold a silent auction
  • Organising a speed dating night in a local bar

Anna Le Jenue - London Marathon 2011

Anna organised a ladies evening to raise a substantial amount of her £1600 minimum fundraising target for the London Marathon. She took a few steps to make the event a great success;

  • She hired a children's school hall
  • She approached a variety of exhibitors including photography, cupcakes, chocolates, jewellery, massage, fitness clothing, and Christmas cards
  • She had a Barnardo's information stall at the door
  • She charged the exhibitors £15 for a table and then also asked for a donation to the raffle and asked all the ladies to pay £5 to attend the evening

Anna said 'It was exhausting and required a lot of work, but I really enjoyed it, and people were commenting on the night for a few weeks after.’ Anna raised £600 from this one night alone.

You can also get in touch with us if you want to discuss further any ideas.