Abseil - This is a great way to get a good view and raise money for Radio Peace. How about a sponsored Abseil? It could be down a well known local building, or a more natural surface like ma cliff face. Involve one of your local abseiling clubs, they will train you and may source the equipment. It is an exhilarating feeling, one that you will never forget.
Auction - Perhaps you or a friend have a record collection that you would like to donate for a cause like Radio Peace? We have some first class contacts and can help you gtet the best prices for it. Perhaps you have some sought-after sports memorabilia? We know just the people who can maximize the amount it could make, in a charity auction.
Auction of promises Or why not have an auction of promises, where you and friends donate a few hours of your time in services, which people bid for?
Afternoon tea - Have you ever tried hosting an afternoon tea? This could be done at work, in an office, in your community centre or even at home. Britain is a nation of tea drinkers and an Afternoon Tea event is bound to prove very popular and make you lots of friends.
Bake Sale - Everyone likes cake and there are hundreds of recipes to choose from. Whether you opt for a traditional English Victoria sponge, or want to be more adventurous by turning your hand to some Syrian delicacies, such as the traditional Harisi (a semolina cake), invite your friends to take part and start baking. Mary Berry is just the tip of a huge trend towards home baking - try your hand now. Just think of all the money you'll raise!
Bingo - There are many variations of the BINGO game, and although many still remember the “two little ducks, 22” and “Two fat ladies, 88” phrases, they are not used in the professional BINGO halls any more. So why not organise a nostalgic game of the BINGO the way it used to be. There is also an increasingly popular “Rock n Roll Bingo” game, and many more variations too, such as Food Bingo.
Beard Shaving - Whilst you may love your furry face, but what about your friends and family? Would the idea of shaving your beard off have them reaching into their pockets to help Radio peace? Why not let encourage them to dye it too, maybe as a sub or double event, before the big shave as a way to raise extra funds.
Coffee mornings - Most people rely on a coffee to get them through the day so hosting a coffee morning is great way to fundraise on your lunch break and gathering donations is made easier when your offering something people wanted anyway. If your looking to host outside of the workplace, why not make a longer session, perhaps tie in with your local book club? If you know a friend is running a bake sale why not partner up, they can focus on the cake while you make sure you've got the right beans and brew.
Cinema screening - Film student with a graduation film to show or maybe you or a friend has a DVD collection to rival Netflix? Either way a cinema screening is a flexible fundraising idea as whether it's hosted in the school hall, work canteen, your living room, the local cinema or projected outside only one thing will stand between you and success. Popcorn - so buy your own kernels and get inventive, it's a great way to raise extra cash on the night. Peanut buttered popcorn anyone?
Coronation Street Party get your party room dressed up as the Rovers return and invite all your friends to come dressed as a character from the most famous street in the world. There MUST be some Betty's Hot pot of course, could be a game of darts, and many more themes around the well known characters. A basic mimicking competition is an easy one to break the ice.
Country Night They say Country music has over 5 million fans, and certainly many events are VERY well attended. Events can include Line dancing, and the food is often 'Bangers n Beans' with even the men agreeing to dress up in fringed jackets, trousers and a stetson. Provide pelnty of places your guests can tether their horses!
Dinner Party - An event which can be hosted all year round, on its own or in support of other events a dinner party can be adapted to appeal to most people. Our top tip: pick a theme. You could focus around the origins of the food you serve or go theme first, food second and serve dishes from your favourite film. Keep in mind the timing of your event, if your hosting in January why not throw a healthy food dinner party to appeal to all those trying to kick bad habits in the new year.
Dances / Disco - You don't need access to a ballroom and moves for strictly to host a dance (but if you do that's great) you just need space and music to move to. Will you host your dance at home or will your hire a local venue? We've helped lots of supporters raise funds this way so if a disco is how you want to raise money get in touch and let us help you fundraise too.
Darts match - Set your sights on bulls eye and keep the game serious charging an entry fee to raise funds or keep it fun and set challenges like throwing whilst on one leg and charge per throw. If you are or know a local darts champion why not charge a fee to play against them?
Eating competition - How many doughnuts can you eat without licking your lips? How about crackers without water? When it comes to food there are lots of challenges to be set, particularly for fans of I'm a celebrity get me out of here. You can raise money with entry fees or tie an eating competition into a larger event. Top tip: breaking records could help you gain press coverage and increase your fundraising.
Easter Egg Hunt - Kids always love an Easter Egg hunt and the events are best played with enthusiastic teams. A large park is a good idea as it is cheaper to participate in and not so dangerous as hopping in and out of cars.
Easter party - With school holiday and a long bank holiday weekend Easter is a great time to fundraise. You'll have more time to plan the activity and people are more likely to have the time to support you. There are lots of low cost ways to raise money at an Easter party... from the more obvious Easter egg hunt to a Easter bunny hop race (ears at the ready).
Face painting competition - Not got the time or resource to organise your own Fete or street party then why not get involved in one which is already taking place and offer your services as a face painter, most events will be happy to have you. No fêtes near you, no fear. Face-painting isn't just for the kids so why not ask your local night clubs or pubs if they are hosting any themed nights that face painting would be appropriate for.
Football match / Five a side football - Even if you don't score, this is one match that guarantees you'll make a difference in 90 minutes. If you've got smaller numbers why not opt for a game of five-a-side? Raise funds by charging a player fee and why not let spectators donate to take part in a penalty shoot out at the end of the match?
Fancy Dress days - Everyone likes dressing! Fancy dress isn't just for Halloween, it's a great way to raise money. If you're the boss why not have every one come into work in fancy-dress and pay a small donation for the day or if you are a dab hand on a sewing machine why not make up your own costumes to raise money? Top Tip: Why not let your colleagues cast votes on the costume you have to wear for the day, they pay a fee to vote which goes towards vital research (and of course embarrassing you).
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Games Night - You don't have to be a monopoly board master or play scrabble like Carol Vorderman to a host a games night. You just need games, a place and people. It can be as simple as charades or if you have a screen and console to hand why not go down the gaming route, charging friends to play. Tight on time? Put on a lunchtime session at your office, for the price of a coffee your colleagues pay to play.
Give it up! - We all have bad vices and habits, some worse than others (we are looking at you nail biters) but if you have a habit you want to kick why not do it whilst fundraising for Radio Peace? If your habit is costly why not donate the money you save or if your habit causes more frustration to others than yourself why not have people sponsor you? Over the years our supporters have raised money by giving up crisps, television, alcohol, chocolate, meat, smoking (there are so many!)
Head shave - One of our the popular fundraising activities is the head shave. It's a brave way to not only raise money for Radio Peace. Make sure your bold move gets the recognition it deserves, why not offer people the chance to bid to shave your head, or stretch out the activity by giving people the chance to dye your hair a crazy colour for a week before the shave.
- Halloween party - For us the only thing better suited to fancy dress than fundraising is Halloween so get your invites out and charge guests an entry fee to spend the night apple bobbing to Thriller.
- Hogmanay - If you can't make it to Scotland this year why not bring Scotland to you and throw your very own Hogmanay party. Friends can donate the cost they would usually spend on venue entry (and no long queues for the toilet). Can't tempt your friends from the streets of Edinburgh? Why not focus your fundraising on the pre-event of Hogmanay and prepare a traditional Hogmanay meal for friends before the celebrations. Other times the Scottish theme can be used are St Andrews Day (30th November)
- International evening / International Day - Whether you've travelled the world or just love a particular culture an international theme is a great way to get people excited about raising money. Choose your country (or go 'around the world') and charge people an entry fee. Have a think about dress codes, food and music. Entertainment such as quizzes can be a great way to raise extra funds at the event.
It's a Knockout - The ultimate school sports day for adults, fun is a big incentive for people to get involved here but we'd also recommend reaching out to looking businesses to donate a prize to help a good cause (and if your event gains press interest they will also get exposure). You'll may need materials so if you, or somebody you know works in a school or local sports centre reach out to them, and if you don't have one perhaps ask a neighbour if they have a hosepipe you could use.
Irish Night / Day - It doesn't have to be St Patricks day to celebrate the Irish culture, whether you've got Irish blood or just love the music your sure to have fun and an Irish focus opens up an array of activities. You can hire a space and throw a party or if you have the skills why not charge people for Irish dance lessons and donate the fee?
Jewellery collection, Jewellery making/selling - If you have high value pieces your looking to donate an auction could be the best route for you, if your skill set lies in making why not put on a 'make-your-own' craft session.
Jazz - Use Jazz music as the centre of your fundraising. You could put on an evening of entertainment and charge for entry or if you're a jazz musician yourself you could share your talent and provide music lessons for donations.
James Bond - The Bond films are iconic and so finding fans shouldn't be hard, but a James Bond night can offer a lot more than movie watching. The best bits of the Bond movies can be running on a monitor, obviously the Bond Themes playing, biut it's the dressing up that's best. The girls always get into it more than the guys, for whom its bvery easy - just a black bow tie and a Tux is all you really need, and a naff Sean Connery accent. How about an eyebrow raising competition as part of it, or a 'corny line' competition, just for applause doing them. A Bond quiz is always a great idea, and get ready to make a lot of Martinis!
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Karaoke night - Time to stretch the vocal cords and get ready for a night of karaoke, love it or hate it our fundraisers have proven it's a great way to raise money. If your on the lookout for a karaoke machine reach out to friends on social media to save money on renting one.
Knitting - British weather means that knitwear is often in demand so use your needle skills to raise money. Decide how you want to sell your unique items, you could use online auction sites, set-up a stall or speak to our retail team at Radio Peace. Want to raise more awareness of your fundraising? Set-up a Facebook page (we have a n instruction page on how to do this yourself click HERE) or for more publicity tie knit somewhere that will generate interest.
Ladies Night / Day - Throw a ladies day (or evening) and get your female friends together. The first challenge will be getting a date in the diary so if this is the event for you start to ask people now about their availability so you can pick a date that works for the majority. Once you've got the date, start to think about entertainment. You could have cocktails and canapés or a Mad Hatters Tea Party. You know your guests so choose what makes them tick.
Lunch - You don't have to be a lady to lunch, if your office has a habit of ordering food on a Friday why not cook up your own treats? You'll save your colleagues time from buying lunch which will give them even longer to enjoy their food.
Marathon events - Before you go to the next idea, a marathon doesn't have to mean running. In the past our supporters have raised money with marathon DJ sets, roller skating, and nail art sessions. Decide if you want an activity that will take you 26.2 miles or hours.
Matched Giving - Whether you are raising money in the office (link to office fundraising content?) or outside of work, ask your employer about matched giving. Lots of our fundraisers have the amount they raise matched by their employer so don't be afraid to ask. You can read our practical guidance.
Music and mulled wine evening - - Pop, rock, or Jazz regardless of genre if fundraising through music appeals to you its time to start thinking about your event. Will you be performing or looking for local acts to support you? You could keep it simple with a Saturday busking session, but if your thinking bigger start to look at venues (or start being extra nice to friends with big gardens). There could be support available in your local community, see our page on local fundraising groups.