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Raising money for is as easy as ABC

From afternoon teas to zumbathons, we have a huge range of ideas to help you fundraise at work, school or in your community.

When you raise money for , you'll join a fundraising family determined to support older people whenever we're needed most.

Whether we're providing information and advice, connecting isolated older people with someone to talk to, or campaigning for older people's rights, is here to help – and every penny you raise will help us continue to be there.

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Afternoon tea

Host an afternoon tea, and asks guests to pay towards their favourite tasty treats and hot drinks. 

Antiques fair

Charge vendors to set up a table, or ask sellers and buyers to contribute a percentage of their sales and purchases to .

B

Bake sale

A fundraising classic! Rustle up a delicious bake sale in your office or local community.

Birthday fundraiser

Instead of asking for presents, why not celebrate your birthday by encouraging friends and families to donate to a great cause?

C

Coffee morning

Round up family and friends for some quality time over a cuppa, all while raising funds for .

Concert

Celebrate the musical skills of your local community or friendship group by hosting a concert, using ticket sales to raise money.

D

Dog walking

Set up a walking challenge that you can do with your favourite four-legged friend, and ask friends and family to sponsor you. 

Dress down day

Ditch school uniforms for the day or wear your PJs to the office – it's time to dress casual for some serious fundraising.

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Exercise challenge

Whether you're a keen cyclist, a super swimmer, or you want to increase your daily step count, create your own exercise challenge, your way.

Expert talk

Invite an expert to give a talk on any topic you choose, and charge an entry fee to raise funds for charity.

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Fashion show

Move over, Paris Fashion Week – host a local fashion show to flaunt your fanciest creations, charging entry to raise funds.

Football sweepstake

Add some extra competition to your favourite football tournament by starting a sweepstake.

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Gaming challenge

Have fun while fundraising with a video game challenge! Every completed level or beaten boss could raise crucial funds.

Garden party

Keep your fingers crossed for sunny skies and organise a garden get-together in aid of supporting older people.

H

Head shave

Would you brave the shave for ? Get colleagues and contacts to sponsor you to lose your locks for a great cause.

Hiking challenge

Lace up your walking boots and head to the hills for a hiking challenge. Ask friends and family to sponsor you as you tick off mountains or miles.

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Improv show

Put your friends' quick wits to the test by hosting a ticketed improv show to raise money for .

International food night

Ask each of your invited guests to bring food from their chosen country and to contribute a small donation, then enjoy a global gourmet evening.

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Jewellery making

For a gem of a fundraising idea, why not host a class on making your own trinkets? Charge entry to the class to raise funds.

Jogging challenge

Get a jog on for a good cause, asking loved ones and colleagues to sponsor you every step of the way.

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Kick a habit

Pledge to block the choc or go alcohol-free for a set time. Get support for your efforts by asking for sponsorship.

Knitting

Take up your knitting needles, and use your crocheted creations to raise money to support older people.

L

Leeds Abbey Dash

Take on 's Leeds Abbey Dash – Yorkshire's oldest and best-loved 10k – in a city centre run that changes lives. 

London Marathon

Help make a crucial difference to older people by running the iconic TCS London Marathon in aid of .

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Mobile-free day

Cut down your screen time and challenge yourself to go phone-free for a day, asking for sponsorship from family and friends.

Murder mystery

Host your own whodunnit and ask guests to give donations, or start a sweepstake on who the murderer might be.

N

Nail art

Are you a natural at nail art? Charge customers for your masterpieces and donate the funds raised to .

Nighttime walk

Gather your friends for an after-dark walking challenge. Set a destination to reach for sunrise, and ask to be sponsored for your steps.

O

Obstacle course

Challenge your workmates to a multi-activity challenge for – and try not to get wiped out by the obstacles!

Odd jobs for donations

Mowing a lawn, washing a car, or fixing a fence – put your skills to good use by trading odd jobs for donations to .

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Photo competition

Snap a selfie, practice your wildlife photography, or capture the unexpected. Charge entry to raise funds.

Plant sale

Do you know your peace lilies from your parlour palms? Plant a seed of positivity by donating profits from your plant sale to charity.

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Quiet challenge

Can you stay quiet for an hour? A day? A week? Let your actions speak louder than words with a sponsored silence.

Quiz night

Get quizzical with family, friends and colleagues by hosting a trivia night in aid of 's vital work.

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Raffle

Holding a classic fundraising raffle is an easy way to increase donations, as it can be incorporated into lots of other events.

Running challenge

Get moving with a running challenge for , and improve your fitness at the same time.

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Skydiving

If you're looking for a high-adrenaline way to fundraise, consider a skydive for .

Swimming challenge

Set yourself a target distance or number of lengths, and take the plunge with your own swimming challenge.

T

Talent contest

Be surprised by the hidden talents of the people you know with an evening of singing, dancing and more – all to raise funds for .

Treasure hunt

Write your best riddles and invite guests to contribute a donation before hunting for their prizes.

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Upcycle

Can you transform household items or material into something new? Get creative and sell your upcycled objects to raise funds.

University Challenge event

Fingers on buzzers – assemble your team and prepare for your starter for ten with a fiendish fundraising quiz.

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Vegetarian night

Make meat-free Mondays into a money-maker for supporting older people, by encouraging guests to your vegetarian feast to donate.

Virtual physical challenge

Get sponsored to run a marathon or swim the equivalent of the English Channel at your own pace, in your chosen place. 

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Walking challenge

Whether you commit to 10,000 steps a day or strolls around your garden, set a challenge that works for you.

Wedding gifts

Spread the joy of your special day by asking guests to donate to charity instead of bringing wedding gifts.

X, Y, Z

Yoga marathon

Find your inner zen, encourage friends and family to join in, and raise cash with a sponsored yoga marathon challenge.

Zip wire

If you've got a head for heights, take on a sponsored zip wire challenge to fundraise for .

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Sporty ideas

Swim, cycle, run or hike - get active for a good cause.

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In celebration ideas

Share the happiness of your celebration by raising vital funds for older people. 

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As a community

Team up with family, neighbours or your local community group to create a superstar fundraiser for .

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At school

Get inspired for your own top-of-the-class fundraiser with our simple and flexible ideas.

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In the office

Team work makes the fundraising dream work. Bring your colleagues together to raise money for a great cause.

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