Comic Relief: Fundraising Ideas

RND15_Logo_Date&YearAWRed Nose Day will be held on Friday 13th March this year – a prominent day in our charity calendar. As Comic Relief celebrates its 28th year, the Loose Women have been talking about fundraising this week.

There are many ways in which you can do your own but to get involved with fundraising, and if you’re struggling for ideas, we’ve come up with some top tips to help contribute to that all-important final total.

Dance off


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Fancy busting some moves against your peers? Try creating your own dance off! An informal dance competition makes for a great excuse for a work get together; you could pair up with colleague to show off your ballroom blitz. Alternatively, bring out the breakdancing to wow your family and friends at home, as you shake it for Comic Relief. Ask everyone to make a contribution, and honour the winners with a glittery disco ball prize.

Office bake off


To raise a bit of extra cash, why not challenge your work colleagues to find out who is the star baker among you, by creating your very own office bake off. Ask a couple of Directors to don their judge’s hats and you’ll soon find out who has hidden baking talents. Each contestant can donate a specific amount, and post-event, the whole team gets to enjoy all the baked goodies by donating money for each slice of cake. You could even pick a “red nose” theme to add an extra challenge.

We love a good bake sale at tombola towers. We find any excuse to eat cake, but if it means we can raise money for a good cause, we’re on–board!

We’re particularly fond of this Oreo Cookies ‘n’ Cream Chocolate Tart recipe from What Jessica Baked Next. The triple chocolate temptation is always a sure-fire way to get people digging deep into their pockets.

Host a dinner party                                        


This is a popular idea with many groups of friends, who take it in turn to host a three course dinner, but by adding a donation to the mix, you have a get together with a charitable twist. Maybe you each make a course, or you do it over a period of time and go the whole hog.

We picked out our favourite starter and main course from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary as inspiration for when your turn comes around. Don’t forget to have a box on your table ready to collect your fundraising monies!

Host a book swap


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Weekly book clubs are becoming popular again, so why not combine your catch-up with a fundraising book swap? After discussing your current read (and let’s face it, having a good old gossip at the same time), swap your old books for new, and add a donation to your tin to build up your collection. If you’re hosting, you can always try your hand at baking and ask your guests to put a little extra in for their delicacies.

Car boot sale


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A car boot sale can be a great way to raise some cash, as well as being a fun day out! It’s also good motivation to have a good clear out and get rid of any unwanted items. Take a look at these top tips from Cass at the Frugal Family blog to make sure you’re on the right track and don’t forget anything. We particularly like her tips on kids’ toys and the reminder to avoid spending money while you’re there!

Clothes swap


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Whilst you’re de-cluttering, when not think about holding a clothing swap between friends? Not only will you get rid of unwanted items in your wardrobe, you’ll also be able to get your hands on your friend’s dress that you’ve always loved. Adding a small fee to your event will turn it into a fun evening or weekend gathering, whilst collecting for charity too!

Do you have any fundraising success stories to share? We’d love to know!

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