Make your event as sensible or as wild and quirky as you like!
The following ideas have been tried and recommended by our previous fundraisers.
- Get sporty with it …Hold a charity sports tournament, sponsored walk or golf day.
- Music, music, music! … Have a talent contest, karaoke competition or carol singing evening.
- Go on “have a ball” … with a fancy dress party, BBQ or barn dance or even a black tie ball for a fabulous night of glitz and glamour.
- For Sale … organise a Car boot sale, cake sale or auction of promises.
- Do something silly! …Have a doughnut eating contest or welly-wanging competition.
- Dinner party …cook up a storm and host a fundraising meal at home.
- Gaming evening … you could organise a poker and other casino-style games evening a great night out and a simple way to raise money.
- Test your knowledge … Hold a quiz or Mastermind tournament or pretend you are Chris Tarrant for a night and invite teams to enter.
- Story Tellers … Invite a guest speaker to give a free talk to your social group or in a local hall.
- Auctions and raffles … ask friends, family and local businesses to donate goods, which you can then raffle or auction.
- For kids … treasure hunts, Teddy bear picnic, pet show or face painting always works a treat.
- For adults … Chest/leg wax, sponsored slim, swear box or food hamper raffle.
HERE’S WHAT SOME OF OUR GREAT SUPPORTERS HAVE GOT UP TO RECENTLY!
Two brave women, Paula George (below left) from Warwickshire and Emily Jones (below right) from Oxfordshire, took to the skies in a plane and then jumped out of it to raise money for Rugby & Oxfordshire dementia services and Oxon youth clubs. Emily raised £700 doing a parachute jump, she wished £350 to go to dementia information as her grandmother has dementia and £350 to go to Witney youth club as she knows some of the members very well. Emily said of her experience, “I loved every minute of it, definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done!” Paula jumped for Rugby dementia services. Through justgiving.com Paula has so far raised £1835 with donations still coming in. Well done and many thanks to both!
Adam Blizzard raised £ 950 doing a cycle run from London to Madley Park – which is a jolly long way! All proceeds are going to the Witney after school and holiday project and are being spent on items the children have specifically requested.
My Granddad has Alzheimer’s; he’s the reason I decided to support a charity like Guideposts as I’ve seen not only his quality of life deteriorate but I’ve also seen the challenges my Nan has to face caring for him and constantly worrying about him. I really believe in the work that charities such as Guideposts do to make the lives of people facing such challenges just that little bit easier and more comfortable.
After many years of trying, I have finally managed to get a place in the London Marathon 2012….oh yes! Whilst I enjoy going for the odd run every now and again, the thought of enduring 26.2 miles fills me with fear and trying to fit any training in around work is set to be an absolute nightmare! (Briony Garbett, in early 2012)
WILL BE PHOTOS HERE SOON! Briony finished the race, on Sunday 22 April, in 4 hours 37 minutes and so far has raised over £6,000 for Guideposts. This will make a huge difference to Guideposts services for people with dementia and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts.
- Create your own personalised online fundraising page through JustGiving to help raise and collect sponsorship money.
- Another very simple and effective way of supporting us is to keep one of our collection boxes in your home or at work. Every penny counts and these regular and reliable funds help us raise considerable and vital fund each year. If you can help by giving your spare pennies to Guideposts, phone us on 01993 849409 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org