Break out the leotard and the fitness DVD and get physical. Get sponsored for every five minutes of aerobics you can manage.
Dab hand with a paintbrush? Even if you’re not, give it a go and pass it off as modern art! Encourage local artists to donate some of their work.
Auction of Promises
Visit local businesses and ask them to donate their services for you to auction off. Or rope in your friends, who could promise to wash cars, mow lawns or do housework for the highest bidder.
Charge your mates – or the local rugby/footie/any testosterone driven team – to arm wrestle one another. Probably best tried at your local pub. You could even fashion a snazzy badge/ medal type thing for the winner.
Get a group of people to abseil down a local building in aid of BulliesOut. You are likely to get press coverage for this type of event too.
Arts or crafts stall
Try making greetings cards, pot pourri or jewellery to sell.
Grab those shuttlecocks and hit the courts. Get sponsored for every ten minutes of rallying you can manage.
Held in your garden. Ask guests to pay an entrance fee, then provide them with food and drink for free.
Find a real barn if possible and hire a good band. Recruit a caller who knows all the dances and can instruct those with two left feet. Charge for admission and refreshments. Make sure you sell enough tickets before the night, not just on the door.
Grab a few hairy people and shave them. Not just for fun – get people to sponsor them to go through with it. You can shave heads, beards, backs or legs… the possibilities are great.
Make your own bingo cards and invite your mates around for a few games. Charge them a pound a ticket. Prizes should be something small like sweets or promises of eternal friendship.
Bring and Buy Sale
We bet you’ve got loads of junk in your attics and under your bed. Why not raise some money (and keep your mum happy) by organising a Bring and Buy sale. You could even charge other people to set up their own stalls.
Get all your friends and relatives to clear out their book shelves and donate the books to you to sell.
The entrance fee could include a light supper or nibbles and a glass of wine.
Invite your neighbours round or do this at work. Bake a few cakes and sell each slice for a £1.
You need a group of at least 25 people. Get a photo of your club chairman or work CEO doing something unusual and then get everyone to submit a caption for £1. Winner gets 50% of the proceeds and the rest is donated to BulliesOut!
Carol Singing Concert
Entice people along with the promise of mince pies and mulled wine!
Always a good fundraiser and a great way to catch up with friends/family. Have a look at our CuppaTime©
Ticket selling and publicity are vital. Many bands, orchestras and choirs are often on the lookout for opportunities to perform for good causes and in good venues, on an expenses-only basis. You just need to ask!
Get people to sponsor you for every five minutes of boogying you manage – or for every song you shimmy to.
Find a venue and ask a local DJ to donate his service for free. You could even theme it … salsa, 70’s night, ballroom dancing … invite your friends and have yourselves a ball! Remember, if you are not on licensed premises and are selling alcohol, you will need a drinks licence.
Get some exercise and raise money at the same time. Offer your services as the neighbour dog walker and charge per dog per walk.
This one will take some organising, but could raise lots of money. Charge for tickets, hold a raffle and auction (ask local businesses to donate prizes).
Charge an entry fee, have a raffle and refreshments. Make it fun – ladies versus men, left handed throws only etc.
Easter Egg Hunt
Charge parents to take their kids off their hands for a afternoon – plan an Easter egg/ sweet hunt in the garden to keep them amused.
Get local arts and crafts groups (wood turners, jewellery or nick nack makers, painters etc) to hold an exhibition of their work. Ask for an admission fee and ask exhibitors to pay a fee for their pitch.
Register yourself on eBay.co.uk or another auction site and auction off your old, unwanted items. You’re likely to raise more money than you would from a car boot sale and have fun watching the items go up in price at the same time!
Fancy dress days
Pay to wear fancy dress or dress down to work or school and fine those that don’t make the effort. Non-uniform days at school are always popular. In the office have crazy tie, bad hat or yellow and blue only days. April Fools Day is ideal for this.
Local celebrities will help draw in crowds. But there’s lots of work, planning and costs involved – so be careful!
Organise a fun footie match. Try and encourage local celebrities to play. Hold a collection at half time. You could ask your local team to play a match in aid of BulliesOut. Organise a raffle at half time and get prizes donated by local businesses.
There are always lots of fun runs taking place. Ask your friends/family to sponsor you. Using our JustGiving (link) page makes collecting sponsorship money so much easier. Or you could organise your own! That way, you decide the venue and distance! Try to get a local personality to compete or start the event off.
£5 into £50
Give friends or volunteer fundraisers a sum of money (£5) and a time limit (three months) to increase this by devising a money-generating activity. Ideas include: planting vegetable seeds and selling produce; baking and selling cakes; backing the Derby winner; investing. Award prizes for the most ingenious idea.
Get everyone to donate £1 a month (by standing order if possible). Each month holds a draw when someone wins half the total raised. No licence is required – you just need to ensure at least half the money goes back into prize money.
Depending on how ambitious you are, this could raise a significant amount for BulliesOut. Either grab a couple of mates and stage a show in your house. They could model clothes that you no longer want or need, which could then be auctioned off at the end of the day. Alternatively, inform local clothes shops about your fundraiser and ask them to donate clothes for the show. This is also great publicity for them. Get hold of a hall and advertise the event well in advance – give out flyers in your town centre and post them through letter boxes.
Fill Smartie tubes with coins
Pass Smartie tubes out to your friends and family and ask them to fill them with spare change – preferably £1 coins! Then collect them back in – you’ll be amazed at how much you will raise this way and there is very little effort involved. Also, you could empty the smarties from their tubes into a jar and run a ‘Guess the number’ contest.
Held in your garden (or in the grounds of a local venue) with stalls, games, refreshments and raffles.
Golf Open Days
Ask a local golf club to sponsor the event for you, invite club members and local businessmen for the tournament. Organise a raffle and auction in the evening as well.
Lots of Greek food, wine and dancing in your local village hall. Charge an entrance fee and hold a raffle.
Guess the Weight…
Find something suitably heavy – anything from a jar full of sweets to your Grandma – and ask friends and family to guess its weight. Charge to enter and donate the sweets/cake to the winner.
Give Up a Vice
Whether it be smoking, biting your nails or your daily choccie bar – get sponsored to give it up for a set period – or ask people to sponsor you per day.
Hold a fancy dress party at your house or in a local bar. Ask for an entrance fee. Organise a DJ, spooky decorations and nibbles.
Head and Tails Auction
This is good to do at a dinner evening. Get everyone to stand up and pass a bucket around collecting people’s change (although encourage £5 notes). Everyone decides whether they’re heads or tails by putting a hand on their head or their bottom. Flip a coin on stage and announce the results. Those who get it wrong sit down. Continue until only one person is left. Winner gets a prize.
Ask everyone to donate their old hats and then come and buy a new one.
Less impressive if you already have a crew cut, but for those of you with long flowing locks this could raise lots of cash. Or if you aren’t feeling brave, get sponsored to shave the head of a hairy (willing) mate.
Hold themed evening events to let people know more about different countries. Cook themed meals, have themed table decorations and wear appropriate clothing. Once everyone is digging into your delicious food, take the opportunity to tell them about the work of BulliesOut… then get the donations bucket out. To cover costs, it’s probably best to charge a small entrance fee.
Either get sponsored to make lifelong friends with Ben and Jerry or buy huge tubs of ice cream and sell them by the scoop as cornets on a hot day.
Ask the public and your friends and relatives to donate unwanted jewellery. Auction off the best items and sell the remainder at a car boot sale or use as raffle prizes. Package and display attractively to boost prices and sales.
Dig around under the bed and at the back of wardrobes for anything you can sell and organise a jumble sale. Get your friends to get in on the act selling their own unwanted items – perhaps they could donate a percentage of their profits to BulliesOut.
A good idea if you’re a jazz singer. Perhaps a better one if you’re not. Raise money and have a giggle at the same time by belting out some classic jazz tunes like ‘Summertime’. Pass around the donations bucket to your spellbound audience and watch the money roll in.
Get sponsored for every mile you complete. If it’s raining outside – and you’re a bit of a wimp – you could even do it on a treadmill. Might be something to get sponsored for at your local gym.
Ask your local pub to hold a fundraising Karaoke night for BulliesOut. Sell tickets, or make it a competition and charge people to enter. Get a local company to donate a prize. Don’t forget your ear plugs!!
Put your needles together and knit garments to be sold at fetes and Xmas bazaars.
Knobbly knee contest
Works especially well at the seaside in summer or at work! Charge a quid for people to enter the competition, and ask a local company to donate a ‘quality’ prize. You get the fun of being the judge.
Hold a line-dancing party. Find out about all the line-dancing classes and clubs in your area (you’ll be surprised at how many there are) and send out invites; charge for tickets. Get in the spirit with costumes and decorations.
Line of Coins
Start a line of coins in your garden, local park, school or college grounds. Publicise what you’re raising money for and get passers-by to add their loose change to the line. Try to make it reach from one end to the other.
Borrow a lawn-mower and drop leaflets through doors, charging a couple of quid for your services. Make sure the leaflet explains what the money is for, and people will be more inclined to pay.
Invite everyone in your workplace, school or street to a grand lunch (for a small fee, obviously). Make posh sarnies and nibbles. This could work especially well in an office, where people will appreciate an unusual break in the middle of the day.
Local Races and Marathons
Take advantage of any local races that are established in your area. Book a place and ask friends for sponsorship. Use our JustGiving page (link) to make collecting sponsor money easier.
These could work particularly well in large offices. Make it a monthly event perhaps on pay day. It’s important that you adhere to the government’s regulations.
Loud Tie Day
Ask your company to sponsor it or match fund the monies raised.
Music and Mulled Wine Evening
Organise a recital at your local stately home or in someone’s summer garden.
Hire a local hall, or see if you can get one free. Hold a marathon table tennis, aerobics, line dancing or badminton session (in shift teams). Get relevant companies to sponsor you in exchange for publicity in the hall (local gyms, sports shops etc). Get sponsorship from friends and family too.
Midsummer masked ball
This will take a lot of organisation, but could be a very special – and lucrative – event. Go all-out to make it as posh as possible, and charge for tickets. Got a mate with a barn? Glam it up with candles and decorations, request that guests wear black tie, give a free glass of bubbly to everyone on arrival, the works!
Midnight Film Shows, Midnight Feasts etc
These could be held in your house, or in halls at university. Make a feature of the fact that it’s being held at midnight, with atmospheric lighting etc. Charge for entry, naturally.
Get sponsored to run five or ten miles around your town, or the equivalent around your garden. The smaller the garden the better – just make sure you change direction occasionally to reduce dizziness!
Murder Mystery Night
This could be great, especially if you’re a member of an amateur dramatics group, or a drama group at school or college, who’ll help you out.
Get some talented friends together and hold a concert. If you do this in a pub or bar, it will be more low-key than in a hall or theatre, and there will be things for the audience to do during gaps between performances (i.e.drinking and mingling).
New Year’s Eve Dance/Party
This could be as big or as small as you like – in your front room, upstairs in a pub, or in a mammoth marquee. Charge for tickets, hold a raffle and have yourself a ball!
Nearly New Sale
This is a posher version of a jumble sale. Be selective – only sell nice stuff that’s in good condition.
Get local and school teams to pay to enter; get a sports shop to donate cool
People pay a pound for the privilege of coming to school or work in their civvies. If you’re doing this at work, ask your company to match fund the money you raise.
Name the Teddy
Make a list of 100 names, charge people a pound to choose a name. You make a hundred pounds and give £25 for the correct guess. The rest is donated to BulliesOut.
Office Collection Day
Put a collection pot on your desk with notices telling people you are raising money for BulliesOut. Loudly remind your colleagues that it’s for a good cause. Make sure you have your boss’s permission first.
Odd Job Days
Lawn-mowing, DIY, carrying shopping, walking dogs… offer your services in the neighbourhood – no job too small. Dress in a superhero costume to get noticed.
Outgrown Clothes Sale
This is good if you know lots of families with children. They bring clothes that their children have grown out of, and buy clothes that others have brought. Charge an entry fee and ask each seller to donate a percentage of their sales to BulliesOut.
Pub Games Evening
Teams pay to enter for dominoes, skittles, darts, pool, quizzes etc. Have plenty of fun prizes and charge for refreshments.
Penalty shoot-out competition
People pay to enter; you get your hands on a signed football or some sports goodies for the winner. Ask a football team or sports shop to donate the prize.
Plastic duck race
Use Google to find a company near you that hires out plastic ducks. People sponsor a duck, and they’re released at a set point to float down a river. The sponsor of the winning duck gets a prize.
Are you handy with a camera? Raise money by taking photos at office Christmas parties and other event
Quizzes are very popular and hence a good way to make money. Pubs are the usual venue, but you could also hold one at a local college, at a day centre for older people, or in a town or village hall.
Quintessentially British Day
Get the tea and scones out and celebrate ‘Britishness’ for the day. Ask for an entry fee. Give prizes for the best fancy dress.
Ask friends and local companies to donate prizes. Go for unusual prizes like a day in a spa, a go-karting session or a takeaway pizza.
Organise an event at your local dog or horse racing stadium
Get sponsored to read books.
Charge spectators for tickets. For extra crowd-pulling power, play in fancy dress!
Charge teams to enter, and award a sport-related prize – or a slap-up post-match picnic with Champers – to the winning team. Ask a local store to donate the bubbly.
Get sponsored to row on a rowing machine; aim to row the equivalent of crossing the channel.
Strawberry and Cream Tea Party
Pick-your-own works out cheapest, or ask your local store to donate them. Hold the party in your garden on a sunny day and charge for tickets.
Could you talk for England? Reckon your family and friends would pay good money to shut you up for a day? A sponsored silence is really easy to organise and can raise lots of money for BulliesOut.
Get your mates or colleagues to put 50p in the box if they swear. Swim-a-thon Get sponsored per length. If you’re a fit swimmer, try to swim the equivalent of crossing the Channel (or half-way across). Why not encourage friends/family to get involved?
Why not raise money as you lose the pounds? Get friends to sponsor you. Turn lb’s into £’s!
Do you belong to a sports club? Why not persuade them to hold a charity day? People could pay to enter a competition.
Stand up Bingo
Sell bingo cards around the room, each with one number on it. Ask all the participants to stand up. Spin the balls and when a number is called that person has to sit down. The last one standing scoops the prize. Good for dinner dances.
We are always looking for people to help with these. Contact us for more details.
Tea is the new fashionable drink of choice, or so they say. Charge your friends a couple of quid to attend, and go all-out with the fairy-cakes and cucumber sandwiches. Very civilised.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Charge families for tickets, and publicise it through playgroups and primary schools. Don’t forget to bring your own teddy!
This would work best at a fete or special event. You don’t need a fancy-turny-handle-thing – just put the tickets in a box and shake well. Get local businesses and family friends to donate prizes.
Could your local theatre or amateur dramatics society be persuaded to do a preview in aid of BulliesOut?
Get some prizes donated and organise a set of clues leading people from one location to the next. All participants pay a fee to enter. Finish with a barbecue?
Unwanted Gift Sale
Get your friends and family to donate any unwanted gifts. Flog them shamelessly, put them to good use and raise much needed funds for BulliesOut.
Underground Pub Crawl
Follow one of the Tube lines, visit pubs en route and do a collection.
(Down) Under Day
Celebrate all things Australian, hold a BBQ and ask everyone to dress up like surfers or beach babes. Ask friends to pay an entry fee and hold a raffle.
Valentines Day Event
Soft music, mirror-balls, largely heart-based decor… you get the idea. Sell tickets and have a great night.
Cook all your favourite veggie recipes and pay people to come eat them. Don’t just target veggies – meat-eaters will come too.
Wine Tasting Evening
Spend an evening tasting fine wines. Ask attendees to pay an entry fee, provide wine, cheese and French bread free of charge. Try and get the wine donated or buy it from France!
Have an Indian, Caribbean or Australian meal at your home for your friends and family. Get everyone to dress up and charge an entrance fee.
White Elephant Stall
Sell anything and everything you can get your hands on at a fete, jumble sale or car boot sale. You’ll be amazed at what people will buy…
Who’s that baby
Get old baby-photos of your mates or – much better – your bosses or teachers. Stick them up around your school or office and get people to pay to guess who they are. Needless to say, you’ll need a quality prize for the winner.
Xmas Card Donation
Instead of sending cards this year, just wish your friends, family and colleagues a good Christmas verbally and ask them to do the same. Donate the money you would have spent on cards to BulliesOut
‘Tis the season to make money! Get out the mistletoe for a big Christmas party, or sell home-made gifts at a Christmas fair.
Only for the very supple!
Say yes to everyone’s demands (within reason!) and ask people to sponsor you to do so.
The list is endless … throw a custard pie at your manager, eat jelly with chopsticks, greatest number of marshmallows in a mouth. People can get sponsored or pay to enter.
Zany Dress Day
People at your office or school pay a quid or two for the chance to come dressed as celebs, as animals, in their team’s strip, or all in pink.