Top 10 fundraising ideas

  1. Collections at local sports matches
    You will need to get a group of about 10 people together. Contact any sports clubs in your area and ask them if you can do a collection at the start, half time and the end. If they agree then ask if they would mention it in the programme the week before or on the day and announce it over the tannoy. Fancy dress would be good for this as it always attracts attention and therefore means you will collect more. Third and fourth division football clubs are especially good for this. 
  2. Collections at service stations or train stations
    Fancy dress and friends to help are again a very good idea. You will need to contact the individual service or train stations' manager for permission.
  3. Bag packing/collection at local supermarket
    Again rope in a few friends. You will need to get permission from the supermarket manager, and book in a day for you to come in. You will need to contact them as soon as possible as they book up in advance.
  4. Quiz night at local pub
    If your local pub already holds a quiz night, ask if the proceeds can be donated to Mind. You will need to advertise this on posters beforehand, so that people will dip in to their pockets more readily on the night! If your pub doesn't already hold a quiz, speak to the landlord about your idea. If you choose a mid-week night the quiz should bring in more business for the pub, so ask the landlord if he will throw in a basic buffet for free and/or donate a percentage of the bar takings.
  5. Piggy back other events
    Look out for local events such as summer fates or local dances where you can hold a tombola, raffle or cake stall to raise donation money.
  6. Donation rather then birthday presents
    If you have a birthday coming up, ask for donations towards your sponsorship instead of presents.
  7. Dress down day/non uniform day
    These work well in your children's school or in the work place, charge each person £1/£2 to come in for the day in non uniform or casual dress.
  8. Set up an online donation form and email to everyone
    Set up a personal online donation page on Virgin Money Giving. You can email the link to all your friends who can then donate online, quickly and easily.
  9. Fancy dress pub crawl 
    This can be great fun and is very popular with our supporters. Again grab a few mates for this, and do it in fancy dress, it can be great fun. You will need to plan your route before hand and get permission from all the pub managers involved; you will not need a license, as this is private property. Ask the pubs to provide you all with a free drink when you go in and then charge your friends £10 to join the pub crawl.
  10. Skills auction
    Works really well in the workplace, get your colleagues to donate their 'skills' from dressmaking to tea making and everything in between! Get your boss to offer to make the tea or wash someone's car and watch the bidding shoot up! We held a skills auction in the Mind office and raised nearly £700

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