Antiques roadshow - find experts to donate their time. Charge for entrance and valuations. Maybe link with an existing antiques fair and charge stall holders for their pitches.
Arts & crafts fair
Artwork sale - of friends’ work or that of local artists. Any picture (however good or bad!) looks more attractive in a mount so get them mounted and wrapped in a protective cover.
Auction - contact businesses and ask family/friends etc. to donate anything that can be sold.
Auction of promises - ask people to offer goods or services to be auctioned (e.g. cleaning a car, chauffeur for the day, decorating, haircut etc). Make sure you advertise well in advance and get an auctioneer with a loud voice. You can even get people to donate themselves as ‘slaves for the day!’
Aerobics - if you enjoy keeping fit, or want to start – why not get people to sponsor you over a certain time or organise a mass aerobics session which people pay to be part of.
Bad jumper day
Baked bean bath
Barn dance - 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.
Battle of the bands
BBQ - held in your garden/local pub. Ask guests to pay an entrance fee, then provide them with food and drink for free.
Bike rides - you name the distance and the route. Don’t forget safety precautions and your helmet. Get fit and raise money!
Books sales - get all your friends and relatives to clear out their book shelves and donate some for you to sell.
Bridge evening - the entrance fee could include a light supper or nibbles and a glass of wine.
Bring & buy sale
Burns night - get your local Scottish residents to help catch the haggis!
(Name that) Baby - Ask friends, colleagues to bring in baby photos of themselves, then ask people to pay to guess who’s who.
Caption competition - 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 a share of the proceeds.
Car boot sale - get all those unwanted items stashed in the back of cupboards or in you loft and sell them at a car boot sale.
Car washing - make it even more fun by dressing up!
Carol singing - entice people along with the promise of mince pies and sherry.
Cheese and wine night
Children’s fun day - parents pay for children to take part. Arrange entertainment, face painting, races etc.
Cinema screening - could you local cinema be persuaded to do a preview for Soft Power? Increase the ticket price by £1-2.
Collect your coppers
Concerts - 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!
Contact old school/workplace
Corporate funding - check to see if the company you work for offers matched funding for any event you hold.
Disco/Dance - organise a disco, 70′s, ceilidh, ballroom or salsa night. You need a venue, band/DJ and a drinks license (if you are selling alcohol). You could even add in a raffle or an auction too.
Dress-down-day - charge everyone £2 to come to work or school in casual clothes.
Easter (egg hunt, egg painting)
eBay - 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!
Egg and spoon race
Email - let your colleagues, friends and family know what you’re doing.
Exhibition - get local arts and crafts groups (wood turners, jewellery or nik nak 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.
Expert talk - use an expert or a well-known personality to donate their time. Charge admission, have a break to sell refreshments and auction their latest book, invention or autograph.
Fancy dress - 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/pink/orange only days. April Fools Day is ideal for this.
Fun runs - organise your own; you decide the venue and the distance. Try to get a local personality to compete or start the event off. Or, if you do not have time, simply book a place in an offically organised event and ask friends for sponsorship.
£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.
50:50 club - 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.
Garden Party - or open garden, with stalls, games, refreshments and raffles.
Gift Aid - remember that if you pay tax you can Gift Aid your donations to make the most of the money you give. Remind people who sponsor you to do the same.
Give up… - chocolate, alcohol, presents, the list is endless!
Go-karting - sponsored laps. pay entry fee and winner (and maybe loser) get a prize!
Golf open days - get a golf club to sponsor the event for you, invite club members and local businesses for the tournament. Organise a raffle and auction in the evening as well.
Greek night - lay on Greek food, wine and dancing in your local village hall.
Guy Fawkes party - if you have a large garden organise a firework display, charge for admission and refreshments.
Guess the… - e.g. weight. ask a local sweet shop to donate a jar of sweets, then get people to pay to guess the weight of the jar (or the number of sweets in the jar).
Halloween Party - 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 shave - get friends to sponsor you (if you’re really brave – think about tattoos and piercings!)
Hobbies - it is important to enjoy your fundraising event. Pick one of you favourite hobbies and use it to raise money e.g walking, running, cycling.
It’s a Knockout
Jewellery making - 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.
JustGiving - use the free online JustGiving pages to collect donations for your event.
Karaoke competition - get a local pub to donate a room for free, and discover some untapped talents! People pay to take part.
Knitting - put your needles together and knit garments to be sold at fetes and Christmas bazaars.
Line of coins
Loud tie/jumper day
Lunch money - Ask all you colleagues to bring in sandwiches for their lunch and donate the money they saved to charity.
Market stall - book a pitch at your local marker. Sell fruit and vegetable from your garden or unwanted items from your home.
Masterclasses - are you good at something? Why not organise a small class to show other people how to do it? Charge people a fee.
Match the pet to the owner - Ask you colleagues to bring in one photo of themselves and one of their pet. Charge people £1 a time to match up all the photographs.
Mile of coins
Murder mystery evening
Nearly new sale
New Years Eve party
Night in - stay in on a Saturday night and get all your friends round. Ask them to donate the money you save to SPE!
No… - e.g. smoking – for all those who need a real incentive, get people to sponsor you!
Non-uniform day - for kids at school.
Odd job day
Open mic night
Outgrown exchange - a sale of children’s clothes, book or toys.
Parachute jump - jump out of a plane and ask friends to sponsor you.
Penalty shoot out
Photography competition - invite your friends/colleagues to enter their favourite photos, pick a theme (e.g. water, animals) and include prizes for winners.
Plant sale - next time you’re planting seedlings or taking cuttings why not double the quantity and have a plant sale later in the year?
Plant a tree - in collaboration with you local authority’s tree planting programme. Invite people to make a donation to have a tree planted in memory of someone. organise to coincide with National Tree Week which is usually in November. Vist www.treecouncil.org.uk/ for details.
Pub games evening - teams pay to enter for dominoes, skittles, darts, pool, quizzes etc. Have plenty of fun prizes and charge for refreshments.
Publicity - send a press release to all your local papers asking for sponsorship from companies and individuals, as well as publicising your event(s).
Quiz nights - always a favourite whether its at home, at work, in a club or in your local. Charge teams to take part.
Question of Sport - all you sports fanatics, make up your own questions and test your friends’ knowledge.
Race night - organise an event at you local dog or horse racing or arrange a ‘fake’ racing night.
Radio campaign - your local radio station may help by broadcasting appeals or adopting you/your fundraising campagin for a Christmas appeal.
Raffles - Get local businesses to donate prizes and raffle them off.
Sporting events - do you belong to a sports club? Why not persuade them to hold a charity day? People could pay to enter a competition.
St Patrick’s Day
Swear box - set up a swear box at your work and get people to pay up when they swear!
Sweepstake - run a sweepstake on how many times your boss gets a cup of tea, how many times you colleague leaves their desk during the day, or simply who will win the World Cup/Wimbledon/The Grand National, for example. Charge for a guess/team/player/horse etc.
Taxi for the day
Teddy bears picnic - charge for entry and organise a clown, face painters etc.
Treasure hunt - 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?
Triathlon - organise a place in your local triathlon or book a place in the London Triathlon, ask friends to sponsor you.
Tombola - get some raffle tickets and persuade your friends and colleauges to donate prizes.
Twenty-four hours - raise money by giving something up for 24 hours e.g. sleeping.
University Challenge - collect together teams who attend the same or nearby universities and hold a challenge to see which university comes top.
Unwanted gifts - after Christmas we all have those inevitable scratchy jumpers or socks we would rather pass on. Get together with friends and have a sale, donate the money raised to SPE!
(down) Under day
Underground pub crawl - follow one of the tube lines, visit pubs en route and do a collection.
Underwear out - wear your underwear on the outside for a day, ask your friends for sponsorship. Make sure it’s clean!
Variety show - round up your talented friends and tread the boards, charging for admission.
White elephant stall
Whole heap of change - provide local shops/pubs with jars to put by the till, collect them after a week or a month and see how much money you’ve raised!
Wine tasting - invite an ‘expert’ or local wine dealer to bring along a few cases of wine and donate some of the proceeds to charity.
World meal - have an Indian, Caribbean or Australian meal at your home for you friends and family. Get everyone to dress up and charge an entrance fee.
X-Factor - maybe your friends/colleagues have undiscovered talents? Host a talent show and charge for admission and refreshments.
Xmas - mistletoe kisses, mulled wine and mice pies, gift wrapping, carol singing, festive lunch, Santa dash, Santa’s grotto
Zany events - 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.
Zodiac party - invite your friends over for an evening of astrological forecasts and stargazing!