A–Z of Fundraising Ideas: A

Here at Climb HQ, we get loads of calls from lovely people who want to raise money to support us, but don’t know where to start.

Whether you’re a first time or regular fundraiser we all need a little inspiration sometimes, so to give you a helping hand we are putting all of our favourite fundraising ideas together in a handy series of blog posts!

Today is brought to you by the letter A!

Abseil – Set the bar high and face your fears with a charity abseil. Whether it’s down your local town hall or a well known landmark, you’re sure to get noticed!

Aerobathon – Break out the leg-warmers (or Mr Motivator unitard) and organise a day of non-stop aerobics.  This is a great activity for all ages and abilities!

afternoonteaAfternoon Tea – Stick the kettle on, cut the crusts off the cucumber sandwiches and hang the bunting!  Drinking tea is our national pastime so this is guaranteed to be a winning event

Whether it’s you and a few friends at home, a tea party with a fancy dress theme, or even a bake sale at your workplace, it’s a great excuse to get together and make a big difference.

Our favourite afternoon tea treats are creamy egg mayonnaise sandwiches, gooey fudge brownies, light fruity jellies and of course lashings of tea (or coffee if you must!)

Whisks and cake stands at the ready…

Anniversary Celebration – Do you have something special to celebrate?  Why not request donations in lieu of gifts to add a meaningful touch to your special day.

Antiques roadshow – Do you have any local antiques experts?  Ask them if they will donate their time, and charge for entrance and valuations.  You could even have an Antiques Fair and charge stall holders for their pitches.

Arm Wrestling – Charge your friends (or the local rugby/footie/any testosterone driven team) to arm wrestle each another.  Your local pub would be a good venue, and you could even have a snazzy badge or medal type for the winner.

jam-569746_1920Arts and crafts fair  Are you crafty or do you know others who are? Put your creative talents into action and organise an arts and craft fair. It’s amazing how many people you’ll be able to find locally that make a wide range of crafty things, from crocheted scarves to greetings cards and jewellery, from homemade jam to glass decorations.  You can charge for stalls and entrance fees.  A top tip – tea and cake always goes down well at these events!

‘As New’ Sale – Do you have a collection of unused or unwanted gifts, or outfits you’ve only wor once taking up space in your wardrobe?  Your friends probably do too!  Ask everyone you know to donate them and hold a posh jumble sale!   This can be organised nicely to resemble a shop, and you can offer refreshments and a raffle to increase funds!

Auction of promises – Always a popular event!  Get your friends and local contacts to offer their talents, services or good deeds to be auctioned to the highest bidder.  This could be anything from a day of gardening to an afternoon of pampering, from cooking a romantic dinner for two to being a chauffeur for the day.  Be sure to get an auctioneer with a loud voice!

Australian Party – Don your best flip flops and cork hat and throw a couple of shrimps on the barbie with an Australian themed party.  You could charge for food, and have some fun games and activities to get everyone joining in.  See who can keep up an Australian accent for the longest!

We hope this post has given you some food for thought!  All of your fundraising is very much appreciated and helps us to continue our vital work to raise awareness and provide bespoke support to those affected by Inherited Metabolic Disorders.

If you have any activities planned, we would love to hear about them.  Please get in touch and we will support and promote your activities as much as we can!