Running your own fundraising activity is a fun, creative and rewarding way to really help people who are homeless.
The money you raise will directly help someone who has experience of homelessness or is at risk of being homeless. Whether you raise £10 or £10,000 every penny will make a difference.
There are countless ways you can raise money. It could involve anything from organising an office sweepstake to going on a sponsored bike ride - be as creative as you like. The most important thing is that you stay safe and have fun.

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Fundraising Ideas

Need some ideas to get you started? Here are a few of our favourite ways to raise money. Don't limit yourself to our suggestions though. Just use your imagination and go for it!

  • Woolly hat day - Get everyone at your school or workplace to make a small donation to wear a woolly hat for a whole day
  • Sleeping in challenge - Be sponsored to sleep in your own bed for a week
  • Give up a luxury - Give something up for a month and get people to sponsor your efforts
  • Night walk - Organise a sponsored walk underneath the stars

Fundraising Stories

Here are some examples of successful fundraisers to give you some ideas and inspiration.

"I Shaved My Hair"

By Ian (IT Manager at Derventio Housing Trust)

Amount Raised: £126.50

Ian having his hair and beard cut as part of his fundraising efforts "I was thinking about trimming my beard, and decided to use the idea to raise some money. The fundraising team helped me pick 2 styles and staff voted for their favourite by dropping coins into a bucket.

"Everyone had their opinion and it led to some very funny emails - our Chairman even offered everyone a year's Annual Leave if they voted for the style he wanted!

"Thankfully the A-Team style won in the end, and not the half-shaved look that I was dreading. The haircut was donated by a local barber, Dan from Class Act. I revealed my new look at the staff Christmas party.

"It was really good fun and I liked the style so much I kept it until after Christmas".

"We pulled together"

By Ripley Academy

Donation: 30 boxes of essential items

Students from Ripley Academy presenting boxes of donations All the form groups at Ripley Academy got involved to make Christmas special for homeless people in their area. Pupils collected everything from mince pies and tinned soup to tea towels and toilet rolls. Each form put their items into a box, which they decorated and presented to us in a special assembly. It was a fun activity for the students and the boxes made brilliant Christmas gifts for Derventio residents who have been homeless.

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