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In your community

Organise your fundraiser in the heart of your community and invite everyone along.

Fundraising in your community is definitely a case of the more the merrier, so organise your fundraiser in the heart of your community and invite everyone along.

For this you need the perfect venue. Why not hold your fundraising idea in your town centre or village hall, your local pub or leisure centre?

To get you started, here are some fundraising ideas to take you out into the community:

  • Fete! A bouncy castle, an ice-cream van, and a homemade obstacle course are all you need to get your fete started. Sell tickets, and charge for refreshments to raise lots of money. This is a great way to bring the community together and provide a way for families to mingle and have fun.
  • Treasure hunt! Organise a treasure hunt around your town. Walk or cycle from clue to clue in search of hidden treasure. People pay to enter, and ask a local business to donate a prize to the winning team.
  • Tenpin bowling night! Hire some lanes at your local bowling alley, and charge teams to fill them. Your local venue might even offer special rates for charity nights. Sell refreshments to boost the money you raise, and even ask the bowlers to raise sponsorship – the more pins they knock over, the more they raise.
  • Duck race! Sell numbered plastic ducks and launch them from a bridge into your local river. The duck to finish first wins. Make sure you get permission from the relevant authorities in your area; check out our Keeping It legal and safe document for further advice.
  • Quiz night! Get quizzical with your friends and hold a quiz night at your local pub, church hall or community centre. Don’t forget to use the Christian Aid quiz as an extra round.
  • Super Swish! Swishing is a chance to swap the clothes you have with other people, the more people who Swish the more choice on offer. Collect a donation from participants on the door and serve refreshments and cakes to boost your fundraising. A swish can be held at a church hall, a community centre, or even a pub.