Organise your own fundraising

Fundraising for Harlequins Foundation is incredibly rewarding. Not only will you get the personal support of our  fundraising team, and a whole host of  materials to download or order to make your event a success, but you know that every penny you raise will be going towards one of our life changing programmes.

Whether you raise £50 at a bake sale, or £50,000 by hosting a glamorous ball, your fundraising ventures will make a real difference to our work.

Fundraising ideas

We’ve gathered together our favourite fundraising ideas to inspire you whether you’re fundraising on your own, with friends, at school or work. There are so many other enjoyable ways you can fundraise, you don’t have to stick to these!

Sweet and Simple

  • Give something up. Set up an online giving page and challenge yourself to stop eating chocolate and sweet treats, give up alcohol, or stop taking the bus and walk everywhere instead.
  • Collect for charity. Ask your local supermarket or shopping centre if you can collect for charity for a day or a few hours.
  • Car boot sale. Clear out your wardrobe and donate the proceeds to The Harlequins Foundation.

Something fun:

  • Sell your crafts to friends, family, or even at a local craft fayre. Cards, decorations, jewellery, even jams and chutneys all work well.
  • Open up your garden to the public for the day and ask neighbours for a small donation.
  • Dog walking. Ask if your friends and family if they want their dogs to be walked and donate the proceeds.


  • Challenge yourself. You could face your fear of heights with a sponsored abseil or get fit by running 5km every day for a month.
  • Shave your head (or beard!). Go bold and go bald with this fundraising idea!
  • Sell your skills. Painters, piano teachers, hairdressers, gardeners, make-up artists – if you’ve got the skills, why not have a day where you waive your fee for a donation?

Sweet and Simple:

  • Bucket collection. Ask a local store or get permission from your local council to hold a bucket collection.
  • Night in. Fundraising is better with friends. This idea is simple – have a great night in and donate the money you would have spent on a night out
  • Book swap. Clear out your bookshelves, invite your friends over and ask for £2 for each book you take away. It doesn’t have to be books – clothes, DVDs or records make great swaps too.

Social Fun:

  • Coffee morning or afternoon tea. Ask people to bake sweet treats and use your collection box for donations.
  • Film night. Host a night of your favourite films. Ask friends and family for a small entrance fee and sell popcorn and refreshments.
  • Dinner party. Cook up a storm in the kitchen and ask your friends for a donation for your fabulous food. Or, each bring a course and make a small donation to attend.

The Best of the Best:

  • Garden party. Fire up the BBQ and invite neighbours, friends and family over for a summer garden party.
  • Sponsored walk. Dust off your map, pull on your hiking boots and plan your route. Setting up a team online giving page to help you reach your target.
  • Celebrations. Have you got a birthday party or anniversary approaching? If you’ve already got everything you need – why not build a cause close to your heart into your special day and ask guests for donations in lieu of gifts.

Sweet and Simple:

  • Non-uniform day. Everyone gets to wear their own clothes for the day if they bring in a donation.
  • Sponsored silence. Why not challenge your school to stay silent for 24 hours and ask for sponsorship!
  • Games day. Guess the name of the teddy, how many sweets in the jar, or guess the teacher from the school photo. Suggest everybody donates to play, and prizes for all the winners!

Fun Events:

  • School disco. Sell tickets to a school disco and get the whole school dancing the night away
  • Fashion show. Sell tickets to a fashion show with outfits from history, films or books, or even your silliest fancy dress – it’s up to you. It makes a great project for students too!
  • Head shave. Pick a brave teacher who would be willing to shave their head in exchange for donations!

Best of the Best:

  • Put on a show. Any budding musicians, magicians or dancers, or have a unique talent that you want to show off, host a talent/variety performance. Sell tickets in advance and make sure you have a collection or even a raffle during the interval.
  • Marathon events. This doesn’t just mean running! You can attempt a roller-skating marathon, dancing, tennis, swimming – ask everyone to get sponsored for anything you can do for 26.2 miles or 26.2 hours.
  • School fete. Invite the entire community to your fundraiser! Ask people to hold stalls, sell refreshments, find some entertainment, or why not involve some sporting fun? Include raffles and games to boost your fundraising. You could theme it around summer, Easter, or Christmas.

Sweet and Simple:

  • Sweepstake.  Pin to an office wall and suggest people donate to play. Football tournaments, the Bake Off, or ‘guess the baby weight’ all make great easy fundraisers.
  • Swear jar.  Ask for a donation from anyone that swears throughout the day (or any other bad habits!) Double your efforts by asking if your company will match your fundraising.
  • Dress-down day. Not just for schools – you’ll find employees are more than willing to pay a pound or two to come into work in some comfy jeans!


  • Bake sale. A true fundraising classic. Make the most of office cravings ask people to bring in delicious cakes and sell them. You could even turn it into the Great Office Bake Off and discover your own star baker.
  • Office Olympics. Why not challenge the office to wastepaper bin basketball or an egg and spoon race! Ask for donations to take part.
  • Walk to work. Get the whole office involved in walking to work and donate the money you would have spent on travel costs or petrol. Raise money and improve your health at the same time.

Best of the Best:

  • Static cycle. Borrow an indoor bike or even a rowing machine. Pick your target by hours or distance and take turns to hit the target together. Get everyone to collect sponsorship! Get in touch with your local media to let them know about your fundraiser.
  • Charity football tournament/match. Get together two or more teams and play an inter-office tournament! Raise funds by selling tickets, charging the player a performance fee, or offer a penalty shoot-out to spectators – and don’t forget the bucket round at half time!
  • Gala Ball. Celebrate the success of your company and fundraise at the same time with a glamorous ball. Drinks, dinner, music and entertainment all make for the perfect high-value fundraiser.

Set up your Just Giving Page

Once you know how you’re going to fundraise for us, you can get started on your journey to raise money and change lives. Creating an online fundraising page on JustGiving takes just a few minutes. After a few quick steps you will be able to share your story on email and social media and will be able to start receiving donations for The Harlequins Foundation.
  1. Log into your account and click ‘Start Fundraising’. If it’s your first time you can sign up.
  2. When asked ‘Are you fundraising for a registered charity?’, select ‘Yes, continue’.
  3. Search for ‘The Harlequins Foundation’.
  4. Let us know whether you’re taking part in an event, celebrating an occasion, fundraising in memory or doing your own thing.
  5. If you can’t see your event listed, select ‘Add your own’ at the bottom of the page and tell us a bit more about your activity.
  6. Choose your web address – this is the link you’ll be sharing with friends and family when asking them to donate.
  7. Tick ‘Yes’ if you’re running a bake sale, or selling tickets to an event, raffle or auction. Donations to your Page won’t be eligible for Gift Aid. Find out more here. 
  8. Click ‘Create your page’.
Job done! Your Fundraising Page is now set up and ready to accept donations. The Harlequins Foundation will receive your donations on a weekly basis.

order your fundraising pack

We’re putting together a tailored Fundraising Pack to help you maximise your efforts. You’ll be able to either download it here, or we’ll post it to you.