There are lots of ways to raise money from your traditional bake sale to a courageous skydive – we’ve got some ideas to get your creative juices flowing! All of this will help to raise vital money for the people we care for at Hollybank.

Celebrations can also provide opportunities to raise funds for charities close to your heart. Whatever the occasion, invite family and friends to donate to help you celebrate and to support our valuable work.

Supporting us could also help meet your corporate and social responsibility needs. From one-off events to long-term partnerships, we can provide ideas and support for fundraising initiatives, staff engagement activities or sponsorship opportunities for your company. 

Want to fundraise for us, but not sure how? Don’t worry, we’ve got loads of ideas – all you have to do is choose the right one for you!

Hollybank's A-Z of fundraising 


  • Afternoon tea - Who doesn't love afternoon tea? You could raise money by charging your guests a small entrance fee or arrange a raffle, asking your guests to donate a gift for the raffle prizes.


  • Big night in - Choose a theme, invite a handful of friends or family and ask them to make a small donation on the night. It's cheaper than an evening dining out and the money goes to a great cause.


  • Celebrity game - This is a great one if you work in an office. Everyone puts the name of a famous person into a hat and then each player picks a name. They must then adopt the mannerisms of that person for a day. If they are caught out of character, they must pay a fine. We suggest an entry fee of £2 per person.


  • Dinner party - Get your friends and family round for an evening of delicious fundraising. You could choose a theme to make it interesting or get each guest to bring an after-dinner game. By charging a small entry fee you can have an evening of fun while contributing to a great cause.


  • Eating competition - There are so many eating challenges to choose from, so pick your food and get started. You can get people to sponsor the event or bet on the winners. You could even try and incorporate an 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!' theme if you're brave enough!


  • Fancy dress - Everyone loves an excuse to dress up or to be someone different for the day. Get your work colleagues to dress up and pay a fee to take part. You could even set a theme which could be based on a film or era. 


  • Guess the number of.. sweets, buttons in the jar and charge per guess, this is an easy and fun way to engage people to raise funds, especially if you have some competitive people in your life.


  • Half marathon - If you're feeling ambitious, why not take on the challenge of a half marathon? While it may seem like a gruelling way to fundraise, you won't regret it when you cross that finish line. 


  • It's a knockout - Why should children have all the fun at sports day? Find a venue to host your own. Set a registration fee and source a prize from a local business. The more fun the challenges the more participants you'll get. Keep it quirky!  


  • Jewellery making/selling - Are you creative and like making things or know someone who is? Put your skills to the test and hold a handmade jewellery sale, or test out a different craft if jewellery isn't your thing!


  • Karaoke night - This can be as big or as small as you can organise. You could hire a venue and karaoke machine or just have some friends round and play some classic karaoke songs while singing into a hairbrush! Charge an entry fee and source a prize for an evening of songs and laughter!


  • Loose change - Ask friends/family/colleagues to dig into their wallets and purses and pop their loose change into a jar. It'll feel like a small donation for each person, but added together it will make a real difference.


  • Matched giving - Ask your employer to match the amount you gain from individual sponsorship and double every pound that you raise instantly.


  • Non-uniform day - Do you work in a school, know someone who does? Or perhaps your children's school would be willing to support you? If each child paid £2 to ditch school uniform for a day, you could end up with a decent amount of money!


    • Obstacle course. Not ready for tough mudder? Why not have a go at setting up your own obstacle course? You can either raise money by charging a small entry fee or get participants to collect sponsorship. Always make sure your course is safe before letting people loose on it!


    • Pancakes - How about a pancake-making competition? You can charge a fee for people to take part or get people to buy the pancakes. 


    • Quiz night - Hold a quiz at your local pub and charge individuals and teams for entry. Don't just invite people you know, get the locals involved too! Ask the manager to donate a free meal or vouchers as a prize for the winners. 


    • Raffle - Charge a fee of your choice for tickets and the winners get a prize - what's not to love! This works as a standalone fundraising activity or as part of a bigger event. Speak to local businesses in your area about offering goods to add into your raffle to keep your costs low. 


    • Sponsored silence. This is another easy fundraiser that you can do alone, or get other people involved! Have a whiteboard at the ready and do a sponsored silence for a day at work or school!


    • Tug-of-war. You don’t necessarily need a stream or brook to have a game of tug-of-war – a paddling pool will do nicely! Get lots of teams together and have them battle it out. You can ask for a small entry fee from participants and/or spectators to donate to charity.


    • Unfashionable - Swallow your pride and proudly rock your most unfashionable, unflattering outfit for the day. How about clashing prints, sandals with socks, a crazy hat or all of those at the same time? The worse you look, the more you'll raise.


    • Variety show. Host a local variety show and give the people in your community the chance to shine. Remember to donate profits from tickets to charity!


    • Wax it - Will you or your friends bare the pain to raise money with a wax off? Get those wax strips ready and maybe something to soothe the pain after, like aloe vera.


    • Xbox - Got a games console? Host an evening of gaming with an entry fee. 



    • Yes day - This is set to be a day of fun in the office. Get your colleagues to take it in turns to take on the challenge where they have to say 'yes' to everything in exchange for donations. The possibilities are endless...


    • Zumba - Ready to feel the rhythm? Get your friends together for an hour of fun and exercise to raise money for your cause.

    You can download and print our A-Z here. You can also check out our top tips for fundraising and our how to guides for further support.