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Fundraising ideas

/media/getinvolved/library/chase-the-cake.jpgIf you are interested in holding an event to raise funds for Father Hudson’s Care there are many different things you can do.

Here are some ideas that you may find useful if you need some inspiration. You can also read about some of our inspiring fundraisers across the Archdiocese.

However you choose to raise funds make sure you stay safe and legal and read our tips on organising events. 

- bring your friends and neighbours together at an afternoon tea party, or get creative and hold an arts and crafts stall.

- everyone loves cake so why not hold a baking competition? You could hold a bring-and-buy sale, a community barbecue, or bingo evening.

coffee mornings are a fun way to get together and raise money. Alternatively, sell things at a car boot sale or get sporty at a cricket match. The staff at St Catherine’s Day Service held a car wash, attracting passing motorists.

D - have a dress down day, hold a doughnut sale, or organise a dance

E - bring out the leg warmers and hold an eighties night, hold an Easter egg hunt, or organise an exhibition.

F - unleash your inner artist with face painting, hold a fancy dress competition, or make the most of the long summer days with a fete. Organise a football match, invite your friends to a film night, or hold a children’s fun day.

Parents of one of the people living at St Catherine’s Bungalows organised a fashion show to raise funds so residents could enjoy a day trip to the seaside. Some of the staff from the Bungalows and St Catherine’s Day Service got involved and modelled clothes on the catwalk.  


G - get together at a garden party, hold a garage sale, or organise a golf day with your friends. There are lots of great guessing games that are easy to organise. Ask people to guess the... weight of the cake, number of sweets in a jar, name of the teddy, etc. 


An open garden is a lovely way to raise funds. 

Read about Maureen Weaver, who opens her beautiful half-acre kitchen garden as part of the National Garden Scheme.


H - get out into nature with a sponsored hike, charge a small amount for hair braiding, or organise a household sale.

I - turn your community hall into an indoor market or organise an international dinner with foods from around the globe.

- get crafty with jewellery making and sell your designs, organise a jailbreak, or hold a jumble sale

K - sing your heart out at a karaoke night, hold a knitting competition, or arrange a kite making and flying contest.

L - kick up your heels at a line dance, get paid for lawn mowing, or offer some simple prizes at a lucky dip.

M -  hold a market stall, organise a masked ball, or ask people to turn detectives for the night at a murder mystery







Some supporters have run the London Marathon in aid of our work.
Emma has shared her inspiring story.

- hold a name the baby in the photo competition or enjoy your local green spaces with a nature trail.

- hold an office collection, organise an obstacle course or hold an odd shoe day.

P - organise a plant sale, hold a pub games night, or arrange a penalty shoot-out. Ask people to pick a cork or ticket for a simple prize, sell pancakes, or get together for a pizza night.

Q - challenge your friends, family and colleagues with a quiz night.

Rraffles are a great way to raise funds and local business are often keen to help out by donating prizes. You can also hold a race, or compete at a retro games night

S - organise a friendly sports day, hold a summer party, or soak your teachers in the stocks.


If you feel competitive you could organise a Scrabble tournament, swimming competition or a skittles night.



There are lots of things you can do to get sponsored for. Sponsored runs and silences are popular ideas for children and young people.

Or, you could do a sponsored walk in fancy dress like people from St Catherine's Day Service do each year. 

- sell items at a table top saletuck shop or a toy sale. You could organise a treasure hunt, hold a teddy bears picnic, arrange a tea dance or even put on a talent show.

Tombolas are another way to raise funds - everyone enjoys the chance to win a prize. Prizes can be donated by friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and even local businesses. 


/media/getinvolved/library/jimmy.jpgEach year Jimmy Spencer, helped by a team of volunteers, organises a tombola for the Annual Fundraising Ball. Local businesses and individuals donate prizes, and ticket sales boost the proceeds of the event. The Ball itself is organised by a committee of volunteers. It usually takes place in January or February and brings people together for a night of dinner and dancing.

U - dust off your sleeping bags for an under the stars sleepout, hold an unwanted gift sale, or make and sell an upside-down cake.

V - bring your neighbours together with a village fete, organise a Victorian evening, or tread the boards with a variety show. Children and adults alike can put their skills to the test with a volcano making competition






If you’re looking for a challenge, you could enter the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands - a 100 mile cycle event around Birmingham and nearby towns and cities.

We are lucky to have several keen cyclists support us by taking part in the 2018 and 2019 events.



W - organise a whist drive, offer to do some window washing, or get paid for dog walking.

- challenge your friends to an X-Factor competition or an X-Box marathon. Hold an Xmas jumper day or arrange an Xmas bazaar.

- organise a Yoga session, say Yes for a day or hold a Yankee night.

Z - challenge yourself with a Zumbathon or arrange a zany clothes day at your school or workplace. 

However you choose to raise funds, you will find lots of resources to help you. Visit the Fundraising Toolkit page to find out more.

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