If you are not sure where to start but want to do some fundraising, getting together with friends to organize a coffee morning with all the back up of a big charity and its publicity material is an easy launch pad. Choose a high profile cause or a local one with which you and your friends have a particular connection, get everyone to bake cakes and preserves, borrow a couple of kettles and you’re off!
Committing to a charity challenge is also a great opportunity to get fit whilst enjoying an activity with friends, and most importantly raising funds for your favourite charity. It will give you a great sense of achievement too. It does not have to be terribly strenuous or be to far flung places - a 10 mile walk or a 5km run, or a walk along part of Hadrian’s Wall rather than The Great Wall of China – there are charity fundraising events for all tastes and abilities throughout the UK. And if you want to experience totally different environments outside your comfort zone then there are plenty of opportunities to do a big challenge.
For ideas and inspiration go to the web site of the charity of your choice. For the big classic charity adventures go to Charity Challenge. Alternatively you could join with friends in one of the national fundraising events such as :
Meningitis UK - details of their annual “Time 4 Tea” fundraiser in October can be found on their website.
Breast Cancer Awareness month is October, and usually October 29th is “wear it pink” day. A fund raising pack is available.
Macmillan Cancer Support have their annual “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” event, this year on 30th September, which has stretched into lunch parties with raffles etc, and their site offers lots of suggestions. 43,000 coffee mornings raised nearly £8million last year, and it has become their biggest fundraising activity.