Fundraising ideas

There are loads of ways that you can raise money for Tommy's research. Here are just a few to inspire you!

For exciting ideas, tips and advice on how to get the most out of your fundraising for Tommy's, please download our fundraising guide.

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Our top fundraising ideas

Tommy's Tea - Are you looking for a quick and easy event to host to help generate more donations so you can raise lots of vital funds? (Of course you are!) then a Tommy’s Tea is the perfect event to host.

Bake sale - Roll up your sleeves, get the oven on and make some delicious tasty treats. Every munch, crunch and ooo yummy is a scrummy way of cooking up your fundraising total.

Hair we go! - Shave it, wax it, grow it. Whichever you choose, these are great ways of raising sponsorship and having a lot of fun at the same time.

Pink sweepstake - quick and easy way to raise vital funds for Tommy's

Radio bingo - a great fundraiser to play at work! Print out the bingo board for all players, ask for £2 to enter, set the prize, turn on the radio and play till someone gets a line or a full house!

Raffle - A raffle is great to have at a charity fundraising event or as stand-alone event for your fundraising. It can be as simple as charging a fee for tickets and the winner gets a prize.

Fundraising in different places

At work

Skills auction: Offer your skills and services to the highest bidder. You could offer to get your colleague's lunch, jazz up their powerpoint presentations or recycle their unwanted paper.

Email-free day: Have an email-free day at work. Everyone pays a fee to take part, and pays a fine if they break the rules.

Who’s the baby?: Ask everyone to bring in a photo of themselves as a baby, then charge people £2 to guess the identities, with a prize for the winner.

At school 

Non uniform day: Ditch the school uniform and pay a small amount to go to school in casual clothes for a day. Dress-down days are simple but effective ways of raising funds, especially if you decide to ask everyone to dress according to a theme.

Sponsored Mini Marathon: Ask the children to run/walk a specific distance and collect sponsorship money – it’s a great way to keep fit and raise money for Tommy's at the same time

Pupils v teachers: Hold a quiz morning where pupils pit their knowledge against their teachers. You can choose any subject to quiz people on.

At home

Sell something: You can do something useful with unwanted items you have at home – sell them and donate the proceeds to Tommy’s! You could organise a car boot sale or use the internet.

Let’s do lunch: Host a lunch for your friends and ask them for donations – around the same amount of money they would have spent if they had dined out at a restaurant

With others

If you’re a member of a group or club form a committee of helpers and organise a really big event.
• Organise a sponsored walk
• Have a golf day
• Hold a ball or charity dinner
• Organise a concert

What next?

If you'd like to find out more about fundraising for us, please contact Devina on 020 7398 3453 or email her at [email protected]

Or, why not create an online fundraising page to make collecting donations that bit simpler.

A-Z of fundraising


Abseil, aerobathon, art show, auction


Bake sale, Bad hair day, ball, bag packing, bike ride, birthday celebrations, bring ‘n’ buy


Carol singing, car boot sale, car washing, celidh, coffee morning, craft sale


Dinner party, disco, dog walking


Easter egg hunt, egg and spoon race, eighties night


Fashion show, face painting, festival, film night, football competition, fun run


Garden party, golf tournament, guessing games, garage sale


Head-shave, human fruit machine, hundred metres of coins


It’s a knockout, international food evening


Jumble sale, job swap, juggling contest


Knobbly knees contest, karaoke, knit-a-thon


Lock up your boss, leg waxing, line dance


Musical event, murder mystery evening


Non uniform day


Open garden party, obstacle races


Parachuting, picnic, pramathon


Quiz night


Race night, raffle, run, recipe book


Sponsored activity (silence, swim, bike ride, walk), silent auction, strawberry tea


Tombola, treasure hunt, talent contest


Unwanted goods sale


Valentines ball, vintage car rally


Wellie throwing, window cleaning, wine tasting


Xmas party, xmas shopping car parking


Yo-yo competition, yellow themed night


Zany accessories day

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