Fundraising ideas

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

There is so much we need to do to ensure pregnant women and their families, now more than ever, have safe and healthy pregnancies. But due to lockdown and cancellation of sporting and challenge events, 40% of the funds Tommy’s expected to raise this spring have disappeared. To meet this increasing demand, we need all our Team Tommy’s heros to come together and help raise vital funds. We have come up with a wealth of different ideas that can help you stay connected with friends and family whilst raising funds to help save babies’ lives.

How to support Tommy's during Covid-19 - our biggest challenge yet

Why not organise your own fundraising event? 

We're here to help and support you on your fundraising journey - just complete our event registration form and we'll be in touch with ideas and materials to ensure your event is a real success. Don't forget to read our Fundraising tips and Fundraising FAQs pages too.

Virtual quiz

Follow our steps to find out how to be the quiz-tessential quizmaster. Download our how to run a virtual quiz here.

We have also written a "Quiz of 2019" to help get your started. Download our Tommy's quiz of 2019 here

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. Download our how to have a Tommy's Tea guide here.

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. Download our how to put on a bake sale guide here.

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. Download our hair we go fundraising guide here

Pink sweepstake

Our quick and easy way to raise vital funds for Tommy's through our pink sweepstake. Download the pink sweepstake grid here

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! Download our radio bingo grid here.

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. Download our how to hold a raffle guide here

eBay

Need to clear out that cupboard? We all have unwanted items that we keep meaning to give away to a worthy cause, but never get around to doing it. eBay for Charity enables you to sell them online and donate anywhere between 10 percent to 100 percent of your sales to Tommy’s, keeping the rest for yourself. Just nominate Tommy’s as your beneficiary charity when you list your item by ticking the 'eBay for Charity' box and specify how much of the sale price you would like to donate to Tommy’s. This will also give your listing a special eBay for Charity logo. View current eBay for Charity Tommy's listings.

Midnight walk

For a walk with a difference start at midnight and enjoy the quiet countryside or town streets, watch dawn break over the houses and hills and finish with a hearty breakfast. Download our how to organise a midnight walk here.

For all other fundraising ideas download our fundraising guide below!

Tommy's fundraising guide

Fundraising in workplaces, schools or at home

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.

Download our fundraising at work guide here

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.

Download our fundraising at school guide here.

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

Fundraising with a group or committee

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

We're here to support you

If you'd like to find out more about fundraising for Tommy's pioneering work into reducing baby loss in pregnancy, please contact Devina on 020 7398 3453 or email her at [email protected]mmys.org

Don't forget that you can create an online fundraising page to make collecting donations that bit simpler.

A-Z of fundraising ideas

A

Abseil, aerobathon, art show, auction

B

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

C

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

D

Dinner party, disco, dog walking

E

Easter egg hunt, egg and spoon race, eighties night

F

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

G

Garden party, golf tournament, guessing games, garage sale

H

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

I

It’s a knockout, international food evening

J

Jumble sale, job swap, juggling contest

K

Knobbly knees contest, karaoke, knit-a-thon

L

Lock up your boss, leg waxing, line dance

M

Musical event, murder mystery evening

N

Non uniform day

O

Open garden party, obstacle races

P

Parachuting, picnic, pramathon

Q

Quiz night

R

Race night, raffle, run, recipe book

S

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

T

Tombola, treasure hunt, talent contest

U

Unwanted goods sale

V

Valentines ball, vintage car rally

W

Wellie throwing, window cleaning, wine tasting

X

Xmas party, xmas shopping car parking

Y

Yo-yo competition, yellow themed night

Z

Zany accessories day

Looking for more fundraising help?

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    Using social media

    Social media can help you build a real buzz around your event. These channels work best when you make them personal. Be yourself and talk to your friends and followers as you would in person.

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    Publicising your fundraising event

    Get extra support for your event and help raise awareness of Tommy's' research and information programmes...easy!!!

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    Sending the money in

    Find out more about how to get your valuable fundraising and donations to Tommy's.

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    Our top fundraising tips

    How to make the most of your fundraising

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    Fundraising FAQs

    There are a few simple guidelines to take into consideration when organising events for charity. If you’re in any doubt please contact us for advice.

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