Fundraising ideas

Thinking of organising your own event and fundraising for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices? We have lots of fundraising ideas to help you raise money for our charity, and have some fun along the way. Read on for more fundraising ideas and helpful tips.

Fundraising at work

  • Hold a bake sale – the original fundraiser and still one of the best! Download our handy bake sale fundraising pack.  Feeling ambitious? Why not make it a themed bake sale based on where you work?
  • Holding a fancy dress day or a dress down day are both good fundraising ideas. If you work is quite formal, a dress down day is always popular in hot weather. Alternatively if your office has a casual dress code, why not mix it up and host a formal Friday?
  • Have an office picnic – instead of buying lunch get the team to bring in picnic foods and donate your lunch money.
  • Organise a raffle – turning unwanted gifts into prizes is a great way to raise money for charity and have a clear out.
  • If your whole company wants to get involved, why not check out the different ways your company could become a corporate partner.

Fundraising at your local pub

  • A pub quiz is a great charity event idea – you can even theme part of it to be about our charity, to encourage a few more donations. Visit our Shooting Star Quiz page to get started. Email our Community Engagement Team to get a copy of the answers.
  • Get creative! Snail racing, pantomime horse race, chicken race or organise your own Tour de Town (name it after your local town).
  • Always add a raffle to your event. Everyone loves a raffle and they are an easy way to boost your fundraising total by a few hundred pounds.

Fundraising at home

  • Cook dinner for your friends and invite them to indulge, in return for a donation of course!
  • Clear out the clutter – donate your unwanted clothes and knick-knacks to one of our shops.
  • Host a coffee morning – there’s nothing better than coffee, cake and a good catch up with friends.
  • Support us when you keep in touch with friends and family. Send someone a real card with DoodleDoo, or a virtual card with Dontsendmeacard and choose us as your supported charity.

Fundraising while you shop

  • If you’re an Amazon shopper, support us without spending a penny extra through Amazon Smile – simply select us as your charity on Amazon Smile.
  • Go shopping – if you shop online with Give as you Live we can receive donations from each purchase you make.
  • Or, why not try shopping via Kindred UK – once you have added the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices’ extension to your browser you can shop as normal and Kindred UK will find the best deals and cashback offers, and you can choose to donate a percentage to us
  • You can also earn money when you shop at over 2,000 retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis and Waitrose, by signing up to The Giving Machine.
  • Sign up to support us on and raise donations from over 3,200 retailers as you shop online.
  • Use Savoo Search as your default search engine (the same way as you would your current search engine) and Savoo will donate 1p to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for every search. Plus, if you’re looking to do some online shopping and want to get a great deal, Savoo has thousands of voucher codes and deals that will help you save money and they’ll donate to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices at the same time.

Fundraising at your club/organisation

  • Get the community involved and organise a fun day, car wash or plant sale.
  • Organise a treasure hunt, create your own map, give clues and send people on a trail for the gold!
  • See who has the biggest brain – a quiz night always attracts lots of people and we’ve created some quiz questions so you don’t have to! Email our Community Engagement Team to get a copy of the answers.
  • Invite one of our amazing Ambassadors to motivate and inspire your club. Our team of fully trained volunteer Ambassadors will come to your club, with a tailored presentation and help you learn more about the care and support we offer to local families email your request.
  • Organise a sponsored walk, run or cycle around your local area or local park.

Do something different!

  • Give it up – whether it’s chocolate, alcohol or crisps, give something up and get sponsored to do it.
  • Feeling brave? Take part in one of our fantastic challenge events.
  • Organise a sweepstake, whether it’s Great British Bake-Off, Strictly, The Apprentice or a sporting occasion, place your bets and raise the stakes.
  • Give a Car is a not-for-profit social enterprise that can turn your old car into cash. They either sell your car at auction or scrap it with the proceeds raised going to your chosen charity.

Get involved with our campaigns

  • Buy a virtual gift and help make every moment count for the families we support.
  • You can help us by donating your 5 pence pieces to our One Million 5p Challenge, and help us raise £50,000 to fund a full time nurse.
  • Join our onegoodthing appeal – we’re not asking for money, just a good quality donation for our charity shops.

Fore more help and inspiration get in touch with our Fundraising Team.