fundraising Events and Ideas

Events and Ideas

Our annual events

The London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM)
cancer fundraising Group

Each year since its inception in 2018, the Charity has secured places in the LLHM. The run in central London passes many of the city’s greatest landmarks, and is a favourite event for the running community.

Typically tacking place around the end of March or early April each year, everybody who has run for us in the past has said what a brilliant event it is.

Map of LLHM
The RideLondonEssex 100 (RLE100)
cancer fundraising events

Each year the Charity also has places in the RLE100 starting on the embankment in central London and finishing on the iconic Tower Bridge. If 100 miles is too far, there are also 30 mile and 60 mile options.

Typically tacking place around the end of May each year, this is an awesome challenge, riding on closed roads throughout.

Map Ride

If you would like to participate in one or both of these events to help us raise critical funding for EHE research, then please get in touch with us and we can hopefully provide you with a place. 

Other events and ideas

Thank you for taking the time to find and read our ‘Events and Ideas’ page. Fundraising is the lifeblood of our organisation. It provides the funds we need to deliver on our three key objectives, namely EHE Patient Support and Advocacy, Fundraising and EHE Research. But our major use of funds will always be in the promotion and support of the research that is critical to managing and ultimately beating EHE.

These pages have been developed by our members to provide lots of ideas on different ways to raise funds. They are all great fun, great to do as a team, and all will be very rewarding. And remember fundraising does not need to be on a massive scale. Every penny you raise is important to us – no sum is too small to worry about, so small events are also brilliant. But please remember that there is legislation and will probably be local authority rules that apply to some fundraising, particularly if they involve the public and collection in public places. So please check these before you start. They are almost always readily available on local authority websites.

We are here of course to assist you in any way we can. This may be by developing your fundraising idea, or providing information about EHE and the charity. Whatever you need, we will try and help wherever we can.  So good luck, we hope you take up the challenge and we wish you every success in your fundraising effort, no matter what you choose to do. We hope that the following ideas will help you get going.

Change for Research

Raising funds does not need to involve additional expenditure. Sometimes just making a change in our daily routine can free up funds. We have supporters who donated the money they saved by changing something in their daily lifestyle. These included walking rather than taking the bus to work, reducing their coffees out each week and taking packed lunches to work. Some have combined this form of donation with health improvement by reducing or stopping smoking, drinking, eating junk food. We love this Change for Research idea, especially when the change is likely to improve your health.

EHE Fundraising Month

April is the global EHE Awareness and Fundraising month where our community focuses on fundraising for EHE research. The fundraising could be any of the ideas on these pages, or something totally different. But the key point is to get everybody engaged and doing something, so please join us if you can.

Money Pots

We all periodically have spare change in our pockets and kicking around the house. Simply set up a piggy bank for that spare change and donate the funds to EHE research when you have saved enough.

Give-as-you-buy

This is relatively simple. Most countries these days have websites set up which allow you to purchase on line many items from high-street and other recognised businesses, with a small part of the purchase price then going to the not-for-profit organisation you nominate. Check out how your normal spending can support EHE research and set up your nominated page in your country and area. The EHERCC is registered with Easy Fundraising here in the UK who continue to provide an excellent service. Contact us if you want to know more about this.

Garage/Yard/Car-Boot Sales

Do you have lots of ‘stuff’ you want to get rid of? Do your friends and family also have ‘stuff’ they might give you if they know it’s for cancer research? Collecting this and then selling it through a Garage/Yard/Car-Boot Sale can be a great way to rise research funds. And the great thing is you are not asking people for cash. You are actually offering them the chance to get rid of clutter.

Coffee Mornings

This is an old favourite. Invite your family and close friends around for coffee and homemade cakes and ask them to simply make a donation for EHE Research. Ask them to leave the donation with you as this helps avoid situations where people say they will and then forget.

There are also variations on this idea. Perhaps you can have a baking session beforehand and include a cake sale with the coffee morning? There are also franchises which will pay you to organise the coffee morning at your house and allow in the local representative to present their products? Greetings cards, plant seeds, clothing etc are all businesses that may be interested.

Quiz Nights

Another favourite; organise a Quiz Night at your local church or school hall with a simple dinner and then invite people you know to build teams and come along for a great evening. Entry prices, raffles, drinks and games like heads-or-tails can all contribute funds. This can be very productive if you get good turnout. The other good thing is that if you do organise a quiz night, you can use the same quiz in more than one location. Perhaps you can organise one for your kids’ school, and another for your church or sports club? Maybe your parents or siblings can help organise one where they live? Quiz nights can generate great funds and if you can use it in two or three locations you get multiples of the funds while effectively using the same function.

Race Nights

You can hire the package which includes films of racing which people bet on. There will be some winners but mostly it’s you that makes the cash. You just need to organise the event in a suitable and friendly venue and then ensure you get the numbers to turn up. The more the merrier. And again raffles etc add to the funds raised.

Sports Tournaments

The obvious one of these is a golf tournament, but people have organised five-a-side football tournaments as well. Having organised the event, participants pay to take part, but they know it’s all about donating and supporting cancer research. These sorts of events can take time to organise but can be very worthwhile if well attended. That is the key. Finding venues that will allow you to use their course or facilities at zero or reduced prices can also be important.

Sponsored Events

Organisationally this is one of the easiest. Simply find a local, national or major event (marathons, cycle rides, swimming are just some examples) and enrol. Then seek sponsorship from everybody you know and even those you don’t! This can be a great group event if you want to do something with family and friends. And if you are not all tapping the same pool of sponsors, can lead to significant revenues.

There are also much bigger sponsorship opportunities, with challenges to climb mountains like Kilimanjaro in Africa, trek part of the Great Wall of China, travel to the Arctic, or any one of a number of similar events. Many of these are organised by companies who are set up to assist the process. But they are costly so you need to be sure that the extra challenge will create sufficient additional funding to justify the costs. They are also another idea really for group participation.

Club or Community Events (spots club, karate, crafts, leisure past-times etc)

If you or a member of your family or some of your friends are members of a church or sports club or some other form of leisure group, then they may be able and willing to assist in setting up a sponsored event or running a sports tournament. It may be a school club, or other leisure past-time. This will allow people to help and raise funds while doing something they really enjoy. It may be that you can set a day or weekend for fundraising and then ask all those in that community to do anything to raise funds.

School Events

One group or community that may be possible to approach are schools in your area. Schools like to have focused fundraising, and causes such as cancer research can be very good for children to engage with and gain an understanding of the subject and a sense of helping the community. It could be something as simple as schools agreeing that children can come to school in their causal clothes for a set contribution. Maybe that can be combined with cake sales, organised sports after school etc all on the same day, and all as part of a coordinated cancer research programme. You will need to engage with the schools of course, but again, cancer research can be a positive cause for them to become involved in.

Restaurants Nights

Some restaurants may be prepared to allow you to organise dinner evenings in their venues with part of the profits being payable to the charity. If you have a restaurant that you know well and who have a quiet evening during the week then that evening is a good target. The restaurant is not losing trade (it may in fact be gaining trade on a usually quiet evening) while the greater clientele may lead to more trade in the future.

Funds-Matching

This is one to check with your employer. Many larger employers will offer to match charitable funds raised by you. Check because if they do then that makes your fundraising efforts immediately more valuable. If they don’t, then ask if they will introduce the idea. They may say “no” but they may also offer to at least donate something to your fundraising process.

Give-as-you-earn / Payroll-giving

This is a simple procedure in the UK, and there may be equivalents in other countries, where donations to charities are made directly from your payroll instead of it coming to you and therefore prior to being taxed. It just means that your donation will be paid without tax having been deducted which makes it extremely efficient for the charity or foundation to receive and administer. See if you have this capability wherever you live, and whether your employer has or will set this up. It actually costs nothing to set up other than a little time.

Charity Balls

This is a bigger challenge. You may need to organise a larger venue, and also enrol friends and family to set up an ‘organisation committee’.  It may be that you can organise with other members in the same area and pool resources. Numbers are again key and so inviting colleagues from work, parents from schools etc are all important thoughts. It may be that you also need to consider combining with another local cause where together you can reach the numbers to make the event a great success and then share the proceeds. But be careful to try and ensure equal input, effort and support if you are going to equally share the proceeds.

Car Cleaning

The challenge with fundraising is sometimes funding different things you can offer as part of the fundraising effort. Car washing may be a relatively simple thing to offer. It may be that you will invite everybody you know to bring their cars to the same venue for a clean for a set minimum price. They can pay more of course. If for example its parents and kids from your children’s school, then do it at home and maybe combine with a coffee in the morning, soup at lunch time or tea in the afternoon?

At the same time you may also be able to have a mobile group that can go around houses and properties in your area and offer to wash their cars on their drives or outside their houses. Dropping explanatory fliers through doors well in advance can help alert people to the fact you are coming.

Time is of the essence in this case so you should be talking about external washes only. It’s for cancer research so hopefully people won’t expect too much. At £5 or £10 per car a good days work and good support could create sizable funds. But you will need to coordinate the cleaning crews. This may be a great one for teenager support.

Concerts or Music Nights

This is a variation on the quiz night idea. Organising a show or musical concert with local performers can be a great way to get people to come along, pay for a ticket, and then participate. Perhaps you have local artists or school kids that can perform? Maybe you can organise a small number of buskers to take part? Maybe it’s not just music, but could be other acts or performances? May be your kids are part of a dance group? They would all work.

Auction / Silent Auction

If you can get people to donate a number of good prizes then giving people the chance to bid for these, either through a normal Auction or a Silent Auction, can be a great addition to an organised evening or charity ball. It may be that the prizes are not quite big enough to justify this, in which case raffling the prizes can also be a great way to raise extra funds.

Another very useful fundraiser is a Promise Auction where people promise to provide or do something for you and you bid for the promise. It might be to cook a meal, do a week of ironing, take somebody to the airport, provide a week in a holiday home, offer two top sports tickets etc.

Cake Sales

Mentioned above in the ‘coffee morning’ section, cake sales can be a great fundraiser in their own right, or as an addition to other events. Get friends and family to share the baking burden and offer a great range of cakes. A theme on this is to offer people a list of cakes they can order and then offer to bake and deliver. That way people can donate, they get the cake, and they don’t even need to attend any particular venue or event.

Funds-Matching

This is one to check with your employer. Many larger employers will offer to match charitable funds raised by you. Check because if they do then that makes your fundraising efforts immediately more valuable. If they don’t, then ask if they will introduce the idea. They may say “no” but they may also offer to at least donate something to your fundraising process.

Give-as-you-earn / Payroll-giving

This is a simple procedure in the UK, and there may be equivalents in other countries, where donations to charities are made directly from your payroll instead of it coming to you and therefore prior to being taxed. It just means that your donation will be paid without tax having been deducted which makes it extremely efficient for the charity or foundation to receive and administer. See if you have this capability wherever you live, and whether your employer has or will set this up. It actually costs nothing to set up other than a little time.