What better way to support the vital, lifesaving work of Mercy Ships than to get together with family, friends or colleagues and organise your own fundraising event knowing that every penny you raise really will offer hope and healing to those in most desperate need.
We have put together a range of ideas which we hope will inspire you!
Ask people to offer their time or particular expertise and hold an Auction of Promises.
Invite friends to come round for a real ‘afternoon tea’ and charge everybody to attend.
Enlist the help of local experts and charge for entry and valuations.
Hold this event in your garden and charge family and friends to attend.
Charge for the service and donate your earnings to us.
Charge to wash cars for friends and neighbours.
Organise a dinner party with a difference and charge guests to attend.
At home or at work this is always popular – sell slices for a £1 each.
Car Boot Sale
Take a pitch and sell unwanted items at your local Car Boot Sale.
Gather a group of helpers to collect at your local store, along a sea front or in a town centre. (We can help organise necessary permissions and licenses).
Charity Car Parking
Does your Council allow charity car parking onSundays? Can you find supporters to staff the car park for a day?
Offer your services as a dog walker.
Good food, a good band and a raffle will help this event go well.
Easter Egg Hunt
Organise this in your garden or a local park and charge people to take part.
Register on eBay.co.uk and have fun auctioning off unwanted items.
Ask local craftspeople – artists, jewellers, wood turners etc – to hold an exhibition of their work and charge admission.
Speak to a local shop or boutique and ask them to stage a fashion show in aid of Mercy Ships.
Speak to local clubs about organising a half time collection.
Ask a local club to sponsor this event and help you publicise it to club members and local business people.
Find a brave person to raise money by having their head shaved!
Same as a fashion show but with hats!
A dinner party with a difference with each course from a different country.
Easy to organise and always popular.
One for the ladies – Invite a local jeweller along to talk about their craft and take a percentage of anything they sell.
One for all ages! Ask a local hotel or pub for help organising this.
Keep fit and raise vital funds at the same time.
Murder Mystery Party
Not for the faint hearted!
Mile of Pennies
Ask pupils at local schools to collect coins in a Smarties tube and on a set day try and make a mile of pennies around the playground.
Moveable Supper Party
Starters in one house, mains in another etc, etc!
Nearly New Sale
Organise a sale of clothes, unwanted presents or children’s’ toys.
An easy fundraiser for Schools to organise. Pay £1 to come to School in your own clothes.
Organise a family challenge day.
Sell cuttings of all your favourite plants to family, friends and colleagues.
Research local centres and organise a leap into the unknown! Go to www.skylineparachuting.co.uk for more information.
Pub Games Evening
Teams pay to enter for skittles, dominoes, pool, darts etc.
Always popular, organize an inter department quiz at work or get together in a local hotel for a quiz night.
Raffle tickets should not be sold externally from the event unless a local authority licence is arranged by the organizers. Cloakroom tickets sold at the event are fine, but should be drawn as individual numbers and not as strips of numbers. Our fundraising team would be delighted to help you organise an appropriate raffle for your event.
Ask friends, family and colleagues for their favourite recipes and put them together in a book. Sell it in Schools, Companies or at local events.
Run, swim, slim or sit in a bath of beans! Ask friends and colleagues to find a fun way to raise sponsorship.
How many games can you get going at once?
The ideal way to get together with friends after a brisk walk – ask for donations.
Ten Pin Bowling Tournament
Easy to organise and great fun for families.
Persuade your local theatre or amateur dramatics society to do a preview in aid of Mercy Ships.
Organise your own event or ask Young Farmers’ Clubs to organise an event and donate the proceeds.
Arrange a route with clues leading to the treasure. Can have as many cars involved as you need.
Ask family, friends and colleagues to donate a prize for this firm favourite.
Get together teams who attended different universities and hold a challenge to see which university comes top.
Valentines Day Ball
A great excuse to get dressed up and raise money.
Seek out talented friends and colleagues and put on a show, charging for admission of course.
Wine Tasting Evening
Invite a local wine merchant to bring along a range of wines and charge people to attend the tasting.
White Water Rafting
Get a team together and find your nearest centre.
Organise your own version of the TV hit show.
Ask people to sponsor you to say ‘yes’ to peoples’ (reasonable) demands for a day!