Fundraising for Mercy Ships

If you’re looking for charity fundraising ideas, you’ve come to the right place! From cake sales to movie nights, marathons to Christmas carols, there are so many fun ways to fundraise and help transform lives with Mercy Ships.

Getting started with fundraising

Three half marathon runners fundraising for Mercy Ships

Jump right in

Read our top tips for how to organise your own fundraising event.

Reverend John Dawson wing walking to raise funds for Mercy Ships with his grandchildren supporting him

Pick what you’d like to do

You might be a foodie, a runner, or a keen baker. Whatever you love most, turn your passion into raising life-saving funds.

Collection of fundraising resources including Mercy Ships T-Shirt, leaflets and money boxes

Support Mercy Ships

Find free facts sheets, colourful posters, invites and much more to proudly show the impact you’re making with Mercy Ships.

Taking part

Now you’ve chosen how you’d like to fundraise, you’re ready to spread the word! Get your friends and family together to support you.

1. Tell us what you're planning

We’d love to hear what you’re doing so we can support you. Get in touch via our contact form, email us at or call 01438 727 800.

2. Download resources

Visit our resources page to help you advertise your event. Contact us if there’s something else you need.

3. Collect donations

The quickest and easiest way to collect donations is to set up your own JustGiving page and link it to Mercy Ships. You can also find other ways to send in donations.

Fundraising ideas

I want a new challenge

Wing walk

Always wanted to fly? Take on a daring wing walk!

Bungee jump

Not for the faint-hearted. We’ll support you to take the leap.


Ready… set… run! Take on a 5k, 10k, half marathon or even a marathon and race for hope.

Cut (or dye) your hair

Give yourself a new bob and ask your family and friends to sponsor you.

I want to host

Afternoon tea

Invite friends to a scrummy afternoon tea and ask your guests to donate.


Hold this event in your garden and charge family and friends to attend.

Cake sale

At home or at work, this is always a popular choice. Sell a slice for a £1 each.

International dinner party

Hold a dinner party with each course coming from a different country.

I want to give my time

Car washing

Offer to wash your neighbours’ cars for a small donation.


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).

Lawn mowing

Help out your neighbours and offer to cut their grass.

Dog walking

Make a new furry friend and offer your services as a dog walker.

I want to celebrate

Bonfire night

Wrap up warm and gather your community together for a special autumn night around the bonfire. Donate funds from ticket sales to Mercy Ships.

Summer Fête

A ring toss, cake sale, guess the sweets in the jar… so many ways to make people smile and enjoy the sun.

Easter Egg Hunt

Spread joy at Easter with an Easter Egg Hunt. Ask families to give a suggested donation to take part.

A Baptism, Confirmation or Wedding gift

Ask your friends and family to share their love on your special day with a special charity gift.

Be inspired

Read about these fantastic fundraisers. What could you do?

Your support transforms lives

By raising funds, you’re helping to bring hope and healing to families who urgently need surgical care. Thank you.

Pay in your donations

Thank you so much for raising funds for Mercy Ships. Don’t forget to send us the funds you’ve worked so hard to raise. Here are four ways you can send in the money you’ve collected:


If you’ve set up a JustGiving donation page, and you’ve selected Mercy Ships as your nominated charity, all the money you raise will automatically come to us.

If you’ve collected cash donations, you can pay this into your account and make an online donation through your JustGiving page.


Please send any cheques, made payable to Mercy Ships UK to:

Mercy Ships UK
12 Meadway Court

Please remember to tell us who you are, how to contact you and how you raised the money.


Please call our Supporter Services team on 01438 727800, mentioning fundraising, to pay by credit or debit card.

Bank Transfer

Email to ask for our bank details, mentioning Mercy Ships Fundraising in the subject line.

Raise money while you shop online

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Spendow logo

Did you know – you can support Mercy Ships while you shop online? All you need to do is sign up to easyfundraising or Spendow – and thousands of brands will donate a percentage of what you spend to Mercy Ships. You don’t have to pay any extra – your favourite shops will donate to us for free!

Just a few of the thousands of online shops who’ll donate whenever you shop online.

Get in touch

Please let us know about your fundraising event or sponsored challenge.