Fundraising ideas

You probably already have some great fundraising ideas, but if not, we have plenty of suggestions! No matter how big or small your event, or how much money you raise, every penny will be making a difference to wildlife and precious landscapes in your region.

At home...

  • Enter the Great North Run or Kielder Marathon (we secure spaces every year!)
  • Pull on your fancy dress and organise a street collection/bag packing event
  • Organise a family fun run in your local park
  • Hold a film night/coffee morning/bake sale
  • Set yourself a personal challenge and take part in a sponsored cycle ride
  • Organise a dawn chorus walk or an evening bat walk
  • Go extreme by taking part in a zip-wire event or even a tandem skydive!
  • Hold a quiz in your local pub and get the community involved
  • Recycle your unwanted goods and hold a jumble/car boot sale
  • Set up an 'open garden' with tea stalls and charge an entry fee
  • Be a good neighbour and mow lawns/wash cars/weed gardens for a donation

In the workplace...

  • Organise a fancy dress or 'dress down' day
  • Set up a swear jar!
  • Arrange a lunchtime 'Come Dine with Me' with colleagues
  • Run a seasonal event such as selling mince pies at Christmas, heart-shaped biscuits for Valentine's Day and pancakes for Pancake Day!
  • Enlist your colleagues in a wild workplace abseil - visit for more details
  • Hold a workplace raffle/auction with some unique prizes (extra-long lunch break, cups of tea made for a day etc.)
  • Organise an office Olympics and get creative with a paperclip chain jump-rope, post-it origami contest and office chair racing!

At school...

  • Run an 'Eco Afternoon' like Seaton Sluice First School, and turn all computers and lights off
  • Hold a non-uniform day (encourage wildlife-themed fancy dress!)
  • Organise a family fun day with a tombola, a raffle, stalls, and even a 'throw wet sponges at the teacher' stall!
  • Use your school hall to bring the crowds in with an art exhibition, school play or talent show and charge an entrance fee
  • Take part in a sponsored silence/litter pick/swimming contest
  • Design and make greetings cards to sell, and donate the profits