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Thursday, May 8

Charity: 5 ways to fundraise

Welcome to the first post of Happy Little Lift!

Everyone knows that it's almost impossible to find a selfless act. However, I want to start our journey by showing you 5 ways to give other people a Happy Little Lift before yourself.

1. FIND AN EVENT

Fundraising events are a fantastic way to bring a whole array of different people and communities together. No matter where your skills or interests lie, you are bound to find an event to suit you. Whether it is running a marathon, climbing a mountain or simply attending a BBQ; there is something for everyone. You can find a vast choice of events going on around the UK here.

2. PLAN YOUR OWN FUNDRAISING EVENT

Why not go a step further and plan your own event?

I've put together a list of ideas to get you started, but the choices are endless so get creative.

  • Get the men in your life to have their back or legs waxed...or worse! This event is especially popular with women, so you're best to target them and the men will come.
  • Cut your hair off, or go the whole hog and shave your head entirely. This is even more admirable when you have long hair. If your hair is in good condition, you can even donate your hair to support those suffering with hair loss. More information about this can be found here or here. These aren't the only ways to donate hair so do have a look around and check out your options.
  • Hold a stall based event. You can look at galas, fairs, balls, performance nights and even car boot sales. Balls and performance nights would most likely require an entry ticket and this entrance fee can be the money raised for charity. The other events would usually have stalls and local businesses can come along to sell their products and services. The money you charge these businesses for a table at your event can be the money raised towards charity. 
  • Hold a Karaoke night. If you have friends that love to perform in front of an audience, then put it together so they can. Include a couple of judges to up the competition.
This is a great opportunity to think outside the box, so get researching and find the solution to fundraising for you.

3. RACE FOR LIFE

The annual Race for Life is a very well-known women only event in the UK, which I'm sure you British ladies will have heard of. You can take part in a 5k event, 10k event or an obstacle course to raise money for Cancer Research UK. You can walk, jog or run when you take part in these events and you can do it in a group or you can go solo. There are events all over the UK at different times and dates, so I'm sure you would find one suitable to take part in.

I have taken part in the Race for Life many times before and I am doing so again this year, in June. It's always a really fun day with hundreds, if not thousands, of women turning up to help support Cancer Research UK. You can get more information and find the nearest event to you on their website

4. LIVE BELOW THE LINE

Live Below the Line is a challenging fundraising campaign, raising awareness of extreme poverty around the world. The official website for the campaign states that there are currently 1.25 BILLION people who are living in extreme poverty, which is more than 20 times the population of the UK.

The challenge consists of a 5 day pledge to eat and drink on only £1 ($1.25) a day. Most people who take part will plan their meals in advance and spend the £5 ($6.25) budget in one go so they can buy bread, pasta, rice and vegetables in bulk. You can drink tap water, but you are not allowed to eat any snacks already within your home without counting it towards the £1 ($1.25) a day budget. There are several different charities you can choose to support when taking part in this challenge.

So far, over 25,000 people have taken part in Live Below the Line raising over £5.5million. I would like to take part in the challenge this year and if any of you would like to complete this with me, please contact me and I can share your experiences along with mine, right here on this blog. More information about this fantastic campaign can be found here

5. SELL YOUR STUFF

Start looking around you and I bet you will find a whole pile of stuff that you don't use or wear anymore. If it's in decent condition, why not sell it? There are a range of sites you can use to do this, including: eBay, Gumtree and Facebook. If you're into your crafts, then why not get resourceful this summer and make some things to sell on Etsy or at craft fairs? If you don't have the time to sell things, then you can donate them directly to charity by visiting your local charity store. Or, if you fancy something a little different, why not put together an auction? You can do this online or hire your local community hall for a small price. This will bring the community together and you will be able to sell the majority of your things all in one day, without worrying about posting things - if you need some inspiration for this idea, I propose you watch 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'.


Finally, with any of the above fundraising options, you may want to look into setting up a fundraising page online. I like to use Just Giving, but there are others out there if you have a look. With an online fundraising page, you can share your story and why you want to support your charity, keep track of the amount of money you have raised and thank each person for their contributions personally.



Now it's time to go find where your fundraising skills are and bring a charity its own Happy Little Lift. What kind of things do you plan on doing? Or have you already done something for charity you'd like to share with us? I'd love to hear about it, let us know in the comments section below.


Happy fundraising!


Kayleigh x



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