Be an Archway fundraiser

In 2014-15 fundraising events generated an impressive £8,575 to help us tackle loneliness. Many thanks to everyone who organised or took part in one of those events!

With such dedicated and creative supporters we know we can do even better in 2015-16. Our volunteer Fundraising Committee has set a target of £10,000! Want to help us get there? Here are some ideas to get you started...

If you’re interested in fundraising for us, let us know! We can help out with:

  • flyers, collection tins, a personalised online sponsorship page (at VirginMoneyGiving)
  • for larger events we can even supply t-shirts or send someone along to speak about our work
  • advice about any licences or permissions that might be required for the activity you're planning

Old favourites

Sweets in a jar

Why not try one of these easy-to-do and enduringly popular fundraising ideas?

Live or silent auction
Sell items or services donated by friends, colleagues or local business. You can do this as part of an event or host your auction online.

Guess the…
Challenge friends and colleagues to guess the name of the teddy bear, weight of the cake, number of sweets in the jar, etc.

Sweepstake
Who will win the football, the tennis, the TV talent show, or Eurovision Song Contest?

Raffle or tombola
Buy prizes or seek donations; offer one big prize or lots of small ones; make every ticket a winner or leave it to the luck of the draw.

Christmas gift amnesty
Many of us get one or two slightly misguided gifts each year: get together with colleagues to raise money by selling your unwanted gifts.

Celebrate friendship

Archway is all about friendship, so what better way to raise money for us than having fun with friends?

Dress up/dress down
Organise a day where everyone donates to come to work or school out of uniform, in fancy dress or their favourite Christmas jumper.

Baby photo competition
Create a gallery of baby photos of friends or colleagues and ask people to donate to guess who's who.

Get together
Hold a coffee morning, barbecue, afternoon tea, wine tasting, night in: whatever you and your friends love best. Ask for donations to attend or for food and drink.

Host a tournament
Whether you love football, squash, board games, or computer games, challenge your friends to take each other on for a small entry fee.

Quiz or treasure hunt
If your friends like an intellectual challenge this could be perfect for you!

friendship fundraising

Celebrate community

community fundraising

Community is another of our favourite things at Archway. You can do something good for your community, get to know your neighbours and raise money for us all at the same time!

Get festive
Invite neighbours round to celebrate (whether for Burns’ Night, Fourth of July, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve). You could ask for donations to attend or for refreshments.

Sing-a-long
In 2014 a sponsored Carol Marathon in Long Furlong Community Centre Abingdon raised funds or two local charities, one being Archway.

Do-si-do
The village of Appleton have held barn dances in aid of Archway - a delightfully traditional way for the community to get together.

Pack up
Get together with friends or colleagues to pack bags at your local supermarket in return for donations.

Pick up
Help keep your neighbourhood looking beautiful with a sponsored litter pick!

Good for us and good for you!

Most of us have that little change we've been meaning to make. Why not get sponsored to give you that extra boost to make a start?

Walk, run, swim or bike
Need that little extra motivation to climb that mountain, run that 10k or try out triathlon? Do it for charity!

Get fit
Employees at local company Infineum were sponsored to lose a few pounds – a made a few thousand for Archway at the same time!

Give it up
Whether your weakness is chips, chocolate or coffee, get sponsored to go without!

Make a fresh start
If you’re moving house or just having a spring clean, make the most of your unwanted items: sell them and donate the proceeds to Archway!

Face your fears
Challenge yourself to try abseiling, bungee jumping or a parachute jump and ask people to sponsor you.

healthy fundraising

Make the most of your talents

arty fundraising

Are you musical, artistic, crafty, have green fingers are are handy about the house, make the most of your skills to raise money!

Bake off or cake sale
Publishers Wiley in Oxford held a special Valentine’s Bake Off for us in 2015. You can sell your cakes or charge people to sample and judge them, bake-off style!

Concert
If you sing, dance or play an instrument, you could put on a concert for us, or take a collection on the door at one of your gigs.

Spread festive cheer
Every year the Cherwell Singers sing in Oxford city centre, spreading Christmas cheer and raising funds for Archway. Use your talents to celebrate the season and help us out too!

Sell your skills
If you’re handy at gardening, sewing, flower arranging, or DIY, you could collect donations for odd jobs.

Get crafty
Try selling handmade cards or jewellery, knitting or needlework. Many online sale sites allow you to sell in aid of a charity.

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