Whether you’re planning a carol concert, jingling those bells at a collection, or decking out your desk at work with holly and mistletoe, we’ll be here to support you every step of your fundraising journey.
Check out our Christmas fundraising ideas below to get those festive juices (and the mulled wine) flowing!
1. Carol concerts
Join us again for Carols by Candlelight on 14 December at St Luke's Church in Chelsea. On behalf of the Alice Martineau Appeal Committee, Winchester College Chapel Choir will be performing all your favourite carols, joined by a host of celebrity readers. And don't forget to join us for the after party at the Chelsea Gardener!
Can't join us for Carols by Candlelight? Hold your own carol concert! Whether it's at work, school or your local social group, gather family and friends (musical or not!) and hold your festive event.
2. Christmas parties
Bake up a storm and warm your cockles on the frosty winter’s nights with a mince pie and mulled wine party. Get baking all of your favourite Christmas treats, ask friends and family for a donation or charge for entry on the night, then crack out some games and Christmas tunes to get everyone rocking around the Christmas tree.
Download our 'How to organise a charity night' PDF for more inspiration for your party!
3. Reindeer food
What’s Rudolph’s favourite treat after carrots? Reindeer food, of course! Developed by savvy supporter Jill Mellors from Rotherham, these small seasonal packages of oats and glitter come with a festive message and are a great little festive fundraiser. The bags are cheap and easy to make, and can be sold at £1 each. Get selling to family, friends and work colleagues, at garden centres, children’s playgroups, social clubs and Christmas fairs.
Download our easy recipe, labels and posters (strictly for reindeer consumption only!)
4. School and office fundraising
Get everyone in your school or office (scrooges included!) in the Christmas spirit by wearing woolly hats and scarfs for the day or setting up a Christmas card postal service to really bring some Christmas cheer to your friends, teachers or colleagues. Or why not boycott cards altogether and ask for donations instead?
For more ideas, take a look at our schools and company ‘how to’ sheets and think about how you could bring some festive cheer to your school or workplace this Christmas!
5. Walking, running or jogging in a Winter Wonderland
Work off those mince pies by taking part in a Santa Run this Christmas! Join one of our teams in Liverpool or London, don the obligatory festive red suit and beard and run, jog or walk to raise money for the Trust! These short, 5K events are perfect for all the family and we can provide Santa suits (if required) and sponsorship packs.
Or why not take part in our brand new Great Strides Winter Series? With routes through Sherwood Forest, the Forest of Dean, Hadrian's Wall and Epping Forest, these walks are great for family teams and have shorter distances available for little fundraisers.
6. Santa's Little Helper
Mum and dad, ever thought you could do with some elves of your own to help you with your Christmas preparations? Why not sponsor your little angels to be Santa’s little helpers for the festive period? You get a helping hand around the house and the kids get involved in fundraising! Don’t forget to send us your Elfie snapshots on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
7. Gift your gift
This year, why not go all-out and challenge yourself and your friends and family to spend no more than £5 or £10 on each other’s gifts and donate what you would normally spend on presents to the Trust? Alternatively, do a Secret Santa where you are responsible for buying one gift for someone in your family or friendship group, and put a donation of equal value in Santa’s charity kitty.
We’d love to hear all about your Christmas fundraisers - get in touch with our Events Team on 020 3795 2176 for advice and fundraising materials.
Why not take a look at our regional Facebook pages to get some more ideas and see what else everyone in your area has been getting up to. We love to get pictures from your Christmas fundraisers and post them on our Facebook page – just send them to our Events Team!