There are many ways to raise money, and many children and young people who need your support.
From festive treats and sponsorship ideas to ways to get others involved, we’ve got lots of tips to help make your event as rewarding and worthwhile as possible.
Festive treats – Sell goodies like mulled wine and mince pies. Download our mince pie recipe from Derek Quelch, head chef at The Goring hotel. Also check out our Pinterest page to view ideas and share your own.
Time it right – Choose a time when footfall will be highest and there aren’t any similar events happening, such as Saturday shopping day. Often the nearer it is to Christmas, the more people are in the spirit to donate.
Let your neighbours know how well you sing (or ask them to join you) - You can make your street more festive by carolling with your group in your neighbourhood. (We hold a Home Office Exemption Order so you do not need to seek permission if collecting door-to-door. For more information contact our Supporter Care team by telephone, 0300 303 7000, or email.)
If you don’t ask you don’t get – Ask local businesses to donate items such as the printing of invitations, prizes for a raffle or free tasters to give to passers by. Supermarkets are often happy to donate, but need a month or two in notice, as they have limits to what they can give.
Get creative – You could use this as an opportunity to sell Christmas cards, cakes or homemade tree decorations.
Message wall – Like one of our carol singers last year, you could set up a wall where people could post a Christmas message for a small donation.
Get everyone involved – Even if they don’t like singing, people can join in by shaking maracas, tambourines or a collection bucket! You can create your event using our Carol Challenge Facebook app and invite all your friends.
Get sponsored – Hold a carol sing-a-thon or dress as Father Christmas for a day at work.
Getting merry – Carol singing around pubs is a great way to raise lots of money. People can be particularly generous after they have had a tipple or two!
Make some noise – Ask if your local choir or brass band is available to join you to help produce a great sound that people will want to stop and listen to.
Hee-haw – Looking for a crowd puller? Why not invite a real donkey to join you, just like one of our star carol singers did last year!
Whatever you choose to do, you will be helping vulnerable young people like young carers.