Reaching that sponsorship target can be a daunting challenge, but it doesn't have to be. With training and fundraising targets to meet, our runners are getting more and more creative to keep those pennies rolling in.
See how some of our fantastic fundraisers are doing:
Chris is looking pretty in purple
Chris took a trip to the hairdressers, and after a few trial runs she managed to get The Children's Society's perfect shade of purple. She is looking fantastic and getting sponsorship from all angles.
Larry and Craig get swishing
Larry and Craig, two of our marathon runners held a 'swishing' event in Glasgow. The art of swishing involves getting friends together to swap clothes and party at the same time. Attendees had to bring at least one item along, then Larry and Craig displayed any unwanted clothing and accessories. There was then an hour where everyone looked through what was on offer, swapped clothes and enjoyed a glass of wine and snacks.
Put the fun into fundraising
Louise, Gwyn and Clare have held a series of events to kick-start their fundraising. They’ve held a wine-tasting evening, a Jamie Oliver party, placed collection tins around the workplace and are planning a quiz night and raffle. This will be Gwyn’s sixteenth, Louise’s sixth and Clare’s second marathon – good luck.
Mark is coming to a supermarket near you
Mark was one of our 2010 London Marathon runners and held sponsored bag packing days in his local supermarket dressed in his running gear. From one day packing bags he raised over £550. But he didn't stop there - he then contacted all of the supermarkets in the area. For his last event he had a team of five bag packers helping him take on his local Tesco.
Fundraise with laughter
One of our 2011 Virgin London Marathon runners Anthony is pictured here with comedian Mike Bubbins. Anthony held a comedy show at the Grand Theatre Arts Wing in Swansea and raised £425 and sold 97 tickets. Great organising Anthony!
Also check out our top 20 fundraising ideas for fun ideas on fundraising.
Friends and films
At 84 yers old, Ann Pedley loves the movies, but on her own terms. Fed up with the hassles of cinema - from getting there to coping with the high volume - she decided to make the cinema happen at home. She started inviting her friends over to share a film, tea and cake. At her friends' request, Anne takes out her Children's Society donation box and they make a contribution every time they come. "I now have the benefits of good company, an interesting film of my choice and a way of raising money for the society," she said.
Share your fundraising ideas
If you have any creative fundraising ideas for charity that you would like to share, please contact us. Sharing creative fundraising ideas really does inspire others to have some fun with their fundraising and helps us make childhood better.
Get in touch with our events team today on 020 7841 4507, or email us on email@example.com. We can share your stories, ideas and photos on the website.