We are super grateful for the fantastic support we get from our corporate partners and local businesses - now more than ever! 

In the current climate in which we all find ourselves, fundraising has become a whole lot harder for everyone and we recognise that many of our corporate and business supporters are also facing challenging times. But, if you are looking for some fundraising ideas, we would still love you to be able to help us raise the vital funds we need to continue the essential work we do supporting children affected by the death or critical illness of someone they love.

So, here's a list of Covid-19-secure fundraising ideas, which you can still carry out in your workplace or with your remote teams, whilst staying safe and having some fun along the way. 

It's not an exhaustive list - if you've got any even more innovative or cool ways of fundraising for us, we'd love to hear from you too!

Anyway, here are some starters to get you going...And please send us your photos afterwards!

Dress Down (or Up) for Daisy's Dream

We've put a 2020 twist on the traditional dress down day in the office for charity!

You can, of course, still pick a date and ask for donations to Daisy's Dream for those who are able to come to the workplace, but how about also asking those currently working remotely to 'suit and boot' and dress 'up' smartly for the day from home as well?

Whichever way it works best for your organisation, this one's super quick to organise and a real favourite with our wonderful business supporters. Easy peasy!

Christmas Jumper Day

Another excuse to wear something a little different! Our Christmas Jumper Day is ever-popular with companies across the area and a lovely festive way to fundraise! This year, we've earmarked Friday 11th December, but you can just pick a date in the run up to Christmas and invite all your staff, wherever they're based, to wear their best Christmas jumper in return for a donation.

Virtual walk, run or cycle ride

Organise as a sponsored event where people can complete a course or reach a selected destination, either individually or as group. Make sure everybody adheres to the current local social distancing guidelines as they participate though!

Virtual Talent Show or Concert

It's all the rage these days - we've even seen the stars of 'Strictly' dancing in their kitchens!

Everyone can perform and watch from the comfort of their own homes, having bought a ticket in exchange for the log in details to view. You just might need a technical whizz from the IT department to switch between performances on the night though and keep the show on the road!

Virtual Raffle or Auction

Sell raffle tickets to your teams and/or customers and suppliers and showcase the prizes on your website, newsletter or social media channels. You could even do the draw on Facebook Live to your followers, if you're really brave. But don't worry, if not, you can publish the winners and let them know equally well via less high pressure means!

Or do an online auction, with a deadline for bids - highest bidder claims the prize!

Online competition - what will you choose?

Host a competition - choose a subject for entrants to produce a piece or artwork or photography and fundraise either by entry or to view online.

Home Challenges

Set a challenge that your staff can complete at home, as a family or cumulatively in teams or departments. Climb the stairs as many times as it would take to reach the top of Mount Snowdon or go large and tackle 'Virtual Kilimanjaro'!

Cycle to Lands End, walk to Buckingham Palace, run 10km, even a marathon or between two of your corporate sites - all over the course of a week or month, depending on the distance!

Fundraise by asking participants to get sponsorship.

Game-a-thon

Who doesn't love a good excuse to play on their favourite console or online game for a good cause?

Choose a relevant game and get your staff to pay to enter and 'game' for a certain period of time (say 1 hour) up to a total number of cumulative hours - say 24 hours or 48 hours.

Donate the cost of your commute or daily coffee

If you have people currently working remotely, see whether they would collectively consider the idea of donating the cost of that Gingerbread Latte or Skinny Cappuccino that they used to grab on the way into work every morning. Or even the cost of their daily commute?

Abstain for a month…

Not for the fainthearted! Go hardcore and ask your team to give something up for period of time.

Give up chocolate for a month or refrain from social media use (or both - eek!) and get sponsored for self-control!

Sign up for one of our Challenge Events

How about entering a team in one of our exciting range of challenges for 2021? The thrill of a tandem skydive? A test of endurance surviving in the wild? A running or walking challenge that gets your team fitter in the process? There's something for everyone! Take a closer look on our Challenge Events Page.

Virtual paint or craft event

If you know one of those lucky talented people who can paint or produce beautiful craftwork, why not see if they will host a virtual workshop and sell tickets for your audience to have some fun, make something arty themselves and fundraise in the process.

Virtual Bingo, Quiz or Games Night

Always great fun whether you choose bingo, a quiz or a games night and still lots of family fun when organised virtually and a great way to connect your teams, even when you can't run an event in person!

Virtual Wine Tasting

Is there a budding wine connoisseur amongst you? Someone who knows their Cabernets from their Cavas and can teach the rest of you all about tannins and tasting?

Send out the sample wines to ticket holders before the event, join online and taste together in the company of your organisation's sommelier. 

Or if you're looking for a more formal wine tasting set up, please contact us as we may be able to help with other options.

Virtual Book Club

If you already have a book club at work, why not ask for a donation for Daisy's Dream at your next meeting as your chosen charity to support.

If you are looking to set one up, ask participants to donate a small amount each for joining and attending the online meeting and collect your donations that way.

Virtual Bake-a-long

Have you got a Pru or a Mary in your midst? A Nadiya or a Paul? Test your team's baking skills with a virtual Bake off-style competition and see who the showstoppers really are in your business. Chocolate, bread, pastry, biscuits - pick your bake and judge the best looking (& tasting if you can) results whilst raising money from donations.

We'd love you help us fundraise and hope the ideas above give you a good start to planning your virtual event. If you'd like to host an event or find out more, please contact our fundraising team